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2017-09-10

Hvorfor du ikke kan stemme på et parti med Jonas Gahr Støre



Her er noen av grunnene til at du ikke kan stemme på et Arbeiderparti med Jonas Gahr Støre i ledelsen.

Støre har nemlig gjort en rekke grove tabber og fatale feilvurderinger, i tillegg til at han mange ganger har vist et grunnleggende udemokratisk sinnelag:


1) Det åpenbare inhabilitetsproblemet hans i Felix Tschudi-saken, og forsøket på å dekke over dette. Denne saken alene viser at han ikke har nok integritet til å hverken være politiker, partileder eller statsminister: Aftenposten (https://goo.gl/KeCFiH) og Dagbladet (https://goo.gl/xAR6St).

Da saken om Gahr Støres inhabilitet kom opp, hevdet Gahr Støre at Tschudi kun var en bekjent, men de har feiret bursdager, 17. mai og nyttårsaften sammen, og vært gjester i hverandres bryllup. De var utvilsomt venner.

Dette alene viser at han ikke har nok integritet til å være en ledende politiker.


2) I karikaturstriden i 2006 kastet han Magazinet/Dagen og Vebjørn Selbekk til ulvene, og hevdet at "ingen toneangivende norske medier" hadde trykket Muhammed-tegningene, selv om det ikke stemte i det hele tatt. I tillegg sa han at "saken er preget av ekstremisme fra begge sider" - underforstått at Selbekk var like ekstremistisk som de voldelige religiøse fanatikerne.

Han prøvde også på Norges vegne å beklage (!) for Selbekks trykking av karikaturene med dette brevet til myndigheter i landene i Midt-Østen, for så å forsøke og hemmeligholde brevet for media.


3) Han stemte FOR den utskjelte blasfemiloven i 2009, før den ble trukket tilbake av regjeringen.


4) Etter Charlie Hebdo-massakren i 2015 sa han til Dagens Næringsliv at "Jeg vil ikke si det er viktig å stå opp for retten til å bedrive blasfemi."


5) Han besøkte det konservative sommerstevnet i Sarons dal, og legitimerte kristenbevegelsen og deres såkalte helbredelser og demonutdrivelser. Dessuten kan det sies at det er svært tvilsom dømmekraft å bli troende kristen i voksen alder.

Alle disse sakene rundt religion viser at han ikke vil kjempe for ytringsfriheten, men heller vil gi plass til teokrati og irrasjonell overtro.


6) I 2011 ville han innlemme datalagringsdirektivet før EU foretok sin revisjon.


7) Som utenriksminister var han forkjemper for å knytte sterkere bånd til menneskerettighets-verstingen Saudi-Arabia, og var en viktig medspiller for at de åpnet ambassade i Norge i 2011, fordi “på tross av store politiske og kulturelle forskjeller er Saudi-Arabia en viktig samarbeidspartner for Norge” når det gjelder olje og gass.

Se ellers et intervju med Gahr Støre og en kort og grei TV2-reportasje, om at Saudi-Arabia, Kina, Russland, Syria og andre verstinger er med i FNs menneskerettighetsråd. Dessuten at disse landene blir valgt inn gjennom hemmelige voteringer, og prøver i rådet å flytte oppmerksomheten over på Israel.


8) Han løy også på direkte spørsmål om at han ikke hadde hatt politiske samtaler med Hamas, som dette videointervjuet med TV2 viser. I tillegg løy han om å ikke ha snakket med Venstre om asylbarn-saken i 2015.


9) Og ellers er han en rikmannssønn som tok feil dør og egentlig skulle gått inn den til Høyre.

Det er svært trist at Gahr Støre klarte å komme seg til toppen av Arbeiderpartiet, som snart bør skifte navn til noe mer passende.

2017-08-29

Stems and multitrack files I'm looking for



Here are the 832 multitracks I have:
https://goo.gl/4nprca


Here are some of the multitracks I'm looking for:
A Flock Of Seagulls - The More You Live
Barry Manilow - Copacabana
Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman
Chic - Good Times (wet and/or dry)
Chic - Le Freak
Cindy Lauper - Time After Time
Diana Ross - Upside Down
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland
George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Benson - Love X Love
George Benson - Midnight Love Affair
George Benson - Moody's Mood
George Benson - Turn Out The Lamplight
George Benson - What's On Your Mind
Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm
Isaac Hayes - The Look Of Love
Madonna - Bedtime Story
Madonna - Burning Up
Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna - Masterpiece
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey - Can't Let Go
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
Michael Jackson - Black Or White (multitrack session)
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor
Michael Jackson - Girlfriend (76 tracks or other version)
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (49 tracks or other version)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (multitrack session)
Michael Jackson - Workin' Day And Night (49 tracks or other version)
Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music (Pro Tools multitrack or other version)
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
The Jackson 5 - Darling Dear (16 tracks or other version)
The Jackson 5 - I Wanna Be Where You Are (16 tracks or other version)
The Jackson 5 - It's Great To Be Here (16 tracks or other version)
The Police - Every Breath You Take (23 tracks or other version)


Please email me at pc@frankplads.com if you have any of these! Thanks.

2017-03-30

The Proust questionnaire - slightly expanded

This questionnaire supposedly has its origins in a parlour game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist. He believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.

Do you want to see what David Bowie answered Vanity Fair in 1998 when they gave him these questions? Clicky-click.



Here is the slightly expanded Proust questionnaire:

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

2. What is your greatest fear?

3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

4. Which living person do you most admire?

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

7. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

8. What is your favourite journey?

9. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

10. On what occasion do you lie?

11. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

12. Which living person do you most despise?

13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

14. What is your greatest regret?

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

16. When and where were you happiest?

17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

18. Which talent would you most like to have?

19. What is your current state of mind?

20. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

21. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

22. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

23. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

24. What is your most treasured possession?

25. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

26. Where would you like to live?

27. What is your favourite occupation?

28. What is your most marked characteristic?

29. What is the quality you most like in a man?

30. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

31. What do you most value in your friends?

32. Who are your favourite writers?

33. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

34. Who are your heroes in real life?

35. What are your favourite names?

36. What is it that you most dislike?

37. How would you like to die?

38. What is your motto?

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/10/david-bowie-proust-questionnaire-vanity-fair/

2017-03-08

Happy international women's day!




❤ to all my sisters - we've got a long way to go before things are equal enough globally between the sexes, but at least the situation is much better than 100 years ago.

I think your biggest fight now is getting equality, respect and recognition in the Islamic world, and we are with you every step of the way. Happy international women's day!


Quotes, texts and links to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay:

1)
"If you want to fight patriarchy but won't fight religion - you're not fighting patriarchy."
- Ali A. Rizvi: https://goo.gl/cGJX5c


2)
"You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation."
- Brigham Young


3)
We are sorry for the brief interruption today, but don't worry - tomorrow we are back to normal with the first of 364 consecutive days celebrating men all over the world. Hooray for men!


4)
To women and men - stop using words like "sluts" and "hoes" about women who have sex in a way you don't agree with. You have NO ownership of their bodies, they should be free to do what they want without being shamed.


5)
"You can tell who
the strong
women are. They
are the ones you
see building up
one another
instead of tearing
each other
down."


6)
These strong and inventive women changed the world, as shown in this video by Nobel Prize: https://goo.gl/LR9DUu


7)
"Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people."
- Eleanor Roosevelt


8)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO looks at how difficult it can be for many women to have an abortion in the United States of America: https://goo.gl/EL6WQk

This shit needs to stop. Let women have full control of their bodies. Now.


9)
Eight inventions by women that dudes got credit for, listed by Mother Jones: https://goo.gl/3G1QWg

Monopoly, nuclear fission, and programming - ladies did it first.



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2017-02-22

F*ck Iran and Sweden - and this is why


The dictatorship in Iran forces women to cover their hair, and recently a Swedish delegation obediently followed orders. Article in UN Watch: https://goo.gl/OHuIQy


1) F*ck Sweden. They should boycott Iran and demand specific improvements in the country, and not deal with the theocracy before these changes have been implemented.

2) F*ck the trade minister Ann Linde and the rest of the recent Iran delegation from Sweden - they are a disgrace to both their country and real feminism. ALL of the women should have refused to wear a hijab, instead of giving in. The country only wants money, and would have had to accept a refusal. The women should also have demanded to shake the Iranian men's hands.

3) F*ck Sweden for saying that they have a "feminist government", when Linde is trying to defend her hijab use in Tehran by saying that "failing to do so would have broken the law". No - you don't actually have to respect religious bullsh*t. BBC News: https://goo.gl/dP7nUI

4) F*ck the Swedish public broadcaster SVT for trying to hide the fact that minister Linde and the women in her delegation chose to wear hijabs: https://goo.gl/WuHgE8

5) F*ck the Swedish finance minister Magdalena Andersson for comparing hats with hijabs (https://goo.gl/3vYUFF). No matter what she says, a statement like that shows that she has very little empathy for subdued women. Read this excellent criticism by Masih Alinejad of My Stealthy Freedom: https://goo.gl/wvKou5

6) Also watch this speech by Alinejad on why female politicians must challenge compulsory hijab: https://goo.gl/U5tEya

7) And finally, f*ck World Chess Federation (FIDE) for allowing Iran to host the women’s world chess championship, when they knew that the players would be required to wear the hijab. CNN (https://goo.gl/B9WDI7) and CNSNews.com (https://goo.gl/1NyAsG).


P.S. This extreme political correctness is a big part of why Sweden is so f*cked, and why the country will have huge problems in the near future.

P.P.S. Why are men's and women's chess tournaments separated anyway? Are men really better than women in the game? If so, are they so much better that women't can't compete in the same championships?

P.P.P.S. Sort of similar hijab case from Norway in 2010, with Martine Aurdal: https://goo.gl/xPPRJh

2017-02-10

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 30/12 - 9/2

(from 30/12 to 9/2)


"If one person can do something, anyone can learn to do it. We can learn an achiever's mental map and make it our own. Too many people think certain things are impossible without ever going out and trying them. Pretend that everything is possible. When there is a physical or environmental limit the world of experience will let you know about it."
- Steve Andreas & Charles Faulkner (in "NLP - The New Technology Of Achievement", 1994)


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"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
- Norman Vincent Peale (minister and author, 1898-1993)


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Last weekend I was DJ'ing at a bar in Oslo, and I was warming up with some very funky afrobeat/disco from 1972 - "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango from Cameroon: http://goo.gl/Pfy2bi

During the song an African girl came up and asked me (in English):
- Hey, can you play some black music?
- Uhm, yes... this is actually music from Africa.
- No no, I want BLACK music, maybe R&B or something. Can you play Chris Brown?


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Weirdest sight from Oslo, Norway so far in 2015:

Very nerdy looking guy on the bus with a huge laptop and a wireless mouse, and he's playing World of Warcraft online. When he gets to his stop he holds the computer in his arms like a baby and keeps playing the game as he walks towards his house.

You gotta respect game addicts. And maybe feel a little sorry for them too.


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"One Man's Loss" is a cool little short film by Philip Sansom​. What goes around comes around, as shown in this clever little flick: http://goo.gl/eQDxyp


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"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."
- George Woodberry (politician)


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Nine TED talks about happiness. Look through some of them and find out what could make YOU happy: http://goo.gl/XLlSV


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Just saw a pretty cool German vampire movie, "Wir Sind Die Nacht" ("We Are The Night"). Directed by Dennis Gansel, who also did "Die Welle" in 2008.

I'm a sucker (pun intended) for vampires and especially female ones like in the film, but I guess it could have been a little deeper. It's pretty, but a little shallow.

Other recommended films about the undead are "Daybreakers" (2009), "Interview With The Vampire" (1994), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) or "Shadow Of The Vampire" (2000).


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New Year's resolutions by singer/songwriter Woodie Guthrie, from 1941. Wisdom that withstands the test of time: http://goo.gl/0Ppsx

"This Land Is Your Land" is his most known song, listen here: http://goo.gl/o4H0e


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If:
a) you are friends with someone on Facebook, and

b) you never talk to them, but

c) keep the friendship because you are attracted to them and want to spy on their photos, and

d) still don't find the nerve to actually talk to them, then

e) you should probably unfriend them, and optionally

f) message them that you unfriended them because you think they are hot but you don't know how to speak to them.


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"How foolish for us to punish ourselves in the present moment, because someone hurt us in the long ago past."
- Louise Hay in "You Can Heal Yourself"


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"Many employees believe getting a job is the safest way to support themselves. But does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income sound like a safe and secure situation to you? You can't have security if you don't have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you're an employee, then your real job title should be 'professional gambler'."
- Steve Pavlina

Read the whole article, "10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job": https://goo.gl/EqJDAx


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See this amazing photo of Lauren Lovette from the New York City Ballet: https://goo.gl/jEkoBt

I saw her dance at the tribute to the legendary ballerina Patricia McBride at the 37th Kennedy Center Honors in 2014.

Imagine how hard she has worked to achieve this physique, shown here on her Instagram:
"With every obstacle I grow in strength. With every challenge I grow in confidence. And with every hurdle my endurance grows. Nobody gains power without pain, tomorrow I will get up and try again."


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"Your true beliefs and values are only and always expressed in your actions, especially what you do under pressure. Theodore Roosevelt said, 'Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.'"
- Brian Tracy


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"Stop saying Charlie Hebdo Officiel was 'known for mocking Muslims.' They mocked EVERYONE."
- Gavin McInnes (co-founder of VICE Magazine)


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"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else."
- Les Brown


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If you want different results, you need to do different things, or do things differently.


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"It's choice, not chance, that determines your destiny."
- Jean Nidetch


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If you are looking for a direction in your life, and you're not sure what it is - ask yourself these questions and then answer them:
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1) What makes you feel good? What activities do you find fun, satisfying, or energizing?

2) What makes you feel bad? What are sources of anger, irritation, boredom, frustration, or anxiety in your life?

3) Is there any way in which you don't feel right about your life? Do you wish you could change jobs, cities, family situation, or other circumstances? Are you living up to your expectations for yourself? Does your life reflect your values?

4) Do you have sources of an atmosphere of growth? In what areas of your life do you find progress, learning, challenge, improvement, and increased mastery?

The answers should help you to clarify what you want to do. Taken from Gretchen Rubin's excellent site "The Happiness Toolbox": http://goo.gl/WIoZg


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What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Is there a God or isn’t there, and if there is a God, what is its nature? Of all the world’s religions, which one is the most correct? Is there an afterlife? Are we primarily physical beings or spiritual beings?

Steve Pavlina tries to help you find your own purpose and meaning, in the six part article series "The Meaning Of Life": https://goo.gl/IThrLl

INDEX:
Part 1: Intro
Part 2: How Shall We Live?
Part 3: Discover Your Purpose
Part 4: From Purpose to Action
Part 5: Transitioning
Part 6: Conscious Evolution


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By the way, "chai" actually means "tea". So you can't say "chai tea", or even "chai latte".

Here's the longer explanation, written by someone who really cares about this: http://goo.gl/9iVk4


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"In absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it."
- Robert Heinlein (novelist and screenwriter, 1907-1988)


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I'm guessing you guys - and some of you girls - can appreciate tasteful nude photos of Romanian girls?

If so, check out the gorgeous model Aisii, who is not only very beautiful, but I think also a mother!

Facebook: http://goo.gl/r46xv
Webpage: http://goo.gl/nZkbi
deviantART: http://goo.gl/DQN2Y


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"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."
- Malcolm X


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The Huffington Post lists 7 types of men you will meet on Tinder in India - but most of these are pretty ubiquitous around the planet as well: http://goo.gl/I8kRHl

EXCERPTS:
The Sapiosexual likes to brag that it takes more than a pretty face to win him over, as if there were a million pretty women standing outside his door screaming "PICK ME! ME!" He is definitely the type to quiz you on first dates about the latest book you read. I recommend answering "I don't know how to read" for maximum entertainment.

The Traveller describes himself as a "globetrotter" or a "wanderer". He has DSLR-quality photographs of himself in at least four different places on his Tinder profile, often clutching reluctant-looking locals.

The Tinder Addict has perfected his multitasking skills from his seven (minimum) ongoing text conversations with Tinder girls, all of whom he calls "babe". The Tinder Addict will invariably disappear for two-eight months after your first date. Then he'll turn up in your texts saying "Hey, stranger. Where you been?" like you were the one blowing him off.

The Joker claims to be a challenge because he tells offensive jokes on the first date. He loves gritty reboots of superhero movies, has a complicated relationship with his mother and has seriously considered stand-up comedy as a career.

The Entrepreneur applies business principles to his dating life, and will text you to "network and chill" at 3am. Luckily, he always has the family inheritance to fall back on if his startup fails. Date him if you don't mind getting an Ayn Rand book for Valentine's Day.

The Patron is a man in his 30s and up, wearing a suit and smoking a cigar in at least one of his pictures. (Needless to say, the picture is black and white.) He says age is just a number, but exclusively dates 20-somethings.

The Bro is a "fitness freak": possibly the two unsexiest words on the planet. Date him if you've ever wondered what it would be like to be in a reality show. But be warned: there is a high probability that he will take his shirt off in the club. Even if you beg him not to.


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Please check this list of seven subtle symptoms of depression, via Psychology Today: https://goo.gl/C6y1qn

If you see these symptoms in yourself, consider seeking help. If you see them in someone you care about, maybe you can encourage them to get help.

The text is by Amy Morin, the author of "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do". It's a good book on how to build mental strength, and I can recommend it.


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When one door closes, many others open up for you.


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"Any system or blueprint for success is better than none at all."
- Brian Tracy


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Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace."
Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place."
- Marianne Williamson


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"I think what Lance Armstrong has done is pretty impressive. When I was doing dope I couldn't even FIND my bike."


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The New York Times invited a bunch of good actors to kiss in very short scenes, and it became "9 Kisses": http://goo.gl/hl9q5U

Directed by Elaine Constantine, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jenny Slate, Chadwick Boseman, Kristen Stewart, Patricia Arquette, Jason Schwartzman, David Oyelowo, Timothy Spall, Jack O'Connell, Shailene Woodley, John Lithgow, Julianne Moore, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Miles Teller.


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Wise words about the hip hop of the mid-90s:
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"The drums on every track are hard, but the beats drip with 70s-soul crackle and vibed-out jazz. The rapping is immediate and fun, but wordly-wise and far from disposable. And it also has that thing so many 90s rap albums have - a bunch of dudes just yelling shit in the background."

From No Trivia's review (http://goo.gl/oAT3w) of the 2009 deluxe edition reissue of Grand Puba's album "2000", originally released in 1995.


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The Onion covered Obama's inauguration speech the best: http://tinyurl.com/7sh8cg


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"And the cost of a thing it will be remembered as the amount of life it requires to be exchanged for it."
- Henry David Thoreau


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"The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking."
- Robert H. Schuller (pastor and author)


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"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize."
- Elizabeth Harrison (educator, 1849-1927)


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"Here in Africa, we're too polite for not talking to other people when you meet them. It's more important to care of social relationships. That's why we have a problem with being on time."
- Mr. Lwinga


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"Don't set your goals too low. If you don't need much, you won't become much."
- Jim Rohn


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"If your guard is up, let it down. If you have constructed a defensive wall to protect yourself and keep all the bad guys out, don't forget who that wall also prevents from getting in - the good guys."
- Brendon Burchard (author and marketing expert)


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Really cool examples of how you can change your desktop picture and make the computer blend into its environment: http://goo.gl/sxK1z


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Frustratingly slow torrents are nature's way of telling you to get off the computer, out into the real world, and have an actual life.


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Two quotes I like:

"Learn from other people's mistakes, you don't have time to make all of them yourself."

"Some people learn from their mistakes, but smart people learn from other people's mistakes."


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Comedian Whitney Cummings in her show "Whitney". She plays a freelance photographer who isn't getting work anymore, because everyone is using Hipstamatic on their iPhones instead:

"I got replaced by an app that costs $1.99. Now I know how pornstars felt when teenage sluts bought webcams."


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Vincent Willem van Gogh in a letter to his brother written June 1880, about the two types of idlers. Via Farnam Street: http://goo.gl/n5Qy5I

I think especially people with ADD/ADHD will recognize the sentiments here.

"There’s the one who’s an idler through laziness and weakness of character, through the baseness of his nature; you may, if you think fit, take me for such a one.Then there’s the other idler, the idler truly despite himself, who is gnawed inwardly by a great desire for action, who does nothing because he finds it impossible to do anything since he’s imprisoned in something, so to speak, because he doesn’t have what he would need to be productive, because the inevitability of circumstances is reducing him to this point.

Such a person doesn’t always know himself what he could do, but he feels by instinct, I’m good for something, even so! I feel I have a raison d’être! I know that I could be a quite different man! For what then could I be of use, for what could I serve! There’s something within me, so what is it! That’s an entirely different idler; you may, if you think fit, take me for such a one.

In the springtime a bird in a cage knows very well that there’s something he’d be good for; he feels very clearly that there’s something to be done but he can’t do it; what it is he can’t clearly remember, and he has vague ideas and says to himself, ‘the others are building their nests and making their little ones and raising the brood’, and he bangs his head against the bars of his cage.

And then the cage stays there and the bird is mad with suffering . ‘Look, there’s an idler’, says another passing bird — that fellow’s a sort of man of leisure. And yet the prisoner lives and doesn’t die; nothing of what’s going on within shows outside, he’s in good health, he’s rather cheerful in the sunshine. But then comes the season of migration."


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"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
- Winston Churchill


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Entertaining article on Cracked.com about mythical works of art, literature and science that would have been some of the most influential in history, had they lasted long enough: http://goo.gl/z1U66g

Extract:
"Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was expected to clock in at anywhere between 100 and 120 chapters. Unfortunately, the dude only managed to finish 24 tales before he suffered an insurmountable and permanent state of writer's block, commonly known as death."


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"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit."
- Elbert Hubbard


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"Everyday, think as you wake up; 'Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.'"
- Dalai Lama


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How are things going? Are you having real progress, or are you faking it?

Check out Steve Pavlina's article about the subject, called "Are you faking progress?": http://goo.gl/dGIHG


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The following is circulating the net as "Answers of a student who obtained 0%" at an exam. But let's change it up a bit and challenge your creativity.

For each of these questions, try to come up with the most creative or funny answer. Then check the bottom to see what the person who wrote the original post answered:
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Q1) In which battle did Napoleon die?
Q2) Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Q3) River Ravi flows in which state?
Q4) What is the main reason for divorce?
Q5) What is the main reason for failure?
Q6) What can you never eat for breakfast?
Q7) What looks like half an apple?
Q8) If you throw a red stone into the blue sea, what will it become?
Q9) How can a man go eight days without sleeping?
Q10) How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
Q11) If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have?
Q12) If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
Q13) How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

ANSWERS:
Q1) In which battle did Napoleon die?
* His last battle
Q2) Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
* At the bottom of the page
Q3) River Ravi flows in which state?
* Liquid
Q4) What is the main reason for divorce?
* Marriage
Q5) What is the main reason for failure?
* Exams
Q6) What can you never eat for breakfast?
* Lunch & dinner
Q7) What looks like half an apple?
* The other half
Q8) If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what will it become?
* It will simply become wet
Q9) How can a man go eight days without sleeping?
* No problem, he sleeps at night.
Q10) How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
* You will never find an elephant that has only one hand..
Q11) If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have?
* Very large hands
Q12) If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
* No time at all, the wall is already built.
Q13) How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
* Concrete floors are very hard to crack.


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"Hard SciFi Movies" is an entertaining Twitter account that mixes sci-fi ideas with a skewed perspective on contemporary society: https://goo.gl/OqPw2J

SAMPLES:
"A dying replicant fears that his memories will be lost, like tears in rain. Fortunately he has automatic backup to the cloud."

"A group of people find themselves in an inexplicable Kafkaesque maze of cubes. They are paid to sit there for eight hours per weekday."

"An alien warlord is determined to conquer Earth. Centuries of sub-lightspeed travel later, his great-grandchildren decide not to bother."

"Using technology a man is imbued with superhuman strength and stamina. He is stripped of all his Tour de France medals."


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Today is the oldest you've ever been,
and the youngest you'll ever be again.


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A worrying article in PandoDaily about the history of the NSA, and how the first congressman to fight them (Otis Pike) failed miserably: http://goo.gl/7ByzqC

Definitely something to read if you have interest in the subject. "The first congressman to battle the NSA is dead. No-one noticed, no-one cares."


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Norwegian photographer Stian Rekdal recorded in 2012 timelapses in and around the town of Ålesund, Norway.

See the beautiful video for yourself, including Aurora Borealis (northern lights): http://goo.gl/cmdER


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"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future."
- Bernard Meltzer (syndicated radio host, 1916-1998)


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"The misfortune in life is not that it ends soon for many, but people sit around waiting for it to begin."


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Did you know that burning wood in your fireplace is very poisonous and 30 times more lethal than cigarette smoke? And that burning wood is one of the worse things you can do to other people and your own body? Facts: http://goo.gl/PbqUA

I didn't know this until I read a really good article by Sam Harris called "The Fireplace Delusion": http://goo.gl/Uk1zS

Harris describes how many people simply refuse to believe this, because we have a traditional view of burning wood as something completely natural.

Then he concludes:
"Even if you reject every intrusion of the 'nanny state,' you should agree that the recreational burning of wood is unethical and should be illegal, especially in urban areas. By lighting a fire, you are creating pollution that you cannot dispose.

I have discovered that when I make this case, a psychological truth quickly becomes visible: People do not want to believe any of it. To try to convince them that burning wood is harmful — and has always been so — is somehow offensive.

And that should give you some sense of what we are up against whenever we confront religion."


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Very useful guide to the game of "life", by Oliver Emberton: http://goo.gl/ZZI0r6

Should be presented to all young people, and is insightful for older people too.


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In stressful situations, most people do not actually "rise to the occasion". Usually people default to their basic level of training, however high or low that level is. Continuous learning while gaining experience is key in every field.

2017-01-29

How to influence your elected representatives if you are a US citizen

So you want to create political change in the US? Read the following.





Advice from a high-level staffer for a Senator:

There are two things that everyone concerned should be doing all the time right now, and they're by far the most important things.

You should NOT be bothering with online petitions or emailing.

1. The best thing you can do to be heard and get your congressperson to pay attention is to have face-to-face time - if they have town halls, go to them. Go to their local offices. If you're in DC, try to find a way to go to an event of theirs. Go to the "mobile offices" that their staff hold periodically (all these times are located on each congressperson's website). When you go, ask questions. A lot of them. And push for answers. The louder and more vocal and present you can be at those the better.

2. But, those in-person events don't happen every day. So, the absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling. You should make six calls a day: two each (DC office and your local office) to your two Senators & your one Representative.

Any sort of online contact basically gets immediately ignored, and letters pretty much get thrown in the trash (unless you have a particularly strong emotional story - but even then it's not worth the time it took you to craft that letter).

Calls are what all the congresspeople pay attention to. Every single day, the Senior Staff and the Senator get a report of the 3 most-called-about topics for that day at each of their offices (in DC and local offices), and exactly how many people said what about each of those topics. They're also sorted by zip code and area code. Republican callers generally outnumber Democrat callers 4-1, and when it's a particular issue that single-issue-voters pay attention to (like gun control, or planned parenthood funding, etc...), it's often closer to 11-1, and that's recently pushed Democratic congressmen on the fence to vote with the Republicans. In the last 8 years, Republicans have called, and Democrats haven't.


So, when you call:

A) When calling the DC office, ask for the Staff member in charge of whatever you're calling about ("Hi, I'd like to speak with the staffer in charge of Healthcare, please") - local offices won't always have specific ones, but they might. If you get transferred to that person, awesome. If you don't, that's ok - ask for their name, and then just keep talking to whoever answered the phone. Don't leave a message (unless the office doesn't pick up at all - then you can...but it's better to talk to the staffer who first answered than leave a message for the specific staffer in charge of your topic).

B) Give them your zip code. They won't always ask for it, but make sure you give it to them, so they can mark it down. Extra points if you live in a zip code that traditionally votes for them, since they'll want to make sure they get/keep your vote.

C) If you can make it personal, make it personal. "I voted for you in the last election and I'm worried/happy/whatever" or "I'm a teacher, and I am appalled by" or "as a single mother" or "as a white, middle class woman," or whatever.

D) Pick one or two specific things per day to focus on. Don't go down a whole list - they're figuring out what one or two topics to mark you down for on their lists. So, focus on one or two per day. Ideally something that will be voted on/taken up in the next few days, but it doesn't really matter - even if there's not a vote coming up in the next week, call anyway. It's important that they just keep getting calls.

E) Be clear on what you want - "I'm disappointed that the Senator..." or "I want to thank the Senator for their vote on..." or "I want the Senator to know that voting in _____ way is the wrong decision for our state because..." Don't leave any ambiguity.

F) They may get to know your voice/get sick of you - it doesn't matter. The people answering the phones generally turn over every six weeks anyway, so even if they're really sick of you, they'll be gone in six weeks. From experience since the election: If you hate being on the phone & feel awkward (which is a lot of people) don't worry about it - there are a bunch of scripts (Indivisible has some, there are lots of others floating around these day). After a few days of calling, it starts to feel a lot more natural. Put the 6 numbers in your phone (all under P – Politician. An example is McCaskill MO, Politician McCaskill DC, Politician Blunt MO, etc...) which makes it really easy to click down the list each day.

2017-01-21

Live-tweets by The Onion Politics during Trump's inauguration

The Onion's politics section live-tweeted during President Donald J. Trump's inauguration. Below are the tweets.



(cartoon by Mike Luckovich)


Follow @OnionPolitics now as the nation celebrates a peaceful transition into Ragnarök.

45,395th-largest-ever D.C. crowd gathers at Capitol.

Nation to celebrate peaceful transition of color.

Obama praying Xanax holds out for next 30 minutes.

Melania Trump once again asks military officer to run away with her.

Report: One way ticket to Paris only $480 right now.

Bill Clinton quietly asks Hillary why the fuck they at inauguration.

Report: This the most stairs Trump has ever had to walk down.

Report: Half of inauguration attendees to be ruined by cost of routine surgery.

Priest at inauguration really putting a lot of emphasis behind pleas for God's help.

Mike Pence saying private, more intense prayer.

Trump trying to look prayerish.

Biden turns up volume of Alice In Chains playing through earbuds.

Trump perks up notably at sight of blonde woman at podium.

Report: Muslim prayer next.

This actually a Missouri state university chorale cover band.

Alto in third row singing off-key in subtle protest.

Choir currently singing latin about endless torment of hell.

Eric Trump fondly recalls choir boy he used to torment.

Report: Please let next 4 years be this boring.

Report: This is 96% of inauguration audience's first time seeing jew in person.

Chilly man in audience wishes he'd worn thicker flag.

Crowd thought it'd never have to hear Democrat speak again.

Trump calms nerves before inaugural address by reminding himself he's the only person who actually exists.

Mormon choir somehow second-whitest choir at this inauguration.

Choir accidentally sworn in as 45th president.

Flag in front of Capitol building wishes it weren't waving so majestically.

Report: There still time for something to happen between now and end of oath.

Justice Roberts stops in middle of oath of office to remind audience this just his job.

Melania Trump quickly checks phone for flight check-in information.

Trump to nation: 'There are at least a dozen other places I'd rather be right now.'

'It is a tremendous honor to have every American serve me as their president,' claims grateful Trump.

Trump fact: He has vowed to avoid ethical entanglements through strict and transparent redefinition of the word "Ethical".

Trump accidentally tells nation nuclear codes.

Report: This less scary if you don't know any history.

Obama quietly thinking about how much better his inauguration speech was.

Inauguration fact: An inauguration of a president is the first step in the impeachment process.

Trump vows to eradicate face of earth.

Majority of crowd believes America competing in contest of some sort.

Trump supporter stabs brown man to double-check blood.

Trump: 'Please ignore the 200,000 women you see tomorrow.'

Trump already asleep.

Rabbi: 'Well that was a little scary, wasn't it?'

Crowd not sure what to do with hands, head during Jewish prayer.