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On the Fox News channel, I saw Tucker Carlson and Bill Nye spar, on the topic of climate change.

  • Bill Nye – Climate change is caused by human activity
  • Tucker Carlson – Just doesn’t know, but disagrees that we can say for sure that climate change is caused by humans.

Tucker Carlson is great to watch, because he usually makes mince meat out of his guests. He met his match with Bill Nye, However. Tucker usually seems to have a handle on the topic and can outwit the guest on his show. Not this time. This time, I don’t believe Mr. Tucker knew enough about the science behind the term, “climate change.” He should have done a little more homework, before tackling Bill Nye on this issue. It would have given Mr. Nye a chance to extrapolate; never the less, Mr. Nye is a very intelligent person, and it was obvious during this interview. He answered Mr. Carlson’s questions very well, unlike most of Mr. Carlson’s guests. This time, Mr. Carlson was out-matched.

I’m a little biased. I saw the series, Bill Nye Saves the World (a science show). It is a great series. Sometimes a person just gets a gut feeling about another person. I was hoping Mr. Nye would do well. He did not disappoint.

Great show, once again, though. Very informative. People most likely came away from that show with more insight, than they started with. Kudos

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Like, if you believe that Michael Landon had a higher calling, in the making of the Highway to Heaven television series.

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This is my the pick for the ages. They don’t make them like this anymore. Of course, it is a very difficult act to follow.

Another good one is Touched by an Angel.

I just do not get it. Time after time, there is ‘so called devastation’ from flooding. Do our leaders really consider it, “devastation?” I don’t think so. Otherwise,  anyone who was and is, in a position to do something about the flooding, would have done something; unless, they thought that the damage from major flooding, winds, and  even tremors, are acceptable.

Take Tuscon, Arizona, for instance. There are what is called washes. They are dry riverbeds for most of the year. They become active during the monsoon rains. I believe the rivers take the water to the foot hills. Many of the roads turn into rivers, diverting the water to the foothills, also, I believe. I was in Tuscon for the last big “flood “- it ripped up roads, and took out bridges; however, I don’t believe there was any major actual flooding. That is the way Tuscon’s infrastructure is set up.

We have come a long way since 1776. It is amazing, how much has been accomplished and invented in such a relatively short period of time. Yet —- We do not address natural disasters that are recurrent. What is the deal with that. Houses are lost in floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and what do we do? We use the same old method in re-building them, so they can be destroyed the next time around, and the next. How dumb is that? Sure, individuals don’t want to spend the money. This is one of those areas where government regulation comes into play. That is actually one of the benefits of democracy – the elected officials work to maintain and improve the standard of living for all.

We should be able to incorporate ways to divert water, in our infrastructure. We should build houses that can withstand wind, tremors, and high waters. As homes are lost, we should re-build them better, not the same. We have risen above nature, to great extent, when it comes to medical life issues. We haven’t done much, when it comes to the environment. Why is that? I believe that it is high time our priorities include incorporating flood and wind protections in our infrastructure. I would include being pro-active against tremors, also. That is often the problem with societies – we, for some reason, are shy about being proactive

Why is it that houses along side the ocean can’t be made to rise with the water level and made to withstand high hurricane level winds? Sure, it sounds futuristic, but it should be present times. Etcetera!

flood resistant home.pngInhabitat.com

 

 

 

If I owned an NFL team, I’d say bring it on. Go ahead and organize a boycott; and by the way, no person will sit during the national anthem and keep their job. Our games call to a lot of people. We want to accentuate the positive, not the dissent. Politics and all that crap aside; It’s that simple. The NFL owners don’t have a lot of control over country affairs, but they can control the personalities they want on the team. Show me the money :).  Watch the movie Jerry Maguire. Maybe this will lend some insight.

Not standing for the National Anthem is not protesting. It’s saying, look at me and see what I’m doing – It’s all me, me, me. That works in the entertainment industry, but this matter encompasses more than just entertainment.

american pride

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Since writing the last post, I had an epiphany.

I believe the leader of North Korea has been making attempts to improve relations with the U.S., but hasn’t had much success at it. A basket ball player was befriended, and he has had people from the U.S visit.

It seems he needs to surround himself with more than Generals, and move away from the martial law and military mentality a bit. He should also surround himself with diplomats and intelligent, hard-working people knowledgeable in fostering relationships, bonds, connections, internal affairs … etc. with other countries. He may already do that, I wouldn’t know. China can be a good neighbor and ally, by offering their services, in this area. That would be a great thing to do. The Chinese leaders could mentor him, in what it takes to survive and prosper as a country. Send advisors to assist him in endeavors to improve the country’s reputation around the world and to improve his ability to join in with other country’s world meetings. He is young and inexperienced in this area, I believe. Of course he knows a lot and has been taught a lot, but there are other fields and strategies that once learned, would improve his skills in dealing with other nations; as well as, broadening his horizons.

Just a thought. Someone ought to create an international show with commentary and such, dedicated to improving inter country relations and helping other countries with insights and understandings. They could call it, So and So saves the world! I got that from the science show, Bill Nye Saves World. People should check it out. It is entertaining and educational for everyone. I rate it VVG (very, very good). Ha!

Of course, I’m thinking positive thoughts that this current situation will work itself out. I’m just one of the masses; at the mercy of our leaders, and fate.

This is a complicated matter; however, knowing a little history can go a long way.

I have been watching Korean period dramas. The story lines  and fight scenes are great. I l like to watch the shows in the Korean language. That way, I can hear the actual voices of the actors and relate to them better, in other shows that the actors are in. Also, it is good to pick up a few words here and there. Watching these dramas, a person can’t help but to pick up on the rich, brutal, yet loving history that Korea has to offer, and gain some insights. One show (Six Flying Dragons) which depicted the ushering in of the Joseon period. It took place during the Goryeo period. I saw how successive kings brought new wisdom to the kingdom during the Joseon period. Another movie, Tree with Deep Roots, was great. I might have mixed it up, and I believe this one is where the king developed the Korean alphabet. Other great shows are: Hong Gil Dong, Faith, Roof Top Prince, and the Arang and the Magistrate. To me, most of the best shows were made in the back drop of the Joseon Period. I noted the interactions between China and Korea. There were times when they fought each other, and there were times when they fought alongside each other. There are close ties between China and Korea, if I understood what I was watching, correctly. Korea was separate, but at the same time, respected and depended on China for a measure of security. Some did not like the idea of being subordinate to China.

Well, the little bit of Korean history that I know, has been put out there.

Well, I guess what I’m getting at is that, yes, China probably has the most influence over North Korea. At the same time, North Korea is separate from China, and probably wants to do their own thing. At the same time North Korea doesn’t have as close a tie to any other country and probably depends on China more than any other country. If China put its foot down, Leader Kim Jon-Un would most likely do as China wishes.

Going to another chapter, in this article ————————

On another note

I don’t know the intricacies or diplomacy of the relations between the U.S. and North Korea; none the less, here is my view of things:

I’d like to see North Korea and the United States be on such good terms, that crossing the North Korean border would be as easy as crossing into New York, from New Jersey; and we welcome North Korean’s across our border with open arms.

Maxine Waters should not be disparaged for her ideas on how to work with North Korea. I don’t believe she is correct in the way she worded things, but she is trying to get a handle on how to approach the matter. I tend to think that getting money and the like from the United States has been like taking candy from a baby. We can’t buy friends. Also, a  country needs to respect other countries if it wants to be respected. The United States is not a paper tiger and can be pushed and disrespected, only so much before something happens. The U.S. could have taken over the world after world war II. Not only did this not happen, we did not claim or occupy the countries that were defeated. It should be obvious to the world, that the U.S does not want to take over any country. The U.S. could have claimed much of the middle east as their own shortly after the attack on 9/11, but it didn’t. The U.S. pretty much owned those counties while it was over there.

The point here, is that threatening the U.S. is counter productive. At this point, is there anything to be gained from it? If leader Kim Jon-Un put as much energy toward good relations with the U.S. as he does to antagonize it, he would be able to turn all this around, in a heart beat. President Trump is a compassionate man, as well as being a strong leader (from all indications that I have observed). Leader Kim Jon-Un doesn’t realize it, but all he as to do is respect him as the President of the U.S. and create a dialogue. President Trump would probably bend over back-words to work with him to help him make his country great. There is no reason to isolate himself and his country from the U.S. There is a give and take between countries. He should study how other countries interact (even between those countries where the customs are very different). He should ask himself, why things are the way they are, and how to change the situation, and work positively toward those goals. If he started moving in this direction, he will have already won. If he took steps to make his country prosperous, he would go down in history as being one of the greats. I’ll bet it would be amazing how fast sanctions would disappear and how fast his country could become prosperous, with open trade and the like with the world. There is a big world out there, why not work toward joining it. All countries do not have perfect relationships, but they work to better each other.

Look At China and the U.S. Of course they compete with each other, and have disagreements about things; but they work together none the less, to help each other and make this world a better place. It is the same with most countries.  Isn’t that better than the alternative?

감사합니다 (kamsahamnida)  Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

pro·gres·sive
prəˈɡresiv/
adjective
  1. 1.
    happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.
    “a progressive decline in popularity”
    synonyms: continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, accelerating, escalating; 
  2. 2.
    (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
    “a relatively progressive governor”
noun
  1. 1.
    a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
    synonyms: innovatorreformerreformistliberallibertarian

    “he is very much a progressive”
  2. 2.
    GRAMMAR
    a progressive tense or aspect.
    “the present progressive”

con·serv·a·tive
kənˈsərvədiv/
adjective
  1. 1.
    holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
    synonyms: traditionalisttraditionalconventionalorthodoxold-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool, hideboundunadventurous, set in one’s ways;
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.
    synonyms: right-wingerreactionaryrightistdiehard

 

The United States needs both. It certainly can not allow itself to stagnate, or fail to continuously evolve. Progressives, aid in the growth and development of the U.S. The U.S. also needs to embrace and maintain its own identity in the world. That is where the conservatives come in.

I’ll use a Korean period, to show an example of progressive wisdom: There is a Korean drama, that takes place during the Joseon period. The name of the drama is, Tree With Deep Roots.

tree with deep roots

King Sejong is a celebrated Korean ruler who can literally say he invented the alphabet. He was also one of two rulers in the country’s history awarded the titles “the Great.” Sejong the Great was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, and ruled from 1418 – 1450.Mar 12, 2011

The Man Who Created the Korean Alphabet – Rosemont, CA Patch

If King Sejong hadn’t been a progressive (of course, at the time, he surely didn’t think in terms of being a progressive or conservative), the Korean alphabet may not have come into being. He met a lot of resistance. There were those who would kill him, and attempted just that. You see, the nobles of the time, felt that allowing the masses to read and write using this alphabet, would adversely effect their rank and power. It had something to do with the nobles knowing the Chinese characters which elevated them above the rank of the masses.

An American example of progressiveness can be traced back to the founding of the U.S. -The drafting of the declaration of independence. I believe that the United States is the offspring of Great Britain. Great Britain didn’t know it at the time, but that country is the parent to the United States. The coming into being of the United States was an evolutionary process, with its roots in Great Britain. That is why the bond between the United States and Great Britain should never be broken.

On June 11, 1776, Congress appointed a “Committee of Five” to draft a declaration, consisting of John Adams of Massachusetts,Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia,Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut.

authors of declaration of independencehistorum.com

I wrote this because I found myself disliking progressives, because of the negative talk in the media about progressives. Then, I remembered some positive outcomes that were due to progressives. I do not know where this country will go from here. I just believe that the world needs progressives. As noted above, they may not always be met with open arms.

 

 

 

so·cial·ism
[ˈsōSHəˌlizəm]

NOUN
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
synonyms: leftism · welfarism · radicalism · progressivism · social democracy · communism · Marxism · labor movement
policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
synonyms: leftism · welfarism · radicalism · progressivism · social democracy · communism · Marxism · labor movement
(in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.

 

Fox news was on the street asking ordinary people if they know what socialism means. I guess some people think they like socialism. One of the news-castors said that, at least they knew what socialism is. I don’t believe that is true. Listening to these people, I came to a conclusion – All these people are thinking, is what many of the masses think when they hear socialism – They think they will get some money out of it, or have an easier life. Read the whole definition, above. The ideology of socialism goes much deeper than that. If they truly understood socialism, I don’t believe they would like it. Their freedoms, and standard of living would actually take a big plunge.

Of course, there are some who live in utter  poverty and/or are homeless, with a very poor standard of living to begin with. They might believe that Jail or prison is a step up for them (“3 hots and a cot”).  When you think of conditions in the jails and prisons, that probably is not actually the case (at least they are free, and it is almost never too late to work toward improving things) – that is a different discussion, though.

churchill quote on socialism

 

col·lu·sion
[kəˈlo͞oZHən]

NOUN
secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others:
“the armed forces were working in collusion with drug traffickers” · [more]
synonyms: conspiracy · connivance · complicity · intrigue · plotting · secret understanding · collaboration · scheming
law
illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially between ostensible opponents in a lawsuit.

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What were some of those examples again?

“the armed forces were working in collusion with drug traffickers”  – “collusion between media owners and political leaders”

What is one of the good sounding synonyms?: collaboration – Of course a person could even spin this, with the following: “traitorous cooperation with an enemy.” — Well, good luck with that. Ha!

Let me change one of the above examples to: President Trump is working in collusion with the Russians – What would this mean, really? It could mean something beneficial, or it could mean something negative.

The people doing the accusing ought to be specific. I believe every president colluded with leaders of other nations.

It appears, as often happens, some people went off half cocked. Frankly, that has always been annoying. Do the homework, and get the facts straight, before moving forward. A lot of times, thinking things through, will stop whatever it is, that was being planned; simply because, it is found out that there is nothing to go on. Things are often not as they appear, on the surface. I believe that is what has made the media look bad, lately. In the fervor to get the story out, they get over-zealous and don’t look beneath the surface (they don’t do a thorough investigation) of something that, otherwise, looks negative or wrong.

spectrumWow and Yikes!. Spectrum Cable just doesn’t want to work with us. Now they want approximately $5.00 a month for each digital adaptor, in the house. Good grief. The adaptor is needed to be able to receive the service, on our televisions. That seems like extorted pricing to me. If they are needed to be able to use the service, and they gave the adaptors out when they went digital, isn’t it wrong to start charging now?

We called Spectrum to try to get a cheaper package – Believe it or not, the person checked on what he could do for us; then, came back with a $175.00 package. Hello! We told him we needed money taken off, not added on. The cheapest package they have is only $12.00 less than what we are paying, and doesn’t include the few channels we actually watch!

We asked the service guy, about the current offers on their website. Well, that doesn’t apply to us, because we are an existing customer. We would have to cancel Spectrum for at least 30 days, to be considered new customers (at least he gave us some potentially useful information, on that).

We used to be able to negotiate with Time Warner. Spectrum is too rigid, and doesn’t seem to care about its existing customers.

What say you.