Category Archives: Social Issues

Tesla Recruiting US Vets to Build Cars

Click the image below to read the entire article at Green Car Reports.

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Quotes from the article:

The Silicon Valley electric carmaker is poised to become a leading employer of veterans, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Tesla now has more than 6,000 employees, of whom 300 are veterans. A further 600 veterans are “in the hiring pipeline,” according to the company.

Tesla […] has made Veterans Day a company-wide paid holiday.

Read the entire article at Green Car Reports.

Did I mention that Elon Musk is my hero?

And now … the rest of the story

From The Loop

As reported by Reuters

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in a 2013 speech at Auburn University described people with disabilities “in a struggle to have their human dignity acknowledged.” He said, “They’re frequently left in the shadows of technological advancements that are a source of empowerment and attainment for others.”

And now … the rest of the story

What Tim Cook continued to say, but Reuters left out

“… left in the shadows of technological advancements that are a source of empowerment and attainment for others, but Apple’s engineers push back against this unacceptable reality, they go to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from blindness and deafness to various muscular disorders. I receive hundreds of e-mails from customers every day, and I read them all. Last week I received one from a single mom with a three year old autistic son who was completely non-verbal, and after receiving an iPad, for the first time in his life, he had found his voice. I receive scores of these incredible stories from around the world and I never tire of reading them.” “We design our products to surprise and delight everyone who uses them, and we never, ever analyze the return on investment. We do it because it is just and right, and that is what respect for human dignity requires, and its a part of Apple I’m especially proud of.”

The Loop takes Reuters to task with strong words for the surgical removal of the rest of (and key part of) the story.

I applaud Tim Cook and his team at Apple for their vision and accomplishments.

A Brief History of Everything

Continue reading A Brief History of Everything

How many?

Can you guess?

How many nuclear devices has humanity detonated since the first one at Trinity New Mexico?

I’ll give you a hint …

1 – Trinity NM
2 – Hiroshima
3 – Nagasaki
4 – that one in the Pacific
10 – a few more in the Pacific (Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands)
50 – a bunch at the US Nevada Test Site
100? 200? 500? (All of the testing by all of the nations)
1091?

Continue reading How many?

Thorium

Seriously FFF*

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Note: Video is a compendium of speakers exhorting the goodness of Thorium and the badness of the alternatives. Much food for thought and history.

 

*Free Fuel Forever

Also Watch:
https://contrafactual.com/2014/05/31/lftr-in-5-minutes
https://contrafactual.com/2014/06/02/a-brief-history-of-breeder-reactors/
https://contrafactual.com/2013/12/04/thorium-remix-2011/

Russia to ban US from space

Elon Musk wins the RD-80 ban by default

From The Telegraph

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Click the above image to read full article.

Russia will also ban its rocket engines from being used to launch US military payloads, possibly giving Elon Musk’s SpaceX a chance at the US military launch market currently monopolized by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-venture between aeronautics industry leaders Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.

Science and Technology

Carl Sagan said this over thirty years ago and sadly it is even more true today than it was then.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Credit: Brainy Quotes

The Wahls Protocol

From The Nudist War – Day 43
Jess was officially diagnosed with MS ten years ago, not long after she posted for the position at the CDC in Atlanta. She noticed that she had a “floater” in her left eye that didn’t go away. When she saw her Ophthalmologist he diagnosed her with optic neuritis, for which he prescribed a course of oral steroids to reduce the inflammation. “One thing you should know,” he told her, “there is a good chance that you have Multiple Sclerosis. Let me refer you to a Neurologist who specializes in MS treatment. She’s the best one in Atlanta.” After a CT scan, several MRIs and lumbar punctures, the diagnosis was in. “Ms. Munroe, I am so sorry to have to tell you this. The MRI analyses and spinal fluid tests both indicate positive for Multiple Sclerosis.”

 

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Hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook available at:
Amazon
Audible
Apple iBook
Apple iTunes
and other retailers

Maybe I should put Jess on this diet.

Naturism

WARNING

This post deals with the public display of the naked human body. Clicking on any of the links below could subject you to images of the natural unclothed human form. If you are under 18 or if this might offend you in any way, please refrain from clicking on any of the links below.

Continue reading Naturism

Time Warp

With a bit of a mind flip, you’re into the time-slip, and nothing can ever be the same.

~ Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

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Let’s do the Time Warp again

Several posts ago, I told you that I had figured out how to schedule posts into the future. If you look at the posting time for all of the TNW – Day nn chapters, you will see that they are all posted, that is scheduled, for Sunday at 2:00 AM.

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Except for TNW – Day 45

When I tried to schedule it for 2 AM, the 2 was grayed out. No matter how hard I tried, it would jump back to 1 or ahead to 3. It was frustrating, but I ended up scheduling it for 1:05 AM and thought nothing more about it.

It just occurred to me a short while ago …

2 AM didn’t exist.

The 2 o’clock hour didn’t exist.

With a bit of a mind flip, you’re into the time-slip, and nothing can ever be the same.

• • •

What would aliens say when told Earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there’s more sunlight.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson via Twitter

Time Whores

Selling my minutes, my hours,my days.
Striving for better than minimum wage.
Up at 6:00, snooze five minutes more,
then off to work where I’m a time whore.

When I was young I lived off the clock
and when I retire I’ll be too old to walk
very far without getting sore.
Life is a bitch when you’re a time whore.

My time’s not my own when I’m on your clock.
Sometime’s I just want to get out my Glock
And blow out my brains ’cause I know what’s in store.
Your time’s not your own when you’re a time whore.

Whether doctor or lawyer or Indian chief
you’re selling your time to a devious thief
who pays you in lucre but demands so much more.
One way or another we’re all just time whores.

Copyright © 2014 by Christian Bergman, All rights reserved.

Top 10 …

Top 10 Observations of an old White Guy on Race Relations in the New Millennium

Number 10
Barrack Obama may be the coolest, hippest, Nobel Prize winningest President the US has ever had, but he is not the blackest. Bill Clinton still holds that title.

Continue reading Top 10 …

Rocket Man – what is wrong?

Despite all the other fun bits that I include in my blog … my cats, the interesting YouTube video, various fun facts, music, history … my real reason for blogging is that I want to write fiction. I currently have two main streams of fiction: the Day 42 zombie saga and the Mars collection of science fiction short stories.

I recently wrote a new short story titled Rocket Man.

I included various supplementary material on either side of it. Prior to posting Rocket Man. I reblogged both Phobos Rising and Jumper. After I posted it, I included a history of the Rocket Man song. Intermixed with this was a variety of other video posts and a cat post.

The material on either side of the Rocket Man short story got numerous ‘likes’ … yet Rocket Man got only a single ‘like’.

I am perplexed.

• Did you read it and not like it?

• If you read it and did not like it, can you tell me what you disliked?

Be frank I’m a big boy I can take criticism.

• If you didn’t read it why not?

As always I am extremely appreciative of your feedback.

Thanks cb

Second Amendment

Guns, lots of guns

Earlier this year I wrote a piece of satire titled ATF, a post-apocalyptic strategy based on the stockpiling of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. Although satirical in nature, and intended to be humorous, there is much truth, I believe, in that essay.

Continue reading Second Amendment

The Journal of Cleopatra Stevens

One of the reasons that I am behind on the Day 42 series is that I am reading an engrossing old-school zombie novel titled

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
The Journal of Cleopatra Stevens

Based on the number of “likes”, I appear to be the only one reading it. This is a shame because it’s really good and if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead TV series, I think you would enjoy this.

Like Walking Dead, this story deals more with the interactions of people in a collapsed society, with the zombie apocalypse serving as the mechanism for the collapse. In a way it also reminds me of the TV series Jericho which used nuclear terrorism (war?) as the means for destabilizing society and then observing the interactions of the remaining people and subsequent power struggles.

If you’re a fan of the Day 42 series, The Walking Dead TV series, or a fan of more traditional zombie stories you owe it to yourself to read this blog.

Start here

http://survivingthezombieapocolypse.wordpress.com

Then go to Day 1

http://survivingthezombieapocolypse.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/day-1/

b b d d … (4 thumbs up) 🙂

Rip-off

So my neighbor sends me the following email:

Hey all,

Please forward this to all of your mailbox addresses and ask them to do the same.

I bought a policy from this company (CHOICE HOME WARRANTY) and the sales rep told me that if they couldn’t repair an item it would be replaced as long as regular maintenance was kept up. I have regular maint on my equip, but the company still will not repair my furnace as “valves are not covered” and then the Director of the company named Alex who reports to no one but the President of the Company told me that no sales rep told me that. I beg to differ with Alex, but when I told him the rep did say that, Alex said that was not true and to me, he may just have called me a liar. Please do not buy a policy from CHOICE HOME WARRANTY and make sure that all your friends get the info.

Let the country know this outfit (CHOICE HOME WARRANTY) might insinuate that you are a liar as well, and that my friends came at the cost of $1,125.00.

He was obviously angry

So I did some web sleuthing …

Continue reading Rip-off

What Women Want

For Neela …

King Harold and the Witch:

Young King Harold was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Harold’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Harold would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?….

What do women really want?

Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Harold, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Harold had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir James, the most noble of the Knights of the Kingdom and Harold’s closest friend!

Young Harold was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but James, learning of the proposal, spoke with Harold.

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Harold’s life and the preservation of the Kingdom.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Harold’s question thus:

What a woman really wants, she answered …

 

 

 

 

 

Is to be in charge of her own life.

 

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Harold’s life would be spared.

And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Harold his freedom and James and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and James, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded James asked what had happened.

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?

James pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch?

Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What James chose is below.

BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.

OKAY?

 

 

 

 

 

Noble James said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now….what is the moral to this story?

When I originally received this story in an email it had a kind of snarky, guy-centric moral. In other words … a joke.

But it isn’t a joke. It is a parable of one of the great truths of the human experience. Women want to be in charge of their own lives. They want to be treated as the equals that they rightfully are.

The sooner the other half of us ‘gets’ this, the more beautiful our relationships will be.

Day 50

This is an archival version. Please visit The Nudist War for the current version.

https://contrafactual.com/the-nudist-war/

[Author’s note: This is the ninth chapter. To start at the beginning go >> HERE <<]

Copyright © 2013 by Christian Bergman, All rights reserved.

All people, places, and events are fictional … except when they aren’t.

 
– Day 50 –

Jess opened the stairwell door to the roof and let the dogs out. Maggie and Wolf scurried out, running and sniffing and peeing and sniffing and running and peeing and running some more. She climbed up to the helipad and walked over to one of the two spotters stationed there. “Hi, Jim how are you doing this morning?”

Continue reading Day 50

Re: Your Brains

Jonathan Coulton is a genius. Who else could give us office politics disguised as a zombie anthem.

If you are a fan of Day 42, Ranger Martin, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, or any of the other zombie apocalyptic classics … and you haven’t heard Re: Your Brains, then this is for you.

(just one of many YouTube videos based on the song)

[I watched this several times before it finally clicked. Can anyone tell me what city is in the backdrop of the video?]

 

http://www.jonathancoulton.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jonathan-coulton/id5044488

Be seeing you …

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/Re:_Your_Brains/Lyrics

Heya Tom, it’s Bob from the office down the hall
It’s good to see you buddy, how’ve you been?
Things have been OK for me except that I’m a zombie now
I really wish you’d let us in
I think I speak for all of us when I say I understand
Why you folks might hesitate to submit to our demand
But here’s an FYI: you’re all gonna die screaming

All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
If you open up the doors
We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

I don’t want to nitpick, Tom, but is this really your plan?
Spend your whole life locked inside a mall?
Maybe that’s OK for now but someday you’ll be out of food and guns
And you’ll have to make the call
I’m not surprised to see you haven’t thought it through enough
You never had the head for all that bigger picture stuff
But Tom, that’s what I do, and I plan on eating you slowly

All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
If you open up the doors
We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

I’d like to help you Tom, in any way I can
I sure appreciate the way you’re working with me
I’m not a monster Tom, well, technically I am
I guess I am

I’ve got another meeting Tom, maybe we could wrap it up
I know we’ll get to common ground somehow
Meanwhile I’ll report back to my colleagues who were chewing on the doors
I guess we’ll table this for now
I’m glad to see you take constructive criticism well
Thank you for your time I know we’re all busy as hell
And we’ll put this thing to bed
When I bash your head open

All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
All we want to do is eat your brains
We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
If you open up the doors
We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

EFF

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