Month: March 2016

Bernie-or-Bust in a Nutshell

There is a common misunderstanding among Hillary-ites that the “Bernie or Bust” attitude is somehow misguided.   An opinion largely based on two false assumptions…     That those who “feel the Bern” have a choice between 1 of 2 options. America will benefit more under 4 years of Hillary than of Donald.     Number 1 is known as a false dilemma in logical debate. While this “either A or B” may the case for some die-hard Democrats, it is not the case for the large number of Independent and “lip-service” casual members of the Democratic Party. The...

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In Japan during the Edo period (1603 to 1868) Japan was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. The period was very strictly controlled, they didn’t desire trade or contact with the western world. The Japanese way of the shogunate focused on sustainability and conservation. They believed their way of life to be superior and they disliked foreign influence. So much so that sailors who came ashore were killed on the spot with no trial. The He-Gassen scroll  was created during this time. The He-Gassen scroll is 29.6 cm × 1003.1 cm (11.7 in × 394.9 in) and the translation of He-Gassen is roughly “Fart Battle” We don’t know who drew the...

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Murderabilia I share with many people an interest in true crime stories. I was an avid listener of the 1rst season of Serial which broke all podcasting records about the murder Hae Min the 17 year old Baltimore teen. The Robert Durst documentary on HBO and the Netflix series Making a Murderer were mini obsessions with me. However, I am not a collector. Sure I had a comic book collection as a kid and a stamp collection. A vinyl collection as a young man but I’ve moved around a lot so I’ve had to keep my stuff down to a minimum. If...

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La Isla de la Muñecas

Just South of Mexico city is “La Isla de la Muñecas” or “The Isle of the Dolls”. When I first ran across this place I was fascinated by it’s macabre beauty. This is just my type of thing.   Turns our that more than fifty years ago a certain Don Julian Santana moved onto an island on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals. Legend had is that a young girl actually drowned in the lake.     He began collecting discarded and lost dolls from the trash. Don Julian saw the dolls as symbols of protection, and for a...

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Beauty and Winnie the Pooh

Facial masks for skin care are very common in western and eastern countries. They are said to moisturize and nourish the skin. Some believe that they reduce signs of aging. Avocado, clay, and cucumber are common types of beauty masks. But, how do you keep looking good while you are getting your treatment? Japan wants to help and has introduced a new Winnie the Pooh beauty mask to help you look cute while your skin gets the care it deserves These masks not only treat the skin they are becoming viral on Twitter. Other masks are available as well but Winnie...

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The Photo Shoot of Sgt. Pepper

It was a good day for art March 30th 1967. Peter Blake had an idea for the cover of the new Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heats Club Band. The concept was imagine the band had just played a concert in the park and the people gathered around the Beatles would be the “magical crowd” that had just witnessed the concert. They would use cardboard cut outs of the dream audience. John, Paul, and George participated in the selection of faces, and manager Brian Epstein had the task of obtaining the permissions needed. Most agreed, Bowery Boy Leo Gorcey demanded a hefty...

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The Adderall Diaries

Apparently, if you have read the book you wont like The Adderall Diaries. I have not read the book so I am neutral about the film as a stand alone piece. The film stars James Franco as author Stephen Elliot (who also doesn’t like the film). From his memoir. In the film, Elliot is a writer with daddy issues. He has some success writing about his messed up drug ridden childhood. He wants his next book to be about the Hans Reiser case. Reiser (played by Christian Slater) is on trial for the murder of his estranged wife. Elliot...

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No Guns at the GOP Convention??!!

Tyranny strikes again!   Despite over 50,000 signatures to allow open carry of weapons at the GOP convention the Secret Service (from here out referred to as the SS) has shut it down.  The SS says it isn’t going to happen and that’s the law.     Here is the catch. There is nothing in the US constitution that gives the SS that authority. What part shall not be infringed do they not understand? So why is the GOP, usually always so trustworthy and consistent in their interpretation of the Constitution, saying nothing?       All true Patriots...

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A Star Trek POTUS?

Pick your Star Trek “Baddie” Race POTUS   Romulans   The crafty old Romulans are often overlooked by The Voter due to their “cloaking technology”. They are a moral race with an absolute sense of right and wrong. Romulans are logical, systematic, and intelligent but their rigid philosophy often fails to achieve creative solutions.     Ferengi   The Ferengi are small-handed moral-less cowards and liars who will say and do anything to advance their cause. The perfect genetic characteristics for a race of businessmen. Ferengi don’t know much about much, but they do know how to make a...

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The Moses Illusion

Why do some people believe things that can be easily disproven? Why even when presented with fact do they continue to believe as before? I don’t know but it drives me crazy.     Now there may be some science to explain why. It seems that the majority of people feel an answer before rationalizing it.   When asked: “How many of each animal did Moses take on the arc?”  between 10-50% of the people answer 2, even if they have in-depth study of the Bible.   Eryn Newman at the University of Southern California who is studying the...

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Obituary Patty Duke

Actress and activist Patty Duke has died. Most of us were introduced to her from her performance in The Miracle Worker where she played Helen Keller. She played the role on Broadway and on-screen and she won the Oscar for best supporting actress for the role at the age of 16. She was then given her own TV show The Patty Duke Show where she played identical cousins Patty and Cathy. Her professional image was a sweet American girl next door type but behind the scenes there was mismanagement of her money sexual, alcohol and drug abuse.  The show ran from...

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TWD(s6e15) – The Stupid

*** SPOILERS (duh) *** Not so much stupid. Bad news for this column but good news for the fans. I will have to nitpick.   Alexandria has no communication. There is no organization except for Maggie who seems to have everybody working on defences for their totally un-defendable town. Believe me, if you couldn’t defend a Prison from one side you will not have better luck with Alexandria. People sneak in and out of that place every episode. EVERY EPISODE! Stupid.   After Carol runs off for questionable character motives, her action advances the story as 6 of Alexandria’s...

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* The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and most probably, but do not necessarily, reflect the position of Word151.

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