When I was a little boy we all wanted to become Truckers! Or preferably, the Burt Reynolds guy that drove the Bitchin Pontiac TransAm out ahead of the Truck to draw off Smokey. All dreams die. Time for some sad news. Fossil Fuel consumption is on it’s way out. It’s going out kicking and screaming because a lot of the most rich and influential countries have based their economy on it. But out it will eventually go. With it will go the “roaring” Kings of the Road. The Delivery Vans, Freight Trucks, Lorry’s, Road-Trains, 18-wheelers… or whatever your brand...Read More
While most of us will spend the day recovering from our International Talk Like a Pirate Day, some of us more survivalists types will be preparing for the next big (almost) international event Day Light Savings Time or DST as it is known to people who like to name everything to sound like an STD. DST started as a concept back in 1906 in New Zealand. No, it wasn’t as many believe Ben Franklin who came up with the idea although he did speculate that rising early could increase productivity. But is losing an hour or two really that...Read More
I hate waiting. There is nothing worse in my book than being all ready to go for something and then just having to wait for something or someone to make “it” happen. It could be waiting for escrow to close, it could be waiting for payday or it could be waiting for that court date to come so you can put your enemies in jail where they belong. Whatever your “it’ is waiting sucks. One silver lining I’ve found is finding the time to clean out the list of movies you have been meaning to watch someday, but never...Read More
I have to admit I find it a little demeaning when my own irrational fear of something does not even merit an official Latin name. There is Scopophobia fear of drawing attention to yourself. Phlebotomy is the fear of drawing blood. But alas there is no fancy phobia name for my fear of drawing. In my normal life it was never really an issue. As a teacher I would sometimes draw pictures on the whiteboard to illustrate a point and the students seemed to enjoy laughing at my attempts. With my freelance teaching work drying up/ or being sabotaged...Read More
In North Dakota on the Native American Reservation Standing Rock there is the largest gathering of indigenous people in over 100 years. Why are people gathering? They are gathering in protest over a pipeline that is to be built just upstream from the reservation. The pipeline will run underground and across the water sources that feed the reservation and bring it life. While Native Americans are coming in the thousands to camp out in protest the corporate media including the “liberal” MSNBC is largely treating the story with disdain, focusing on the problems facing the protest or painting it in a...Read More
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