May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
May 15, 2013
*Update* Got it taken care of.
Today, I have made, prior to this post, 8 other posts and only the only I put up about 30 minutes ago is showing on the home page. I am trying to figure out why all the posts are showing as being published in my admin area but will not appear on the page.
May 15, 2013
I received an email today, one that has been around the Internet for at least a couple of years. In that email it quotes Albert Einstein as saying, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Along with this quote are pictures of young people, the majority of whom are engaged with their cellphones and not the people they are with. The photos are below.
It is doubtful that Albert Einstein ever made such a quote, although some believe that he may have made something resembling this and as is the case in today’s Internet circus, someone(s) have taken it upon themselves to edit quotes, or simply make them up in order to stir the emotions of people.
Regardless of if or what Albert Einstein might have said, I’ll steal the quote, change it a bit and present it as an observed fact and my own perception of things, rather than some bit of social prophecy. The day is now hear that technology has surpassed our human interaction. The world has a generation of non thinking, technology-absorbed zombies whose entire lives are controlled by a small piece of electronic gadgetry. It has become the god of choice.
For those that know me well, know that I despise cellphones and basically all mobile devices. Not for what they can do in positive ways, which is very little, but how it has destroyed us as a society. Where once valued, the ability to successfully interact with other humans, to understand their personalities and characters, is a lost and seemingly unimportant and unnecessary part of existence. I pity the person who believes this technology is an equal or better replacement for natural human interaction and interpersonal communication.
A Day at the Beach
Cheering on Your Team
Dinner Out with Friends
An Intimate Date
Having Conversation with Best Friend
A Visit to the Museum
Enjoying the Sights
May 14, 2013
May 13, 2013
Damn! I’m angry! I have an account with PayPal. The only reason I have an account with them is because I sell CDs for a friend on mine and use PayPay as the service that customers can use to buy CDs etc. I’m struggling right now to find anything nice to say about PayPal, but let me say that I have used them for several years without any problems. That ended the other day.
When I logged onto my account there was a notice that my Visa card ending in 7529 was about to expire and that I needed to click on a link to update my information. The problem is I don’t have a credit card with PayPal. I have a debit card but it doesn’t end in 7529.
I thought about just deleting the card from my account but in that process it told that it was the ONLY account number I had and that if I deleted it, I would not have access any longer to my account. I decided I better contact them and that’s when the real problems began.
It’s next to impossible to resolve this problem without speaking to a human being (and as far as dealing with PayPal, use of human being is liberally used.) But you can’t get a human being to speak with because of the worthless computerized robots.
So, I sent an email and sure enough, I got a robot to answer my email that they would do their best to get back to me in 24 hours or so. In about 24 hours, I received an email saying they were going to call me in a minute. I waited and waited and no call. Then I got an email a few hours later stating they were unable to reach me and left a number to call.
You are probably already guessing that the number to call took me right back to the robot that gave me NO options to speak to a human being.
I went back to the PayPal website and attempted another contact email. This time, regardless of what I entered for information they asked for, it would not recognize any of it.
I’m seething by now and ready to put my fist through a wall. I called again and again and again, trying to figure out how to reach a human. No luck. I thought some more about it. Finally I called and just kept repeating myself to the robot like a robot, “I want to talk with a human being. I want to talk to a human being. I want to talk to a human being.” Does not compute! Does not compute.
After perhaps 25 or 30 of those hypnotic rants, I finally screamed to the top of my lungs, making my head hurt, “I WANT TO TALK TO A HUMAN BEING!” (I might have added expletives.
I waited and there was silence. FINALLY, the robot says, “OK. There seems to be a problem here. I’m going to transfer you to someone who might be able to help.”
BINGO! But the poor bastard who got my call, I’m sure is still shook up…..or he and everyone else in the office are laughing their asses off at me, as they probably should be.
But do you think it ended there? NOPE! Incompetence is running rampant. It’s unbelievable. I explained to this guy what was going on and so he asks me if I want to delete my credit card. Now I’m screaming again. I said, “LISTEN CAREFULLY! &()^$$ *(^%$Y I don’t own a goddamn visa card………
And just so you know, the little bastard never once apologized because his company screwed up and made my life a living hell for a few days. And, I have no confidence the problem is resolved. Probably some other poor schmoe will lose his credit card and have to go through what I did.
I’m so glad so many kids today and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to school, receive a college degree and are so damned stupid they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.
THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY!
FYI PayPal is an EBay company which is Google. Surprised?
May 9, 2013
“Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” – John 15:13
There is no shorter of stories of people laying down their own lives for that of a friend…..or even a stranger. We hear of people, driven by what, I’m not sure, reentering a burning building they just escaped from only to realize their friend was still in there.
I have close friends, where one man, a husband, a brother, a father, grandfather, a father-in-law, a friend, escaped a burning plane that had crashed shortly after take off. Realizing his son-in-law was still in the burning plane, he returned to save him. He did not return. Greater love hath no man!
To most of us, this seems hard to do but in the moment, in honesty, we don’t know what we would do. Often, what we do in the heat of the moment, defines us as individuals. Rationalizing the moment, who could reenter a burning plane? Greater love hath no man!
The antithesis of this makes us ask, what kind of love hath a man that a member of the ruling class can sit idle for 7 hours while “friends” die; doing nothing? If there is no greater love that exists, according to Jesus Christ, than the love in a man’s heart to give up his own life for that of another, then what is there present when a person does nothing?
Where is God’s love?
May 9, 2013
This morning, as I stepped outside, a familiar order filled the morning air – the smell of roses. That’s when I knew my neighbor’s yellow rose bush must be in full bloom. I wasn’t disappointed and grabbed my camera to share. Someday I suppose we will have cameras that also caption smell. But, until then, this is the best that I can do.
April 25, 2013
With every major killing incident, there are always oddities, unanswered questions, and of course conspiracy theories. A theory remains a theory until it can be proven.
I have countless unanswered questions about the Boston Marathon bombing but I want to keep this as simple as possible and focus on just one aspect of the bombing and then perhaps you too will have more questions.
Yesterday, a reader on this blog, left a link to a series of photographs taken in and around the bombing area of the Boston Marathon. This certainly was not the first batch of pictures I have seen in this regard. I recall the first series (don’t actually recall where I saw them) made little sense to me and as a matter of fact I considered many of the conclusions theorists were jumping to to be a stretch. I have learned over the years to never disregard anything. There is usually a degree of truth in everything and it’s up to me to be vigilant and search for the truth. I’m still searching.
The last series of photos certainly piqued my curiosity, so I’ve been doing some research and thought I would share with readers some of what I have found as it pertains only to the backpacks focused on throughout this investigation.
It is to the best of my knowledge concerning dates and “official” photographs, etc. that I present this information.
I believe it was on April the 17th, a Wednesday, that the FBI announced to the public that they were focusing on a black, nylon backpack or bag believed to have contained the bombs that were exploded during the foot race. They also released a photo of the remnants of one of the bags believed to be part of the bomb. Note: I believe this photo to be a copy of the official FBI photo released to the public and media.
On April 18th, the following day, the FBI released photos of what they called “suspects” in the bomb attack. I believe this photo to be an official FBI release.
Two other important statements from the FBI took place on April 18, 2013. I am not sure if there was one or more FBI press conferences that day. If there was more than one, I then do not know the specific order in which the statements were made.
In one statement, the FBI said, “If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/.”
In a separate statement, the FBI warns: “”The photos and videos are posted for the public and media to use, review, and publicize. For clarity, these images should be the only ones and I emphasize the only ones the public should view to assist us,” DesLauriers said. “Other photos should not be deemed credible and they unnecessarily divert the public’s attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.”
I think under “normal” circumstances I wouldn’t pay much attention to a statement like this but it seems to contradict the plea given the same day for the public to send them “images, video, and details” of anything they deemed suspicious.
Of course one theory is that the FBI was attempting to direct the public to focus only on the two suspects they had fingered as the perpetrators.
However, let’s move on.
The FBI releases, on the 17th of April, a photograph of what they told the public was the remnants of a backpack or nylon bag that contained the bomb that blew up people near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Below is that photo again, only this time I have drawn a circle around what appears to be a whitish-colored square or rectangle – perhaps an ID patch or something attached there by the manufacturer.
I am going to post two more photos that one I believe to be an FBI photograph published by USA Today. The other I am not sure where it came from but to me appears to have come from the same surveillance camera. The first photo is of the two suspects, their backs to the camera, but more importantly, it gives us a pretty good shot of the backpacks they had on at the time the photo was taken, presumably sometime prior to the explosion. The second photo is of just the older brother of the two suspects and gives a better look at his backpack.
If we attempt to compare the official FBI photo of the shredded backpack with the two backpacks shown on the backs and/or shoulders of the two suspects, isn’t there reasonable doubt that these two packs don’t match very well the official FBI picture? Consider the pack hanging over the shoulder of the younger of the two brother suspects. It’s as much white as it is black. In the official backpack photo, the large amount of white appears to me to be more like the lining than built into the color scheme of the backpack slung over his shoulder. Or I’m wrong.
The lead suspect, the older brother, his pack comes closer to matching the official FBI bag but any whitish, square or rectangle patch cannot be detected in this photo.
If this isn’t confusing enough, I want to post one last photograph of what many of us were forced into seeing if any of us watched the news. It’s a picture of what is believed to be the backpack, with a bomb in it, placed at the bomb scene, or that’s what we have been told. However, I cannot find anywhere where this photograph is listed as an “official” FBI photo. Remember, we were told to only look at their photos and all others were not credible. So this may not be credible in the FBI’s mind.
Somebody please tell me that the image in this photograph does not an any way shape or form, resemble the official FBI photo of the black nylon backpack or bag that contained the bombs.
All of this has at least gotten me to a point of asking more questions and looking for more evidence. What I see in these photos, most of which are official FBI photographs, simply does not make that much sense – at least it doesn’t very nicely fit into the narrative given by the FBI.
I am certainly open to reasonable explanations.
April 23, 2013
I guess yesterday was Earth Day. I missed it. I was busy burning Styrofoam.