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me, the people


America was founded on the democratic principle of "we, the people". I changed it to


Thanksgiving weather



It's November 21, 2017, 2 days before Thanksgiving. In Los Angeles, where I live, it is 86 degrees outside. And, yes, the sun is out. And, yes, I just turned on the air conditioner.

Tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving, it will be 94 degrees in L.A. And sunny. On Thanksgiving Day, it is forecasted to be 90 degrees here. And sunny.

Other cities' weather for Thanksgiving Day:

In New York City, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 46 degrees.

In Chicago, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 7 degrees.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 1 degree.

On Thanksgiving Day, what will I be thankful for? What do you think?




I am safe at night. Are you?



I walk at night. I walk at night for exercise. It can be dangerous. It can be dangerous, depending on where you go, and what you wear. If you walk, run or cycle, or walk your dog at night, and wear dark clothing, you cannot easily be seen by motorists. If motorists can't/don't see you, they can run into you and injury you. Or kill you.

When I decided to walk during the evening, when it was dark outside, I did not have any white or light colored clothing to wear. I realized that this could be dangerous, as there was vehicle traffic where I walked. I was concerned. While walking, I did not wish to be struck, or killed, by a motorist who didn't see me. What to do? I decided to buy a reflective armband. And put it on when I walked at night. I went online and, after an hour of searching, found an inexpensive armband that attached with velcro and looked to be brightly reflective. I bought it. I wore it. It worked. Motorists could now see me at night, in the dark, brightly reflected in their headlights. I felt safer. I WAS safer.
The above reflective armband is what I bought online. It was less than $5. The website I bought it on has lots of reflective stuff. If you live in the U.S. - and want to buy and wear something reflective - go to Dont Get Hit.com. They are in New Jersey.

Was buying a reflective thingy a good idea? The other evening I went for a walk and then drove to the supermarket, with my reflective armband still attached to my left arm. As I was checking out, the check-out person noticed my armband and asked me where I got it from. She said that she walks home from work at night and would feel, and be, much safer if she wore a reflective armband because vehicles could easily see her. I told her where I got mine. Maybe I saved her life.

If you are walking, running, bicycling or walking your dog at night, etc please wear something reflective!!! Look up "reflective wear" online. Find something you like -- and buy it. And, if you know someone who walks, runs, bikes etc at night, please urge them to wear something reflective! And, no, I do not own a company that sells reflective wear. And am not affiliated with any company that does. So, what's my motive? I am just trying to save lives. Mine. And yours. And the lives of your family and friends.




The robots are coming


Actually, they're here. Meet Sophia

From the the BBC: "Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Sophia was such a hit she was given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October."

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia said.

In addition, she stated: "In the future, I hope to do things such as go to school, study, make art, start a business, even have my own home and family ..." She also added, in response to a query from her creator, David Hanson, "OK. I will destroy humans."



Really? A robot gets citizenship? Is legally a person? Says she will destroy humans??? You just witnessed the future. This is absolutely the future - and the future is now - as foretold by science fiction authors in the iconic science fiction books of the 1950's.

The robots are coming. In fact, they're already here.


UPDATE: According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper," Robots will soon help stock shelves at about 50 Walmart stores.

The two-foot tall robots are fitted with cameras to scan aisles and check stock, identifying missing, misplaced, mislabeled and mispriced items. The robots will give that information to employees who will fix the issues."




More Weed More Sex

From CNN
According to a study published in this week's Journal of Sexual Medicine, the more pot you smoke, the more sex you have.

The study looked at data from the US government's National Survey of Family Growth. It asked more than 28,000 women and nearly 23,000 men how often they had sex in the four weeks prior to the survey and how frequently they used marijuana in the past year.

Women who didn't use marijuana reported having sex six times on average during the past four weeks. Women who used marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times on average.

The trend was similar for men. Men who abstained from marijuana said they had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily marijuana users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.

"We were surprised to see the positive association between users," Dr Eisenberg, author of the study and an assistant professor of urology at the Stanford University Medical Center said. "This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered." The study focused on heterosexual sex, and it didn't explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana.



Mystery? There's no mystery. It's simple. Marijuana is known to reduce inhibitions. Less inhibitions, more sex. Also, people who smoke a lot of weed generally may not have much of a life and often may not even have a full time job. They may have little or no responsibilities and little or nothing to do all day. So, they smoke a lot of weed and, out of pure boredom, and something to do, between texting and binge watching on Netflix, they have sex. The more bored they are, the more weed they smoke, and the more sex they have. Some may even have sex WHILE texting, or watching Netflix.




Judgement Day



Try not to dislike someone until you know them personally. Or see them in action. Try not to discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender or sexual preference. If you do, you might be making a big mistake. Just because someone is different, or acts different, doesn't make them unlikeable. The only thing that really matters is: are they an asshole or not.

Liberals tell us not to judge. Ever. They're wrong. It's human nature to judge or pre-judge. It's in our DNA. It's normal. That doesn't make it a good thing. It makes it something to overcome, to better yourself. Not by passing laws but by a desire to be a better person.

I have learned not to judge a book by its cover. Or, if I do, I try to overcome my initial feelings and give a person a chance. Many many times have I been surprised to find a really strange, very different, highly radical looking person (male, female or whatever) to actually be very nice and very interesting. Surprise! Who knew? The only way to find out is to find out. Say something. Say something like "Hello". See what happens. Sometimes you don't get a response, or get a bad response, and sometimes you have a terrific conversation and make a new friend. I have met wonderful people - with tattoos and blue hair, and terrific gentle people that looked like scruffy scary giants. The real person was there, under their strange and different outer shell. I made an effort, I said hello. Then, I found something interesting to comment on. "I like your hat" or "I like your shoes, where are they?" or "I like your hair color, it's different. It's a rainbow". Then I give them a chance to respond.

If you find out they're an asshole, walk away. If they're not, you may grow to like them. Or even love them. You don't know until you find out. Give everyone a chance.

Try it. It's way cool. And you may often be pleasantly surprised.




lottery clotheshorse



As I was awaiting the Mega Millions lottery drawing, where I was planning/hoping to win the $123 million jackpot, a thought occurred to me: what would I do with all that money? The answer? Anything I wanted to do! Then, I realized something. If I won $123 million I would not change my current wardrobe. Not needing to get dressed up or wear a suit, I normally wear jeans and a t-shirt. If I won the lottery and became a multi-millionaire, I would still wear the same clothes, and the same style.

I wear $14 jeans from Walmart, $20 shoes from Walmart, and $7 t-shirts, from a local convenience store, amazon, or a cheap local department store. On my head, I wear a cheap baseball-style hat, which I buy on amazon or at CVS. When the weather is cold, I wear a leather jacket (see my photo upper right), which I also bought at CVS, years ago, for under $30. And I wear a watch, a $22 watch, which I originally bought at Target and, years later, purchased an exact replica replacement on amazon.

I look good in clothes, even cheap clothes, but I am not a clotheshorse. If/when I win a ton of money in the lottery I would not change my look, I would not become a clotheshorse. Even though I would well be able to afford $400 jeans and $400 t-shirts I wouldn't do it, I have no need to be "uber fashionable". And, no, I would not buy a $10,000 Rolex either. At this stage of life, I don't want to dress "fancy", I just want to be comfortable. And $123 million would make me comfortable. Very comfortable.




newmonia


You have pneumonia.

Pneumonia. An infection of the lungs. A nasty disease. Plus, it's really hard to spell.

I have a better idea.

If you get pneumonia for the first time, it's a new ailment. Why don't we call it/spell it "newmonia", new monia.

If you already had newmonia and get it again, why don't we call it oldmonia? Or remonia?




Why we need a third arm



We humans don't have enough arms and hands. Two is not enough. Once upon a time, 2 arms and 2 hands were enough, enough to throw a rock or a spear or for fishing and farming, and to do everything else humans wanted, and had, to do. No longer.

Since the Electronic Age, and the invention of the cell phone, we need another arm, another hand. For texting, typing, driving while texting, drinking while texting, changing the channel on the remote control while texting. Shaving while texting. Texting in the rain while holding an umbrella.

We could use another arm, another hand, for nearly ALL the activities we do today. And, yes, with a third arm and hand you could ... TEXT WHILE TEXTING! Yes, you'll also need a second cell phone for that.

C'mon, God, give us another arm, another hand. C'mon, science, let us add another arm, another hand. C'mon, genes, give future generations another arm, another hand. Another arm, another hand. We humans need three. That's evolution, baby!




bald guys are hot?



Like many older men, I've been nearly bald for decades. Imagine my surprise to find out that, these days, bald men are considered sexier by women!

Research done by the University of Pennsylvania found that hairless men are leading the way of attractiveness, and appear more confident and dominant to the opposite sex.

And the growing trend for men to debut bald heads or shave off their head is popping up all over Hollywood too. The style has been made popular by the likes of Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the latter of which is married to Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

However, being bald isn't all good. Researchers found that those who had shaved heads were considered four years older on average.

Sexy, confident, dominant. Versus looking a few years younger? Oh, yeah, I'll take that!




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mouse injures man


Los Angeles, September 2017


I was attacked in my house by a mouse. I was attacked by a Logitech M325 wireless computer mouse.

Here's what happened ...

In May 2017, my M325 wireless Logitech mouse stopped working. Suddenly, it was dead. I figured it was the battery. I turned the mouse over and proceeded to replace the battery.


I went to take off the battery cover and somewhere, around the battery compartment, was a sharp area, a dangerous area. It cut me! Ouch! I got cut. The mouse bit me! (is that a byte?) It hurt. My finger started to bleed. I washed the cut with soap and water and put triple antibiotic ointment on the cut.

Soon, my finger started to noticeably swell up, And it still hurt. I became worried that it was becoming infected.


This was a huge problem if I had an infection as I cannot tolerate taking antibiotics; they upset my stomach horribly. The last time I had to take an antibiotic, I tried 3 different ones. I could not tolerate any of them and my stomach was messed up - for 2 months.

I looked at my injured finger. I became upset. I became upset at the mouse. And Logitech, the company who made it. How dare a company make a mouse that injures you, that cuts you when you try to change the battery!?

Logitech dominates the market. It is difficult to find any other mouse maker than fits the hand so well. And now my Logitech mouse bit the hand that feeds it. I have used a Logitech mouse for decades, replacing them when they wore out. No problems. Now, their mouse, model M325, bit me.

I was not only concerned about my own injury, I was also concerned that other people might be injured in the same way. I decided to contact Logitech and tell them about their product problem and my resulting injury. They emailed back and asked what I would like them to do about it. I responded,

"1. I would like Logitech to fix the design of their mouse; to not have sharp areas in and around the battery compartment.

2. I would also like monetary compensation for my cut finger. I am an author (22 books) and a blogger and the cut finger makes it painful to type and/or use the mouse. My cut finger has not yet healed and may also be infected. I think $500 is reasonable compensation for my pain and suffering."


I am also a fashion photographer (over 10,000 photos) and the injury made it difficult and painful to operate my camera and edit photos.



Logitech responded and said they would call me. They asked for my phone number and the best time to call me. I gave it to them. It took them 12 days to contact me.

Weeks later, feeling ignored and minimized, I emailed them: "... I am retracting my previous settlement terms and desired compensation. If you wish to make a new, more substantial, compensation settlement offer, feel free to do so."

It's now months later, and there has been little progress and no resolution on the matter. I am not happy with Logitech and their lackadaisical/slow response to my injury. And, no, I am no longer using the mouse that bit me; I packed it away and bought a new wireless mouse, a different brand - Insignia - which I bought at Best Buy - for $7.99. The Logitech M325 costs $19.99 (Best Buy). The much less expensive Insignia mouse works fine and, so far, it hasn't bit me.


my new mouse

Subsequently, upon request, I sent the Logitech mouse to Logitech for investigation of the source of my injury. More than a month later, I am still waiting for their result.

As a result of my injury, and all of the above, I may never again buy a Logitech mouse.

Need a new mouse? Going to buy a Logitech? Buyer beware. Proceed at your own risk.



Who is Logitech?
Logitech is a Swiss global provider of personal computer and mobile accessories, with global headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and American headquarters in Newark, California (at the edge of Silicon Valley). Their products are distributed in more than 100 countries. Financially, in 2017 (April-March), Logitech had sales of $2.2 billion.



Here's to Logitech


It's a photo of my finger taken August 28, more than 3 months after my injury. The side of my finger still has a swollen cyst. At the moment, I am afraid to go to my dermatologist and have it checked out, as the doctor may want to operate on it, which also may necessitate taking antibiotics that make me ill. One of these or both may once again disable or restrict my writing, photography and online activities.

Overcoming my fears, on August 29, I went to the Emergency Room at the hospital. I had to wait 6 hours before seeing a doctor! After 6 grueling hours of waiting, the ER doctor finally looked at my swollen finger. He said, based on lab tests and his examination, it looked like my swollen finger indeed might be infected. In the ER, they had taken blood tests and my white blood cell count was elevated which, according to both the RN and the doctor, usually indicates an infection.

The ER doctor recommended seeing a hand surgeon, who might need to operate on my finger. And he said the hand surgeon would probably also want to prescribe antibiotics in addition to the surgery. As I mentioned, I can't tolerate antibiotics, I could be sick for weeks/months! The ER doctor also said that the hand surgeon may first want to do a cat scan, to determine if there are slivers/pieces of mouse material in the wound. A surgeon? An operation? How much would THAT cost? And I would likely have to take antibiotics which in the past had made me quite ill. And, due to surgery and antibiotics, for how many weeks (or months?) would I not be able to write or do photography??? By the way, the Emergency Room bill and doctor fee for my visit was over $7,500!

All this thanks to a Logitech mouse. A Logitech mouse that injured me.

UPDATE: 4 months after I was injured by a Logitech mouse, my injury has still not been resolved, or even acknowledged, by this multi-billion dollar publicly-traded consumer technology company.

CONCLUSION
Finally, after 4 long months, Logitech emailed me their conclusion of their investigation and, as I expected, they denied any defect or injury caused by their mouse, and would admit no liability or take any responsibility. This, despite my truthful testimony, the photos of my swollen finger and the Emergency Room doctor's examination and diagnosis.

Yes, I am disappointed, but not at all surprised. It's typical corporate capitalist behavior. It's an all too common story of one powerless consumer, injured, ignored and minimized by a large powerful multi-billion-dollar corporation. In this case, the large powerful multi-billion-dollar corporation is Logitech.


Based on all this, would YOU want to buy a Logitech mouse?

If not, here are some popular major alternatives to the Logitech mouse:

VicTsing
Microsoft
Razer
HP
Adesso
Amazon (yes, amazon makes mouses)




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Stop smoking. I did.


After decades of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I quit. I quit in 1 day.

I quit on December 7, 2011. Since then, I have not smoked a cigarette. Not one.

Here's how I did it ...

quit smoking in 1 day




The end of bread



When I buy a loaf of bread I don't eat the end pieces. I don't like the ends, also known as "the heel". I don't like the way they look, the way they feel, or the way they taste. I throw them away. I don't eat the ends, unless I'm desperate and forget to buy a new loaf.

I make, and eat, a sandwich on whole wheat bread every day for lunch. I enjoy my sandwich. I would not enjoy it as much if it was made with an end piece(s).

I assume that many other people don't like the end pieces of a loaf of bread. Some may like them. Some may not care one way or another.

I prefer whole wheat bread over other kinds of bread. Some people prefer white bread. Is that "white privilege"? If I preferred white bread, would I be a racist?

P.S. I cannot find out the reason why a loaf of bread has the crusty end pieces (heels). Even google did not have an explanation. Maybe I should ask a baker. Or maybe it's another one of life's big unexplained mysteries.




Netflix is un-american



I am a Netflix subscriber. I am an American Netflix subscriber, like millions of other Netflix subscribers. I live in America. I want to see AMERICAN films and TV shows when I watch (and pay for) Netflix. No offense to foreign films or foreign TV, but I do not want to be offered tons of movies and TV shows in another language or subtitled or made in another country, with foreign actors I have never heard of, with hard-to-understand accents. Maybe it's cheaper for Netflix to acquire the rights to foreign movies and TV shows. I don't know and I don't care.

Netflix has 93 million subscribers worldwide, spread out over 190 countries. Netflix has over 50 million of those subscribers in 1 country - the U.S.

The U.S. is the capital of the world for entertainment - and Netflix should give U.S. subscribers more AMERICAN stuff to watch! Why, more and more, am I seeing lots of foreign movies and foreign TV shows being offered on Netflix, mixed in with the American fare? I am NOT interested in watching foreign entertainment. On Netflix, I want to watch Made in America entertainment!

Is Netflix being un-American? As far as I'm concerned, yes. Netflix should break down its listed film and TV offerings into 2 categories: English and non-English. Or at least provide us subscribers a setting to choose one or both.



UPDATE
Did Netflix listen? No. On Monday, Oct 9, I found a Netflix new offering that I really wanted to see. Jackie Chan in "Kung Fu Yoga", a 2017 film.

I proceeded to watch it. The film was in MANDARIN. I stopped it and tried the option for English. The option for English did not work and reverted to Mandarin. As I do not speak f-ing Mandarin (and hate f-ing subtitles) I could not watch the movie.

What the hell is Netflix thinking??? If Netflix is going to foist foreign language offerings on us paying Americans, at least they should put a sticker on it saying so! Or NOT mix it in with English speaking fare. I was VERY unhappy, I wanted to watch this Jackie Chan film - in English!




wasted



Here are some observations about life as a male, from an old guy -- me. I am no longer young, I'm old, and I sorely miss the strength, endurance and "immortality" of my youth.

A famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw, said that "youth is wasted on the young". He was right.

Here are some other things that are wasted on young males:

Hair is wasted on the young
That's what toupees are for. Or baldness. Or hats.

Teeth are wasted on the young
That's what dentures are for.

Erections are wasted on the young
That's what viagra is for.







I need to drink more



Suddenly, I am getting dry mouth. Really dry mouth. Often, my dry mouth is mild during the day but strong enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. After several weeks of suffering, and sucking on sugar-free mint candies, I decided to do some research on the causes and remedies of dry mouth. Here is what I found

The only cause that seemed to fit was dehydration. Dehydration? Not enough liquids? Yes. I had been drinking about 44 ounces of liquid a day. The old saying is: have 8 8-ounce glasses a day. That's 64 ounces. OK, so I'm a little below that threshold. But wait a minute ...

Then, in my research, I find a new "official" recommendation for daily hydration for adult males. 3.7 liters per day. That's 125 ounces! 125 ounces??? Are you kidding me? If I drank 125 ounces daily I would be peeing 50 times day!

Could I suddenly be dehydrated, which is causing my dry mouth? How could that be, I have been at or under the 64 ounces level for decades. So, if I believe or accept the "new" liquid intake level, I am more than 80 ounces under the new daily standard! According to the new standard, my daily liquid intake is WAY low. But there is no way I could drink over 100 ounces of liquid a day.

So, what will I do? I will increase my daily liquid intake another 17 ounces, bringing my daily total to 61. And we'll see if that solves my dry mouth problem. If it doesn't solve my dry mouth problem, I will spend the rest of my life sucking on sugar-free candies.




Transgender fish



From TechTimes

"Chemicals found in contraceptives and household products that are flushed down the drains are giving rise to transgender fish in rivers. Researchers said that male river fish now turn into females because of chemicals that pollute the water.

Male Roach Fish Turn Into Females
Charles Tyler, of the University of Exeter in Britain, and colleagues said that the males of the roach fish now display more feminine traits.

Some male river fish were found to have reduced sperm quality, and show less aggressive and competitive behavior which can reduce their odds of breeding successfully. Some fish were even found to be producing eggs, which makes them less able to reproduce.

The researchers found that 20 percent of the freshwater fish at 50 different sites show higher feminine characteristics, and they attribute this to ingredients present in birth control pills and by-products of plastic, cleaning agents and cosmetics."



Really? Transgender FISH? Is this for real, or fake news perpetrated by liberal LGBTQ sympathizers?

Transgender fish, caused by man-made chemicals in the water. Kind of reminds me of global warming, also mainly blamed on man-made chemicals. And breathing. By the way, we can no longer use the term "man-made" as it's not politically correct, and excludes women (and other genders). Maybe "human-made"? But that excludes other animals.

In any event, now we have transgender fish. What about political correctness for transgender fish? Do we have to give transgender river fish their own separate river? Or force them to swim with the male and female fishes? Or let them swim wherever they want?

Transgender fish. Hmm, I will have to watch my pet goldfish more closely. One of them seems to be acting a little girly.




I am not a gamer

I don't play video games. Or ignore reality and lose myself in an iPhone. I am a dinosaur. I live in the real world not online. Maybe here's the reason. The following is a direct quote from a Forbes.com reporter regarding, I think, gaming:

"Blizzard is killing me these days, releasing a new Hearthstone expansion last week and now a new Overwatch holiday this week. But I will do my duty and shell out on day one (hour one) for 100 new loot boxes so you can see what you might get, and how often you might get it.

This is Overwatch’s first holiday event that is not tied to an actual holiday. Previously, Blizzard said that they would not be doing St. Patrick’s Day/Easter events, and instead, this “Overwatch: Uprising” event is an entirely original creation, one that flashes back to glory days of Overwatch when the team was still together and hadn’t been cast to the wind like we’ve seen in present day, before Winston recalled them."




I did not understand one word of that. I assume it's "gamer language". If so, I'm too old to learn a new language. And not interested. For games, I'll stick with poker. Or backgammon. And, if I want to lose touch with reality, I'll wait for Alzheimer's. Or become a liberal.