Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Original Ad for the Gun Oswald used to kill Pres. Kennedy

Here is the ad for the gun Oswald used to kill Pres. Kennedy. Third down on left, Italian carbine.  the Gunsmith for Klein's Sporting Goods was contacted by FBI the next day, ordered to test fire an identical gun in their firing range (the basement).  Gunsmith said the carbine had a delay in firing, making it difficult to hit an aimed moving target.  The delay didn't matter on a stationary target, with no wind.  But a moving target would be hard to hit.  He said it was a crap rifle.  He also said Oswald was "very, very lucky" to have hit two of three shots (and Pres. Kennedy very unlucky).  What he really meant, is Oswald probably couldn't have done it.  Mystery continues.  I have visited the book depository (now a tourist spot) and looked out the window that Oswald was at: there are two yellow X's on the street where the bullets hit.  It is a perfect ambush location.  That Oswald just happened to be at a perfect ambush location and just happened to make two very, very lucky shots is quite a coincidence. 

border customs

Now that I am required to have Medicare, even with my supplement I have found internet sales to be much more affordable.  But my latest purchase was seized.  Controlled substance means prescription.  I am prescribing myself, after all I completed a graduate level pharmacology and psychopharmacology class.  What we need is regulation of phamaceutical prices in the US.  Our medications cost more than any other country.  If I lived closer to Mexico I'd drive there and buy a supply.  By November I can get on my hospital's group insurance even though I am over 65, and opt out of Medicare at least while I am employed.  My health care costs are doubled since turning 65.  Luckily, I have a half pension and income to live on.  I don't know how a person can survive on just social security, but many retired Americans do that. 

Monday, March 07, 2016

Nancy Reagan: the banality of evil in a little red dress finally dead.

Yes, Nancy Reagan just died, and all the politicians have praise for her.  Her are some none praiseworthy things:  the "just say no" to drugs campaign was stupid, he husband national security team had CIA teams bring drugs out of Nicaragua to keep the Gen. Noriega anti communist: CIA also had mercenaries fighting in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and mercenary militias ("Freedom Fighters") we could call them terrorists now invading Nicaragua from the north and south.  All this because of the "domino" theory, that once Nicaragua went Red, Cuba would start to control the entire peninsula and the US Army would eventually have to fight a communist invasion of Texas (Reagan actually said that).  Also deregulating savings and loans which made many people rich, including members of Congress, before the crash: the savings and loan bailout cost the average american taxpayer something like $3400 each (if I remember correctly).  Then there was the bombing of Lebanon from the USS New Jersey, a WWII battleship that was vaguely lobbing artillery at places where bad guys probably were, but ended up hitting mostly civilians.  In retaliation,  the Marine barracks was truck bombed killing hundreds of marines.  The Marines were stationed in Beirut, in a low area, surrounded by hills and the sea. sitting ducks, and were NOT ALLOWED to load their guns, don't wanna make a marine trigger happy.  What were they there???? If for show of force put them off shore on ships, if they are on land then you must plan to use them militarily, but then they need weapons with real bullets.  After loading the caskets, Reagan evacuated the remaining live marines.  Two days later he invaded Grenada, also a "domino" for the Cuban take over of Texas.  And Nancy was often mispercieved (by her self and others) as being the President's chief of staff, in fact some CHO's resigned because of her.   She also cheated on Ronnie with Frank Sinatra, but this was Hollywood and I am sure Ronnie had a few coke and champagne fueled threesomes.  These are horrible people who have done horrible things and when they die we honor them.  Good riddance.

Nancy Reagan going for a walk with Salvador Dali, on of her many lovers

Friday, August 21, 2015

"Dismalland" an artist's statement about amusement parks

To paraphrase and English philosopher, " solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."  To this end, British artists have created Dismalland, an amusement themed seaside park that embraces the world as it it, rather than as it should be.  here is a short video tour.
It features refugee boat people (including the floating dead), a dead Princess in a flipped over pumpkin carriage, and a dystopian castle. But hurry, it's only open for a few weeks then disappears.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thursday, August 06, 2015

My son Nathan featured as an Alumnus of UCLA Anderson School of Business

My son Nathan featured in a brochure
for UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Turkish Wedding couple feeds 4,000 refugees

This Turkish couple decided to feed 4,000 refugees from Syria instead of having their banquet.  They even served some of the refugees themselves.  What a great way to start a life together, by being compassionate and generous.  This shows there are some truly enlightened people around the world.  If only.......