Dec 012015

Here are the results of our “Media Daesh” poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.


Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted with the majority that the media pay too much attention to the Daesh.  They also pay too much attention to the West’s pseudo-Christian counterpart of the Daesh:  the Republican Party.

The new poll is posted and is ready you your votes.  Please do.

Nov 302015


In politics it is said, that when not fueled by hope there is a vacuum for fear to fill.  Since artists turn to the muses, Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope we are exploring what they can offer us for inspiration to have the hope fueling politics.  Last week we were in the wake of Paris; this week we follow two violent events on American soil (covered in other threads) in Minneapolis and in Colorado Springs yet do not hear near the cacophony of voices loudly urging actions to keep Americans safe.  We also follow the holiday most associated with gratitude in the U.S.: Thanksgiving.  One Thanksgiving email I received began with this quote: “I saw…that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love…flowed over the ocean of darkness.” — Journal of George Fox (1647)

Then continued withIt can be hard to look into the darkness we find all too easily today: in the suffering and fear of so many, in the cycles of violence. Yet, when we come together with compassion, understanding, and openness, we find the Light in dark places.” It was from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Calliope is considered the strongest of the nine and imposes serenity.  Researchers have been exploring this area and one finding that goes with post-Thanksgiving is:


Gratitude can be transformative:gratitude

“The Thanksgiving holiday began, as the name implies, when the colonists gave thanks for their survival and for a good harvest. So perhaps November is a good time to review the mental health benefits of gratitude — and to consider some advice about how to cultivate this state of mind.”

“Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:

  • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
  • Higher levels of positive emotions;
  • More joy, optimism, and happiness;
  • Acting with more generosity and compassion;
  • Feeling less lonely and isolated.”

Anyone want to join me in giving thanks (just in case)?  Has it become harder to connect with gratitude when people have a lower standard of living than their parents did or they themselves did 10 years ago (e.g., stagnant wages, retirement accounts wiped out, foreclosure and/or the hidden housing bubble: )?

Sometimes children see things more clearly:

Staying with science, let us hear from Ourania (astronomy) via :“In a 2-minute elevator speech, a NASA scientist shares his greatest hope for the future of earth.”

Didn’t he make it crystal clear and easy to understand—did he also communicate hope?*

One thing events in Paris affected was people’s plans with COP 21 Nov. 30th-Dec. 11th…I’ve seen one group that is collecting photos of people holding empty shoes to represent people who would’ve been marching in Paris to address climate change.  Greenpeace is matching individuals who would’ve marched in France with someone marching in another country…the resilience to this purpose in this one (check out the video) is it an example of what Dr. Rignot said was our hope?  Is it a love Erato might claim?

Does it inspire faith and hope as people persist despite changed circumstances?


Clio (guitar) helps us think out of the box with this one and expand our vision of possibility (video):

And Thalia (architecture) might help us get creative (picture gallery):

Erato might claim this kind of love, too:


Can’t the world always use more love?  Is it always the answer?


And thank you dear reader for joining me on this journey of discovery!


*Note: Physics is the one field where research questions with answers using statistics often have no error rate so results are not a probability of truth/fact on the subject but are actually the truth or fact of the matter.

If you missed the first installment of this series and would like more information about the muses by reading it:

Nov 282015


When I realized this is Judi’s very first Bug Mouth Award, I was quite surprised.  Judi is so active here that she is one of four people I promoted to write articles here, and she has been doing a magnificent job.  She is a denizen of Care2, where she goes by JL A.  You can find her here.

A resident of California, a place where only the Republican politicians are more Californicated than the climate change fouled weather.  She is a proponent of Animal Welfare, Climate Change Prevention, Green Energy, Human Rights, Minority Rights, Women’s Rights, and more.

I hope that this is her first of many Big Mouth Awards.  Please join  me in showering her with the kudos and praise that are her just due.

Nov 172015


Here are the results of our “Horror Movie” poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted for psycho.

I posted a new poll.  Please vote.

Nov 072015

After sleeping about four hours last night, a nurse awakened me to see if I needed a pain med.  Me: “5 minutes ago, I didn’t, but I sure do now!”  The pain from the skin graft donor site is still quite severe.  I spent the day alternating between working on the computer, and being a feline pincushion.  I purchased and installed Paint Shop Pro V8.  I was using V5, so the learning curve for me is steep, like learning it from scratch.  The install, including extras, was almost 400 MB.  I also installed Short Keys Lite, a keyboard macro tool I use to store and insert phrases I use frequently, such as target=”_blank” and [emphasis added].

I did stream the Democratic Forum last night on the computer.  I can summarize it in two words:

Bernie Won!!!

There was just no doubt about it.  Rachel was a tough moderator, but she treated all three candidates equally.

Hugs until tomorrow!!


Nov 062015

I spent the entire day working on my new computer.  I have barely scratched the surface.  They removed the bandages from my leg.  The pain was severe, but they were pleased with the results.  However, I am not returning to Vibra.  It turns out that I’m making too much progress for them.  I will be taken to a skilled nursing rehabilitation facility, anytime between Monday and ???.  I love the superior healing, but dislike the uncertainty.

I could not be more pleased that Obama put the kibosh on Keystone XL.  I plan to watch the Democratic Forum on my computer, as Legacy’s TV system does not include MSNBC.

Thanks and hugs!


Nov 062015

Early this morning my 10 year old laptop died.  I'm not surprised.  I got my monry's worth. I fed the poor thing too many stories about Republicans.  I lost all the software I use day to day.  Setting up my 5 email accounts took all night.  My graphics snd blogging software are all on my home PC.

I will be scarce until I clean up this mess.  ARGH!

Nov 032015

The font color of the line at the bottom of each article, that identifies the author and links to the comments has turned white so I can’t see it.  Example:
Posted by TomCat at 5:44 pm                                           No Responses
                                                                                      Tagged with: Banksters, Borowitzd, Humor,

We can see it if we hold the left mouse button and drag ove the swto highlight it.  Is it just my computer or do you have the same problem?  We can see and use it if we hold the left mouse button and drag over it to highlight it.  I have no idea how to fix it.  Do you?  I’ll be working on it.

Oct 202015

I seriously wondered when or if I could write to you, my beloved friends my favorite again.  This is the first time I have been up in a chair with internet access, since my near-death experience over two weeks ago.  This time has been hilariously painful.  My butt and kitty dingles are raw with bed sores.  They will finally put me in a larger room with a bari-bed tomorrow.

Thank you to Nameless, Lynn, JD, JLA, and so many more.  I know I am alive because Comcast, having been told that I am in the hospital with an amputation, called to sell upgraded service 3 more times.

My phone is working, but I cannot always answer right away.

One of my favorite nurses, Lady Torquemada, greet you.

I’ll be back ASAP.

Sep 122015

It has been a long week for everybody, and the weekend is here. We can't do much more to check on the Puddy Tat until Monday, so I thought a "similar to TC's Open Thread" would keep us busy. I'd also like to thank all of you for your patience, but I would especially like to thank Nameless, JL and JD for all the behind the scenes work They have done and are doing. And lastly, but never lastly, please continue to hold Tom in your thoughts and/or prayers.

BTW, I can't seem to get the hot links to work so unfortunately, you'll have to copy/paste the links into your browser.

Fantasy Football — Don't forget to check your rosters. The games have started! . . . and you can bet that Tom's Teabag Trashers want to take the trophy home again this year.

Candy Fruits my time 3:47 average 5:17
Yacht Ropes my time 3:35 average 5:07
Key Blanks my time 3:51 average 6:31
How did you do?

Short Takes

Raw Story — An Oklahoma County judge on Friday gave the state a month to remove a 6-foot-tall (1.80-meter) granite monument containing the Ten Commandments from Capitol grounds after the state’s top court said it had been erected illegally.
District Judge Thomas Prince denied a motion from Attorney General Scott Pruitt to keep in place the monument that had been on Capitol grounds since 2012 and garnered strong support from Oklahoma’s Republican leadership.
In June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the monument must be removed because the Oklahoma Constitution bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion.
The decision prompted Republican lawmakers to say they will look at impeachment for the justices who made the decision and legal briefs from the attorney general’s office to keep the monument in the shadow of the Statehouse.

Republicans like to think it is their way or the highway!

The New Yorker — Republicans, who mercilessly mocked Barack Obama’s lack of government experience before he became President, now favor Presidential candidates with no experience whatsoever, the head of the Republican National Committee has confirmed.
The R.N.C. chief, Reince Priebus, said that he sees “no contradiction at all” between Republicans’ contempt for Obama’s pre-White House résumé, which included eleven years spent in public office, and their rabid enthusiasm for G.O.P. rising stars Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, whose combined years in public office total zero.

Is Andy reporting straight news again? The anachronistic Republican bubble machine is at it again!

NY Times — Visitors to Japan are often surprised by how prosperous it seems. It doesn’t look like a deeply depressed economy. And that’s because it isn’t.
Unemployment is low; overall economic growth has been slow for decades, but that’s largely because it’s an aging country with ever fewer people in their prime working years. Measured relative to the number of working-age adults, Japanese growth over the past quarter century has been almost as fast as America’s, and better than Western Europe’s.
Yet Japan is still caught in an economic trap. Persistent deflation has created a society in which people hoard cash, making it hard for policy to respond when bad things happen, which is why the businesspeople I’ve been talking to here are terrified about the possible spill over from China’s troubles.
Deflation has also created worrisome “debt dynamics”: Japan, unlike, say, the United States after World War II, can’t count on growing incomes to make past borrowing irrelevant.

Another fine article by Paul Krugman.

Now normally, TC would have a cartoon. All I can offer you is "Kim Davis' stunt demolished in one brilliant tweet".