In which the kids are fine, shut up

A note, before I start: I had to do research and learn what the hell the difference is between Holland, the Netherlands and Denmark before writing this post.  So obviously I am supposed to be writing right now.

Anyway.  This picture’s making the rounds:

tumblr_ngp1r0FJEa1qz6f9yo1_1280Here’s what you’re supposed to do: you’re supposed to look at this picture and go arr wharglebargle kids these days yarr, and be all mad.  In case you don’t recognize it, that painting on the wall back there is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which isn’t actually called that officially but whatever.  The idea is that these kids– who look, to my eyes, to be maybe eighth- or ninth-graders, are in the presence of Priceless! Artwork! and instead of reverently gazing upon it they are daring to look at their phones.  Horror!  Terror! Decline of society!  Wharrgarbl!  Facebook is so angry about this, guys.

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Why Every Kid Should Collect Stamps


I admit it: I feel a bit nerdy confessing I collect stamps.

I’m not sure how it all started, but I think it’s my father’s fault. He used to travel a lot for work, so he had friends all over the planet. And occasionally these friends would send us a letter, like this one:

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Within a few years I’d amassed maybe a dozen such first-day covers, and I’d saved several hundred stamps from my father’s correspondence. (I especially looked forward to Christmas each year.)

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Before long I was saving my allowance for the local stamp-swaps and mail-order offers. I’m sure I got swindled a few times (I was only eight or nine). But still, it was fun.

Then my collection sat idle for a few years, largely forgotten while I attended college and married and started a career. It wasn’t until last year, in the aftermath of The Great Flood

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In Literature, Concealing and Revealing Torture


A few days ago, the New York Times ran an op-ed from a creative-writing instructor and confessed torturer:

cia“I was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib,” Eric Fair writes. “I tortured.”

But when Fair discusses his creative-writing class at Lehigh University — in conjunction with his experience as a torturer — he writes not about investigating Mahmoud Saeed’s “Lizard’s Colony” or perhaps scenes from Elias Khoury’s Yalo, but Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” He writes about showing his students a cigar box filled with stuff he bought at the Baghdad International Airport.

Fair seems focused on keeping the issue of torture at the forefront of the American imagination, which is good. But in effect, by reading his essay, we are asked to sympathize exclusively with the torturer. We know about Eric Fair, and about his black fleece coat, and about his son, who rides a bus to school.

We don’t know about any…

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A society of sheep


A society of sheep.
We awake every day apply chemicals to our bodies we call toothpaste, shampoos soap fast foods toxic mixtures of liquids our country calls fda approved liquids we consume that may cause disease…but that’s OK cause “we” can fix your problem with another man made chemical “we” call pills as we down a plastic substance that will ” dissolve” into our bodies with no “major” side affects unless taken long term but yet we have no plans on
finding a cure because society as we know it would fold with out our “pharmaceutical” addiction we don’t need a cure when “were” making billions on a “bandaid” to numb our thoughts long enough to remember to take another one … the world passes us by we follow what we are told as a society. ………..bless the land of the “free” sheep!!

Off the grid power plants… Yes you can …


These days the phrase money is power is true its is, and while it can’t buy you love… maybe you can rent it for a few hours (sorry really bad joke there). Power is what makes the world go around and you can make your own power at home. There are plenty of options that are now available to the general public that makes installing a solar, wind, or water powered system perfectly feasible and affordable. Hybrid systems are the best way to go as you don’t want to put all your eggs into one basket as the old saying goes. But living off the grid is becoming more popular and easier to do, with technology today you can power your home even if your miles away from power lines.

Solar is the easiest way as the panels are simple to understand and install, once you have them mounted wiring…

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You Wont See It Coming

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