Wisdom from Nature – Dehydration..

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According to Webster: “de·hy·dra·tion,” Excessive loss of fluids from a substance, a compound or the body.

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According to Webster: “re”hy·dra“tion,” To replenish the body, the substance or the compound with fluids.

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Question: What’s the difference between a chemical and an element?

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(Agent Orange is a chemical).

According to Webster: “chem·i·cal,” A substance with a distinct molecular composition that is produced.

Question: Who produces chemicals?

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(Gold is an element).

According to Webster: “el·e·ment,” A fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity.

Question: Who produces elements? Depending upon whom you’re talking to, ..the answer could be both God and nature. (In my opinion) ..both answers would be correct, ..because elements are found in nature, and God, (by my yardstick) ..is the creator of nature.

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(We all live in God’s Kingdom).

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 (Even those who doubt).

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Question: Can you name a couple of elements, and do you have a favorite? …Absolutely!

My two favorite elements (without question) would be hydrogen and oxygen, ..when I was young I had a great fondness for sodium, ..albeit when I discovered that I had high blood pressure, (sodium) although a necessity to sustain life, resides quite near the bottom of the page of these days, ..or another good example would be; “In the bottom of my (things that I can live without box), ..next to gold, ..silver, ..and platinum.

Not that I don’t appreciate gold silver and platinum, ..albeit when it comes to metals that I need, I’d much prefer the iron I get from a T-bone steak or a bar of lead that I can cast into bullets.

(Sidebar).

“I live in the real world.”

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(There are dangers in the real world). 

Continuing…

I was prescribed magnesium after my heart attack in ‘07, so I suppose I would add that to my list of favorites along with my calcium and potassium.

There are 109 elements on the periodic table if anyone’s interested?

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In staving off dehydration, my favorite recipe is “H2O,” ..you combine one part oxygen with two parts hydrogen and..

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..you’ve got water!

According to Webster: “wa·ter,” A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid.

Great stuff, ..essential for all plant and animal life and the most widely used solvent on the planet. Freezing point 0°C (32°F); boiling point 100°C (212°F); specific gravity (4°C) 1.0000; weight per gallon 8.337 pounds (3.772 kilograms).

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Question: Who changes and travels more during “their” lifetime, …

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Homo sapiens, ..

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..or water? 

To find out, ..come back next week.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Question of the Day – What is Color?

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According to Merriam-Webster: “col·or,” …

1. That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light, as: a. The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual’s perception of them, involving hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources. b. The characteristics of light by which the individual is made aware of objects or light sources through the receptors of the eye, described in terms of dominant wavelength, luminance, and purity.

2. A substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts a hue.

3.a. The general appearance of the skin; complexion. b. A ruddy complexion. c. A reddening of the face; a blush.

4. The skin pigmentation of a person not classed as white.

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USAGE NOTE: The terms person of color and people of color have been revived for use in formal contexts to refer to members or groups of non-European origin (e.g., Black people, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans): “These are profound tendencies which strike at the middle class as well as the poor, at whites as well as people of color” (Jesse Jackson). Many people prefer people of color as a rough substitute for minorities because these groups are not in fact in the minority in many parts of America.

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A primary color is a color that cannot be made from a combination of any other colors. A secondary color is a color created from a combination of two primary colors. Tertiary color is a combination of three colors (primary or secondary).

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Printers and artists have different definitions for primary colors. The traditional primary colors that painters have used are red, yellow, and blue. Modern printing press secondary colors are magenta, yellow, and cyan. These two primary color systems obviously do not agree. Additive and subtractive are the two primary methods for reproducing a range of color.

Note: Neither (white, nor black) are represented on the color wheel, ..neither are primary colors, …secondary colors, ..or tertiary colors.

Fact: If you turn a color wheel at a high enough rpm, all color fades, (not to the theatrical) ..fade to black, ..but to white.

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..and speaking of white,

Bill O’Reilly is back on his white horse this week, explicating, and/or “opining” ..about the fact that nearly 75% of all black children born in America today, are born out of wedlock and raised without fathers.

Question: With this line of (crap) rhetoric, ..is Bill O’Reilly any different, and/or, ..superior to Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson?

I think not

Do the math Bill, don’t simply throw large statistical numbers out there to suit your personal agenda. That’s what Al, Jesse and Barack do.

Come on Bill, anybody who’s ever occupied the backseat of a 49 Chevy with a girl other than their sister understands that after a couple a “suds,” ..or some Peruvian “bud,” Caucasian girls are no smarter than black girls when it comes to getting pregnant.

You want statistics? According to the U.S. Census 16.5% of our population being “Germans, (Caucasian). 11.9% of our population, Irish, (Caucasian). Following the Irish, with 9.0 % of our population, ..the English, (Caucasians). Then 5.8% of our population are Italian, (Caucasian.) 4% of our population are French, (Caucasians). Followed by 3% of our population, being Polish, (Caucasians). Although a diminutive number by comparison, 1.9% of our population are Scottish, ..more (Caucasians). Followed by 1.6% of our population, ..from Norway, and/or, Norwegian, (Caucasians). Last (on the list) albeit just as Caucasian, 1.4% of our Caucasian population is Swedish.

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(George Zimmerman).

Accordingly, ..even if we “exclude” America’s first (white) Hispanic individual, ..and/or, (George Zimmerman), the total Caucasian, ..and/or, (white) ..population of America is 72.4% of America’s total population.

As of July 1, 2013, the United States had a total resident population of 316,537,000, making it the third-most populous country in the world…

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), black people, and/or, (African-Americans) comprise 12.3% of America’s population.

Question: If 75% of half, ..of America’s 12.3% African-American population gets pregnant out of wedlock, ..what percentage of half of America’s 72.4% (white) population would have to get pregnant to arrive at the same number of illegitimate children? 

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The U.S. Census Bureau “estimates,” ..and/or, ..predicts that according to (birthrate demographics) ..the (Caucasian, ..or, “white” population) in America will lose its majority status by 2043.

Question: Who chose the names for the colors on the color wheel, ..and why did “he or she” ..choose to omit black and white?

Could it be because black and white are not true colors?

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Question: What do you find most attractive about the picture above?

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When are Homo sapiens, ..and/or “folks” going to get around to understanding that life is not black and white, life is an…

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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In the light of Day – Reckoning..

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According to Webster: “reck·on·ing,” (in context) To come to terms or settle accounts.

ISAIAH 10; …

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Woe to Tyrants…

ISAIAH 10 – 1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

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ISAIAH 10 – 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

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ISAIAH 10 – 3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? To whom will ye flee for help? ..and where will ye leave your glory?

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ISAIAH 10 – 4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

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And by the argument, that although I am not into organized religion, I bow to God’s wisdom and agree that salvation and God’s forgiveness is available to everyone.

Nevertheless, with that said; I just as fervently believe that greed, evil and corruption have no place in the governance of any nation, ..especially my Nation, ..AMERICA!

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The reason our founding fathers constructed the Constitution with such precise and specific language was to protect the rights of the common man. The word (inalienable) was not a “rabbit” that Ben Franklin and James Madison pulled out of a hat, …

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According to Webster: “in·al·ien·a·ble,” That cannot be transferred to another or others: inalienable rights. –

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Our founding fathers, although not Harvard graduates, were highly educated men who not only understood the meaning of democracy, they put their boots on and fought for.

Our founding fathers also had a device (missing from today’s crew) ..called “common sense,” ..and our founding fathers all believed in freedom, ..and in God.

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 Contrition, – ? 

Damn shame he doesn’t know the meaning of the word!

According to Webster: “con·tri·tion,” Sincere remorse for wrongdoing; – repentance.

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(Jesus washed the feet of his disciples).

Obama, when it suits his agenda , ..he throws his disciples under a bus.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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In the light of day – Dick Tracy..

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Dick Tracy is a comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a hard-hitting, fast-shooting and intelligent police detective. Created by Chester Gould, the strip made its debut on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.

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Chester Gould (November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977, incorporating numerous colorful and monstrous villains.

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(1929 model A Ford).

Although a few large Metropolitan police forces in America began using mobile radios in their (cruisers) earlier than 1930, – the equipment was heavy, cumbersome and less than dependable. Far beneath the aesthetics and utility of Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio.

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Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced its Motorola brand car radio, one of the first commercially successful car radios, in June 1930. The radio was intended for the general public, but soon police departments and city governments across the Chicago area and United States ordered radios for public safety use. This was the beginning of Motorola’s expertise in mobile communications and long customer relationships.

Question: So what does Dick Tracy have to do with the price of tea in China? – or anything?

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America, (at least throughout my lifetime) all “seventy-one” years, (to my recollection) is referred to, (at least in America) as the most powerful Nation on the Earth, and/or, the world’s police department.

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Not since America began electing buffoons to serve in the Oval Office, beginning with “buffoon” number one…

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(George “Duba” Bush).

Culminating with our current “low-brow” catastrophe, …

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..and/or, clown, (Barack Hussein Obama). 

According to Webster: “low·brow,” One having uncultivated tastes; vulgar.

According to Webster: “vul·gar,” (in context) Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish.

Speaking of vulgar and boorish, ..what could be more (vulgar and boorish) than a candidate vying for the presidency of the United States, ..than for said candidate, (Barack Obama) ..to wade in the proverbial gutter and explicate;…

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Interesting Article:

By Ben Zimmer, |Posted Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.

When Barack Obama told a crowd at a campaign event on Tuesday, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” the McCain campaign swiftly took offense, claiming the analogy was directed at vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki countered the accusation, saying, “That expression is older than my grandfather’s grandfather and it means that you can dress something up but it doesn’t change what it is.”

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Question: Is the expression really that old?

The concept is an old one, but the phrasing used by Obama is rather new. Many porcine proverbs describe vain attempts at converting something from ugly to pretty, or from useless to useful.

(Sidebar).

In my world, nothing is more “useless and unattractive ” than an individual who uses a (personal attack) ..to further “his” or “her” agenda and career.

Continuing…

The famous maxim that “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” dates back at least to the mid-16th century.

Other old sayings play on the ludicrousness of a pig getting dressed up. “A hog in armour is still but a hog” was recorded in 1732 by British physician Thomas Fuller.

As Francis Grose later explained in “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue” (1796), a “hog in armour” alludes to “an awkward or mean looking man or woman, finely dressed.”

Charles H. Spurgeon noted another variation in his 1887 compendium of proverbs, The Salt-Cellars: “A hog in a silk waistcoat is still a hog,” meaning, “Circumstances do not alter a man’s nature, nor even his manners.”

The “lipstick” variation is relatively novel, – not surprising, since the word lipstick itself dates only to 1880.

The incongruity of pigs and cosmetics was expressed as early as 1926 by the colorful editor Charles F. Lummis, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “Most of us know as much of history as a pig does of lipsticks.” But the exact wording of “putting lipstick on a pig (or hog)” doesn’t show up until much later.

In 1985, the Washington Post quoted a San Francisco radio host on plans for renovating CandlestickPark (instead of building a new downtown stadium for the Giants): “That would be like putting lipstick on a pig.”

Ann Richards did much to boost the saying’s political popularity when she used a number of variations while governor of Texas in the early ’90

In 1991, in her first budget-writing session, she said, “This is not another one of those deals where you put lipstick on a hog and call it a princess.”

The next year, at a Democratic barbecue in South Dakota, she criticized the George H.W. Bush administration for using warships to protect oil tankers in the Middle East, which she considered a hidden subsidy for foreign oil. “You can put lipstick on a hog and call it Monique, but it is still a pig,” she said. Richards returned to the theme in her failed 1994 gubernatorial race against the younger Bush, using the “call it Monique” line to disparage her opponent’s negative ads.

Since then, “lipstick on a pig” has spiced up the political verbiage of everyone from Charlie Rangel to Dick Cheney. John McCain himself used it last year to describe Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal. And even though the folksy expression is one that sounds old (and connects back to genuinely old proverbs), it’s not quite the vintage of anyone’s grandfather’s grandfather.

Which of course, is shocking at this late date to learn that someone (Jen Psaki) specifically, on Barack Obama’s campaign team would deliberately mislead the public with her statement that the adage was older than her grandfather’s grandfather, …NOT!

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So what’s my point?

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With his proclivity for ranking his adversaries and misleading the public, if anyone deserves the label of a pig behind a veil of lipstick, (in my humble opinion) ..my first choice would be (unequivocally) the individual who’s “caricature” is displayed directly above 

At the risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record to those of you who follow my blather regularly, I announced prior to Barack Obama’s election in 2008, that he would be the largest collective mistake the adult population of America could make. However since I detest this individuals “ideology and agenda,” ..so fervently, I never get tired of putting it out there again; …

“Electing Barack Obama as President of the United States, is (unequivocally) ..the stupidest thing the collective “adult” population of this Nation has ever done.”

As long as Barack “no birth certificate” Obama resides in the White House and rules the roost, America will continue to fail and be seen as weak and waning by every man woman and child on this planet who has the intellect to pour water from a boot without alluding to the instructions printed on the sole.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Pride Goeth before destruction…

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According to Webster: “pride,” (in context) A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value.

Question: Are there any other meanings for the word?

Absolutely; on the continent of Africa where the only true African-Americans originate, …

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..a family of Lions, a.k.a. (Panthera leo) is known as a pride.

Question: Why did God create Lions? Because God needed a helper to keep all the other animals in line, ..and protected from corruption.

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(Prideful and Arrogant).

According to Webster: “pride·ful,” n. Arrogant; disdainful.

According to Webster: “ar·ro·gant,” Making or disposed to make claims to unwarranted importance or consideration out of overbearing pride.

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Question: Are Lions prideful and arrogant?

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No, Lions are “courageous and confident.”

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Question: Is Barack Obama courageous and confident?

No, people who are “courageous and confident” don’t set in the back corner of the room. By my measure the man in the blue uniform setting in the black chair at the head of the table is in charge, ..and/or, ..leading the operation, ..

Question: “WHAT OPERATION?”

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..the “Operation to ( KILL ) Osama bin Laden.”

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0LT0uv5VAU)

Osama bin Laden is dead.

With his proclivity for announcing the demise of Osama bin Laden, it truly amazes me that Barack Obama wasn’t setting in the black chair at the head of the table. …NOT!

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The verse (King James version) of the Holy Bible, ..reads;

pride go if before destruction

Which means that the next step after being all puffed up with arrogance could be falling flat on your face.

When (people) becomes “over confident” and begin thinking that America’s treasury is their personal piggy bank, ..(in my humble opinion) ..that’s a sure indication that, ..a person is out of control and needs to be reeled in, ..or replaced.

In other words too much arrogance and self importance are sure to bring bad and disappointing results.

This idiom is also given as an example to prove that when a person is destined to fail or fall, .what needs to be decided, ..and quickly (especially when it comes to America’s treasury) ..a descision not by God, ..but by the American taxpayers. 

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Truth: America (in this dark time) cannot afford Barack and Michelle. 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Question of the Day – Good, Bad or Lucky..

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Given a choice, ..would you prefer to be Good or Lucky?

Looking back over the past 65 years or so as my guide, I’ve always come out better behind luck over ability.

Case in point; when I was six years old raking the oak leaves from in front of Lupe’s Café in Thousand Oaks, California to earn a dollar, I found a $10 bill.

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Another time while working as a roustabout the summer of 1957. I was 15 years old, ..I was six foot four, ..and I tip the scale at about 185. Accordingly, I was hired by the company my father worked for on a crew put together to sort, load and dispose of obsolete tooling and trash in general cleaning up the area where my father’s company rotated the aircraft and aircraft parts which they restored.

We were in the process of loading L-shaped H beams about 20 feet long X 9 feet high onto a lowboy flatbed trailer when gravity stepped in before the guys on the truck lashed down the last beam the Crane operator cut loose. Gravity plus the weight of the beam (approximately 800 pounds) ..began a course aimed directly at my head while my attention was on other than the beam in motion.

So where does luck fall into this situation you ask? …

On that morning I was working with a man by the name of Jesse Perkins, Jesse was my height, albeit with twice my girth. Jesse shouted a warning in time for me to look up just as the beam straddled my cranium.

The impact was substantial, however I walked away with nothing more than a slight bump, due to Jesse’s courage and brawn, because Jesse didn’t shy from his humanity.

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Jesse was a black man “heavy on the MAN factor.” .. (African-Americans hadn’t been invented yet,)  ..we remained friends until he passed away in 1989.

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While serving in Vietnam on November 12, 1965, Lady Luck punched my dance card again when a 60 mm mortar round on a collision course (once again) with my brainpan, missed by sufficient inches to convince my antagonists that I was no longer a viable threat, ..while I endured a ringing in my head that was beyond comprehensive description, …

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..even by a foe of the incomparable Mohamed Ali.

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I once drove my…

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..XKE Jaguar to 160 miles an hour and commonly negotiated America’s highways and byways at eighty, ..or “above” when astride my motorcycle.

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Not at all, ..it has long been the nature of human beings prior to their 40th Birthday to validate stupidity.

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Sunday Morning Trivia – REASON…

Question: When you think about “reason” and those truly accomplished in reaching its pinnacle, who’s image pops into your mind?

According to Webster: “rea·son,” The basis or motive for an action, a decision, or a conviction.

For me, ..it would be a long deceased Homo sapien by the name of, …

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 Johann Wolfgang von Gothe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels.

In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and more than 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.

According to Webster: “ex·tant,” Still in existence; not destroyed, or lost.

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The U.S. Constitution is extant!

A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November of 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke’s privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena.

He also contributed to the planning of Weimar’s botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After returning from a tour of Italy in 1788, Goethe published his first major work of a scientific nature, the Metamorphosis of Plants.

According to Webster: “met·a·mor·pho·sis,” A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

Continuing…

In 1791 he was charged with managing the theatre at Weimar, and in 1794 he began a friendship with the dramatist, historian, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, whose plays he premiered until Schiller’s death in 1805.

During this period Goethe published his second novel, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, the verse epic Hermann and Dorothea, and, in 1808, the first part of his most celebrated drama, Faust.

His conversations and various common undertakings throughout the 1790s with Schiller, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Johann Gottfried Herder, Alexander von Humboldt, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and August and Friedrich Schlegel have, in later years, been collectively termed Weimar Classicism.

Arthur Schopenhauer cited Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship as one of the four greatest novels ever writtenand Ralph Waldo Emerson selected Goethe, …

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..along with Plato,

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..Napoleon,

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..and William Shakespeare.

..as one of six “representative men” in his work of the same name.

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Goethe Quote: …

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

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What the people don’t understand when Barack Obama says (yes we can) ..he’s talking about himself and Michelle, ..who have indeed “achieved what they set out to achieve”. As for those who voted for him, (in my considered opinion) ..will all suffer for riding the Obama wave.

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According to Webster: “log·ic,” The principles of reasoning, especially of the structure of propositions as distinguished from their content and of method and validity in deductive reasoning.

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Continuing…

Goethe’s comments and observations form the basis of several biographical works, most notably Johann Peter Eckermann’s Conversations with Goethe.

There are frequent references to Goethe’s various sayings and maxims throughout the course of Friedrich Nietzsche’s work and there are numerous allusions to Goethe in the novels of Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann.

Goethe’s poems were set to music throughout the nineteenth century by a number of composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner, Hugo Wolf, and Gustav Mahler.

I am not one to be impressed by a lot of people, past or present, albeit with that said I have been impressed by

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“Johann Wolfgang von Gothe.” 

..since I was first introduced to him and his work more than 50 years ago.

If there is indeed a book where-in the names of Renaissance men are ledgered, “Johann Wolfgang von Gothe’s” name would truly have to be at the top of the page.

If Johann Wolfgang von Gothe has truly accomplished so much? You’re all wondering why you’ve never heard of him before…

Simple; for the same (reason) ..that “you” don’t know who Weldon Kees is, ..or Radcliffe Squires.

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There are degrees of literary obscurity. The unjust neglect one writer suffers can seem like renown compared to the utter oblivion that besets another. Weldon Kees (1914-1955) is obscure in that his remarkable poems still do not appear in many anthologies and remain unknown to most academic critics. Yet Kees’s poetry has never been out of print since it was first collected in 1960, and he is fervently admired by many influential poets in both the U.S. and Europe.

Radcliffe Squires (1917-1993) is more obscure. His poetry appears in no current anthologies, and there is nothing published about his work beyond its initial reviews except a few remembrances written at the time of his death. Yet any curious reader with Internet access can quickly track down most of his seven volumes of verse and five critical books. He is unknown, therefore, but not unknowable.

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Currently I have a reader base of between seven and 800 people worldwide. 80% of which (judging from my comment page), reside in nations and countries other than America.

According to Webster: “ob·scure,” So faintly perceptible as to lack clear delineation; indistinct. Out of sight; hidden.

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Albeit, with your help, ..I could become..

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