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calendar   Thursday - April 19, 2007

The Skipper Scale

It’s the middle of the night and most people are dead asleep. Others are out there wandering around, wondering why they are alive. Some are even out there willing to help that last group stop worrying by making them dead. Naturally, The Skipper sees all of this and has decided to divide humanity into mental groups as you can see below. My dog and I agree that we’re probably the only two sane lifeforms left on the planet. Woof! Where do you fit in the “Skipper Scale”?

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/19/2007 at 07:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 12, 2007

Wishful Thinking

Here is my list of Things I Would Really Like To See:



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/12/2007 at 04:26 PM   
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He Writes, We Read

Bill Whittle has a new essay.  See you later.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/12/2007 at 01:39 PM   
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calendar   Monday - April 09, 2007

Obituary

BC has always been one of my favorite comic strips.
Rest in peace, Johnny ... and thanks for the laughs.

Comic Strip Creator, Endicott Native Dies
ENDICOTT, NY (STAR-GAZETTE) - April 8, 2007

imageimageJohnny Hart, an Endicott native whose collection of cartoon cave-dwellers amused and sometimes irritated newspaper readers for almost 50 years, died at his Nineveh home on Saturday. He was 76. Hart is survived by his wife Bobby, and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Hart’s B.C. comic strip was launched in 1958 and eventually appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide with an audience of 100 million. He lent his characters to promote many local agencies and activities, including the Broome Dusters hockey team, BC Transit, Broome County Parks and the professional golf tournament which became the B.C. Open.

B.C. participated in the nation’s space program. In 1972, Hart received a public service award from NASA for outstanding contributions. Later in his career, some of Hart’s cartoons addressed religious themes—a reflection of his own deepening Christian faith—which dismayed some readers and delighted others.

Hart’s biography at the Creators Syndicate web site said he never considered cartooning a serious profession until he graduated from Union-Endicott High School. At 19, he met Brant Parker, a young cartoonist who became a prime influence and who later became a partner in the Wizard of Id, another of Hart’s comic strip creations.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/09/2007 at 05:04 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 24, 2007

Why the Gun is Civilization

Via Lawdog, we find this must-read from Marko.

Why the Gun is Civilization

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

Go read the rest.  It is as simple and complete a dissertation as I have ever read


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/24/2007 at 01:00 PM   
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calendar   Friday - March 16, 2007

Paranoid or Prepared?

The Mrs. has an excellent article about the difference.

How prepared is prepared enough and at what point does someone cross the line from being a responsible gun owner to some sort of stereotype.  Are you prepared or paranoid to the extent of being delusional?

I also read Jim Rawles’ Survival Blog and find it very interesting to contrast the different mindsets Mrs. DuToit lays out.  I consider myself modestly prepared.  The ice-storm that hit us a few weeks ago was a good test of our preparedness as we were without utilities for about three days in below-freezing tempuratures.  Now that we see where our weaknesses are, even for a major storm and not “the end of the world as we know it”, we can shore them up and make our homestead a little more solid.

How about you?  Where do you stand on the preparedness scale?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/16/2007 at 12:29 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 13, 2007

Private Property

I was on another forum earlier and a member from Norway posted a link to an interesting article about private property rights around the world.

If you look at the results, the USA ranks at 14th (tied with Canada and Ireland) for percieved PP rights.

The discussion about this report, and the remark from our friend in Norway that he cannot block access to his land from anyone using it, led to this comment from one of the posters:

None of us actually own land - we only rent it from the government with payments of taxes. If you don’t believe this, just try not paying your rent for a couple years. This gives many people the idea that if the government owns the land, and the government is “of-the-people, by-the-people, for-the-people”, then it follows logically that many feel they can use anything of the “government’s” for themselves.

This got me to really thinking about it.  If we have to pay taxes every year for owning our land or it will be taken away from us (which it will), then do we really own it?  If not, then it follows logically that the government agencies feel no compunction at all in taking it via eminent domain to give to developers. Is it any wonder?

Thoughts?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/13/2007 at 04:22 PM   
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calendar   Monday - January 01, 2007

Mysteries: Part I

I like mysteries ... especially when they make me think. This is the first part of a new series I’m going to start on the blog. I will lay out the basic information and then pose a question. It’s up to you to help me find an answer - if there is one. Today’s mystery question involves the basis of all life (as we know it). Ponder this and see if you can come up with an explanation ....

If (a) cells are the basic building blocks of all life and (b) all cells are the result of a parent cell’s dividing itself in two .... where did the first cell come from?

imageimageCell Division

Cell division is the process by which a cell, called the parent cell, divides into two cells, called daughter cells. Cell division is usually a small segment of a larger cell cycle. In meiosis however, a cell is permanently transformed and cannot divide again.

Cell division is the biological basis of life. This is very important! For simple unicellular organisms such as the Amoeba, one cell division reproduces an entire organism. On a larger scale, cell division can create progeny from multicellular organisms, such as plants that grow from cuttings.

But most importantly, cell division enables sexually reproducing organisms to develop from the one-celled zygote, which itself was produced by cell division from gametes. And after growth, cell division allows for continual renewal and repair of the organism.

The primary concern of cell division is the maintenance of the original cell’s genome. Before division can occur, the genomic information which is stored in chromosomes must be replicated, and the duplicated genome separated cleanly between cells. A great deal of cellular infrastructure is involved in keeping genomic information consistent between “generations”.

-- Wikipedia


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/01/2007 at 04:00 PM   
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calendar   Monday - September 11, 2006

The Lesson Of 9/11

imageimageIf you’re reading this as you get ready to leave work today or have just arrived back home after another tired, boring day at your job, have you thought about today and what it represents? Yes, today is September 11, the fifth anniversary of the 21st century’s “day of infamy”. But have you really sat down and pondered what it all means and what lessons we need to take away from this memorial anniversary?

There are, of course, the obvious lessons - that radical muslims want to kill us and we better stop them before they strike again and yes, we probably need to do more to promote democracy and a better standard of living in the Muslim world to help them become more open and friendly to the rest of the world. Or we just need to nuke the whole bunch and be done with it as some advocate.

But there is one lesson of supreme importance that we all need to learn. As you woke up this morning, showered, had breakfast and hustled the kids off to school and began the daily commute into work did you ever stop to consider at any point in your life the following question .... is it better to take a swan dive or just do a cannonball out of a window on the 82nd floor of a skyscrpaper when the building is on fire around you and collapsing into rubble while you scream?

Have you never considered that question? Ever? Me neither. The fact is that none of us even want to contemplate such a scenario so we blithely go about our business pretending nothing bad will ever happen to us if we just keep our heads down and stay out of trouble. That is the ultimate bad assumption on the part of all of us. You, me, them. All of us.

The fact is that bad things happen every day to good people and bad people alike. In a nutshell ... shit happens. You can’t continue to delude yourself into believing that it can never happen to you so what can you do? Simple. Live every day like it’s your last day on Earth. Take as much joy and pleasure in life as you are capable of handling. Tell those you love how much you love them.

You won’t have time to do that as you pass the 64th floor on your way down to the street below. The hard concrete at ground level will silence any chance you may have had to make things right in your life. As you pass the 38th floor on your final flight, you may even wish you had talked to your children more and tried to give them a better example. Passing the 18th floor, you might be thinking of the weekends you could have been working with a local Boy Scout troop or helping out at a homeless shelter instead of reclining on the couch and letting time pass. As the ground comes up to meet you in that final instant you may even have one final instant of clarity and insight into the meaning of life as eternity reaches out to take you into its grasp.

The most dreadfully painful words in the entire English language are ... “what might have been”. Think about that today and you may have learned the only lesson of 9/11 that really matters.

“Life Is But A Dream”, Lewis Carroll

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July--

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear--

Long has paled that sunny sky;
Echoes fade and memories die;
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die;

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 09:48 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 10, 2006

The Decline Of Modern Civilization, Part I

We used to have big, powerful, fast automobiles.
Nowadays all we have is ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 06:12 AM   
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The Decline Of Modern Civilization, Part II

We used to have great leaders .. men of honesty, integrity and courage.
Nowadays all we have is ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 06:02 AM   
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The Decline Of Modern Civilization, Part III

We used to have beautiful, sexy, intelligent celebrities.
Nowadays all we have is ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 05:33 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 31, 2006

An Inspirational Moment

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/31/2006 at 04:09 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 27, 2006

Random Thoughts

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/27/2006 at 03:06 PM   
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