Cracking Up Over Lottery President

Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this.

New book out!Here's my Amazon Author's Page, where you can find both the paperback and Kindle versions of Lottery President and Operation Detour of your own. 🙂

The Kindle books are available through Kindle Reader software as well as on the Kindle itself.

Here's my “writer's platform” page,

And don't forget the “prequel” to Lottery President, Temporary Insanity.

Phil Mickelsons Choice Support Corporate Crimina

Phil Mickelson's choice: Support corporate criminals or social justice

During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Obama's presidency 93% of all income gains went to the top 1%.[11]
via Phil Mickelson's choice: Support corporate criminals or social justice? Intrepid

What Happens in Your Brain When You Get Mad and How to Control It

What happens in your brain when you get mad, and how to control it

I love this! Especially after my last post.

"By using one of his strategies, “projecting peace,” you can “activate a different set of mirror neurons and begin to defuse the other's anger.” You can get them to mirror your calm instead of you mirroring their anger. A good example is at the beginning of the book where he tells a story of averting a disastrous situation with a psychotic patient who was threatening to hit a nurse with a chair. Shrand walked in and calmly asked the patient if he might like some coffee. By projecting peace, by showing the patient calm and trust, the patient felt calm and trusted. The anger was defused."

via What Happens In Your Brain When You Get Mad, And How To Control It.

Angry People

Funny how the day after commenting on Facebook (see below) about driving past a local rich neighborhood, this morning in that same neighborhood I ticked off the driver behind me by having the gall to use a turn lane properly. You do realize you're not supposed to use that center two-way turn lane for more than 50 feet, right? I learned that in traffic school. 🙂 Of course I've broken that rule many times myself, but I at least try not to use it (some call it the “suicide lane”) for the last quarter mile leading up to the turn like the guy behind me was doing.

So, I merge in front of him. Safely. Because I have to turn up ahead. And I leave plenty of room to spare between me and him. But I was only going 25 or so because that's what the traffic in front of me was going. Funny how that works. But the guy behind me — some chubby-faced middle-aged white guy in a bright green shirt (no, I wasn't seeing myself in the mirror, but we do all pretty much look alike) — comes barreling down that lane going at least 40-45.

He honks his horn for a solid four seconds, just to make his point. I look up at him in the rear view and flip him off, but I doubt he could see that because of the darkened windows. But then I have the pleasure of having him on my ass the rest of the way to work, another five miles. And wouldn't you know it, he works in the same building! But he took the second entrance while I took the first. So, he probably doesn't work for the same company. There are four or five companies in that one building on Carothers Parkway in Cool Springs/Franklin.

I kept an eye out for him the rest of the day, but never saw him again … until leaving work! That's right, he was right behind me again as we left the parking lot! At the next light, he'd pulled into the left lane next to me. So, I looked over at him. Yep, same guy. Same bright green shirt. Still looked angry. Probably hates his soul-sucking corporate crap job almost as much as I do. At least I don't drive a minivan like he does. And, sorry, but having that little Dodge ram logo on the front doesn't make a minivan any more macho. But I digress.

Life's little synchronicities like this crack me up. Anyway, when the light turned green, he sped on up ahead. Still in a hurry. I kept my distance. I don't want idiots like this in my vicinity. Unfortunately, I kept catching up to him at the next several lights. Sometimes, speeding in traffic works out, but most of the time, it doesn't, like it wasn't for this guy.

Anyway, I lost track of Angry Green Shirt Man when I turned left and he turned right at the same intersection where this morning's “altercation” occurred. I had to pick up my daughter from camp, and at the last second I realized turning left at that light would get me there quicker.

He probably had several road rage incidents before getting home. Probably kicked his dog and snapped at his kids, too. Life sucks when you're angry all the time. I know from first-hand experience. That's probably one reason I write blog posts like this, just to get things off my chest and not end up like Angry Green Shirt Man.

Me, yesterday near Brentwood via mobile

I feel superior just driving past The Governor's Club! (Local uber rich 'hood). Imagine how people living there must feel!

Rose, Trish, Constance and 3 others like this.

Nick : I thought I saw you drive by my house this morning

Jayson : In debt!!!

Constance : What he said lol

Taibbi Reveals Smoking Gun at Moodys and S&P

Taibbi reveals smoking gun at moody's and s&p

"Lord help our fing scam?.?.?.?this has to be the stupidest place I have worked at,” writes one Standard & Poor's executive. “As you know, I had difficulties explaining 'HOW' we got to those numbers since there is no science behind it,” confesses a high-ranking S&P analyst. “If we are just going to make it up in order to rate deals, then quants [quantitative analysts] are of precious little value,” complains another senior S&P man. “Let's hope we are all wealthy and retired by the time this house of card[s] falters,” ruminates one more."

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine

Gardasil and Cervarix Don’t Work Are Dangerous

Gardasil and Cervarix don't work, are dangerous and weren't tested

"Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines."

The Lead Vaccine Developer Comes Clean So She Can “Sleep At Night”: Gardasil and Cervarix Don't Work, Are Dangerous, and Weren't Tested.


Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment within a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.

Think Tank Community Doing Its Best to Control the World

Think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

"The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Conference, the European Round Table of Industrialists and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, surrounded by other policy boards and by the directorates of leading industrial corporations and financial institutions based in capitalism's core regions."

via Meet the Elite Business and Think-Tank Community That's Doing Its Best to Control the World

Best Smartphone (2013)

I’ve got an iPhone 4 now, which I’ve never been crazy about. I used to have a Blackberry Curve, which I was also never crazy about. If I could combine the best features from both, that’d be nice, but probably still not good enough. 🙂

My original PDA (remember when they were called PDAs?) was a Pocket PC. Remember those from 8 years ago? Anyway, I have yet to find a smartphone I’m completely happy with. I’m eligible for an upgrade with my Sprint plan come July 1.

I think I want a Samsung Galaxy Note (whichever model that’s a large phone but not quite a tablet). All that matters to me is that it’s reasonably priced ($300-ish), intuitive interface (apparently too much to ask), and is as large as possible while still fitting in my pocket. A typical man’s pocket.

What would you recommend? Please leave a comment to make your “vote” count. Thanks!

P.S. – Presidential voting machines aren’t counting these votes, so it might actually be accurate!