A good example of when fanaticism and idiocy of an organization that calls itself “friends of parks" caused great damage to a great city. You are not "friends of parks". You are militant fundamentalists who needed to show to the world that you matter. I agree that you matter. You matter the same way as ISIS or Hamas matter. You are a destructive force that does more harm than good.
Juanita Irizarry is a homegrown leader who brings years of advocacy and community-based organizing experience to the cause. Her expertise and energy will be applied to staying the course charted by the organization’s board of directors to protect public trust land and promote and preserve Chicago’s parks.
“The butt-ugly expanse of asphalt where the museum would have gone is Soldier Field's south lot, located on prime lakefront real estate between the football stadium and McCormick Place's monolithic Lakeside Center.”
"At a time when Chicago needs an organization like yours to protect actual parks, please do not waste the time and resources generously donated to you to protect a parking lot from the fate of becoming a world-class cultural institution".
So was Friends of the Parks' opposition to the original Lucas proposal a case of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good? Or is the group the spiritual heir to mail-order tycoon Aaron Montgomery Ward, who famously fought to keep Chicago's shoreline "forever open, clear and free"?
Preserve Chicago's parks!? What parks? Is this a park?
Here it begins...
The rise of stupid in America.
Donald Trump, the new Fuhrer!
A scary thought
I was born after the War but I've read history, the rise of the Nazis.
The mob angry at the world, the mob full of poisonous hate.
Ready to follow the “leader”
The Somebody who will point to the enemy, the culprit, the source of all the problems
These outsiders who are responsible for the suffering of the “great people” of this great country
History is about to repeat itself
Another country, same mentality
The mob is the same throughout the ages
He, the Leader is promising to make America great again!
And who are the supporters of this new “great leader?”
Who is going to make America “great again”?
The Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists, all denominations of bigots and misguided or just ignorant middle class schmucks.
These useful idiots are not interested in the details of Trump's plan on how to “rebuild America”
These rednecks, Trump followers, will not know how to build bridges and space ships.
They don't know nor are they willing to invent, research, use science or any of the “smart” liberal things.
They are anti-smart, anti-education, anti-intellectuals.
A Superior race.
It is a mob, my friends.
And the mob does not have intelligence or reasoning or compassion.
The mob is soulless, mindless, a cruel organism that can do one thing: follow the leader.
It kills, exterminates, destroys, builds concentration camps.
Remember the Third Reich?
I am thinking about all of this and it is hard to believe.
Hard to believe that it can happen again.
But I know it can. People have not changed.
Not at all.
This sinking feeling, this dark and cold fog creeps up inside me
Fascism is alive in the world.
It was just waiting for the right moment to take over power, to rise again
And now is this moment, the moment it has been waiting for.
The world is rapidly changing around us.
Rapid technological changes, global economy,
A disintegrating Republican party, the anti-intellectual culture promoting ignorance
The Trump moment.
And I want to ask Trump and his supporters: what does the phrase mean, the Greatness of America?
The good old time of slavery, no women rights, among many other “perks”
You cannot invent and build. You destroy.
Just like Muslim terrorists you are promising to annihilate.
And lastly to these Jews that support Trump.
I don't know your motivations but, to me, it is a nasty way to commit suicide.
And murder. Jews for Hitler.
Because by voting for Trump, you are subjecting the whole world to grave danger,
In conclusion I have to say that I am ashamed, embarrassed for our country
This great democracy...dissolving into fascism.
Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Sir Arthur Eddington
Is our universe a simulation?
It is a pointless question. This does not help the bigger question: Who or what is simulating the simulators? As you can see this hypothesis just complicates the picture.
Now there is another question: is our universe real?
What is “real”?
As we know by now there are no “hard” objects in this universe.
All is just unpredictable clouds of “energy”.
What is this energy? Do we know?
Our universe is just INFORMATION. Everything we are able to see or detect is just information changing and developing according to some algorithm.
Who or what created this algorithm?
The moment we ask “who”, we destroy any possible answer because the question leads to “nested” questions without an end.
Whatever it is our universe (or multiverse) is the only reality. There is no city of Zion. Matrix is our only reality.
Where does it came from, this reality? Anybody can guess. Even if the Big Bang happened, nobody knows how and why.
There has got to be a reason and right conditions for any action.
Despite the scientific progress human knowledge of the universe if minuscule, about 0.01%
Dark matter, dark energy-scientists call it “dark” because they have no clue what it is.
Our telescopes can see the distant objects in our universe billions of light years away.
Yes. But we see a distant past and scientists can just guess how these objects look now (if they still exist).
So here is just a crazy guess.
There was no causality before our universe. So maybe the universe appeared here in order to create the universe? To pull itself into existence by its boot straps...a snake swallowing it's tail.
After I wrote this I stumbled on a post about Stephen Hawking's new book.
The realization that time can behave like another direction of space means one can get rid of the problem of time having a beginning, in a similar way in which we got rid of the edge of the world. Suppose the beginning of the universe was like the South Pole of the earth, with degrees of latitude playing the role of time. As one moves north, the circles of constant latitude, representing the size of the universe, would expand. The universe would start as a point at the South Pole, but the South Pole is much like any other point. To ask what happened before the beginning of the universe would become a meaningless question, because there is nothing south of the South Pole. In this picture space-time has no boundary—the same laws of nature hold at the South Pole as in other places (pp. 134-5).
"The idea that being could arise without a cause from non-being seems metaphysically absurd."
I am looking through the window
All is gray, wet and cold.
Droplets bombard the glass.
A black tree skeleton on the low heavy gray sky.
Air is mixed with water and dust and feels cold even from the inside
It makes my room feel warm and cozy.
Anticipation of winter in the air
Nature is ready for a long slumber.
Sleepy trees are shaking off their last yellow and brown leaves.
I noticed a single leaf
Still there, clinging to the black branch
Refusing to let go
The last leaf, it looked cold and lonely
The tree doesn't want it anymore
But for the leaf it is so hard to let go
It was born there
There is a desperate hope, an illusion
The last leaf
It does not want to die
It does not know - it is dead already
But the tree knows.
The spring will come again
It will wake up to a new bright sunshine
Sun will paint the sky blue
Eagerly anticipating summer
The tree will grow new leaves, a new beautiful coat
The last leaf does not know that it is dead already
It is holding on
It feels that the Universe will end if it let go.
A gust of wind
The leaf falls now indistinguishable from others
Nobody noticed this drama except me
Life goes on
Nothing changed in the universe
There will be another stubborn leaf next fall
And I wonder about us humans.
The Barbarian invasions of Rome in Late Antiquity are inextricably bound up with the decline of Western Roman imperialism (ca. CE 300–550), and seen by many historians as inaugurating the Middle Ages http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/12012013/article/barbarians-at-the-gates-of-rome
The real danger for the world democracies is their failure to recognize and to act upon the growing danger of the barbaric 7th century wave of Muslim extremists whose goal is to establish a worldwide caliphate.
“Today, the terrorist threat has transformed from a single group to the Global Jihad Movement, consisting of AL-Qaeda and its operationally associated groups in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucuses, as well as the self-radicalized homegrown cells. As the spearhead of the Global Jihad Movement, AL-Qaeda presents the most significant threat both to Muslim regimes and Western societies. AL-Qaeda’s philosophy of global jihad and methodology of suicide attacks has gained popularity and traction within politicized and radicalized Muslims. Its philosophy urging Muslims to fight their local governments [local jihad], the US and its Allies [global jihad] is gaining worldwide acceptance.” http://news.siteintelgroup.com/blog/index.php/submissions/21-jihad/44-reassess
The silent majority.
“So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they’ve proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they’re not on our side either, and there’s nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.”
“We didn’t use terms such as “Radical Nazism”, “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism” in the past. “Militant Islam”, Political Islam”, etc., are redundant terms. Our pretending otherwise has proven disastrous. Thousands of American lives, both civilian and military, have been sacrificed because of policies predicated on the myth that “Islam means peace.” We didn’t try to reform Shinto or Nazism during World War II; the major changes in those cultures took place only after we thoroughly DE-militarized them.”
“As the Israeli government counterattacks against terrorism, we need a parallel counterattack against today’s intellectual and ideological support structure for totalitarian terrorism, which emboldens extremists, intentionally or not. In this battle of ideas we must accept complexity, acknowledge fluidity, reject false moral equivalences, and question biases, no matter how trendy.
As an academic, I feel betrayed by my many colleagues who enable totalitarian terrorism with their simplistic slogans regarding Israel. Academics thrive on complexity; we can complicate anything, leveraging it into papers, lectures, and cocktail riffs. Yet, when Israel is involved, oversimplification and obfuscation prevail, encouraging demonization.” http://blogs.jpost.com/content/counterattack-fight-totalitarian-terrorists-and-their-enablers
Diversion: “Military. A feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diversion
I wonder if Muslims are using Europe's organic antisemitism to divert the European's attention from Islam's real goal – the world caliphate.
"As a universal religion, Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities. In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle 'in the path of Allah,' or jihad. This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Caliphate
Unfortunately it is impossible for Israel alone to defeat the caliphate. And if the world will not wake up from it's delusion soon it better get ready for a new order – Islam.
Story with Mazda Tribute
The battery died in my daughters' car, a Mazda Tribute 2004, and she asked me to help install a new battery
Sure. Not a big deal. My wife and I came to our daughters' garage.
Living in the city, my daughter always locks the car. So I took the key and tried to unlock the door. No such luck. The door would not open. So I thought that the lock might be bad. And we could not find another door lock on any other door! So we called our car mechanic. He suggested for me to clean my glasses and look again. Just try another door, there's got to be a lock he said. Nope. So we decided to call the Mazda dealership. As we found out from the dealership the lock does not work if the car battery is dead. And yes we are not blind - there are no other doors with locks. So we have the key, there is a key hole on the door but you cannot open the door if the car battery is dead.
We checked the gate- no lock there. Tried to open the hood – it opens from the inside of course.
You see I thought that if we opened the hood and installed the battery we would be able to unlock the door.
But car designers knew better than that. They would not allow an easy way out (sorry “in”). So what should we do, we asked the person at the dealership? Call the locksmith they told us. So we did and that cost us $75 to open the stupid car!
And for the life of me I cannot understand the reasoning for this design.
Story about the car without the keyhole to start it
My friends' car (Hyundai) has another story to tell. My friend would usually start his car remotely by pushing the button on his car key. But one day he pushed the button and nothing happened. He figured that a little battery in the remote was dead. So he decided to start the car the hard way, by inserting the key (yes there is a key) and turning the key. Just like we used to do in the old days. The guy could not find the key hole! So being an older gentlemen unsure of his eyesight, he called his son asking what to do. And the son thought that pops is probably losing it. There's got to be a key hole if there is a key, he said. But poor daddy, for the life of him, cannot find the hole! So the son calls the dealership and was told there is no key hole.
So let me get this straight. If you are on the road and have stopped to eat or do the opposite and a little key battery died, you are out of luck. Cannot start you car. Period.
So can somebody explain to me what the hell is going on with today's cars!?
And where are the people who did this to a car?
Another mystery to me are toilets and faucets in public places that don't have a manual override.
Without electricity toilets will stop working in many public places. And so the faucets will stop working. Also, we will not need to wash our hands because we didn't accomplish what we came for.
I wonder if we were able to go into the past and tell people that we in the 21st century cannot poop without electricity, they would feel sorry for future generations.
It is a long list but the idea is that over-dependence on new gadgets and cool technology will backfire and make us look silly.
One safe assumption I learned as an engineer is that whatever you are designing will fail and there is a need for an override or a “back door” like a hand-crank engine start or nearby bush that does not need a flush. Or a car key that actually is a key and not a fricking switch.
So, my friends, good luck with “connected” devices. Maybe I am getting old but why in the world do I need a smart toilet or a smart door lock? So these two can talk to each other when nobody is home? And discuss politics with the fridge?
To Our “Partners” in the Middle East - Get off your Butts!
"So therefore we must act fast and holistically to tackle and respond to the interconnected threats whether it is in this region, Africa, Asia or in Europe," he said. http://news.yahoo.com/king-jordan-warns-world-war-against-humanity-161351407.html
They were eager to fight then.
On May 15, 1948, the day the British Mandate over Palestine ended, the armies of five neighboring Arab states invaded the new State of Israel, which had declared its independence the previous day. The invasion, heralded by an Egyptian air attack on Tel Aviv, was vigorously resisted. From the north, east and south came the armies of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Transjordan and Egypt. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Invade.html
I agree with Bernie Sanders.
"The United States cannot do it alone," Sanders added. "In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world. They're going to have to get in and take on ISIS as well as other countries in that region. The United States should be supportive. We should be working with other countries. But the United States cannot always be the only country involved in these wars."
Where are they now?
Why don't Arab armies wipe out Daesh?
They did not hesitate to invade Israel several times that did not pose any physical threat to them.
But Arab states are not in a big hurry to put boots on the ground to fight Daesh who are an imminent threat to Arab states.
And yet these states spend huge money on military. Why don't they fight their enemy, in their region?
My guess is they are counting on Europe and the US to do the job for them. And that is why our “friends” and “partners” should be encouraged, pushed to do their duty to get rid of ISIS and other nuts. After all Saudi Arabia started this by spreading Wahhabism around the world.
Under no circumstances should Western countries put their boots on the ground in the Middle East and pay with their lives for lazy, rich cowards like the Saudis and Golf states. Let them do their fair share.
I have a suggestion that will make it easier for Arabs to send their troops to fight ISIS. Just imagine that ISIL stands for Independent State of Israel Liquidation. Use your imagination, you cowards.
But on the other hand, Israel defeated you every time. Oops...so much for that idea.