Saturday, July 1, 2017

Words To Live By

If you haven't read, or heard Langston Hughes, you can hear his message of hope that we will achieve a better future together.



Peace and Love create a better world. Hate and Fear destroy.

I choose Peace and Love.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Warms Up


June Roundup Of Hot Topics




Have you seen this gorilla splash dance?


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Friday at Shasta Lake it was a cool 104 degrees

We are having a hot spell here in Redding, but the temps have mostly been under 110, so it isn’t as bad as some places. One of the reasons I live here is for summer days that are over 100 degrees. When I was in Carmel Valley, summers meant I could take off my jacket for most of the day, sometimes. I would see the temperature for Redding on the weather report and feel envious.

Heat and this osmosis water system planter that contains a tomato plant and a red bell pepper plant pictured in these accompanying three images on the left, presented a bit of a mystery.

If the water in the tank gets below a gallon or more from the top, the pepper wilts in the heat.

I thought the pepper was a goner when I first noticed leaves browning and the plant wilting, but I discovered the water level effect on the liveliness and vigor of the pepper plant and remedied the dire situation.

Cutting off dead leaves and keeping the water level up in the tank solved the pep-less pepper dilemma.





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At the dam Friday

The republican senate secret health care plan was revealed today. It takes health care away from millions of Americans and gives the very rich a very nice tax cut.

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Lassen Volcanic park a couple of days ago

The mainstream media are spinning this thing in every possible fantastical way they can to please their rightwing republican masters. Sometimes people think the New York Times is “liberal media”. They are wrong. It is right wing and centrist conservative leaning. The Washington Post is solid right wing in all stories and reports. Fox news is extreme right along with InfoWars and Breitbart.

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Bee in clover

There are a handful of open minded shows that address current events on Cable and internet.  They are generally relaxed, funny, clever and material is well researched.

Some hosts of late night shows play videos of notorious right wingers exposing their own fallacious nature and inconsistencies. The results are both funny and frightening.

Here is a good example of pleasant reality based reporting;



Peace

Thursday, June 8, 2017

They Have No Shame

They Have No Shame

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I am so glad that Pink Slime is available for the poor. God knows the rich aren’t about to eat that crap.

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Flowers are blooming enthusiastically here in Redding this June. Maybe the cooler temperatures like we had today will slow the process.

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Cactus flowers are among the colorful displays being used to attract pollinators to participate in plant proliferation. With long hot summer days the cacti and succulents have been especially active, here at the Treehouse.

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Some of us in Redding are particularly happy that we got to wear long sleeve shirts and light jackets today. The temps were in the mid 50’s. (That is normal for some Bay Area cities like Richmond.) A cool summer day is a pleasant novelty.

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I am glad to see that Jeremy Corbyn is making a good showing in the British election results. He is one of the few leaders that understands the relationship between recent terrorist attacks in England and Britain's involvement in America’s mid-east wars;

“If you continuously bomb people’s homes and country, the survivors will eventually retaliate in some way.”

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Part of Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal is his plan to discontinue British participation in America’s endless wars.

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In America, we could eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness with just a fraction of the money we waste blowing up people and places around the world.

But don’t just take my word for it.

Watch today’s video:


Embrace the beatitudes to achieve parity

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Producing this Blogpost with Blogger

Okay. I know it seems like a long excruciating process to collect evidence and round up the appropriate witnesses to arrest the whole lot of improper appointees along with the fraudulent, failed and traitorous person and family occupying the White House.

I feel the same way. It is important that there be no loopholes for the slugs to slip through. You can bet there are teams of twisted lawyers who are more than willing to be in the limelight as Trumps defense team.
 
So we read the ever growing list of offenses committed by various greedy crooks that have taken over our government and the collection of domestic and foreign entities that are making this coup possible. 

We read the names of people, corporations and criminal organizations that are connected to the Trumps and Robert Mercers administration choices and wonder when will the justice department, FBI, CIA, NSA and Homeland Security round these traitors up, seize their assets and put them in prison until their trials?

The sooner that happens the less damage we will have to repair.

In the meantime, lets continue doing the constructive and entertaining things like preview this new comedy special;


 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Crisis Of Now

The Crisis Of Now

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An Email I Sent To My Brother;

Hi Jerry,



One of Mencken's quotes widely circulated since the Trump upset is from a column he wrote 96 years ago predicting that, "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."


Mencken's denunciation of Harding's 1921 inaugural speech as "the worst English I have ever encountered" could easily apply to the evidence of an unhinged mind manifest in Mr. Trump's Twitter twaddle: "It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean-soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm (I was about to write abscess!) of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."

Some people wonder how I can live in this town surrounded by cults of evangelists and gun worshipers. I feel it is a calling that I be here as a moderating influence among the misinformed and agitated right wing nutters.
I explain reality as simply as I can to people who have been subjugated by 20 years of talk radio propaganda.
For example: I think it is best to calmly suggest a course or study of thermodynamics and atmospheric effects of heat producing propulsion systems at high altitudes to those who want to rant about “chem-trails”. They may go away angrily muttering, but at least they might look up one of those big fancy words whenever they get to wherever they have thankfully wandered off to.
One of the reasons I am not worried that publishing this on one of my blogs will disturb any of the 18% of Americans who voted for Trump is there are more than 100 words on this page and Trump supporters figure reading a lot of words is for pinko lefties.
It is a beautiful day, here in Redding
Your younger brother,
Phil

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Today’s Video;


May Day Ahead

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Egg Nest Hunt

Easter Nest Egg Hunt

I just discovered, unearthed, exposed, de-nested a feature in Google Docs after 9 years of using Docs to write first drafts for Phil’s Place. (I only have to type the title once) Will wonders ever cease.

Speaking of wonders; Are you wondering what to do tomorrow, the day before Easter?

Well, wonder no more. There are marches scheduled for April 15th all over the United States regarding taxes.

As you may know, taxes are the price of civilized society. Taxes are used to fund our infrastructure. To promote art and science. To keep our water safe, our air breathable, our highways smooth. To keep our people healthy and educated.

Today, most of our taxes are being redirected to fund an out of control military, industrial complex. But that is not what marchers will be demanding tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s marching is about a guy who has been hiding his tax returns from citizens, even though he was elected president by nearly 20% of America.

What is he hiding and why is it important?

Today’s Video;



Happy Easter
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34)”

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Conflict Attracts Energy

More Energy Leads To More Power

This is my take on how Donald Trump uses the Soap Opera method to maintain a devoted following as stated in an article by Jocelyn Seagrave.

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Pregnant?

I recommend that you read the article The Soap Opera Star’s Guide To Donald Trump to get a more complete grasp of the bizarre behavior of our Liar in Chief.

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Chain link fence flowers

Those crazy tweets and weird behaviors are features, not bugs. His Twitter rants are like supermarket tabloid headlines that test your incredulity and stick in your brain.

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Clouds obfuscate Mount Lassen

The more outrageous the accusations the greater the conflict. The greater the conflict, the more energy it attracts and that energy becomes more power for the unscrupulous bankruptcy king.

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Magnolia blossoms along the driveway

The other benefit of those seemingly insane outbursts by Mr Trump is how he has been able to divert attention away from his financial ties and transactions with foreign countries.

It seems that investigations into Trump and his Russian bank loans have begun. That’s a good start. This soap opera is about to get really interesting. Stay tuned for a series of exciting episodes brought to you by dedicated teams of independent investigators.

Today’s Video;


Breathe Out - Breathe In (repeat)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Really?

Fallacies Replacing Facts

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Whiskeytown Lake from Brandy Creek Marina

I live in a small California town where too many people have been watching Fox news and listening to Talk Radio for at least 20 uninterrupted years.

I live here because it is in a breathtakingly beautiful and sparsely populated part of the most progressive state in America. I love this place and I love those people, plants and animals who love living here, too.

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A pair of mated geese at Whiskeytown Lake

I worry about the cognitive damage to people being subjected to long term toxic messaging. After so many years of right-wing propaganda, they become distressed if they don’t get their fix of TALK, FOX, Coast to Coast or CNN day and night.

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After 20 years of conditioning, they are susceptible to fact-free right-wing rhetoric and reports of fallacious terrorist attacks all over America.

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To prevent hoards of Trump’s fantasy foreign born rapists, murderers and vegetable pickers from pouring in over the borders, the FOX faithful are willing to give up any of our freedoms and constitutional rights as long as it harms the ‘bad dudes’ more than themselves.

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Playing on the selfishness, greed and ignorance that right-wing media cultivated in their faithful fans, the corporate elite have easily managed to insert themselves into positions of power in our government.

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We now have a psychopathic, neurotic, narcissist son of a real estate tycoon in the White House to whom the brain-numbed right-wing republican supporters will listen and obey.

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The American presidency is currently in the clutches of a Bircher, Libertarian, Christian-Alt-Right billionaire couple and their political influence organization. The FBI and Russia have also been implicated in election tampering to slide Trump into the White House.

These are interesting times, to put it mildly.

Today’s Video;


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Happy Anniversary

Happy Birthday Ex Wife #3


















How clever of us to choose our wedding day on her birthday. That way I would never forget it, even after our divorce in 1988-9.

Coincidentally it is also the birthday of one of my kids by Ex Wife #1

What ever will B will B, as the song says.


 My father took the whole family on a car trip in the 1950's to see what a wonderful state we lived in. One of the wonders we visited was Lassen Park.

Wives 2, 3, and 4 visited Mt Lassen with me through the years and now I live nearby. 

I am not sure what that means or if it means anything in the grand scheme of things?


I am told that the above flowers are called "Paperwhites". I know it is a narcissus and that it is the flower for December and it is called a paperwhite because it resembles snow. 

I was hoping for a more exciting/revealing answer when Googled it.


If you are in Redding, you can see this Mount Shasta vista near the intersection of College and Shasta View.

The first time I ever set foot on Lassen was in the 1970's when skiing at the old ski area.

I think this concludes today's Happy Anniversary/ Happy Birthday's blog entry. I usually end with a video, but I usually write in Google Docs and paste to Blogger instead of writing and editing actually using Blogger.

Today's Video, (I think);



Happy Birthdaverrsary




 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women Tell It Like It Is

Marching Around The World


So many great speeches, marches and rallying by wonderful women all around the world today. Saturday January 21st

Some marches had such large turnouts that the parade route was packed with demonstrators from start to finish. Side streets and assembly areas were overflowing with women, children and men who share their concerns.

This left no room for marching and left no doubt about the level of commitment to stopping the attacks on progress by those white men who want to be the bosses.

The Trump bunch, seeing that the women’s march had a significantly larger turnout than the petulant president’s inauguration, is franticly broadcasting a denial of reality on the usual republican media outlets. Sad.

Gloria Steinem made a lot of poignant statements in her speech


I have neglected my duties as a blogger lately, so allow me to present a little video of the snow we had here in Redding earlier this month. I hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun making it.

Today’s Happy Phil Video;


Love