Category Archives: Good

Things that please me.

Another Animal Rescue Story

Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award.

In November, Willie’s owner, Megan Howard, was baby-sitting for a toddler. Howard left the room and the little girl, Hannah, started to choke on her breakfast.

Willie repeatedly yelled “Mama, baby” and flapped his wings, and Howard returned in time to find the girl already turning blue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/24/hero-parrot-willie-saves-_n_178586.html

Simple ways to extend your life

- stop wasting time on fiction
billions of people spend a large portion of their life worshiping fictional beings (God).
In comparison to devout christian for example, I’ve lived 15-20% longer by virtue of not wasting that time on fiction.
Stop wasting your life on fiction

– stop driving 20 miles in order to save $3.
Its idiotic.
You are spending more money on gas than you save.
And you are completely devaluing your time.
Avoid meaningless tasks when you can.

More will come, as I remember (or create) more.

Recession is Over!

According to a survey of 44 forecaster’s released by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the recession has come to an end.

http://www.reuters.com/article/companyNewsAndPR/idUSN1214727320091012

And how do my conservative peers react to this news?

Some deny that the recession is over, claiming the worst is yet to come.
I figure this group has invested heavily in gold.

Some point to specific examples in their lives as proof that the recession is not yet over (my neighbor just lost her job).
These comments are laughably stupid and ignorant of the definition of a recession.

And others think that the recovery would have come quicker without the stimulus.

CBO says Senate bill reduces deficit by $81 billion

Over 10 years the Max Baucus bill would “result in a net reduction in federal budget deficits of $81 billion over the 2010–2019 period“.

Welcome news, as the president has stated that he would veto legislation that added to the deficit.

And this should (it won’t) settle down the suddenly budget-conscious republicans who scream about the cost without any factual reason.

And yet, there is lindsey graham (republican) on Fox after hearing the news stating that we should start over.

And likely, as this administration’s successes grow – right-wing media will continue to get crazier. As evidence for that, watch Glenn Beck. Or read this article about Bill Ayers joking that he wrote Barack Obama’s “dreams of my father”.

Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence

Hope your yesterday was non-violent.

Read more about Mahatma Gandhi here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi

And remember there is a good move with Ben Kingsley from 1982 that is worth watching again.

More about the movie is here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083987/
Has Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) as well.

It seems that well-remembered men of historical importance often born into families of means.
I’ve been reading a book about the top 100 scientists in history, with short biographies of the top 100 scientists as ranked by the authors.

None so far into the book as I’ve read have been born into poverty.
Not a surprise.