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Creation, Not Destruction

November 24th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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lovenotwYou know what is sad??? Some of the greatest scientific minds in the world would rather devote their entire lives devising insanely twisted weapons of mass destruction instead of healing, preserving, creating…. etc.

‘New Scientist’ magazine recently came out with a timeline of weapons technology and what our Defense department has been up to with our hard – earned tax dollars. This is a list of some of the stuff we’ve come up with over the past decade:

2001

US president George W Bush proposes a national missile defense shield. The scheme meets with stinging criticism and the technology repeatedly fails to deliver in tests.

The Active Denial System, a directed-energy weapon intended to harmlessly drive people away, is tested by the US government. The device uses a microwave beam to produce a sensation of intense heat, forcing people to move away. Despite concerns about safety, portable versions have been mooted for police.

2002

For the first time, a high-energy laser is used to shoot down artillery fire.

The Pulsed Energy Projectile (PEP), a laser that can knock you off your feet, is developed.

2007

Australian weapons company Metal Storm files a key patent for its gun, which fires a million rounds a minute.

2008

In another milestone for high-energy lasers, the Airborne Laser is fired from an aircraft for the first time.

Also, Stellar Photonics begins testing of their experimental Plasma Acoustic Shield System, which generates a dazzling series of mid-air explosions by blasting balls of plasma with high-powered lasers.

2009

A US government report advocates using neuroscience to enhance soldiers’ abilities.

A few months ago, a book published by Belknap Press and written by Robert Neer was released entitled ‘Napalm: An American Biography’ Beware – this is a mind – numbingly chilling book !!! Check out this excerpt: “Napalm, incendiary gel that sticks to skin and burns to the bone, came into the world on Valentine’s Day 1942 at a secret Harvard war research laboratory. On March 9, 1945, it created an inferno that killed over 87,500 people in Tokyo—more than died in the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It went on to incinerate sixty-four of Japan’s largest cities. The Bomb got the press, but napalm did the work.

After World War II, the incendiary held the line against communism in Greece and Korea—Napalm Day led the 1950 counter-attack from Inchon—and fought elsewhere under many flags. Americans generally applauded, until the Vietnam War. Today, napalm lives on as a pariah: a symbol of American cruelty and the misguided use of power, according to anti-war protesters in the 1960s and popular culture from Apocalypse Now to the punk band Napalm Death and British street artist Banksy. Its use by Serbia in 1994 and by the United States in Iraq in 2003 drew condemnation. United Nations delegates judged deployment against concentrations of civilians a war crime in 1980. After thirty-one years, America joined the global consensus, in 2011.

I have not read the entire book yet (I’m not sure I want to), but ‘Napalm …. Biography’ truly is a masterful piece of non-fiction that is thoroughly researched and if you choose to read it, you will learn everything from how it was developed, used, planned (during WWII, the U.S. military was actually contemplating attacking Japan with 100s of millions of bats with little napalm time bombs attached to them…. How sick & twisted is that ???). So, yes it’s a prodigiously disturbing book but the macabre details are so fascinating it’s almost impossible to put down.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Sadly, we happen to live in a super scary world, hence, being the world’s police, we need WOMDs. However, Napalm, lasers, mind control, etc. ???

 

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The Joe Rogan Podcast !!!

November 10th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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Bar none, the greatest, most interesting, entertaining, educational, eclectic, thought – provoking radio talk show (terrestrial or satellite) is and has been for decades, The Leonard Lopate show formerly New York and Company on WNYC and NPR. There is simply not a talk show host, nor has there ever been a host for decades now that could even come remotely close in terms of the aforementioned superlatives (except for Brian Leher, Lopate’s colleague, who has his own show on WNYC from 10 am – noon, just before Leonard’s show) than the masterful  – Leonard Lopate. The only criticism some people may have about Lopate’s show , is that it is prodigiously “brainy” and yes that is awesome, but sometimes we just want to kick back and take in some good old entertainment, educational or not & take it easy; after all learning is essentially work (though I personally don’t see it as such).

However, I am not blogging about Leonard Lopate today. I am here to spread the word about a podcast that is so interesting and an absolute gem … I could listen to it all day and never, ever get bored and unlike listening to Leonard’s show – perhaps a lecture of sorts (admittedly, you do feel like you are in graduate school when you tune into Leonard). Joe Rogan (BTW, yes it is the same Joe Rogan who did that insanely dumb show ‘Fear Factor’ but obviously this is not “that Joe Rogan” – hey we all have to eat, so….) is relaxed, unpretentious, comfortable, extremely intelligent and informal as one can be (Joe curses a lot & I mean a lot) and he talks about the most interesting stuff imaginable & has great guests. Even if the guests aren’t great, Joe Rogan makes them sound great. As a matter of fact, Joe Rogan is such an awesome entertainer, he even makes the commercials fun.

For example, I just finished listening to one of the latest Joe Rogan podcasts with the lead singer of the band – Tool (incidentally a band I don’t even care about in the least), Maynard James Keenan, and I, quite frankly, can’t imagine having had been more glued, entertained, and more fun … well !!!

In a nutshell, here is a list of topics they talked about: Holy moly it’s a lot in 2 hrs. mind you:

The very weird music of Tool (BTW, it’s for the most part heavy metal music, but the lead singer is a genius – really, there is a lot of tongue in cheek & satire)

The meaning of life.

Jaguars migrating to the U.S. (yikes, how scary is that folks ???) You think a pit bull or a Wolf is frightening, just youTube a jaguar, it’s not even close.

Winemaking – I didn’t think I would enjoy this portion of the show, because I don’t drink wine, but WOW!!! What an interesting and fascinating process the making of wine is  – wow !!!

Jiu – Jitsu  & Mixed Martial Arts

The unfathomable mystery of why we become so immersed in a particular hobby.

The absolute drudgery and loneliness of being on the road & having to stay in motels/hotels if you’re a musician, comedian, entertainer, etc.  

Getting old

Getting sick

The creeps in N. Arizona, specifically in Sedona.

Sedona, AZ has more new – agey people who are into their crystals, chakras, & energy pathways than anywhere else in the country….weird!!! 

The cult hangouts in Los Angeles  

Those idiots who knocked over 100 million + yr. old rocks for s**ts & giggles …almost like knocking over Stonehenge  

Dumb people

The incredible wonderment of the desert.

  Just taking stock of the incredible rocks and weird formations out west in the desert e.g. wind and sand erosion structures that look like unimaginable forms.

Fascinating landscapes in the U.S.A.

Running out of gas in the desert (good luck – lol)

Following your bliss

Life is too short to not create with every breath you take.

Artists and motivated people.

Work ethic

Reality food shows                

The underrated sense of smell.

Evan Tanner – MMA fighter who died in the desert.

Self – discovery journeys.

Constantly testing yourself and pushing yourself to the limit.

Nature and living off the land.

Nature does not care about you – respect that !!!

The 10 – 80 – 10 rule: 10% of any given community is kind, caring, giving, and productive. 80% are mindless knuckleheads who are neither good nor bad and 10% are slime who firstly ought to be tarred and feathered and then be summarily run over by a heavy vehicle. 

Exotic meat restaurants e.g. lions, javelinas, etc.

The meanest, most conservative sheriff in the nation – Sheriff Arpaio who insists that all the county inmates wear pink underwear in order to humiliate them – lol.

Jan Brewer: The dumbest governor in the country – even stupider than our former president – George W. Bush.

Yoga

Bad movies/Good movies

Gender identity and transvestites

Stupid TV

Actors unraveling   

Art for art’s sake … doing something without any thought of being compensated.

Opiates/painkillers and the epidemic we have on our hands.

Kids and the internet.

If you live on the east coast and you’re a kid, there is nothing BETTER than a snow day …..YAY !!! NO SCHOOL – MAGICAL !!!

Being born rich is perhaps the worst curse in life.

Los Angeles is without question the most fake & unreal city in the country and perfect for movies and TV.

Psychedelic drugs e.g. peyote, mushrooms

Fasting

Zen

Physics/geometry/angles/molecules

Words

Samurai swords … the tradition, the process of manufacturing them with honor, etc.

Indigenous tribes that still exist

Soft life=soft people …answer, we must reset or reboot

The earth is a living entity.

We’re now dependent on everything either digital (0’s & 1’s) and electrical.

How about not even having a hard drive, just clouds….life in the near future is truly spooky !!!

We’re living in unfathomably strange times.

Does anything we do really mean anything in terms of the larger picture???

Microcosm vs. macrocosm ….we are all in our little universes e.g. making money, martial arts, the gun range, cooking, etc.

Seeking a higher truth from the seemingly trivial.

Vinyl records, books, etc …can we retrieve them if there is some sort of digital disaster???  

Edward Snowden – it’s so funny that we make fun of him for not having an advanced degree, yet we hear him in the news everyday & the NSA allowed him to have access to all this incredibly top – secret info.

Privacy issues.

Depth/movement/passion/uncertainty/fear  

Tattoos …who would have guessed what an incredible industry it has become now???

Japanese tattoos  

The military today.

Liberals and conservatives.


WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Joe Rogan is simply off the charts great!!! The topics I brought up are unbelievably from just one show!!!

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Bill Belichick is a Heartless Bureaucrat And Tom Brady is A Fool

October 22nd, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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I was shocked to hear the reaction of both hall famer coach, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, perhaps the greatest quarterback to ever play the game after the ‘Frontline’ special “League of Denial.” Coach Belichick is part of the NFL evil empire whose tenet is in a nutshell “Win for me or drop dead.” Here are the words of Mr. Belichick re: the NFL coaching problem – “First of all, I’m not really familiar with whatever it is you’re referring to, whatever this thing is. But it doesn’t make any difference whether there is or isn’t one going on. We have our protocol with all medical situations, including that one and that’s followed by our medical department, which I’m not a doctor and I don’t think we want me treating patients. What we do in the medical department, that’s medical procedures that honestly I don’t know enough to talk about. But I can say this, there’s nothing more important to a coach than the health of his team. Without a healthy team, you don’t have a team. We try to do everything we can to have our players healthy, to prepare them, to prevent injuries and then to treat injuries and to have them play as close to 100 percent as we can because without them, you have no team

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Certainly sounds like Bill didn’t lose any sleep over the tragic deaths of Mike Webster, Junior Seau, and so many others “I’m not a doctor, blah, blah, blah …… ” What an unsympathetic mutant !!!

And as far as the pretty boy who happens to have a meaningless skill such as throwing a football, here are his words: “I don’t think about it at all. I’m not overly concerned…..” Can Tom Brady actually be that stupid ??? He fits the dumb jock stereotype like a glove.  One would think that he would have said something akin to ….well of course I’m concerned, but I can’t think about it while I’m playing because it would actually have a serious deleterious effect on my performance and my health overall.

Oh well, so WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I think the commentary of these 2 football icons is prodigiously sad and pathetic.

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The NFL Epitomizes Everything Evil About Corporate Enterprise

October 10th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

mw1Figure 10. Ron Perryman.The brain of Ron Perryman shows moderate p-tau pathology involving multiple regions of brain diagnostic of stage II-III CTE. In addition, there is also widespread deposition of abnormal TDP-43 protein around small blood vessels and in the cerebral cortex. These changes together with loss of anterior horn cells of the spinal cord and degeneration of the cortical spinal tracts indicate the presence of CTE plus motor neuron disease (CTE-MND). Photo by Ann C McKee, MD, VA Boston/Boston University School of Medicine.

The National Football League made 8 billion dollars last year – 8 BILLION DOLLARS PROFIT !!! Sadly, a majority of the football players playing last year will be dead within 10 – 15 years after they retire do to brain – related injuries.

It’s one thing for a company, The National Football League to be upfront and publically state something akin to:  “Football is a viciously violent sport and we will give you a lot of $$ to play it, but you will not live too much longer after you’re done. Oh, and btw, you will die more than likely via brain damage, so your death will be more horrible than you can imagine, so there is a likelihood that you may commit suicide.”

So if a football player knows the risks, and is willing to take the chance knowing all of the risks, then fine and well. The problem is the NFL lied to the players, their wives, and all of the player’s loved ones – THAT’S WRONG !!!

Here is the full Frontline program

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/  …. Watch & then you decide WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? 

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Bill Maher versus Big Bird Howard Stern

October 3rd, 2013 by Michael Tabor

 

The same sociopathic Howard Stern (now the kinder & gentler Howie) who used to humiliate retarded and disabled people (maybe he still does) is calling out Bill Maher for some recent remarks Maher made about his (big bird’s) comments re: 9/11.

Howard Stern is a twisted, evil monster who will do anything for $$$. He knows damn well that he cannot get away with anything he used to do, so he doesn’t do it anymore! Remember your Song parody and your unspeakably nefarious comments about Karen Carpenter and her agonizing death. Why don’t you bring that up, big bird ???

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Here’s another insanely asinine thing Stern states re: the fact that, he, Stern (the kinder, gentler Stern) is just a comedian and completely unlike Bill Maher. Holy, moly, what a bunch of horse shit… your acts are identical i.e. comics talking politics hoping for a laugh, yet maybe, maybe getting some credence. Stern is a vile, unfunny, hypocritical beast and I can’t wait until he croaks !!!

Hey Stern, buddy, just talk about strippers if you’re so afraid of criticism. How’s your ex – wife Allison doing anyway – ohhhhh, that you don’t care about !!!

So WhaDaYaThink ? What Do you think ? Your time is goanna come Stern !!! Stern says that he’s only here for laughs, but if that’s the case, give back all the $$$ you stole from us  – CREEP !!!

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The Disturbing Unhinged Hatred in This Country is Rampant

September 25th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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People are angry and if you’re a celebrity or happen to be perceived as someone who happens to have some sort of privilege in this country, the United states of America, or as Bill Maher calls this republic “the greatest Ponzi scheme ever known to man”, then you’re a mark.

You don’t have to be anybody for that matter like myself, who is simply a person along with my wife who has a free op – ed blog; most of the time the comments are civil, incisive, and just great (we’re lucky here) but occasionally you will get some knucklehead who will spew non – sensical hatred. The real over – the – top animus can be found on any of the social networks like Facebook (if you have friends of friends of friends who really aren’t your friends). You will also encounter satanic bile if you elect to get involved in a thread in a chat room or any other such forum in which there is relative anonymity and no regulation. And the fact that current technology allows any given individual to be nameles is the reason we see this or if you buy into what Bill Maher says that people are truly insanely unhinged because of this dreadfully bad econmy.

It’s frightening to think that there are really people out there who are filled with this “disturbing unhinged hatred”. The daily Kos used this phrase, which incidentally sums it all up. Click on the link and enjoy…this is very funny.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/21/1240347/-Bill-Maher-on-the-insane-amount-of-hatred-we-have-in-America?detail=email

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? I loved what Joe Rogan had to say about people who tell you to “Die ! Die! Die ! you talentless fu#$@% lowlife, etc.” in which he said that he’d love to take out his treasured samurai sword and disembowel everyone of these pusilanimous anonymous cowards.

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Pope Francis’s Big Vision is Exactly What the Catholic Church Needs

September 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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I was raised a catholic and taught to believe that the church’s #1 priority was to serve the poor and oppressed. Pope Francis is trying in an earnest and dauntless – perhaps defiant manner to arouse the world to not forget “I tell you the truth that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven … it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Just yesterday, the pope went further to declare that the church is obsessed with gays, abortion, and contraception and that his papacy is more interested in helping the poor and needy. The New York Times reported that this sent shock waves throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It is truly astounding that there were reverberations of discontent in July within the church when Pope Francis merely stated “Who am I to judge” about homosexuality when you consider how many appalling scandals have come out for not just homosexuality but pedophilia within the clergy.  The staggering hypocrisy!!!

I applaud Pope Francis for stating that the clergy is wrong for putting dogmatic orthodoxy before love and serving the poor and marginalized and enough with the fire and brimstone. There are so many friends and acquaintances of mine who have either 1. Walked away from any form of organized religion completely and have turned to other more tolerant worldviews i.e. eastern thought. 2. Still are Christian but have changed denominations or 3. Have embraced secularism and view science as the only real outlet for explaining and understanding who we are/why we are here/is there a purpose?, etc.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? It’s interesting to note that Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis’s predecessor was anything but liberal and open – minded to how the world has changed.

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What is the Story With George Zimmerman ???

September 9th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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I am 50 years old and have never been arrested in my entire life; this is the case one can only surmise for all or at least the majority of solid citizens who are law – abiding and choose not to break the law. George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and all manslaughter charges on July 13, 2013 in one of the most notorious and celebrated trials in recent history and already he’s getting into trouble.

Mr. Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie (incidentally she’s planning on divorcing him now) is alleging that her husband threatened her while brandishing a knife as well as a firearm. I know that Zimmerman has not been indicted and certainly, legally speaking, this has no connection with the Trayvon Martin case but wow, this certainly raises a red flag in terms of what type of person Zimmerman is.

So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Does this latest incident make you think twice about whether or not the jury rendered the correct verdict in the aforementioned Martin case or do you suppose this was just an unconnected coincidence ???

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What Do We Do With Syria?

September 5th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

syriaI think we, the United States is in a no – win situation. To start, the obvious is that the use of chemical weapons and nerve gas by the Assad regime against its own citizens is absolutely reprehensible and I’m certain that in a perfect world those who were responsible would be identified, targeted, and ultimately eliminated from the face of the earth. However obviously this is something that is neither tenable nor remotely possible and the only option our country has in terms of retribution is strategic military strikes. BUT, just think , not only is this not an effective viable solution i.e. just more civilian deaths and massive infrastructure destruction, not to mention the rabbit hole with which this country, the United States, would have to contend e.g. “boots on the ground”,  the tenuous geopolitical relationships we have with nations such as Russia and Iran (who support the Assad government), the Palestinians who are split … Israel and a plethora of other catastrophic scenarios, etc. Furthermore, what is the end game ?

The Assad regime (The notorious Ba’ath Party) is wicked beyond belief but I think we can all agree that the Syrian rebel fighters are certainly not our friends. This civil war has been going on for more than 2 years now (Arab Spring) and more than 100,000 people have died, just about half of whom are civilians.   So, WhadaweThink ? What do you think? The Middle East is war – torn and a mess; whether we strike or do nothing will invariably have repercussions.  We can’t turn a blind eye to a nation that uses chemical weapons but I feel there is nothing we can do but lament the ineffable sadness of it all.

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A – Rod Accuses the New York Yankees and MLB

August 19th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Instead of gracefully accepting the 211 game suspension for using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, Alex Rodriguez is making matters worse by accusing the Yankees organization and Major League Baseball of something you might see right out of a mob movie.  A – Rod and his sleazy lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, are actually claiming that the Yankees were trying to sabotage and permanently end his career by inserting him in the line – up even though they knew that he was seriously injured.  What this means in a nutshell, is that the New York Yankees – in cahoots with MLB, were more interested in getting rid of A – Rod and his bloated 270 million contract rather than win perhaps another championship.  What an outrageous allegation!!! As the New York Times stated, this scandal would be worse than the Chicago White Sox throwing the World Series in 1919.

I know Alex Rodriguez is hurting and believe it or not, despite all the money, I can imagine what he’s going through. He’s without a doubt a super talented guy and we all know that EVERY player juices (even Jeter –  he just hasn’t been caught yet).  However, this is beyond the pale; a prodigiously desperate attempt by Rodriguez to salvage his dignity and reputation. Every ballplayer wants to be loved by the fans (he’s the most hated player in the league right now) and that’s only human, but now he’s making a fool out of himself.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ?  Do you have any sympathy at all for Alex Rodriguez ?   arod

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