How can this be?

So apparently Obama was strong on gun control and trying new ways to inflict that control on law abiding citizens etc..

The Republican’s were supposed to be against gun control and trying to make sure that the 2nd amendment stayed free of obstructions.

So how do you balance this PR with the above?

Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent After Sessions Memo
07/28/2017 12:00 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that, following the memorandum from Attorney General Sessions to prioritize firearm prosecutions, the number of defendants charged with unlawful possession of a firearm increased nearly 23 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (2,637) from the same time period in 2016 (2,149).

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A warning to Amazon and Facebook…

The reason people use the internet is the diversity of the information and what can be found in exploring. You will note I didn’t put Google in here, even though some of their policies are anti small business / website. So if you believe that people go to Facebook to enjoy their friends and learn about what they are doing, you are likely right, I question if they go there to see things that don’t otherwise know about, ie; explore. Do people go to Amazon to find things to buy, for sure, do they go there to see what their friends are doing or to find more things to buy than what they are interested in? Not very likely.

So my warning to both of these companies is. Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Facebook and Amazon are basically creating war on small websites and alternative ideologies. Amazon’s sucking down ad revenues from Google is one thing. Making sure that your add gets shown alongside a similar product that they are selling is entirely different.

Facebook deciding what’s “correct” for you to see or not, is not very friendly to the openness of the marketplace of ideas out there. For example if you are selling tactical gear Facebook can and has determined that you can not advertise there. Obviously their prerogative, but is it good for the internet as a whole?

I posit to you that if Amazon and Facebook win the majority of the ad dollars as strange as this sounds it will spell the end of the internet as we know it. It increases the chance that the internet becomes a bar and a store, and that’s pretty much it. It’s great that both companies are successful, but they should stop and think about what’s best for the environment they live in, and censorship and competition against your advertisers is not likely best for that marketplace of ideas and interests.

Things continue down this path and the internet becomes a bar and a store, then the interest in that is going to wane and die. That would not be good for Facebook and Amazon. What do they do when their audience gets bored because there are only two places to go on the internet, Facebook and Amazon?

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China investment in the US

So it is my understanding the a US company can not completely own a company in China. Ie; if Google opens a Google China, a Chinese firm or individual needs to own a portion of that entity in order to do business in China. It is my further understanding that the portion owned needs to be 51%.

Given that, why are we allowing Chinese companies to come in and completely buy a US company? OR open an entity in the US that is not 51% owned by a US corporation or individual?

Seems lopsided and another example of our stupid government not understanding business or what’s good for US business.

Meantime we allow Chinese companies to patent and trademark in the US when they have ZERO intention of honoring those agreements that we already have in place.

My question here is why are we allowing this as a nation when they are not allowing us to do so in their country?

Note every country has a right to do as they please. But the US should note that and respond similarly. It’s not like you are starting a war if you simply state. Look you don’t allow US companies to outright own a entity in China, so no Chinese National or Company can do that in the US.

The US reaches out and forces other Countries to do as the US wants them to do in other instances. For example Canada forces US citizens to follow US laws concerning corporate ownership etc even though the rules in Canada for their citizens are not the same. Doesn’t make sense that the US would not reach out and simply apply that strong arming to China as well.

Wake up and Smell the Coffee…

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This seems like a very bad idea…

On the order of mixing beer and guns, is the mixing of dodgy water craft and wine…

In case you want to take your life in your own hands, here is where to go:

Get Drunk and Kayak…

Dodgy watercraft and wine... What could go wrong?

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When did it become ok to not be responsible for your people?

So at the DNC we had some outing of some bad juju regarding how the nasty dirty process of finding a presidential candidate happens. Sorta of like “I want to eat sausage but I don’t want to know how it was/is made” thing. Same thing with this. We the people just don’t want to know how the parties elect who is going to run for president. We just don’t. Because it gives lie to the whole democratic process. Because, well, it’s not democratic and it’s very very dirty.

This was first noted in the Trump run up to nomination and even afterwards, with folks still sputtering because they couldn’t beat him and turned to the normal insider dirty tricks and got called out.

Now we see a similar pattern at the DNC. Again, no surprise and actually no dirt. At least not anymore than it already is. Speaks for itself as they say.

But here’s what chaffs my ass, that a supporter of former DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. Read this quote and think when was the last time a leader stood up and said, wasn’t me it was my people. Ok but then who is responsible for those people? Do they walk in off the street and just do things? Do the reflect the mood and tone of their boss, are they rogues? Even if they are, they are still the responsibility of the chief. It’s always been that way. Roosevelt had a sign that said “The buck stops here” meaning he was ultimately responsible. But apparently in political land the leader isn’t responsible for the bad things, only the good things that their people do. So here now the quote…

“This is just a bump in the road. I think she was completely impartial in this process. Now, some of the people who worked for her sent out some completely inappropriate e-mails, and for that, they should be punished, not Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”, said Steve Effman, the former mayor of Sunrise and a longtime friend of DWS. (this taken from here: Debbie Wasserman Schultz)

So I get it: the message we send to our kids is: it’s ok that when you are in charge of a team that your people do things that are wrong, and don’t worry you aren’t responsible. Really? In the past, people who were leaders stood up for their people and lived and died by the teams actions, they didn’t cut someone loose and distance themselves… So now we are teaching that you can hire folks and lead them but if they do something wrong it’s all on them. Not on the leader for controlling things, for setting the tone and direction of folks, for weeding out the bad ones and keeping those who are on the same page… If you believe that, I have some swamp err good land in Florida to sell you, and a great bridge in NY…

So wake up here, get with it. Leaders have to stand for something, and have to be responsible for things good or bad. The faster this country learns that not everyone is perfect and that mistakes happen the better, but even better will be when folks learn that to lead is just that, to be out front taking the shots, being in the arena, and standing for something other than, OOHHH I didn’t say that, don’t punish me, but punish the person I hired directed and lead…. yeah.. That doesn’t work in my world.

You lead, you take the responsibility, good or bad. Stand there and deliver my friends. Enter that arena, but do so with the knowledge that YOU and only you are responsible.

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Testosterone – Evil? Or a Social enhancer?

So reading on the internet suggests two things.  One that Testosterone leads to aggression or does not lead to aggression.  Science is such an exact umm well err science…  So let’s take a look at how this comes about.

First study done was done on women and lead to the conclusion that it increased aggression in men. Not sure I follow.  But let’s see where this leads us.  Down the path of assumption and myth.

In this paper: Elsevier. “Testosterone in healthy men increases their brains’ response to threat.”

ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 August 2014. <>. right in the first paragraph the author states.  “Testosterone, a steroid hormone, is well known to contribute to aggressive behavior in males, but the neural circuits through which testosterone exerts these effects have not been clear.”  So without any citation at all, the author here states that it contributes to aggressive behavior.

Now same website…  Different author.

University of Zurich. “Testosterone does not induce aggression, study shows.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 December 2009. <>.

Here the issue.

When you actually read the whole first paper, it doesn’t say the observed aggressive behavior in the subjects, just that their brains reacted faster.  Faster to what you might as, faster to an aggressive looking face.  The second paper states that testosterone seems to help the brain function better in social situations.  Enhancing it’s ability to assess the situation faster and better.  That there is no evolutionary pressure to attack first and ask questions later, that actually the ability to work things out quicker is the win.

So what can we believe here?  I don’t know anything for a fact.  But I do know that the first author brought their own preconceived ideas and prejudice to the table when writing their paper.  No where does the experiment that they were running prove aggression, just that your brain reacts faster to social situations and gets on alert faster when testosterone is present.  Big leap to make in a conclusion based on the facts of the paper, that don’t support that conclusion.

Here’s something that is more in line with the results from that paper.  For your reading pleasure..

Association for Psychological Science. “Testosterone promotes reciprocity in the absence of competition.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 September 2013. <>.

Here are a few links:


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Boredom… Let’s think about this for a moment.

I posit to you all that without boredom many of the worlds most innovative inventions / discoveries / products / etc…  Would never have been created.

Boredom is the mother of all invention.  Without which is why I have always responded with “That’s great!” when one of my kids or their friends would say “I’m bored…”.

Now is when you get to let your brain loose and create.  If you are watching TV, listening to music, playing a video game or otherwise distracted you aren’t as likely to have that world shaking idea…

So when I see articles like this I cringe…  Smartphones can tell if you are bored.

I hope that feature is turned off, because for me, being bored is when my best ideas come to life.

Wake up and Smell the Coffee…

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Best Pumpkin Seed roasting recipe?

I drove through Jackson Hole, Wy. about 7 years ago and had lunch at a very nice small restaurant that served as a gnosh, roasted pumpkin seeds.  They were awesome, spicy, crunchy and fairly healthy.

I have been trying to find that recipe for a long time.  But if anyone can help me out I would be tempted to send you a bag of nicely roasted pumpkin seeds once I perfect the recipe.

So not a rant or rantling…

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@sandy you really did #us! We would really like to #sandy back…

All jokes aside, for those of you who had the pleasure of spending the night with Sandy, it is nice to wake up and have lower wind speeds and nearly no rain.

I would like to do a shoutout to Holiday Inn Express for doing the stand up thing of actually lowering prices during this event.  This allowed those emergency personnel who had to be away from home to help out and lower cost place to bunk down.  Grats and that’s class.

Now onto the NOT so class acts.  I had reports that Wallmart had actually increased prices ahead of the storm especially on items that are potentially critical to a families well being and potential ability to survive if things had really gone down hill.  If anyone else has reports of businesses local to you gouging everyone, drop a note here and I will see about updating this.

Glad that everyone I know has gotten through to the other side of this alive and unscathed.

Hall of Shame so far:

Wallmart’s in NoVA

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Happy Day for Facebook!

Congrats to all of Facebook (, you people did a bang up job of changing the world. Thanks.

Personally I am disappointed that I didn’t take that call from Sean Parker when he called me a week before Peter Thiel put his 500K to work. Not that I could have (at that time matched that), but I certainly would have put 25-50K to work there given Sean’s track record.

Such is life. Grats to all of Facebook. A well deserved win.

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