Category Archives: Everything Under the Sun

Opinions • Freedom to Marry

By Gary Triplett Liberals… that means LIBERTY. Freedom from government… not more government. If you want to marry a goat… do it!! Government isn’t involved.. just do it!!! Just don’t ask me to pay for it… that’s where government becomes involved again!
I won’t help you unless you respect our Constitution and my freedom to live my life and raise my family without paying for your’s.

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What’s On Your Mind • 150th US Civil War in Gettysburg PA

By Gary Triplett

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What a wonderful experience to witness the recreation of the battles of 150 years ago in Gettysburg, PA of the US Civil War. People willing to sacrifice their gold, land and life to have power for states and a central government more in tune with the limited purpose of a central government to unite the states.

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:57 am


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What’s On Your Mind • Study Without A Cause

By zooidal I frequently see study results presented as new blossoms from the human knowledge shrub, then realize they’re just ancient freeze-dried cuttings stuck in a Fireside Girl’s charming glazed pot. “Email apnea” got my attention the other day, in a Scientific American piece by Tia Ghose about aimless Internet browsing (newly invented maladies always get my attention). Here’s a few excerpts from Why the Internet Sucks You in Like a Black Hole – A lack of structural online boundaries tempts users into spending countless hours on the Web..

Reading emails or hunching over a screen can…activate humans’ fight-or-flight response, said Linda Stone, a researcher who has studied the physiological effects of Internet use. Stone has shown that about 80 percent of people (Saying 79.9 percent would save her 3 characters and a space, but that would seem like a lot less people) temporarily stop breathing or breathe shallowly when they check their email or look at a screen — a condition she calls email apnea. – Well then, people who thread needles, land airplanes, sneak up creaky stairways, see cops with radar guns (or cops readying themselves to Tase recalcitrant motorists), open registered mail from the IRS, or do anything requiring exactitude or self-preservation should already have Stone’s attention, though that won’t get her recognized as an on-demand professional Internet expert, so never mind. What of the multitudes of apneic people in front of cinema, television, convenience store deli and ATM screens? Same deal.

You’ve got mail – Humans are social creatures. (Damn. Really?) As a result, people enjoy the social information available via email and the Web. – As if telephones, the U.S. Postal Service, backyard fences and Friday night bingo were never used to spread gossip. At least Ghose explains the mystery of Facebook. That said, nowhere in the article does she credit AOL for the paragraph heading.

Email and social media have the same reward structure as that of a casino slot machine… people are wired to compulsively seek unpredictable payoffs like those doled out on the Web… If that sounds like you, don’t feel bad: That behavior is natural, given how the Internet is structured, experts say. “…It’s compulsive; it’s compelling; it’s distracting”, said Tom Stafford, a cognitive scientist at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. – Is the Internet as “compulsive” as Tom Stafford, with his fondness for semi-colons and permutations of the word ‘compel’? (Maybe I shouldn’t talk – I like parentheses, dashes, slashes, ticks, run-on sentences and self-depreciating asides – but, I digress) Does his training in cognitive science qualify him as an “expert” on email and social media structure? Anybody can see these are recently developed extensions of preexisting social interaction methods.

No limits – Another reason the Internet is so addictive is it lacks boundaries between tasks, Stafford said. Someone may set out to “research something, and then accidentally go to Wikipedia, and then wind up trying to find out what ever happened to Depeche Mode,” Stafford said, referring to the music band. – Ooo, no boundaries, can’t have that – let’s ban hypertext. But gee, I thought quick’n’easy information access was a good thing, but so is organization and discipline. I think it says so in the Code of Hammurabi. BBSes, CompuServe, Prodigy and AOL were structured environments not mentioned in the article – maybe I’m an expert for mentioning them. Seriously, are these experts offering us anything new regarding human nature, or practical solutions for easily distracted people that weren’t adapted from out-of-print self-help books? Lots of things having nothing to do with the Internet can be of interest to the terminally distracted, except for the things they’re supposed to be doing right now.

You never get away from the temptation,” Stafford said. – How insightful, though an underestimation of human capacity.

Set boundaries – For those who want to loosen the viselike grip of the Web (maybe they really mean porn) on their lives, a few simple techniques may do the trick. Web-blocking tools that limit surfing time can help people regain control over their time (Yeah? Uninstalling them gives you even more control!). Another method is to plan ahead, committing to work for 20 minutes, or until a certain task is complete, and then allowing five minutes of Web surfing, Stafford said. – Web blocking tools? We’re all kids now? At least the idea wasn’t cribbed from Rita Emmett’s Procrastinator’s Handbook. Stafford’s brief, hackneyed suggestion masquerades as a time-worn time-management tip; maybe Internet Exhaustion Syndrome has messed with his creativity.

Old movies sometimes depicted gossipy housewives spreading disinformation at the protagonist’s expense via a new invention, the telephone, which attracted plenty of predictions of mal-use during its first decade or so. Proper telephone etiquette was promoted in theater ad inserts, popular magazines and schools. During the 1980s until the mid 90s, ‘netiquette’ was promoted to those newly online. Proper study habits and time management have been subjects of interest since before Aristotle. Tia Ghose includes only the very brief, unoriginal suggestions found on Google Books by cognitive scientist/on-demand Internet expert Tom Stafford for what she sees as “a lack of structural online boundaries” tempting users into “spending countless hours on the Web”. Ghose’s article is an exercise in mere sensationalism.

Well, gotta go – I wanna download a movie and some discographies from Pirate Bay while notifying Facebook friends about the new blog I’m editing. Damn, more inbox Viagra… crap, I didn’t top my high score – Happy Wheels sucks.

…One more tidbit, because a black hole has stripped me of all discipline:

“Technology is all about eroding structure,” Stafford told LiveScience. “But actually, psychologically, we need more structure, and those things are in tension.” – Technology is about eroding “structure”? Maybe sandblasters and a hypothetical cloud of nano-nibblers with diamond encrusted grills can erode structure, but I guess that’s not what he means. OK, Stafford’s …read more

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Filner's Lawyer: San Diego Liable for Sex Harassment

By Evann Gastaldo

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of putting female staffers in headlocks , patting their butts , and requesting that they work sans undies , among other things , and yet according to his lawyer, it’s all San Diego’s fault. “If there is any liability at all, the City will almost certainly… …read more

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Snowden Gets Asylum, Leaves Airport

By Kevin Spak

Edward Snowden has finally left the Moscow airport he’s been calling home for more than a month now, after getting papers granting him temporary asylum in Russia. “I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service,” Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian media. “They are what… …read more

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Mugabe Rival Calls Shenanigans in Zimbabwe Election

By Kevin Spak

Results haven’t been officially announced yet in Zimbabwe’s just-completed presidential election, but President Robert Mugabe’s main challenger is already decrying the entire affair as a “huge farce” and declaring the outcome “null and void,” the BBC reports. “It’s a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people,… …read more

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Tsarnaev Doubles Sales of Rolling Stone

By Arden Dier

Further proof that a good furor can gin up business: Despite a boycott that saw some retailers yank the issue from shelves, Rolling Stone’s “Boston Bomber” cover featuring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a hit on newsstands, selling twice as many issues as usual, Ad Week reports. The mag unloaded 13,232… …read more

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White House: Assad's Instagram 'Despicable'

By Ruth Brown

Ever abreast of the big issues facing a war-torn country like Syria, the US State Department has delivered a stern rebuke against President Bashar al-Assad’s Instagram account , labeling it “nothing more than a despicable PR stunt,” ABC News reports. In a press briefing, a department spokesperson told reporters: “It’s repulsive… …read more

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Wedding Bells Ring as Minnesota, RI Bring in Gay Marriage

By Rob Quinn

At midnight, Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states to legalize gay marriage and there were dozens of couples waiting at Minneapolis City Hall and courthouses across the state, the AP reports. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak e pronounced the first couple married before a cheering crowd of… …read more

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Castro, Victim to Speak at Sentencing

By Rob Quinn

Ariel Castro’s sentencing is today and the hearing is expected to feature horrific details of the abuse the three women he kidnapped suffered over a decade, as well as testimony from at least one victim as well as Castro himself, CNN reports. Prosecutors have revealed that the women kept diaries… …read more

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NSA Official: Phone-Snooping Foiled Single Plot

By Rob Quinn

Skeptical senators from both parties quizzed top intelligence officials about the NSA’s sweeping domestic call surveillance at a testy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Ahead of the hearing, the Obama administration declassified and released documents outlining the rules for accessing information from the surveillance program and listing multiple violations of those… …read more

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Uruguay Set to Legalize Pot

By Rob Quinn

Uruguay – the Colorado of South America? The country is set to become the first to fully legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana after the lower house of parliament narrowly passed a sweeping legalization bill, the BBC reports. The bill, backed by President Jose Mujica’s government, puts the sale… …read more

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Florida Gunman Ranted About Witchcraft

By Rob Quinn

The motive for Pedro Vargas’ murder of six people is still unclear, but a newly released 911 call gives some insight into his mind before the South Florida shooting spree . In the call, made several hours before the rampage, the 42-year-old complained that he was followed and somebody was casting… …read more

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