Friday, July 29, 2016

Your Facebook Powers


Today  on Facebook, a friend re-posted someone else's request that everyone she knows on Facebook should keep their political opinions to themselves until after the US election in November. OK, it is fair to say we are all opinionated, and that we hold conflicting views, which we are expressing on Facebook. That is the right of each of us, under the US Constitution. There are FB rules against certain abuses, but this person was not referring to those posts.

The thing is, telling everyone else to shut up will not work, and is unnecessary as well. Each person on FB has the powers shown above. Click that little downward-pointing arrow and you will find six choices. If you HIDE POST, you will "See fewer posts like this". Hey, sounds like a good solution. Then you have the option to UNFOLLOW that person who posted this opinion that you find offensive. They will never know you did it, so there will be no hurt feelings, and you no longer have to read all their rants. You can still look at their FB page if you want to know what else is going on with them, so happiness all around, right?

In daily life, we are all giving our opinions all the time, and while it might be better to keep quiet (yes, I know I need to do that), you DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO ME OR COMMENT! You can ignore me!

Really truly, in Facebook as in all media, YOU CAN TURN IT OFF, believe it or not. You do NOT have to watch that TV show or YouTube video, listen to that podcast, read this blog post, learn all about your great aunt's gall bladder operation, or view on Instagram what your pal had for dinner. REALLY, you DON'T! Enjoy yourself and ignore the whole parade of clowns.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Are the Wealthiest Affiliated with the Democrats?

Someone stated to me today that the wealthy (in the USA) are mostly Democrats. I looked that up immediately because my instinct was that was not true.

According to Forbes.com, of the top 50 wealthiest families in the USA, 56% contribute to Republicans, 14% to Democrats, and the remaining 30% contribute to both parties.

Here is a link to the complete article:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiasavchuk/2014/07/09/are-americas-richest-families-republicans-or-democrats/#6a01ea14717e

Monday, July 18, 2016

Overstimulated is the new Orange

Great Cast!
A few weeks ago, I saw Natasha Lyonne on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and I decided to watch a few episodes of Orange is the New Black. Well, that was about three weeks ago, and I have now watched FIFTY-TWO episodes. I am screaming inside. This was quite an experience. I am a sort of "immersive" type. When I see a drama, I go through what the characters go through. As a child I would leave a Tarzan movie as Tarzan.

Suffice it to say, I have been overstimulated, and I am so relieved I finally finished the four seasons of OITNB. Thank God there will not be another season for a year or so! I have to go take an epsom salt bath and do breathing exercises, and try to find my authentic self.

On the bright side, the writing, direction and acting is superb. I love these characters, and the reason I got hooked was I had to know what happened to them next, episode after episode.

I have to take a break before I see Mr. Robot. I have two new episodes, but I am an emotional wreck.

Friday, July 15, 2016

This is Not a Toy

Point Taken
Oh yeah that reminds me. I love the labels on plastic bags that read, "This is not a toy".

What makes them think the people who give children plastic bags to play with, are people who can read?

Monday, July 4, 2016


Is this what you are driving? Then by all means, pull out to the right before you turn left, so that you do not destroy the lamppost, or kill pedestrians.

If what you are driving is more like this:
you can turn on a dime. From the Smart Car up to the mini-van, every car is quite capable of taking a 90-degree turn to either the right or to the left, with no swerve to the opposite direction required beforehand. This kind of driving is foolish and dangerous. If you are doing it, LEARN TO TURN properly.