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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

Afternoon Reverie, July 29, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...I was resigned to the fact living in a long-haul truck on the road would be my life until I graduated from college, or I died, whichever came first, for I was always as in love with the life on the road as…

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008

Gas tax/Grocery Bags

I just read in the Seattle Times that they are voting on a proposed plastic-bag fee and foam ban. The Seattle City Council is expected to vote at a 2 p.m. meeting today whether to charge shoppers 20 cents for each disposable grocery bag they…

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008

A Gentle Reminder...

Good morning, Netizens...Particularly those new to Community Comment and/or The Virtual Ballroom.Unfortunately last week after learning of a number of forgeries designed to trick their way past the Spokesman-Review's security, I began verifying each new name and e-mail address as they came in. If you…

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Two more banks closed by FDIC...

Good morning, Netizens...Doubtlessly mortified over the images that made their way around the world of the angry depositors demanding their money from a failed California bank, it would seem that perhaps the FDIC learned from their errors as they seized control of two more banks…

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SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2008

A Rebuttal to "The Changing Times"

Good morning, David...You wrote:Frank, I will encourage you to keep up the good fight. You are about to begin facing this one your own. I won't be surprised that Green Libertarian will do the prudent thing and save himself for future battles and discussions. He…

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008

Memories of Tassajara, old and new...

Good evening, Netizens...This picture shows the wildfire, as it appeared just above the Tassajara Zen Center, moving down the canyon, cutting off the access road and from there into the heart of the Zen Center near Big Sur, California. Despite being told to leave the…

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008


Picture of the day...July 24, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...A seagull sits above sunbathers on Brighton beach in southern England on Wednesday. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) (July 23, 2008)Many of the sage minds in the Virtual Ballroom might ask, why have you posted a picture of a seagull when we have all…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008

Motorcycles - What's the Law?

I would like to open up a topic regarding Motorcycles. I have learned that there is absolutely no insurance required to own/operate a motorcycle in the state of Washington. That the Drivers guide for vehicles has but 2 or 3 lines regarding watching out for…

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Quote of the Day July 23, 2008

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. Nikola Tesla (1857 - 1943), Modern Mechanics and Inventions, July, 1934

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008

Higher Gas Prices, Lower Death Rate!!!

From Yahoo news:AP IMPACT: Traffic deaths fall as gas prices climb.COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rising prices at the gas pump appear to be having at least one positive effect: Traffic deaths around the country are plummeting, just as they did during the Arab oil embargo three…

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Are we prepared for a disaster?

Good morning, everyone...This is an open letter to Mayor Mary Verner sent this morning via e-mail: Today at 10:30 AM Mayor Mary Verner is hosting a community round table on emergency preparedness. The prepared text, taken from the City's Web Site states: “Building on a…

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008



Word of the Day -- grammatolatry

"So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with," wrote philosopher John Locke (1632-1704).While there's truth in Locke's assertion, it's possible to overcome the difficulty to some extent. We construct…

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SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008

Randock's "victims" deserve punishment, too.

Good morning, Netizens...On a normal day, if SR columnist Rebecca Nappi writes an article, I will read it immediately, not necessarily because I always agree with her point of view, but because she writes with clarity and more often than not, captures my interest with…

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SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008

Ten Ways to tell the Fire is out...

Good morning, Netizens...For the benefit of those of us who live outside the fire zone of the Valley View fire, but who are curious if the fire has really descended from front page news to “also ran”, here are ten ways to tell the Valley…

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Picture of the Day July 19, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...Since on weekends we have no Word of the Day, we often find ourselves at the mercies of the Picture of the Day, which sometimes leaves us in intellectually-boring places. Perhaps not this morning.In this morning's picture, members of the press visit the…

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

Bicycle or Car, or Bus, or Tennis Shoes

So, I'm thinking of riding a bike for the first time in 40 years. YIKES!This comes with mixed emotions. With gas prices rising close to the same as a house payment, a lot of us are considering alternative methods of transportation. Public transit, walking, car…

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New hands-free cell phones for 8 cents!!!

Oh, Jesus...Here I am ready to leave for breakfast with MHibbs and John Olson sends me this priceless depiction of a new low-cost device (costs .08 cents) for your cell phone to keep you in strict compliance with the new hands-free law in Washington State.…

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Picture of the Day --July 18, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In today's Picture of the Day a Cambodian man walks at Preah Vihear temple near the Thai border north of Phnom Penh. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images) (July 17, 2008)The temple was built between the 9th and 11th Centuries, with most of the temple…

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