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great blue heron

Posted by crookedfingers on 2018.07.20 at 04:33
Humeur actuelle: contemplativecontemplative
Originally posted by crookedfingers in naturesbeauty. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-20 04:33:00.

great blue heron


(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

See also:
Manchester students paint over Rudyard Kipling mural

eeek - Fearful Twins!

'Know Thy Enemy'

Posted on 2018.07.19 at 13:34
Know Thy Enemy

Know thy enemy:
he does not care what colour you are
provided you work for him
and yet you do!

he does not care how much you earn
provided you earn more for him
and yet you do!

he does not care who lives in the room at the top
provided he owns the building
and yet you strive!

he will let you write against him
provided you do not act against him
and yet you write!

he sings the praises of humanity
but knows machines cost more than men.
Bargain with him, he laughs, and beats you at it;
challenge him, and he kills.

Sooner than lose the things he owns
he will destroy the world.

But as you hasten to be free
And build your commonwealth
Do not forget the enemy
Who lies within yourself.

by Christopher Logue

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-19 12:33:00.


Researchers have shown that it is possible to train artificial neural networks directly on an optical chip.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-19 12:32:00.


A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.

The Philosophical Argument for Working Less (And Wasting Time)

Maybe it’s not “laziness” after all

There seems to be a certain guilt in our current culture associated with just taking time to do nothing, to relax, to leisure, to waste time, and to simply have no plans. But the truth is that, without these things, you are not going to get the most out of your work anyway.

‘My brain feels like it’s been punched’: the intolerable rise of perfectionism

Tom Nicol thought he had a problem with sleep. He could never get enough. He took “a very disciplined, stripped approach” to his routine. He drank water only at premeditated times, ate according to schedule, avoided caffeine, exercised (but not close to bedtime) and shut down all screens at 9pm...

[Note: Discussions on the UBI, (Universal Basic Income), raised minimum living wage, socialism, inflation, CFS, etc., will all have their own posts soon enough...].

PS: Don't try this in Japan.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-19 10:20:00.


A new study has found that in some ways, the older you get the worse your decision making becomes.

How to Build Character

Posted on 2018.07.19 at 10:06
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-19 10:06:00.



Charles Mackaye, 'No Enemies'

Posted by duathir on 2018.07.19 at 10:06
Originally posted by duathir in greatpoets. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-19 10:06:00.

No Enemies

You have no enemies, you say?
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight.

By Charles Mackaye


Sorry - my internet is handicapped today/yesterday hmmm I wonder why..

I want you to get more involved,” Obama told the crowd. “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately ..."

Former President Barack Obama asked “what’s wrong” with men...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Holocaust deniers during a Recode podcast published on Wednesday.

The comments came during a discussion of Facebook's policy around banning content, or rather, not banning content.

“Let’s take this a little closer to home. So I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive," Zuckerberg said to Recode. "But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong — I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong."

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I came home to hear the regional FM station, ("Big Radio"), airing a forum for candidates trying to be governor of Wisconsin. Yah hey. They were all Democrats. And, if times change starting here, as they always do, I can tell you that things look good. Nothing but great candidates presented here.

Madison Mayor, Paul Soglin, is running! He would be my first choice. He started as a hippie and, like Moonbeam, he disappeared and then came back to conquer. He tends to be a naturally boring civil servant now, more than a radical, but he is true history and progressive when he can be, just like Tammy Baldwin. I hope.

Another candidate by the name of Pat Quinn(?!) claims he plans to stop and get rid of the massive FoxCon project in Kenosha, because they are on an illegal contract, since it is illegal to specify individual companies for special treatment, in Wisconsin law. That sounds completely right and legal, but he probably cannot win it because idiots will always be bedazzled by money and by massiveness. Until they get polluted off to heaven.

These Wisconsin candidates sound awake and eager. And, unlike the candidates in Illinois, they have the concept of civic engagement behind them, backing them. Illinois politicians almost never have that. They are always selfish, crooked or dumbshits, instead. Boring as fuck. Arrogant as a smelly sock.

Whoa…. There is an avalanche of you-know-what rolling downhill at warp speed toward @realDonaldTrump over this summit. Republicans – even the DNI are throwing bucketsful at him. - — John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) July 16, 2018

The Russiagate frenzy is largely about punching up contrasts between the United States (angelic and victimized) and Russia (sinister and victimizer).

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme. Mainline U.S. journalists and top Democrats often bait President Trump in zero-sum terms. No doubt Hillary Clinton thought she was sending out an applause line in her tweet Sunday night: “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought -- and that makes it all the more hazardous. After President George W. Bush declared “You’re either with us or against us,” many Americans gradually realized what was wrong with a Manichean view of the world. Such an outlook is even more dangerous today.

Noam Chomski - Manufacturing Consent

NPRi's 'ON THE MEDIA': - "Paved With Good Intentions"

Progressive Kucinich: "Deep state is trying to destroy Trump"

eek - oh noez

'A Rare Case Where Trump Is Right'

Posted on 2018.07.17 at 05:38
'A Rare Case Where Trump Is Right'

The 1968 animation classic will screen again in theaters this year. Its secret weapon? Its refusal to play happy

* - galaxy

How Fast is the Universe Expanding?

Posted on 2018.07.17 at 05:07

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-17 01:03:00.


Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker.

Yes, there are a multitude of miracles on this Earth.

They just tend to be balanced out by all the crap.

The future of building?
Watch the French 'builderbot' that 3D printed a family home for five in just 54 hours

  • A team of experts in France constructed the first 3D printed house to serve as a residence for a family of five

  • They built the 1,022-square-foot house using a novel BatiPrint 3D printing process which can construct walls

  • In all, it only took two days and six hours to build the home, but they believe it can be done in just 33 hours

  • The process is environmentally friendly and at $207,000 (£176,000), costs 20% less than traditional methods

It's happening everywhere! - https://www.bing.com/search?q=future+of+building+family+home+france+3d+printer+daily+mail&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSBR

A local’s guide to Copenhagen: 10 top tips

Posted on 2018.07.16 at 04:46
Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-16 04:46:00.


The best way to get a handle on the Danish capital’s alluring mix of old and modern design, and its eclectic range of bars and restaurants, is on two wheels

There’s no better way to explore the hidden treasures of Copenhagen than on a bike. Rent one and discover all kinds of small wonders that aren’t in the guidebooks. In particular, Nørrebro and Vesterbro are great areas to explore by bike, because of their many small streets. It is an easy way to get around, but beware: some Danish cyclists can be a bit aggressive towards people who do not follow the rules.

Continue reading...

Manfried the Man

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-15 12:43:00.


Deaths have more than doubled as specialists warn of increasing danger for city-dwellers

Specialists in Brazil have warned of the rising danger of deadly scorpions amid a spiraling number of reported deaths and stings by the hardy arachnids which are proliferating in the country’s urban centres.

The number of deaths from scorpion stings reported to the country’s public health system has more than doubled in the past four years, from 70 in 2013 to 184 in 2017, while cases of scorpion stings rose from 37,000 in 2007 to 126,000 last year.

Continue reading...

Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-15 12:43:00.


The youngsters now know that a volunteer died helping to save them, Thailand's health ministry says.

Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-07-15 12:43:00.


The family of four and their dog were cut off due to the high tides at Brean Down prompting a lifeboat rescue.

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