Archive for the Personal Story Category

Building The Great Wall of Canada: Keeping The Americans Out, Eh (January 30, 2017)

Posted in Canada, Great Canadian Wall, Great Wall of Canada, Immigration, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Walls on January 30, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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C1        “Taking pot shots at the Americans sneaking over the border seems so . . . unCanadian.”

C2        “And yet so American, eh.”

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C1        “For years, my neighbors warned that America was percolating, festering and roiling.  The melting pot was a boiling pot.  A civil war is so like them, so American.  I am surprised the wankers in Ottawa anticipated that so many refugees would flood our borders.”

C2        “I told my MP the idea was daft.  I opposed the bill for so long.  The American’s stubborn refusal to pay for the Wall was appalling.  Yet in the end building The Great Wall of Canada was as inevitable as the American Civil War II that necessitated it.”

C1        “When I calculated that five percent of the Americans were likely to become war refugees, I concluded that we could not accommodate sixteen million of them.  I capitulated and agree that we had to build the bloody bugger.”

C2        “We could overcome the language barrier, yet so few of them bring any useful skills to bring to the table.”

C1        “Or even table manners.”

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[C1 = Canadian 1; . . . ]

[Mary Tyler Moore 1936 – 2017]

[See the article in the “Burrad Street Journal” titled “Canada Declares State Of Emergency As Millions Of Americans Attempt Border Crossing.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Black, Yellow, White, Brown, Red and Green:  An E-ssayer on Immigration (March 28, 2005).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A people who describe their primary currency as the “Loonie” cannot be all bad.

How can you tell the American kids from the Canadian kids backpacking in Europe?  The American kids have a 5 by 7 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks whereas the Canadian kids have a 3 by 5 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks.

The Great Wall of Canada is right up there with the Beaver.  Thirty years ago, the DHC-2 Beaver was selected as one of the top 10 Canadian engineering achievements of the past century for its engineering, social and economic impact around the world. 

[Picture of O’Bama] Miss me yet?

On Empathy (December 28, 2015)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, On [Traits/Characteristics], Personal Stories Series, Personal Story on December 28, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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9          “You go to bed at night and at times travel to foreign lands and then return and are born anew . . . in the same body . . . in the same place . . . and the hands of the clock are rearranged.”

3          “Boring.”

9          “When I wake up and discover that things seem to be the same as before the slumber, I vow to inhabit . . . another body . . . in another place . . . at another time.”

3          “Less boring.”

9          “And more promising.  Combine that new perspective with a conviction to search out the steepest learning curve before breakfast.”

3          “Not boring.  From my perspective, I want to pursue more than one life.”

. . .

9          “There are three ways to transport yourself from your current venue to a new venue – via reading or listening, via titrating your chemicals, and via travel to a new venue.”

3          “Liberating your imagination.”

9          “Travel is key.  Changing your locale introduces you to new locals.”

3          “Intriguing.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Slip on someone else’s moccasins

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”  Augustine of Hippo 

Teller Line Withdrawal Notice:  $3000 maximum cash withdrawal per day without advance notice.

 

“You Can’t Be Smarter” (August 10, 2015)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Courts, Entertainment, Journalism, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Law, Law School, Newspapers, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Press/Media, Television on August 10, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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P          “You might as well leave law school with some useful insight.  When you begin practice, ferret out the longest serving person at the firm.  That person likely will be female and the secretary for a senior partner.  Take her to lunch.  Ask for advice.  Listen carefully.”

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SS          “Your biggest challenge?  You must accept that you can’t be smarter than the judge.  That will vex a person like you.  And don’t expect much civility or any humility from the bench.  Good luck.  You will need it.”

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YL          “So it is like law school but with consequence.  It is like high school writ large.”

SS          “And I am downstream from the bullying and arrogance of the judges and the senior partner.”

. . .

YL          “Looking back, I realize that professors were and judges now are the greatest impediments to advancing sound ideas.”

SS          “They don’t teach you much in law school.”

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[Jon Stewart left The Daily Show recently.  See the e-commentary at Brian, Jon And Journalism Today (February 16, 2015).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Better to know the judge than the law

Succession Forest / Recession Forest: An Old Timer’s Perspective (June 22, 2015)

Posted in Climate, Collapse, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Solstice on June 22, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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OT          “The grass, weeds and fireweed gave way to bushes, alders and willow which gave way to paper and smooth birch which finally yielded to a variety of mature spruce.  In an area I cleared thirty years ago, the process began anew and today the birch are under challenge from the up and coming spruce.  Winters were always 40 or 50 or 60 below zero for weeks at a time.  Winters are now only 10 or 20 or 30 below for a week here or a week there.  Alder and willow have erupted everywhere and are winning the competition against the birch and the spruce.  Passage through the woods is difficult with the new undergrowth.  The succession forest has become a recession forest.  Things are going backwards.  Rainfall has not markedly changed in the last fifty years.  Only the average temperatures have changed.  That’s all I know.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Grexit”, “GrexEUnt”, Percolating Problems: PIIGS, BRICS, EU, EC, ECB, IMF, NATO, WTO, WAR (February 23, 2015).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Summer Solstice

A Tête-à-Tête On Tats (December 1, 2014)

Posted in Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Society, Tats on December 1, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “I do not get it.”

2          “You’re too old.”

1          “I get it.”

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1          “This old futbal coach would ask whether you were drunk or just stupid.  Coach’s sentiments still animate this old boy.  I always thought you had to be a soldier, sailor, carny or criminal.  Today, soccer moms sport ink.”

2          “There may be nothing left for the young to rebel against.  Long hair?  Shaved head?  Shabby threads?  Flashy clothes?  Everything has been done or not done or undone.  What do you do or not do?”

1          “Perhaps the ultimate form of rebellion is to rebel against the rebels.”

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1          “Some may want to proclaim that things were not copacetic at home.  I am not objective about it, but I maintain that I have been an avuncular uncle who has been dismissed unfairly by my nephew.  Is that grounds for me to toy with a tat?”

2          “‘Nephew’s a brat; I got a tat.’  For me, I do not deserve a tat because my parents were not bad people, but they warrant one: ‘Our son was a dishonor student’ or even something more candid.”

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2          “If a person defaces something, the authorities will come down on him or her.  If a person even makes a face, the authorities will come down on him or her.  Yet a person is still free to deface – or perhaps debody – himself or herself without legal consequence.  The last unregulated canvas of personal expression.”

1          “Dubbing it a ‘tramp stamp’ is revealing.  Hiding it is also revealing.  Are the public messages a threatening signal to the public to get away and leave them alone?  Are they trying to make themselves unemployable?  That is a way of letting others know that you want to be left alone.”

2          “They may be art works akin to cave paintings that one sports and transports.  An epidermal bulletin board for personal expression.”

1          “Don’t get me wrong.  I am all about the First Amendment and restraining government interference.  At times, however, social restraint and individual self-control are appropriate.  You do not always have to do what you are free to do.  What happens when you change your mind?”

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1          “You?”

2          “It isn’t me.  Mom knows that she is my anchor.  Plus I don’t deserve it.”

1          “Getting old?”

2          “Gettin’ there.”

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1          “The next great fortune will be made by someone who creates a tattoo removal technique and then patents and franchises it.”

2          “Open the tattoo removal shop next to the tattoo parlor.  ‘Tats Rn’t Us’ next door to ‘Tats R Us’.”

1          “The tattoo puller next to the tattoo pusher.”

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Tattoos of the week:

Mom

Anchor

U.S. Navy

Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Education, la Science et la Culture

Jesus loves me and my tattoos

Scars are tattoos with better stories

http://www.tatfreesingles.com

Nobody Cares

Unemployment Insurance = Welfare 2.0 (June 23, 2014)

Posted in Federal Reserve, Insurance, Journalism, Military, Newspapers, Pensions, Personal Story, Press/Media, Unemployment, War, Welfare, Work on June 23, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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E          “They are not coming back.”

U          “And they keep coming.”

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E          “After the War, he moved the family westward from the homestead bequeathed to his older brother to a community with no friends and no connections and moved upward from one manufacturing job to another and then retired as a floor manager.  He put food on the table and kids through college.  He said that all the companies he worked for have gone out of business or moved overseas.  Most of the pension funds were dissipated or disappeared.”

U          “Those returning from the current wars are not finding opportunities.  Those who stayed have not found opportunities.”

E          “Years ago, some guys worked at a service station checking the tires and washing the windows and graduated to a mechanics job for life.  Now there is no service and far fewer mechanics positions.”

U          “Yesterday’s grease monkey with a G.E.D. is today’s barista with a B.A.”

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E          “Many of the jobs are undertaken by a robot that may never craft an inspiring poem or participate in a parent-teacher conference, yet it produces a consistently high quality product very efficiently.”

U          “A company can use the robots to fine-tune the built-in obsolescence.  The product can be designed and manufactured to fail ten minutes after the limited warranty expires.  And robots are not the most efficient consumers of their own products.”

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E          “The Federal Reserve is untethered by the Constitution, Congress or common sense except for a mandate in the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act to address unemployment in its decision-making.  The Fed has knowingly pursued decisions that do nothing to promote employment and do much to transfer wealth to the wealthy.”

U          “The Republicans respond with the obscene lie that a reduction in the capital gains rate will reduce unemployment.  The Press almost always gives them a pass.”

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E          “Unemployment insurance originally covered thirteen weeks and then twenty-six weeks and then up to seventy-three weeks in many jurisdictions.  Some are calling for further extensions of unemployment insurance.”

U          “The insurance is becoming a tenuous version of ‘Welfare 2.0.’”

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E          “What happens when thoughtful people realize that the jobs are never coming back.”

U          “The unemployed are categorized under the ‘U6 Unemployment’ category and forgotten.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Get a job

Where?

Possibly Just Barely Maybe Hopefully Gettin’ Through The Day (March 3, 2014)

Posted in Economics, Freedom / Liberty, Markets, Minimum Wage, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Russia on March 6, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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_________________           “I was up all night trying to figure out who to pay and how much to pay.  Everyone wants to be paid everything right now.  I tried to figure out who really needs the money.  Everyone needs the money.  I tried to figure out who was waiting the longest.  Everyone has waited too long.  I tried to figure who has been helpful and understanding.  A few people have been nice about it.  I tried to figure out who I would need in the future.  I need most of them because they provide my basics in life.  I didn’t have to try to figure out who has made threats and been mean to me.  In my head, I took one dollar from someone and added two dollars to someone else.  Then I added up the total payments and again had spent more money than I have again.  I tossed and tried again and turned and tried again and tossed and cried again.  Then I got up tired and went to my first job that will not provide enough money to pay my current bills.”           

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Bumper stickers of the week:

The real value of money is the freedom it provides to be generous

Colorado:  All is fine; taxes are up; life goes on

When Texas threatens to secede, do the Russians threaten to attack?

U.S.A and Russia:  When you have someone in a corner, you are also in the same corner