I suggest that the primate species of Bonobos be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016. Bonobos are the only hominid primates that don’t have a war-like culture. They are led by females. They solve conflict with sex. They rely on cooperation rather than competition as a means to maintain peace and stability; who don’t resolve disputes with violence. Bonobos stand as an example for all humans to follow. The world would unquestionably be a better place if humans were more Bonobo-like.
Two high-ranking Bonobo diplomats vigorously negotiating a peace treaty.
Urge the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to the entire species of Bonobos. Nobody deserves it more. Please sign and share this petition. World peace and the future of humanity depends on your support.
General Truths & News, Guns, Ammo & Shooting, Opinionated
I just spent the last few hours composing and sending the following e-mail to all my local and federal representatives. Governor Malloy got an abridged version since he has a 2,000 character limit on his website(!).
Before I post my e-mail I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to those who lost loved ones on 12-14-12. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering you are experiencing.
I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on legislation proposed locally here in CT and on the national level.
I’m not a “gun nut” who is afraid of “government tyranny”. I am a regular schmoe who happens to own a few guns, enjoys shooting recreationally at a range and keeps a loaded firearm in my house for a worst case scenario. While I do have a concealed carry permit, I choose not to carry a firearm in public. However, I do have issues with laws that serve no purpose and do no good to solve the violence problem our country faces, and indeed may detract from real solutions.
I don’t find myself to be a strong supporter of the NRA, but the disingenuous argumentation and intellectual dishonesty from elements on the anti-side have provoked me to become a member. Let me outline some of the things I would support in terms of better gun legislation, just to start off on a positive note:
- I would support requiring training for the purchase of any kind of firearm.
- I would support extended training for a concealed carry permit.
- I would support 100%, no exceptions, universal background checks for the sale and transfer of firearms.
- I would support making it easier for those with serious mental health conditions to have relevant information included in a background check.
- I would support stricter laws and punishments for gun-trafficking, straw man purchases and crimes where guns are used.
- I would support a stronger effort to enforce the laws already on the books better.
- I would support removing Joe Biden as the head of President Obama’s gun task force; he’s hurting your cause (seriously).
Here are some of the things I would strongly oppose:
- I oppose banning specific types of firearms/accessories/magazine caps, specifically the so-called “assault rifles” and the erroneously named “high-capacity” magazines, which are, in fact, standard capacity. FBI statistics show – and you all know this – that the previous AWB did nothing to reduce gun crime, and that, in fact, gun crime has been on a steady decline for the past several decades, despite a rise in gun-ownership.
- I oppose special ammunition taxes, restrictions on how much ammunition you can purchase, and outlawing Internet purchases of ammunition. The vast majority of gun owners are recreational shooters, and making it harder and/or more expensive to get ammunition would simply inconvenience law-abiding citizens and do nothing to discourage criminals.
- I oppose requiring gun owners to carry special liability insurance for the simple reason that it seems, to me, intuitively unreasonable to be required to carry insurance in order to exercise a constitutionally protected right.
- I oppose a national gun registry. While it may seem innocent and even useful on the surface, it smacks too much of letting Big Brother know what you own and where to confiscate it. Actually, I’m on the fence on this one.
- I oppose gun free zones. People intent on mass murder tend to choose the easiest, least protected targets. While it has become something of a cliche that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, it just so happens to be true when the bullets start flying. The police can’t be everywhere all the time. While we will never know the outcome of Sandy Hook Elementary had there been a competent armed person on the premises, it seems to me that we can say with some degree of certainty that the victims would have had more than the 0% chance they were afforded.
Finally, I am not a single-issue voter, I consistently vote D across the board and am not threatening to change my vote depending on your actions in this matter. I do however hope you take my thoughts into consideration before you make your decision.
I think Romney violated one of his articles of faith and had some Red Bull before he went on stage last night. He may go to hell for it, but it paid off for him (in the short term, I don’t think he’ll enjoy hell). He looked energized, confident, even comfortable (for the first time in the entire campaign) and dominated the debate.
I don’t know what Obama had been drinking, maybe somebody slipped him a mickey; he looked unprepared, timid at times, and dazed by Mittens’ attacks. At first I thought maybe he was rope-a-doping, letting Willard tire himself out, but he never came off the ropes like Ali did, and the punishment continued. While it didn’t end in a KO, it was, in my expert opinion as a couch pundit, a victory for Romney. Not so much in content (Romney was his usual, lying self), but in performance, and that’s probably what matters most to a largely uninformed, ignorant and attention-span challenged electorate.
Oh yeah, Jim Lehrer just had to have his last moment of glory, but failed miserably. Instead of going out on a high-note, he fizzled out with a whimper. He was aiming for Greatest Moderator in history, instead he will be remembered as a doormat. Hubris will get you in the end
As always, visit the REAL OGNDY for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (and then some). Yes, I know that’s a self-contradictory statement.
The proof is in the pudding. NOT! The correct expression is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. “The proof is in the pudding” doesn’t even make sense, not in today’s enlightened world. The “pudding” has no inherent, truth-revealing qualities, any more than tea leaves or the viscera of a newly slaughtered goat has.
By eating the pudding, the qualities of the pudding are revealed to us. It’s science. Scientific method. Investigate, observe, experiment, conclude from evidence and facts. Looking to pudding for proof is superstition. Christopher Hitchens would agree with me.
Happy New Year. What’s so fucking happy about it? The world is going to hell in a handbasket. You know it. I know it. There’s nothing that can be done to prevent it due to human nature. Let’s all get high and/or drunk and carry on with our lives in miserable denial as our ship sails off the edge of the world.
I considered several images to illustrate the negativity of my message. Somehow this one appealed to me. My apologies to the artist for stealing it.
So the little woman gave me a tablet PC for Winter Solstice, something my inner Luddite had sworn he never would agree to. But I turned on myself and I’m starting to get a little hooked and I have to learn a new lingo (remember I’m 52 y/o). Right now I need to figure out what a launcher is, then find out how to get that bar back at the bottom of the screen with the button that launched (really?) all those cool icons. Then I need an app killer (or so I’ve been told) and a thingy that speeds up the kernel, lol. Oh Lord, next thing you know I’ll be getting a smartphone.