07/15/19 – What Former Presidential Candidate Recently Died?

CURRENT EVENTS

Ross Perot

Ross Perot, businessman and former presidential candidate, dead at 89

Ross Perot, the billionaire businessman who twice ran for president in the 1990s, has died at the age of 89.

Born in Texas, Perot made his fortune by founding and running two technology companies, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems.

He ran as an independent presidential candidate in the 1992 election and as a third-party candidate in the 1996 election. (Source: Associated Press)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This week is again about books, rather than a book.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Elementary: Miss Understood

Season 7, Episode 8

I have no idea what this episode is doing in the final season of Elementary. It just seemed like filler. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed seeing Homes and Watson even if this episode didn’t seem to have a reason for being.

 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Let’s Have A Party

By Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when, in 1954, country singer Hank Thompson heard her on an Oklahoma City radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By the end of the decade, Jackson had become one of America’s first major female country and rockabilly singers.

ART OF THE WEEK

Mona Lisa

I believe most of you are familiar with Mona Lisa. But not many of you know that Mona Lisa was into fitness and maintained an impressive fitness regimen. She not only had a nice smile, but also an impressive set of abs.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.

Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of SpeciesBy the 1870s, the scientific community and a majority of the educated public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations, and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

It is important to have a good friend, as this clip demonstrates

Lion Attacked by Clan of of Hyenas

LEARNING TRAITS

People who receive things without effort tend to not appreciate the effort that went into providing them those things.

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t think this was what he wanted, 

when he asked for a wake-up call.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are the Nike Betsy Ross Flag shoes offensive?

No and I consider myself an independent  41.67%  (10 votes) 

No and I identify with the Republican Party  29.17%  (7 votes) 

No and I identify with the Democratic Party  20.83%  (5 votes) 

Yes and I identify with the Republican Party  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Yes and I consider myself an independent  4.16%  (1 votes) 

Yes and I identify with the Democratic Party  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Did Nike’s decision to recall their Betsy Ross flag shoes influence your decision to buy their products in the future?

No impact on my purchase decision  50%  (11 votes) 

I am less likely to buy Nike products  40.91%  (9 votes) 

I am more likely now to buy Nike products  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
When it comes to books, is less actually more?

Generally, I like to read really short books  53.33%  (8 votes) 

Generally, I like to read really long books.  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Regarding the film “Framing John DeLorean

I did not see the movie, but I would like to see it.  55.56%  (10 votes) 

I did not see the movie and do not wish to see it.  33.33%  (6 votes) 

I saw the movie and liked it.  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I saw the movie and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you approve of San Fransisco painting over a mural depicting the life of George Washington?

No  88.24%  (15 votes) 

Yes  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you believe in the saying, “When we describe others, we are really describing ourselves?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you believe Thomas Sowell view of multiculturalism is correct?

Maybe  50%  (6 votes) 

Yes  25%  (3 votes) 

No  25%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

There is no such thing as corporate donations, it all comes out of the pockets of customers, employees, and shareholders.

True  100%  (14 votes) 

False  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

07/08/19 – Nike and The Betsy Ross Flag

CURRENT EVENTS

Nike

Nike recalled these shoes because someone found the Betsy Ross flag on them offensive.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This week is about books, rather than a book.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie and I believe it started out as a serious documentary. However, somewhere down the line I believe the film makers decided to have some fun with John DeLorean’s adopted-son. Watch the movie through its end and you will see what I am saying.

Framing John DeLorean

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Since there has been so much talk about North Korea, I thought perhaps it was times for this video.

Someone Put Some Bee Gees Over North Korean Marching

ART OF THE WEEK

Bay City Fireworks 2019

For the last three years, we’ve been going up to Bay City, MI; to see their fireworks display. I’ve never been disappointed. Film can’t really do this art form justice.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who also served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the “Father of His Country” for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.

San Francisco Mural

San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people. The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff 83 years ago.

Arnautoff is considered to be one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression. The San Francisco School Board’s decision to paint over his mural is prompting some to worry that other artwork from the so-called New Deal era could face a similar fate because of changing sensitivities.

Others have applauded the move. (Source: CBS News)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

FB has to be careful because on all the spam on the internet.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Don’t we all wish it was that easy; but it isn’t. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Is a bike safari something you would like to do, if one was near you?

Yes  90.91%  (20 votes)

N0  9.09%  (2 votes)

Total Votes: 22

Regarding the book, “The Art of War”

I have not read it and I don’t wish to read it.  55.56%  (10 votes) 

I have not read it, but would like to read it.  33.33%  (6 votes) 

I have read it.  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Regarding the Canadian (CBC) show Kim’s Convenience

I have not seen it and I do now wish to see it.  40%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  33.33%  (5 votes)  

I have seen it and liked it.  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I have seen it and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Does the song “Can’t Stop The Feeling” make you feel up beat?

Yes  71.43%  (10 votes) 

No  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I can’t make decisions about even unimportant things  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you believe my college professor was correct about there being three kinds of people?

Yes  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Maybe  43.75%  (7 votes)  

No  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

07/01/19 – Our Safari Experience

CURRENT EVENTS

Our Safari Experience

First we encountered a gorilla. 

Next, we encountered a giraffe 

If that wasn’t enough, we came across a bear.

Then we saw an eagle

So, what kind of safari were we on?

The next bike safari is July 11.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Art of War Illustrated

By Sun Tzu & Translated By James Trapp

If you have already read The Art of War, then I would not bother reading this version. However, if you have never read The Art of War, this is a good edition for you to read.

The Art of War Illustrated is a new translation by James Trapp with case studies that provide expert military commentaries on the 13 parts of the original work. The case studies include battles and campaigns from throughout history and from every part of the world, offering the reader a relevant military context for each aspect of warfare and how that applies to military strategy and tactics.(Source: Barnes & Nobles)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just really like this Canadian (CBC) show and watched a number of re-runs last week.

Kim’s Convenience

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’ve probably used this song before, but it is so upbeat that I thought I would use it again.

Can’t Stop The Feeling

By Justin Timberlake

 

ART OF THE WEEK

Flora Design

Floral design or flower arrangement is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of ancient Egypt. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony, and unity. (Source: Wikipedia)

I’ve heard from a very reliable source that Cindy is very good at flora design.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

There is a lot of talk today about the government using the tax dollars of working men and women to pay off the debt that college students have incurred. Well, I guess we have all made purchases that on hindsight weren’t really worth the cost. Anyway, this week’s extraordinary people are the working men and women of the USA.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Rick Lawrence died last week and my condolences to his family and friends in the powerlifting community.  I really didn’t know him well, but I remember exchanging a few pleasantries with him at a number of contests and always found him encouraging and supportive. I’m sure his absence will be noticed at future contests.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Grounded

Many people have a hard time staying down-to-earth or being grounded. Perhaps, this will help those people as much as anything will.

I suppose a quick glance at the above will have you thinking this is just a joke.

However, if you really think about it, you may reach another conclusion.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Last week I posted this under social traits.

I recall something one of my college professors said in the late 1960’s. It went something like this:  

There are three kinds of people

 

Instinctive people, who simply rely on their instincts.

 

Educated people, who think they know; but they really don’t.

 

Then, there are the people who really know.

The interesting thing is that the people who really know think like the instinctive people.

The only difference, is that they know why they think that way.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which do you prefer, “Alimony” or “Mony Mony”?

“Mony Mony”  44.44%  (8 votes) 

“Alimony”  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Neither  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Both  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Having Bill O’Reilly’s name in the title of the above book

has no impact on my decision to read or not read this book.  50%  (9 votes) 

would make me consider reading this bool.  33.33%  (6 votes) 

would make me not want to read this book.  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Regarding “Caligula The Mad Emperor”

I have not seen it, but would like to see it.  71.43%  (10 votes) 

I’ve seen it and liked it  14.29%  (2 votes) 

I’ve seen it and did not like it  7.14%  (1 votes) 

I have not seen it and do not want to see it.  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Have you ever heard of the Baby Shark song before now?

No  68.42%  (13 votes) 

Yes  31.58%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Which political party did President Lincoln represent?

Republican Party  73.68%  (14 votes) 

Democratic Party  10.53%  (2 votes)  

Independent  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Libertarian Party  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

What do you think about the above joke?

If is funny  52.94%  (9 votes) 

It is funny and says something.  23.53%  (4 votes) 

It is not funny and says nothing  17.65%  (3 votes) 

It is not funny  5.88%  (1 votes) 

It says something  0%  (0 votes) 

It says nothing  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you allow the wait staff to bring things to your table, that you know you don’t want to eat?

Yes  47.06%  (8 votes) 

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t  35.29%  (6 votes) 

No  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you believe most intellignt people are full of doubt and the less intelligent ones are full of self-confidence?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you think cats are aloof?

Yes  76.92%  (10 votes) 

No  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.