08/29/16 – Greed and Politics

CURRENT EVENTS

EpiPen

Mylan CEO’s Pay Rose Over 600 Percent as EpiPen Price Rose 400 Percent per NBC News. 

In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price.

After Mylan acquired EpiPen, the company also amped up its lobbying efforts. In 2008, its reported spending on lobbying went from $270,000 to $1.2 million, according to opensecrets.org.

Legislation that enhanced its bottom line followed, with the FDA changing its recommendations in 2010 that two EpiPens be sold in a package instead of one and that they be prescribed for at-risk patients, not just those with confirmed allergies. And in 2013 the government passed a law to give block grants to states that required they be stocked in public schools. (Source:  NBC News)

Vote for Change

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I hope the increase in Lobbying efforts and the increase in product cost and executive compensation wasn’t lost on any of you.  It seems more and more of our elected career politicians are influenced by big donors.

Vote for Pedro

(Vota por Pedro)

During this USA Presidential Election season, I have suggested a number of non-career political candidates for your consideration.   Here is another non-career political candidate that I suggest to you.  After all, who wouldn’t want all their wildest dreams to come true.

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And can you ever receive a better endorsement than this:

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Many of us are concerned with aging.  Well, here is something I came across that can help you determine how old you will be five years from now.  I’ve tested this and it really works.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It isn’t that difficult to understand.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I’m shocked at some of the crude things that appear on Facebook news feeds.  What I see says more about the person saying it than the person being described.

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You may want to think about what you post, share and like on Facebook.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Learn to think for yourself.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Young People’s Story of the

Medieval World

By V.M. Hillyer & E.G. Huey

I read this book last week, written in 1966, and learned a few things I didn’t know about the Medieval World.  It is amazing what you can learn from a well written children’s book.  It doesn’t have to be this particular book.

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You may want to look through your child’s library and see what jewels are there.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Napoleon Dynamite 

Surely, you have seen this movie and may want to watch it again.  If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely must.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL  Have you ever been to Montreal, Canada

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The question was have you ever been to Montreal, Canada:

75% – Have been to Montreal

12.5% – No, but plan to go

12.5% – No, and have no plans to go

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Term Limitations

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For those of you around when this song came out, what do you think this time, are the times they are a-changing?

The Times They Are A-Changin

By Bob Dylan

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute of Liberty in New York Harbor

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) was the first democratically elected President in 1990.

Mikhail Gorbachev played a key role in dismantling the Communist grip on power in both the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His aspirations for democracy and reform opened up the way for the end of the Cold War and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall.

Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1990 and was removed from Presidential office in 1991, during a failed coup attempt.

Gorbachev was born in March 1931 in Stavropol, the North Caucuses to a poor peasant family. At the age of 11, the district was occupied by the Germans for three years.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Samantha for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Mahevash, who started following my blog (Currently 82 followers) and Lynn who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 90 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Anne, Annette, Brenda, Carol, Joanne, Linda, Lucinda  Marti, Nandini & Nicole, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

03/28/16 – Brussels

 CURRENT EVENTS

Brussels

A picture is worth a thousand words, so below is my 1,000 words on the Brussels terrorist attack.

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Image Credit: http://sophel.deviantart.com/

Found at: http://arwenaragornstar.com/

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

One way you can tell if you are eating healthy is to look at how colorful the items are on your plate.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Let’s hear your comments, is George right?

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Below is the key for people to think you are a great conversationalist.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Extraordinary people see and hear what is there, and not what they want to see and hear.  

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Eastern philosophies encourage one to think about their death each day, so that they will make the most of each day.  The question each of us has to answer for ourselves is whether how we go about spending the precious gift of another day. 

The picture below may help some of you answer that question.

Rich Poor

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Be Your Own Life Coach

by Jeff Archer

There are a number of books about being your own life coach, including one with this very same title.  However, this is the one that I read and I thought it was rather good.  You may want to give it a try.

Be Your Own Life Coach

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I applaud Matt Damon for trying to rescue the viewers of this film from total boredom; nevertheless, do yourself a favor and skip this film.

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When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead [from boredom after watching this film] after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to [stop this film to survive] survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to [change the channel] bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for [doing something other than watch this film] a daring rescue mission. (Source:  Obviously, the words in red are mine).

Bridge of Spies

Now here is a film that is worth watching.  The film also provides some examples of both the noble and ignoble  human character. 

Bridge of Spies

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Optimism

2016

It is good to learn that 55% of us believe 2016 will be a better year than 2015.

Another 30% of us believe 2016 will be about the same as 2015 and sadly 15% of us believe 2016 will be worse than 2015.

THIS WEEK POLL – You

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This week’s poll is about you, the readers of this blog–could I ever find a more interesting topic.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Tight Connection To My Heart

(Has Anyone Seen My Love)

by Bob Dylan

Tight Connection to my heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nheBN2UWAaM&list=PLknidvzcLCRG4gu8dfe91_flxj1C9h4OM

ART OF THE WEEK

Homesickness (1940)

by Belgium Painter René Magritte

René Magritte is my favorite painter/philosopher and in support of the people of  Brussels, Belgium; I thought I would select art from a Belgium artist, who is also my choice for the Extraordinary Person this week. 

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In May 1940 his home was invaded by the Nazi during World War II and Magritte fled with his close friends Paul Eluard and Scutenaire. It would be easy to assume then that this painting was about the German occupation of Belgium and Magritte’s homesickness about having to flee the country he loved. Certainly this is an emotional component of the painting but there’s much more.

(Source: http://www.renemagritte.org/homesickness.jsp )

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

René Magritte

Rene Magritte

René Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

A foreman tells Joe he needs to work in Area A today.

Joe says, “If you send me over to Area A, you are going to have to first write me a pass to see the Plant Nurse.

The foreman says, “Why?”

Joe says, “Because of my eyes.?

Foreman says, “What’s wrong with your eyes?”

Joe says, “I can’t see myself working in Area A.”

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BLOG

Thanks to all of you who looked at my post last week for a record-setting 218 views.

I also want to thank Samantha, Carol, Ed & Kathy and Dave & Jan for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging.

Purpleanais & Aquileana,  thank you for following this blog and bringing the total number of blog followers to 51.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes stay at 61.  

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Joanne, Cheryl y Theresa for sharing my post last week.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885