02/15/16 – Where Do You Go To My Lovely

Note:  If you don’t look at anything else, at least please check out the song of the week.  I believe it will be well worth your while.

 CURRENT EVENTS

Yesterday’s Valentine Day

Folks, the chart below shows two different ways of celebrating Valentine Day.  You have one year to prepare for Valentine Day 2017–I trust it will be as good, if not better than this year’s Valentine Day.

Celebrate Valentine's Day

Last Saturday’s Republican Debate

Folks, if you missed this, you missed some great theater.

Feb gop-debate

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Peter Prescription

by Dr. Laurence J. Peter

This sequel to The Peter Principle is more than a book on management.  To me, it is an entertaining self-help book, crammed with interesting quotes such as “Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies” by F. Burgess or “A girl who is easy to get may be hard to take.” by F. Wisely.

The book came out in 1972, but just the above two quotes indicates things really haven’t changed that much from 1972, so the book is still good reading.

The Peter Prescription

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I’m thankful that I was in Florence and saw this magnificent Statue of David, before it went to the USA.

David after 3 years in USA

SOCIAL TRAITS

Leave some sparkle

LEARNING TRAITS

In chapter 40 I talk about seeing and hearing what is there, rather than what we want to be there.

Hearing

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Silience best ans

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Zoolander 2

Please leave your brain at home, when you go to see this movie.  It is a great way to relax and forget any problems you may have.

Zoolander 2

LAST WEEK’S POLL -Valentine Day

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Last week’s poll asked you about your Valentine Day plans.

It turns out that 49% of us are doing something special with someone, 33% of us are giving someone a card and 11% of us are giving someone a gift.

The remaining 7% are doing nothing out of the ordinary.  As I mentioned under the Current Events section, you have one year to prepare for Valentine Day 2017.  Chapter 20 of my book is devoted to the importance of celebrating holidays, your success and the successes of your friends.

THIS WEEK POLL – Self Improvement

This week’s poll is about your thoughts on self-provement.  You may check more than one answer.

becoming a better person

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I really think investing a few minutes of your time to hear this song will pay you some significant dividends.  Please tell me via comments, if you think I am mistaken.

Where Do You Go to My Lovely

by Peter Sarstedt

Peter Sarstedt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8JOi1q5ugs

ART OF THE WEEK

Princezna Hyancinta

byAlphonse Mucha

I gained an appreciation of this artist a couple of years ago, while in the Czech Republic, an absolutely wonderful place to visit.  In Chapter 48 of my book I stress the importance of going to places that you have never been.

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Alphonse Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939), was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, pens and pencils, postcards, and designs.(Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot; born 28 September 1934, is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s.

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. During her career in show business, she starred in 47 films, performed in several musical shows and recorded over 60 songs.  After her retirement, she established herself as an animal rights activist. 

She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay, The Lolita Syndrome, which described Bardot as a “locomotive of women’s history” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.

(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had too many.

Knowing full well that I had drank well over the legal limit, I did something I had never done before.  I took a taxi home.

It was a good thing that I did, because there was a police sobriety road block set up on my path home.  However, since I was in a taxi, the police simply waved me through the road block.

I arrived safely home, which was a relief, since I had never driven a taxi before and was not sure where I had got the taxi.

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12/14/15 – Media Coverage

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Next Republican Debate

Tuesday, December 15

Trump Carson y Cruz

Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz during a previous Republican primary debate. | AP Photo

It never fails to amaze me as to how much time many people spend watching sports and yet will devote little time to understanding our political process.  If you don’t want to learn about what is going on in the political arena, this will probably still be worth watching than for no other reason but entertainment.

The criteria for CNN’s Dec. 15 presidential debate include a new way for candidates to make the stage: early-state polling strength.
Candidates can qualify for the debate through one of three ways: polling averages nationally, in Iowa, and in New Hampshire.

According to CNN, nine candidates would currently make the cut: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie.

The undercard debate will also live on, despite some calls among Republicans to begin phasing this out. Candidates who reach at least 1 percent in four separate Iowa, New Hampshire or national polls will make the earlier debate.
As of Friday, that stage will be made up of Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and two candidates who missed the last GOP debate entirely, Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Gov. George Pataki. As of Friday, Gov. Jim Gilmore did not qualify for either stage.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/cnn-gop-debate-criteria-las-vegas-216106#ixzz3twSj6PMh

Media Coverage

I did not believe this memorial would not receive some press coverage and I take the Sunday NY Times, USA Today, Detroit News home delivery, Time magazine and I watch the CNN practically daily. So I checked it out on Snopes.Com and it came up as true.

Tear Drop Memorial

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Is this a self-help book or not–how about you telling me via a comment.

1984-book9

Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949.[1][2] The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrime”. (Source: Wikipedia)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Source:  Groucho Marx

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman

Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the ’70s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (Source: IMDB)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Drinking

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The results of last week’s poll are:

43% of you have one or two drinks now and then

21% of you routinely have one or two drinks daily

14% of you don’t drink for health reasons

10% of you every so often have more than two drinks daily

7% of you consistently have more than two drinks daily

5% of you don’t drink for religious reasons

I used this same poll last year about this time and found 25% of us have one or two drinks daily and on the other end of the spectrum, about 12% of us abstain from drinking for religious or health reasons.  I see there isn’t much change from last year.

THIS WEEK POLL – My Weight

Weight

Most people put on extra weight starting from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and so one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is I’m going to lose some weight this year. It is also one of the most commonly unfulfilled resolutions.  So, before we start making any resolutions, I thought it might be nice to do a quick self-assessment via this poll.

Remember, you are what you eat. I recall saying that to a friend  and she replied, “In that case I am coffee and wine.”

SONG OF THE WEEK

Since the theme of this week’s post is the media, I thought you might enjoy this song.

Dirty Laundry by the Eagles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this painting at the National Gallery in Washington DC.  It was painted by my favorite surrealist artist, Rene Magritte.  Magritte was a philosopher, who just happened to communicate via painting rather than words.  In this painting, I believe he says that everything you see hides something behind what you are seeing–that is something worth thinking about isn’t it?

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The Human Condition by Rene Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The other was completed in 1935 and is part of the Simon Spierer Collection in Geneva, Switzerland. A number of drawings of the same name exist as well, including one at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
One of Magritte’s most common artistic devices was the use of objects to hide what lies behind them. [Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

A newsperson and not an entertainer.

Edward R. Murrow

Edward R Murrow

Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of The Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. During the war he assembled a team of foreign correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys.

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Funeral Director

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MY BOOK

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