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.

Wk 36 Vote Pedro

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.

Wk 36 Act Like it

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

Wk 36 How smart by your laugh

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

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07/11/16 – Sad, Just Sad

CURRENT EVENTS

So many horrible things have happened this week in the USA, with police killing citizens and citizens killing police.  It will take the efforts of all of us to stop this.  It will never stop if we just sit it out and wait for someone else to step forward.

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Good police need to see that bad police are removed from the police force.  The time to straighten out white and black thugs are when they are young.  White and black racists need to know their behavior is not acceptable and nor will be tolerated.

Traffic Reports

This week I drove up to Bay City, MI for a wedding, so naturally I paid attention to the traffic reports; especially this one.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Week 1 of my book talks about the importance of diet and eating healthy, and not overeating.  I see so many people eating themselves into an early grave.  If these words upset you, well there is a good chance that is what you are doing to yourself.

Wk 29 What would you like to eat

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Week 13 of my book talks about anger and the importance of remaining calm.  Fighters know the surest way to beat their opponents is to make them angry.

Wk 29 Remaining calm

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Week 29 of my book talks about the importance of smiling to make everyone feel better about coming into contact with you as well as making yourself feel better.  Also, it is good to smile in the face of adversity, as the photo below shows.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Here is a handy trick that will fix many things.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 29 Winning at life

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Fairest

By Gail Carson Levine

This book is some easy reading entertainment. Towards the end of the book, we learn about “Gnomish Justice”, which is different from human justice.  Its focus is more on outcomes than on punishment.

Fair by Gail Carson Levine

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Crash

This film has something to say, but it is raw and upsetting.

Crash

Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11.

Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).

LAST WEEK’S POLL  USA

USA

How do you believe the USA of today compares with the USA of 1961:

56% – Better

39% – Worse

5% – Same

Regarding the future of the USA:

81% – Optimistic

19% – Pessimistic

THIS WEEK POLL – Racist Comments

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“You Might Think”

by The Cars

ART OF THE WEEK

Gun Country

By Michael Murphy

I took a photo of this at the 2014 Art Prize, held in Grand Rapids, MI.

ggun map

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Guardian Angel

 Guardian Angel

I feel like America’s Guardian Angel looks like this after last week.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Speed checked by radar

BLOG

Thanks to Tania, Carol, Carolyn, Judith, Kathy & 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 Rozeller, William & Wander Lust Explored for  following my blog (Now 73 Followers) and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

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 Carol, Jean, Joanne & Annette for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, 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

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07/04/16 – Fourth of July

CURRENT EVENTS

Make America Great

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Brexit

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Red Run Golf Course, Royal Oak Michigan

Support your local fireworks displays.  Many smaller communities, such as Royal Oak, have excellent fireworks displays, as the video below shows.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Advertising with their super models and airbrushing skills are bombarding us with unrealistic images.  We really need to start demanding they use real people and untouched images in advertising or start avoiding those products.  If you think like the above, than you may appreciate the following.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

How many of us would be extraordinary, if we could just get started.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I know it is practically impossible to not gossip but at least don’t spread malicious gossip.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Many people talk themselves out of opportunities that could make their lives extraordinary.

Wk 28 Never let the lack of ability

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 28 If you were dying

SELF-HELP BOOKS

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

& Decent Behavior

After reading this little book, when you  listen to the discourse in this country; you will immediately realize how far we have fallen from Washington’s day in being civil to one another.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 American Graffiti

For some of you, this film will bring back memories and others of you may find the film irrelevant.   It takes place in a time that no longer exists.  Some will find that sad; but others will find the door to opportunity has never been opened wider.

American Graffitti

American Graffiti is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack & Suzanne Somers.

Set in Modesto, California in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single evening.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Brexit

UK

What you thought about the results of the Brexit vote results:

48% – Bad

28% – Indifferent

24% – Good

 

THIS WEEK POLL – USA

USA

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“American Pie”

by Don McLean

I recall when this song came out, many of us were trying to figure out what the lyrics meant.  Later, Don McLean answered our question.  He said the song meant that he would never have to work again.

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute of Liberty 

I always found the Statute of Liberty best viewed on a windy day.

4th of July

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Marquis de Lafayette

 Arrival of Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834), in the U.S. often known simply as Lafayette, was a French military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War. A close friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette was also key figure in the French Revolution of 1789.

He became convinced that the American cause in its revolutionary war was noble, and travelled to the New World seeking glory in it. There, he was made a major-general, though initially the 19-year-old was not given troops to command.

Wounded during the Battle of Brandywine, he still managed to organize an orderly retreat. He served with distinction in the Battle of Rhode Island. In the middle of the war, he returned home to lobby for an increase in French support. He again sailed to America in 1780, and was given senior positions in the Continental Army. In 1781, troops in Virginia under his command blocked forces led by Cornwallis until other American and French forces could position themselves for the decisive Siege of Yorktown.

Lafayette died on 20 May 1834, and is buried in Picpus Cemetery in Paris, under soil from Bunker Hill. (More information is available on Wikipedia about this extraordinary individual)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

McDonald’s has asked me to inform you ladies to please stop throwing your fries on their floor.

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BLOG

Thanks to Jo, Sue, Carolyn & 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 Splended Yoga, We Love to Workout & Katia for  following my blog (Now 72 Followers) and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

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 Carol, Valda, Joanne, Beverly, Robbie, Pete, Rosemarie, Dada, Jill, Kimberly, Susan & Annette for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

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