I doubt most people plaything the Powerball seriously believe they’ll win. Instead, people treat a ticket as the price of daydreaming about what they’d do with an enormous pile of cash. You can’t win without playing, so people pay a small amount as a way to justify spending their scarce time imagining their own Scrooge McDuck scenarios. For these people, the benefit of the ticket is greater than its cost.
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I looked back at what I wrote in January 2019, and I still stand by that I will make goals instead of resolutions. I did hit my goals for weight loss, but none of my writing goals. It’s amazing how much being married and being in Toastmasters cut down on my free writing time.
So, here are my goals for 2020:
- Toastmasters – Achieve Level 2 on Pathways in Toastmasters (I need to do two more speeches)
- Writing – Finish the third Irregulars story
- Writing – Re-post all of Zombie Strike (somehow in all of the blog issues the audio has gone into the ether)
- Writing – Put up blog posts four times a week
- Activism – Contact my state representative and state senator on all the bad gun bills hitting the 2020 Florida legislative session.
- Weight – Maintain my goal weight and keep my tracking streak for the year
- Professional – Improve my PowerPivot and Power BI skills with an aim at improving my standard reports
- Training– Get to one gun class this year.
It’s been five years since terrorists stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo and slaughtered twelve people. Here’s a decent timeline of events The attacks seemed to kick off a series of horrific attacks in France, including the Paris and Nice attacks.
Perhaps the bigger takeaway from the attacks was the response of the media. Rather than standing defiantly, the media cowered behind “tolerance.” Which contrasted quite remarkably with their constant assertions of how brave the media was to confront tyrants and those who would darken democracy. The vast majority of the media, much like anti-gun activists (but I repeat myself), are only willing to confront those they know will not actually harm them. When confronted with forces that can and will actually murder members of the media, the majority fold. I don’t blame them. They have loved ones that care about them and don’t want to see the members of the media murdered. I just want them to acknowledge that they are being silent because they are worried about being murdered. Just that statement would be far more effective in highlighting the dangers of terror instead of this current push of tolerance.
With all the heightening of tensions in regards to Iran, it’s very important to remember one key fact.
They did this to us in Vietnam and prolonged the conflict for years.
They did this to us in Afghanistan and prolonged the conflict for years.
Why the fuck should we trust them when it comes to Iran?
They always want us to go to war. They never want to admit when they were wrong. They are willing to kill Americans to not lose face.
Please tell me how in the last twenty years our interventions in Southern Asia have improved the situation?
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.
One of the heroes who helped rescue trapped boy scouts from a cave in Thailand has died from a blood infection he got during the rescue.
Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara, a Thai Navy Seal, contracted a blood infection during the rescue at Tham Luang cave.
My deepest condolences to his loved one.
A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.