Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MY ADVICE TO YOU: MAKE A LIST OF EACH OF THE MEDICALLY HARMFUL EFFECTS FROM CONSUMPTION OR EITHER MARIJUANA OR COCAINE



If you are a gentleman or lady in your teenage years or 20s, you are no doubt facing lots of intense pressure ---especially here in Austin, Texas, where illicit-drug addiction is shockingly widespread----to consume an illicit drug during your leisuretime.

One way to effectively resist that societal pressure:

Try jotting down a list for marijuana and cocaine, respectively, of each way in which consumption of either of those two illicit drugs is VERY harmful to your medical health and emotional health.

Then make sure you keep that list in your "REASONS FOR SAYING 'NO' TO ILLICIT DRUGS" file in your bedroom or study. Then by all means review that file whenever anyone tries to convince you to "have an adventure" with one illicit drug or another.




URGENT NEED FOR A NEW NON-FICTION BOOK EXPLORING THE DECLINE OF THE SERVE-AND-VOLLEY GAME IN PROFESSIONAL TENNIS



I used to find it fascinating to watch televised professional tennis matches and attend live professional singles tennis matches that featured a serve-and-volley-style professional tennis player competing against a professional tennis player with a baseline style.

These days, however, intriguing match-ups in professional tennis that highlight the serve-and-volley style versus the baseline style are apparently very rare.

The decline of the serve-and-volley game in professional tennis --- and the decline of the serve-and-volley vs. baseline tennis rivalry in tennis --- would make a fine subject for a new non-fiction book about professional tennis.


I'm reminded that in a recent prior year, I noticed the looks of exasperation and dismay and disgust on the faces of some former professional men's tennis champions from Australia---Roy Emerson among them-- as they sat in the stands at the Australian Open, watching Andy Murray, a Scottish professional men's tennis player, compete from the baseline against another highly-rated professional men's tennis player with a baseline style.

"So why in God's name won't our Scottish star Andy Murray rush to the net and volley the ball away for a winner?", former tennis champion Roy Emerson might as well have asked the entire world while holding a microphone from where he sat in the stands at that tournament.






HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP HELPED FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO BENEFIT FROM RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AND RECYCLING SERVICES THAT ARE OFFERED BY AMERICAN CORPORATIONS?

That very tangible type of aid to foreign countries would benefit our entire world, by helping to promote conservation of natural resources in every nation. 

However, nowhere in President Trump's "America First" agenda does he ever acknowledge the urgent need for this type of noble recycling-promotion cause that significantly benefits foreign nations as well as American society and the American economy.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE SHOOTING OF TIME CAPSULES INTO OUTER SPACE



A bizarre image pops into the human head in response to the bleak prediction by astrophysicist Stephen Hawking of England that human civilization has only 100 more years left before it is annihilated.

That image is of an absurd "race among nations on Earth to develop and successfully transport to other planets as soon as possible detailed time capsules that tell inhabitants of other planets what Earthlings in their own nation on this doomed planet were like, and why their own nation on Earth was the greatest of the many nations that fell in the demise of all of human civilization on this particular planet."




HAS THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE EVER ASKED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS?



(1) How many U.S. states pay their state lawmakers more than twice the annual salary that the State of Texas pays to members of the Texas Legislature in Austin?

(1a) How many U.S. states pay their state lawmakers at least five times more than the salary that the State of Texas pays to its state legislators in Austin?

(1b) Do any U.S. states pay their state lawmakers at least 10 times more than the salary that the State of Texas pays to its state legislators in Austin?

(2) How many U.S. states require an annual convening of their own respective state legislatures?


(3) Aside from Texas, do any other of the five most heavily populous states in the U.S. convene their own state legislature only on a biannual basis?

(4) Do any other state governments of the United States do more than Texas does to promote and enhance and strengthen multi-state regional planning and development?


DOES U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP UNDER-UTILIZE STATE DEPARTMENT NEGOTIATORS AND THE TACTFUL LANGUAGE OF DIPLOMACY IN HIS FOREIGN POLICY ACTIONS?

I find myself haunted by the above question, since it seems that President Trump's style does not lend itself to polite, earnest, diligent, and very honorable negotiation with foreign nations or other parties that have a cited conflict with the U.S. Government.

"What is the point of Diplomacy during the Administration of a U.S. President who does not believe in diplomacy," one tends to ask with dismay.

I am surprised , in fact, that I myself have not seen a recent news story in which deans of schools of diplomacy, such as the Tufts Fletcher School of Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, express why they believe (if so) that President Trump has been a disaster for training programs in the field of diplomacy.

One often wonders whether Donald Trump secretly wishes he could become "America's Putin" and order the "destruction" of his ideological adversaries, as Putin reportedly does toward critics of his in Russia, while dictating the policies of the national government, as Putin reportedly does for his national government in Russia.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Belated 'Thank You' to my Older Brother Dr. Michael Kim McMillan of Southern California for his helpful written advice to me in recent years that I:


---Develop more dialogues with Mormons, since members of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (unlike some or several other religious denominations that brother Michael is apparently knowledgeable about) OPPOSE THOUGHT-CONTROL PROJECTS, Michael pointed out in an e-mail letter he wrote and sent to me in recent years.

Brother Michael chose not to directly advise me that I should also move to Utah----or to another U.S. state, such as Idaho, in which the percentage of all residents of that state who are Mormon is apparently among the highest of all of the respective U.S. states.


However, brother Michael did helpfully point out to me repeatedly in e-mail notes he sent me in recent years that he himself has a very critical vantage point toward both Austin and the entire state of Texas, including the medical care system in Texas, brother Michael emphasized to me in reply e-mail letters he kindly wrote and sent to me in the last several years.

---Consider moving to a U.S. state (or possibly an English-speaking democratic foreign nation such as Great Britain or Australia or Canada) where respect for my own privacy rights is far more extensive than it is in Texas, brother Michael helpfully indicated. Brother Michael offered me that invaluable and potentially life-saving implied advice by stating to me in an e-mail reply letter he sent to me in recent years that he himself strongly supports full privacy rights for me. Michael indicated that he himself did not believe that the state of Texas and the cities and towns and counties of Texas have exhibited full respect toward my own privacy rights.

---Exclude "sadistic persons" from my own life. Brother Michael offered me that very helpful and potentially life-saving implicitly conveyed advice in a 1994 visit he made to Snyder, Texas, during a period when I was employed full-time in that west Texas city as a reporter and photographer for the "Snyder Daily News" general-circulation newspaper. During that special visit that brother Michael made to Snyder, Texas, in order to have breakfast with me inside a restaurant in Snyder, brother Michael volunteered to me as we stood in front of that restaurant before dining together there, and I quote verbatim his surprising observation to me that morning: "All of the people of your own past were sadistic."

--Associate with persons who have numerous significant points of agreement with me and do not get me mired in inter-personal conflicts, brother Michael indicated. Brother Michael offered me that implicit advice by repeatedly pointing out in e-mail letters to me that "life is short" and that it makes sense to primarily associate with persons with whom I enjoy a strong sense of harmony in my rapport with them.

--Focus on the life I forge for myself in the present, since the past  and persons I encountered in my own past do not have much of a bearing on my life of the present and future, brother Michael repeatedly emphasized in e-mail letters to me.

---Join Costco, a Seattle-based nationwide chain of discount stores that offer lots of healthy-foods options in big quantities to individuals paying a membership fee after qualifying to become a Costco member.

---Choose to live in an apartment unit or home in which I myself am safe. Brother Michael offered me that implied advice through a reply e-mail note he wrote and sent to me several years ago, during a prior period in which I resided at a large apartment complex situated directly along Research Boulevard in Austin, with Michael having kindly offered the following helpful and concerned statement to me in writing: "You (brother John) may be unsafe (sic) in your current apartment unit in Austin." 


---Eat Gouda cheese from The Netherlands on a frequent and year-round basis, since Gouda cheese is rich in Vitamin K2 that helps to direct calcium found in arteries to bones and teeth, and is very good for one's cardiovascular health for that and other reasons, brother Michael indicated to me in writing.

---Minimize my own consumption of corn oil, since corn oil is very harmful to the health, brother Michael emphasized to me in writing in the last year or two.


---Significantly increase my daily consumption of green tea (as distinct from black tea), as one means of boosting my own cardiovascular health, brother Michael very helpfully suggested.




 

Monday, June 19, 2017

MORE QUESTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP, OUR CURRENT CHIEF OF STATE



(1) Has anyone attempted to compile each and every favorable statement or word of praise that Donald Trump as President of the United States has himself verbalized in regard to each of the cited foreign nations of the world, respectively?

That compilation of public statements, if published separately in regard to each foreign nation, would be illuminating. That compilation would offer evidence in regard to the allegation by many observers that Donald Trump is a xenophobic president. For instance, it seems likely that Donald Trump has almost never praised either Mexico or Canada on any occasion since Mr. Trump assumed elective office as American Chief of State.


(1a) In view of President Trump's emphatic "buy American goods" exhortations, has any American news media company actually made an attempt to study which imported foods and imported beverages and imported clothes and other imported items are, in fact, currently being used or consumed or on display in the White House of Donald Trump and his Yugoslavian-born wife, First Lady Melania Trump?

(2) It might be grimly amusing to find out which academic courses (if any) Donald Trump flunked or nearly flunked during his college days, as those academic weaknesses of his might reveal a lot about his limitations as a U.S. President.

(3) Many people, myself among them, are probably still asking the question: Which schools or colleges or universities did Donald Trump actually attend? (The answer, I have since learned through online research, includes Fordham University in the Bronx and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.) Unlike President John F. Kennedy, for instance, who identified himself as a Harvard man, and unlike President George Bush Sr., who identified himself as a Yale alumnus, Trump appears to talk less about his alumni status with various schools than did the vast majority of modern U.S. Presidents. Inevitably the question arises whether Donald Trump is hiding something about his college days or primary and secondary-level education days.

(4) Is there any evidence that American foreign policy toward Slovenia and southeastern Europe will be influenced by Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, a native of Yugoslavia who no doubt has many friends and relatives in southeastern European nations? So far, I don't recall seeing any newspaper article that explored this subject---along with the subject of whether it is proper for the spouse of an American Chief of State to serve as a defacto foreign-policy analyst or defacto "State Department representative" on Slovenia and southeastern Europe, a role that could possibly undermine or conflict with the official roles held by U.S. ambassadors and other State Department officials who are actually based in Slovenia and other southeastern European nations.


(5) Is there any evidence that the federal budget that President Trump is asking Congress to approve will reward and promote entrepreneurialism by private citizens, entrepeneurialism being the cited focus of Mr. Trump's pre-Presidential career as television host of "The Apprentice".

(6) How many presidential press conferences has President Trump hosted so far in his first-term of elective office in the White House? How does that number compare with each of his predecessors of the most recent 50-year period for the first five months of their own respective administrations?

(7) Has President Trump ever acknowledged that his well-known public embraces of the Russian Government and Mr. Putin --- embraces calling to mind the famous well-photographed hugs that American actor Chuck Connors used to offer to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s ---- will undermine the ability of any prosecuting attorney for the U.S. Government to ever get a courtroom conviction against any American citizen for the crime of treason in any context relating to Russia? After all, Donald Trump has basically told the entire world that despite the nuclear warheads in Russia that are pointed at the U.S. and at Europe, the Russians are "friends" of ours and should be trusted by Americans, in the apparent view of Mr. Trump.

(8) Does anyone regard it as rather odd that while Donald Trump praises Mr. Putin and Russia, Mr. Trump never cites any particular consumer good manufactured in Russia that Mr. Trump wants Americans to actually purchase and actually consume. "We should be friends with the Russians, but we should refrain from purchasing Russian manufactured goods," Mr. Trump might as well declare. 

Some may sense that possibly Mr. Trump is hoping that some small or medium-sized animal native to Russia or any other region of the former Soviet Union might make a good "household pet" for American families, and whether Trump is hoping to "make a deal" with the Russians that will involve sale of that indigenous Russian dog or cat or other prospective "household pet" in pet-shops throughout the United States. It is possible that Trump sees increased popularity of that type of native Russian animal inside American households as one way to promote friendship between Russian society and American society.

(9) Has President Trump been asked the question, "Under which circumstances, if any, would you ever decide to resign from elective office as President of the U.S.?" If so, what was his reply to that type of question?


(10) The very fact that President Trump virtually never admits he makes any mistakes as Chief of State, raises the question of whether he has the humility and self-critical aptitude to serve as an honest and honorable U.S. President. And a Chief of State who never admits he makes mistakes in the Oval Office invites speculation about whether his very failure to acknowledge making any mistakes as President adds to the evidence that he may be unfit to serve as U.S. President.

(11) In view of President Trump's ancestral heritage in Germany, why is it that he apparently does not refer fondly to his relatives and family friends in Germany, and to his lifelong friendship, presumably, with many of those relatives and friends of his who are German citizens residing in Germany?


(12) In view of President Trump's German ancestry, has he publicly attempted to demonstrate semi-fluency in German, as one way of demonstrating a strong affinity for the people of Germany? Or does he believe that it would be a sign of weakness for a U.S. President to demonstrate his own personal semi-fluency in the language of a foreign nation such as Germany?

(13) It seems that President Trump has almost never expressed concern about any emerging "conflict of interest" of any type for his Administration. Despite this, he did speak out against what he said was a "conflict of interest" for others. Why is it that when Trump examines the conduct of others, he can identify conflict of interest, but when he examines conduct by his own Administration, he never identifies any?

(14) I recently reviewed a "Chronicle of Higher Education" article about Mr. Trump from July 2016 that quoted someone knowledgeable about Mr. Trump as saying that Mr. Trump does not care about the details, as he is a "big picture" type of person. This raises the inevitable question of WHO in the Trump Administration is the assigned "Details Expert" whose flair for addressing specific details serves as a complement to President Trump's own style of governance.

(15) How does President Trump's outlook toward and attitude toward the United Nations compare with the five previous most recent U.S. Presidents? Also, how many months transpired before each of those five Presidents delivered their first (if any) in-person speech before delegates of numerous foreign countries and the U.S. inside UN Headquarters in New York City, New York?

PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION IDEA: A REGULARLY-UPDATED AND FULLY ANNOTATED AND AUTHORITATIVE ONLINE ANTHOLOGY OF MEDICAL-SCIENCE PUBLICATION ARTICLES, AND NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE ARTICLES, AND OTHER RELIABLE SOURCES, THAT EACH PROVIDE FACTUAL EVIDENCE ABOUT PUBLIC-HEALTH HAZARDS AND MEDICAL PROBLEMS AND DISEASES CAUSED OR POTENTIALLY CAUSED BY BEARDS AND MUSTACHES ON THE FACES OF MEN



This idea was prompted in part by factual research on behalf of my one-member (myself only, at present) Progressive Prohibitionist Religion that I pursued this Monday afternoon, June 19, 2017, inside a northwest Austin branch library of the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas.

Particularly interesting was a March 13, 2015, online article about the medically harmful effects of facial hair that was published by the "Daily Mail" newspaper of London, England. That article was written by Maddlen Davies, and contained several quotes from medical experts in Great Britain who regard facial hair on men as a possible public health hazard.

In addition, a medical-journal article I found this Monday through online research at that same public library, noted that "...facial hair can increase bacterial shedding in (by) male HCWs (health care workers based in hospitals)."


That article was recently published in the "Journal of Hospital Infection". The title of the article was: "Bacterial ecology of hospital workers' facial hair: a cross-sectional study."

Another online source, "mangoboss.com", stated that a 1967 report by scientists at the U.S. Industrial Health and Safety Office, a report entitled "Microbiological Hazard of Bearded Men", announced that even after men's beards are washed with soap, "Beards retain microorganisms and toxins," and "enough toxins remained (after washing with soap) to infect anyone who came in contact with them."

That 1967 study was focused on whether bearded men put their families in danger by carrying bacteria into their own home that their own beards may have accumulated while those men were on duty at a workplace.


That study did not address the question of whether bearded men are themselves also at increased risk of medical infection resulting from their own facial hair.

Another online source on the subject of facial hair on men as a public health hazard can be found at "www.digitaljournal.com", I learned this Monday during my leisuretime visit to the Spicewood Springs (Road) branch library of the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas.

One key word I plan to use in future research on this subject is: "Hypertrichosis". The online Wikipedia encyclopedia has online information under that subject heading, from what I learned this Monday at a public library, but I have not reviewed that Wikipedia account yet.

One additional source of information on this subject can be found at "microbiomedigest.com". 

The link to the article is: "https://microbiomedigest.com/2015/03/13/the-beard-microbiome".

That online source refers, among other things, to a recent study in Albuquerque,  New Mexico, which found that particles of feces or manure were found on beards of men studied in that state capital city of the U.S. state of New Mexico.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

MY BEST POSSIBLE U.S. STATE (OR FOREIGN NATION) FOR ME TO EVENTUALLY MOVE TO WILL PROBABLY BE A STATE (OR NATION) THAT RATES BEST OVERALL FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, WHEN EVALUATED TOGETHER:


---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF MARIJUANA CONSUMPTION, COCAINE CONSUMPTION, AND ANY OTHER FORM OF ILLICIT-DRUG CONSUMPTION.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL, OR ALCOHOLISM.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF BINGE DRINKING.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF TOBACCO CONSUMPTION.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF FACIAL HAIR ON MEN.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF VERBALIZATION OF PROFANITY.

--THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF ALL LEGAL-STATUS ADULT RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY CRIME.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF HOME-INVASION CRIMES.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF "THOUGHT-CONTROL PROJECTS" ALLEGEDLY OCCURRING IN THAT STATE.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF PERSONAL-INJURY CRIMES.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF SEXUAL-ASSAULT CRIMES.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF SEX CRIMES INVOLVING ILLEGAL PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH CHILDREN AND OTHER RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE WHO ARE MINORS.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA EXPENDITURE OF MONEY BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE TOWARD GAMBLING.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA EXPENDITURE OF MONEY BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE TOWARD ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL BOXING MATCHES.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE WITH ONE OR MORE TATTOOS EMBLAZONED ON THEIR OWN BODY.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF ORGANIZED CRIME ACTIVITIES.

---THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF DISHONESTY OR FRAUDULENT COMMUNICATIONS BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE.

---THE GREATEST RESPECT BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE TOWARD FREEDOM OF SPEECH  INVOLVING COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE NOT ANONYMOUS IN NATURE, PRIVACY RIGHTS, AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION INVOLVING SPONSORSHIP OF LAW-ABIDING ACTIVITIES.

--THE LOWEST PER-CAPITA INCIDENCE OF LITTERING BY RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE.





THE IMPORTANCE OF REDUCING SUGAR INTAKE IN MY DIETARY LIFESTYLE


I recently found the self-discipline to switch from chocolate-flavored soy milk to unsweetened vanilla soy milk, and this is reducing my sugar intake each morning by more than 15 grams per serving. The unsweetened vanilla soy milk has only one gram of sugar per serving.

Minimizing sugar consumption plays a crucial role in prevention of diabetes.



As for the yogurt I eat every morning, I plan to do some research to find a brand of Greek-style yogurt that is both delicious and low in sugar. I am not aware of any brand of Greek-style yogurt which currently fits that description.

One option: I could buy a plain Greek yogurt and add blueberries to it every morning as a way of sweetening it naturally and making it more palatable. The blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can truly be a life-saver.

Other strategies I'm pursuing to make my dietary lifestyle as healthy for me as possible include:

I am eating smoked sardines twice per week, eating either Brisling sardines from Scotland that are packed in extra-virgin olive oil or sardines from Morocco that are packed in extra-virgin olive oil.

Sardines are very good for my heart. This reminds me that I should also check to find out whether there is any frozen whole-wheat pizza with sardines and heavy-tomato sauce that is low in sodium and is offered in the frozen pizzas section of my nearby H.E.B. corporate-owned supermarket or Randall's corporate-owned supermarket. Randall's is affiliated with Safeway stores.

I am also attempting to be more diligent about meeting my dietary goal for myself of eating one washed raw carrot per day, one washed medium-sized Delicious red apple per day, and several bananas per week.

I am also striving to consume as much green tea as possible in my leisuretime.

Friday, June 16, 2017

MORE FROM THE NEW YORK SCENE: A MID-JUNE 2017 IMAGINARY EAVESDROPPER'S REPORT



---"Leave it to Donald Trump to completely rewrite the famous warning about 'Entangling Alliances' that President Washington offered our country. With Donald Trump as president, the reality is that we're facing disaster every day from 'entanging enemyships', with every day of Trump's presidency adding to the number of nations that declare themselves to be enemies of the United States. If we get invaded at some point, it will be from the combined alienation toward the U.S. by just about every nation on this entire planet, including France and Germany and Canada. It would be impossible to say which country would NOT agree to participate in any such hypothetical military invasion of the U.S., unless the exceptions would be neutral Sweden and neutral Switzerland."


--"I'm so grateful no one has asked President Trump yet whether he believes that Washington Square should be renamed. Trump would probably tell the 'New York Post' that he believes George Washington was a simpleton, so it makes no sense to honor him, in Trump's view. It is hard to know what President Trump would recommend for an alternative name for that square, once George Washington gets booted from that famous landmark in our city. Maybe Trump would want it renamed as 'America First Square' or 'America's the Greatest Square', only to raise the question of whether this 'America versus the World' attitude is going to hurt our ability to sell goods and services to foreign countries. Our balance of trade could definitely suffer a lot during the Trump Presidency, since Trump alienates  and offends the businesses and people of foreign nations."


---"Trump alienates so many foreign countries every day that I can't even remember Trump's ancestral homeland. You would think he would do very well as a visitor to that foreign country where his ancestors were born and raised. But the only foreign country of heritage I ever hear about in connection with Trump is Russia. So the tendency is to assume that Trump's ancestry is Russian. But I know that's not correct. A Russian-American would never get elected to the White House."

---"I find it ironic that Germany is one of the countries Trump has offended the most. Trump's ancestry is German on his father's side of the family. I recently discovered that fact about him on Wikipedia. Instead of honoring Germans, Trump hurls insults at them.  If the Germans don't buy American companies' manufactured goods as much as he would like, Trump should insist on greater excellence of products from American companies. And his current policy is just adding to the reasons why German retailers won't buy American-made products. He slaps in the face of the German people, every time he speaks to Germans. His ancestors in Germany must be turning over in their graves!"








Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MORE IMAGINARY OVERHEARD MOMENTS FROM THE CULTURAL SCENE IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK:



---"I wish I had memorized all the flags of the world. Whenever I watch a pro tennis match on television, half the time I cannot figure out where the player came from based on the flag display on my TV screen. And now I will have to memorize the flag design for Latvia, after that phenomenal come-from-behind finals match triumph by a Latvian woman in the women's finals at the French Open."

---"Personally, I feel that every New Yorker should be required to attend a 'Memorize the Flags of the World Workshop' here at least once per year. That will make us more sensitive to all the international residents and international visitors we have here. Many of them come here with flag decals and flags from their native country. Hospitality in Manhattan demands full memorization of as many flag designs as possible from around the world. And if we don't show full interest in the flags of the world, we might lose our host city status at the UN. Donald Trump is so offensive to foreign countries that unless we prove we're super-hospitable and accommodating toward foreign citizens here, the whole UN could get moved to Geneva."

--"Since we can't get rid of graffiti in New York, maybe we should at least sponsor a citywide art contest in which several reputable art critics serve as judges evaluating the graffiti on display in public places, such as under bridges and on subway trains. Those judges then vote on which graffiti wins first prize for Best Graffiti Art of the Year in New York. Since graffiti is by definition anonymous and the winner would be impossible to identify, besides which the winner violated the law by putting graffiti on public property, the $20,000 first prize payment of money could automatically go instead toward highly-rated graffiti-removal specialists who eliminate from public view as much of the graffiti as possible that did not win any prize for artistic merit in our most recent citywide contest."


---"Everyone assumes that because I'm a New Yorker, I am an expert on the etiology of the word 'f-u-c-k'. And I'm not an expert on that subject. I find it offensive that my cousins and uncles and aunts who live in other states all assume I know 'A to Z' about profane language and have earned a PhD in Profanity Studies. I have to explain to them that there is NO PhD in Profanity Studies currently being offered by any of the universities or colleges here in Manhattan. They are always amazed when I mention that to them. But I am very careful NOT to react to their astonishment by shouting profanity at them from my end of the phone line. I don't want to prove their point about New Yorkers by turning potty-mouthed myself in any of my phone conversations with my out-of-state relatives."

---"Personally, I wish New York had a tradition in which the Mayor is required to give a five-minute locally televised speech about his favorite non-profane vocabulary word and why he loves that word so much. This would help to promote non-profane speech here, especially if all of the public school classes were required to watch that five-minute televised speech. That annual tradition might even contribute to a 10 percent reduction in the number of F-words your eardrums are assaulted by every day here in Manhattan."

---"In my own life, I tend to eliminate any prospective friend who verbalized the F-word more than once in an everyday conversation with me. I realize that sounds strict, but I feel there are plenty of talented and interesting and creative New Yorkers who are patient and polite, and limit themselves to G-rated vocabulary."

--"Personally, I always look forward to every Sunday in New York, since it is the only day of the week when the F-word perpetrators seem to agree to a truce to their verbal bombs they hurl at everyone. It is positively divine to get through an entire day here without hearing lots of obscenities and profanity, and Sundays are definitely the best bet for relief in that way. I am not including what goes on at New York Giants games on Sundays, though. I realize that could get rather vulgar, if you listened closely to what the fans are verbalizing."

---"I find it hard to distinguish between real life in New York and the fictional crime shows on television that I'm obsessed with watching every week. Whenever I walk outdoors in Manhattan, I'm eternally astonished that I don't run into Detective Olivia Benson from NYPD's Special Victims Unit. I feel sure she would want to interview me about what it feels like for me to be a continuous rape-crimes victim in a case that never gets identified by any of the real-world NYPD colleagues as an actual crime case. Detective Benson is obviously a lot more competent at what she does than any of the real-life sex-crimes detectives here who are the ones who realistically speaking might ever interview me, if they ever do wisen up and figure out my crime-victim status here. But with widespread corruption and rampant lack of insight by so many of our city's finest in the real-world version of NYPD, I doubt I would ever even get asked for an interview at police headquarters with any of the sex-crimes detectives here."

--"Maybe you should wear a T-shirt around town that bears the message, 'Ask Me About my CV Status Here' wherever you leave your apartment here in Manhattan. Sooner or later some NYPD detective will actually come up with the clever idea of approaching you to ask you what 'CV' stands for. Then you could explain to that NYPD officer that you're a still-undetected Continuous-Rape-Crimes Victim here, and you'd welcome forensic DNA-trace swabs on every organ and every orifice of your body ASAP, with the clear prior understanding that NYPD might be willing to obtain forensic DNA trace results for you going back as far as possible, such as 190 back, for more thorough results that will hold up in a courtroom here."

---"I'm very relieved that President Trump has not made a public statement yet about which vegetable he dislikes the most. I will never forgive President George Bush Sr. for having famously declared that he does not like broccoli. That public statement Bush made in the 1990s severely harmed the ability of American parents to persuade their children to eat that highly-rated vegetable very crucial to their health. 'I'm ordered by President Bush not to eat any broccoli,' the 10-year-olds of America would reply to their parents at the family dinner table. So if Trump does publicly denounce a vegetable, I hope he picks one that is not as crucial to human health as broccoli. I could handle it if he publicly announces that he does not like celery, for instance."

--"I have had so many New Yorkers tell me that they don't have anything in common with me, that I'm tempted to have a creative new T-shirt of my very own specially made for me that declares, 'YOU DO HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WITH ME IF YOU LIKE TENNIS, RACQUETBALL, PADDLE-BOATING, ROLLER-SKATING, HIKING, ICED TEA, HOT TEA, GREEN TEA, WORLD PEACE, HUMMUS, BROWN RICE, AND RATIONAL GOAL-SETTING.' I would find it very entertaining to see the reactions I get from other New Yorkers during my leisuretime."

---"The only consolation about North Korea is that any bombs they hurl at us are are more likely to strike the west coast or Hawaii than the northeast. But it feels perverse to even mention that type of consolation. I love so much of the wholesome agricultural produce I get from California. So that is one very tangible reason for protecting California against any hypothetical attack by North Korea. I could not be happy without my beloved avocados from California."

---"I find it very ironic that while New York is the Cosmetics Capital of the United States, I would be completely stumped if you asked me which type of make-up our mayor wears every day. Maybe the question should be directed to his wife, if I can somehow recall her first name. But she may not want to make a public statement on behalf of the Cosmetics Industry here in New York. After all, that could imply that her own facial complexion is very lacking without make-up to save her face. And do you really expect her to admit that to the news media here?"















'MORE DEVIL WORSHIPERS IN AUSTIN SIX YEARS AGO THAN YOU WOULD THINK, YOUNG LADY, AND THEY USED TO HAVE NAKED ORGIES AT A BIG RANCH WITH A HUGE HOUSE AND SWIMMING POOL,' AN ANONYMOUS CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' RESPONDENT STATES WITH APPARENT AMUSEMENT IN REPLYING ONLINE AT ROUGHLY 10 P.M. JUNE 12, 2017, TO A CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' QUESTION POSTED EARLIER THAT DAY BY MYSELF, JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN, IN WHICH I HAD SOUGHT A STATISTICAL ESTIMATE FROM ANYONE ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 'DEVIL WORSHIPERS' THERE WERE BACK IN 2011 IN THIS STATE CAPITAL CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS


r. RE: Devil Worshippers - 2011 ?

Been a lot more than you'd think young lady.
And loooong before 2011, there were a lot. More in 2011
And I'm sure there are more today.
And, waaay hotter than you'd think. Then and now.
Now !? hrrmmm...

We......., I mean they.
I heard they used to have orgies out in the hill country at a big ranch with huge house and a huge pool.
All chicks were naked. So it was cool.


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(THE ABOVE E-MAIL REPLY LETTER WAS POSTED ONLINE AT ROUGHLY 10 P.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, IN CRAIGSLIST'S 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' PERSONALS-ITEMS SECTION BY AN ANONYMOUS WRITER AS A RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING (BELOW) 12:01 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION POSTING FROM MYSELF, JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN:)


HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL IN 2011? (Austin)

I am still to this day baffled and haunted by a very surprising disclosure to me on the telephone that I received in 2011.

It was six years ago when a Houston-based private attorney stated to me on the telephone in 2011 from his law office that he believed I was being victimized during that time period inside my rental apartment unit along Research Boulevard in northwest Austin by "devil-worshipers in Austin," as he put it.

This raises two inevitable follow-up questions:

(1) HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN AUSTIN SIX YEARS AGO?

(2) IF YOU ANSWERED THAT FIRST QUESTION FROM ME, HOW DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR STATISTICAL ESTIMATE?

Monday, June 12, 2017

CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION ANONYMOUS ONLINE RESPONDENT AT ROUGHLY 6 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, OFFERS A HINT OF PRAISE FOR MY OWN CITED ABILITY TO 'FUNCTION SOMEWHAT NORMALLY IN SOCIETY'


RE: Devil Worshippers

I am still to this day baffled that you can have these extreme paranoid delusions, and still function somewhat normally in society. Seriously...get some help. They make medications for this....


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(THE ABOVE E-MAIL REPLY LETTER WAS POSTED ONLINE AT ROUGHLY 6 P.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, IN CRAIGSLIST'S 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' PERSONALS-ITEMS SECTION BY AN ANONYMOUS WRITER AS A RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING (BELOW) 12:01 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION POSTING FROM MYSELF, JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN:)

HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL IN 2011? (Austin)


I am still to this day baffled and haunted by a very surprising disclosure to me on the telephone that I received in 2011.

It was six years ago when a Houston-based private attorney stated to me on the telephone in 2011 from his law office that he believed I was being victimized during that time period inside my rental apartment unit along Research Boulevard in northwest Austin by "devil-worshipers in Austin," as he put it.

This raises two inevitable follow-up questions:

(1) HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN AUSTIN SIX YEARS AGO?

(2) IF YOU ANSWERED THAT FIRST QUESTION FROM ME, HOW DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR STATISTICAL ESTIMATE?

AN ANONYMOUS CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION RESPONDENT ON JUNE 12, 2017, REPLIES TO ME WITH AN ONLINE POSSIBLY FACETIOUS AND IN-JEST-ONLY 'DISCLOSURE', OR MOCK-DISCLOSURE: 'THERE ARE WATCHERS IN YOUR (BOLT-LOCKED PRIVATE BEDROOM'S AND BOLT-LOCKED PRIVATE BATHROOM'S) WALLS OF YOUR RENTAL HOUSING UNIT IN AUSTIN, TEXAS'


Answer: how many devil worshippers in ATX in 2011

1. a bunch


2. I know because I read Rants-n-Raves, the most logical, scientific online forum there is.

I can understand how you're baffled by that, because from what the watchers in your walls report, you're still baffled by flush toilets and light switches.


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(THE ABOVE E-MAIL REPLY LETTER WAS POSTED ONLINE AT ROUGHLY 3 P.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, IN CRAIGSLIST'S 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' PERSONALS-ITEMS SECTION BY AN ANONYMOUS WRITER AS A RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING (BELOW) 12:01 P.M. JUNE 12, 2017, CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION POSTING FROM MYSELF, JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN:)

HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL IN 2011? (Austin)


I am still to this day baffled and haunted by a very surprising disclosure to me on the telephone that I received in 2011.

It was six years ago when a Houston-based private attorney stated to me on the telephone in 2011 from his law office that he believed I was being victimized during that time period inside my rental apartment unit along Research Boulevard in northwest Austin by "devil-worshipers in Austin," as he put it.

This raises two inevitable follow-up questions:

(1) HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN AUSTIN SIX YEARS AGO?

(2) IF YOU ANSWERED THAT FIRST QUESTION FROM ME, HOW DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR STATISTICAL ESTIMATE?

CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' PERSONALS SECTION RESPONDENT 'GREG S.' OF AUSTIN, TEXAS, ON JUNE 12, 2017, HINTS IN WRITING AT A POSSIBLE COMPARISON BETWEEN 'QUEEN JOHN DUMP' OF AUSTIN, TEXAS---AN UNFLATTERING NICKNAME GREG S. USED WHICH SUGGESTS HE IS SOMEHOW FAMILIAR WITH MY OWN FIRST NAME OF 'JOHN' --- AND U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND 1930S AND 1940S NAZI GERMANY DICTATOR ADOLPH HITLER, RESPECTIVELY



Greg S <1c95b62bf562363ebc372ed09d96b15c reply.craigslist.org="">

To

Today (Monday, June 12, 2017) at 2:12 PM

http://austin.craigslist.org/rnr/6173565883.html

Anyone still in lust with Queen John Dump is yes, a devil worshipper. Trumptards are definitely heading for global rejection on par with Hitler 'supporters'.

Good luck with that. But doom is only result.

Original craigslist post:
https://austin.craigslist.org/rnr/6173565883.html


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(NOTE; THE ABOVE E-MAIL REPLY LETTER WAS SENT DIRECTLY TO THE E-MAIL SERVICE INBOX FOR MYSELF, JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN, AT 2:12 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, IN RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING 12:01 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017, CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' SECTION POSTING FROM MYSELF:)

HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL IN 2011? (Austin)

I am still to this day baffled and haunted by a very surprising disclosure to me on the telephone that I received in 2011.

It was six years ago when a Houston-based private attorney stated to me on the telephone in 2011 from his law office that he believed I was being victimized during that time period inside my rental apartment unit along Research Boulevard in northwest Austin by "devil-worshipers in Austin," as he put it.

This raises two inevitable follow-up questions:

(1) HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN AUSTIN SIX YEARS AGO?

(2) IF YOU ANSWERED THAT FIRST QUESTION FROM ME, HOW DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR STATISTICAL ESTIMATE?

MY MOST RECENT CRAIGSLIST 'AUSTIN RANTS AND RAVES' POSTING ASKS: HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL CITY OF AUSTIN IN 2011?


HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN THIS STATE CAPITAL IN 2011?(Austin)

I am still to this day baffled and haunted by a very surprising disclosure to me on the telephone that I received in 2011.

It was five years ago when a Houston-based private attorney stated to me on the telephone in 2011 from his law office that he believed I was being victimized during that time period inside my rental apartment unit along Research Boulevard in northwest Austin by "devil-worshipers in Austin," as he put it.

This raises two inevitable follow-up questions:

(1) HOW MANY DEVIL-WORSHIPERS WERE THERE IN AUSTIN FIVE YEARS AGO?

(2) IF YOU ANSWERED THAT FIRST QUESTION FROM ME, HOW DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR STATISTICAL ESTIMATE?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

IS THERE AN INCREASED RISK OF A SINO-SOVIET MILITARY ALLIANCE THAT POSES A THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS AND AUSTRALIANS AND MANY ASIANS?


ONE OF THE PUBLIC-POLICY ISSUES THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

IS THERE AN INCREASED RISK THESE DAYS OF A SINO-SOVIET MILITARY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CHINA AND RUSSIA THAT BRUTALIZES AND ANNIHILATES COUNTRIES WHICH OPPOSE THAT VERY POWERFUL COMBINED MILITARY FORCE?

FOR THIS AND OTHER REASONS, MY PEACE-LOVING AND HONORABLY NON-CHRISTIAN "PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION" URGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES TO ASSIGN HIGHER PRIORITY THAN AT PRESENT TO STUDYING THE EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHINA AND RUSSIA.

THIS EMERGING PUBLIC-POLICY ISSUE HAS NOT BEEN EMPHASIZED MUCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY, FROM WHAT I CAN PERSONALLY RECALL. 


BACK IN THE 1970s, AT LEAST ONE RESEARCHER ON SINO-SOVIET RELATIONS WHOM I CAN RECALL WAS INTERVIEWED ON TELEVISION ABOUT THAT VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT. IN THOSE DAYS, UNLIKE TODAY, THERE WAS A CITED IDEOLOGICAL CONFLICT AND POSSIBLE THREAT OF MILITARY CONFLICT BETWEEN CHINA AND RUSSIA.

I BELIEVE THAT THE RESEARCHER WHOM IN THE 1970S I ONCE OBSERVED BEING INTERVIEWED ON TELEVISION ABOUT THAT TOPIC WAS PROBABLY HARVARD UNIVERSITY ASIAN-STUDIES RESEARCHER ROSS TERRILL, HIMSELF A NATIVE OF AUSTRALIA.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

IF SOMEONE YOU INTERACT WITH IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE AWAY FROM YOUR HOME HAS THE APPARENT SCENT OF COCAINE ON THEM, HOW SHOULD YOU RESPOND TO THAT?



Some constructive possibilities that come to mind for my one-member (myself, only) and non-Christian and non-proselytizing Progressive Prohibitionist Religion, a public-service-minded "Honor Society" religion with very stringent membership-eligibility requirements:


---You could politely comment to him that you really enjoy associating with him as a human being, and you hope that he currently feels well liked and loved by many other persons during this particular period of his life.

--You could politely mention to him that you sense that he is not looking well that day, and you could then politely ask him if he has considered arranging for an appointment with a first-rate medical physician to examine himself as soon as possible, such as in the emergency room of a hospital?

--You could discreetly ask him in a polite manner if he has recently changed his brand of cologne or underarm deodorant that he is using. 

This question, while it may come across to him as sly or excessively intrusive, will at least call his attention to your being aware that he may currently be victimized by consumption of a life-ruining and flagrantly illegal illicit drug on at least one recent occasion.

That possible victimization would be applicable regardless of whether it was inflicted on him by others against his wishes or through self-inflicted victimization for which he himself is primarily responsible for that choice he made, of at least one form of an often-fatal and always-medically-injurious illicit drug.

---You could politely mention to him that you have read very alarming factual accounts about individuals who died from having sustained an overdose of an illicit drug or from having consumed an illicit drug. Is he aware of that very tragic type of real-life outcome from consumption of an illicit drug?

--You could politely mention to him that individuals who have a reputation for NOT consuming any cocaine will find it much easier to make new friends with, or to go out on dates with, or to get married to, someone who is herself or himself a law-abiding and dependably civil and honest and kind lady or gentleman.

---You could volunteer to him that many people regard consumption of the illicit drug cocaine as a form of anti-social activity that invites shunning of that individual by honorable and law-abiding persons.

--You could volunteer to him that individuals who become illicit-drug addicts are probably 100 times more likely to get disinherited by one or more of their parents, and to receive nothing from that parent's last will and testament and accompanying estate, than are individuals who lead illicit-drug-addiction-free lives.

--You could politely volunteer to him (if true, as it definitely is in my own case) that a "cocaine-theme" party you yourself were once present at as an invited guest for a matter of seconds without your having been informed in advance that there would be any illicit drug of any type at that so-called "party", or that the so-called motif of that so-called party would be "cocaine", was one of the most traumatic and alienating experiences of your entire life so far.

You could add, if the apparently-cocaine-scented individual of today appears at all interested in that traumatic experience from your own life, that during your own prior days as a full-time professional copy editor at "The Patriot Ledger" daily newspaper in downtown Quincy, Massachusetts (if true, and it definitely is an accurate factual recollection from my own life), a seemingly friendly female intern for that daily newspaper who identified herself as being a petite Anglo female college student studying journalism at either Northeastern University in Boston or Boston University in Boston, on her own initiative invited you yourself to attend a "party" with her that was being hosted by a cited male friend of hers inside his home in north Quincy --- a male friend of hers whom she felt very sure you would yourself enjoy meeting in person, she stated.

You could add to your account you volunteer to the cocaine-scented individual that when you in late 1985 or early 1986 attended that north Quincy event accompanied by the college student coworker named Nancy (last name withheld for the sake of propriety), you were shocked to learn that the bald reportedly "gay" Anglo male host had made "cocaine" his motif for the event, and that this gay male host was handing out cocaine to any and all guests, with yourself having been so thoroughly alienated by that "party", albeit in a civil and law-abiding and polite manner on your part, that you politely informed your "Patriot Ledger" daily newspaper female coworker seconds later inside the host's home that you could not endure any more of that party and would have to leave immediately, with Nancy Welch having stated that she herself insisted on remaining at that party site, with the two of you saying good-bye to each other at that time.

---You could politely point out to him that anyone who purchases cocaine from a drug dealer anywhere in Central Texas is thereby identifying himself as being a financier of the organized crime underworld of Central Texas, and that it is always preferable to NEVER be a financier of or participant in organized crime or crime, in your opinion.

---You could politely volunteer to him that individuals who consume the illicit drug cocaine are much more likely to get fired by their employer than are individuals who don't consume cocaine, with yourself politely adding that you will have to pursue some factual research to obtain a statistical estimate on what the increased risk of getting fired by one's employer is for anyone consuming cocaine.

---You could politely mention to him that you hope he is aware that anyone who ever consumes cocaine on any occasion is at increased risk of getting arrested by his local police department, such as the Austin Police Department in the case of anyone residing inside the city limits of this capital city of Texas, with that crime suspect then being charged with a felony crime in a court of law.

--You could politely ask him if he would like to play a word-association game in which the featured words would be "coke," "cocaine," "free-basing", "crack," "bad drug trip", "suicide," "self-destructive", "drug dealer", "fatal", "accelerated aging process", "snort", "emergency room", "arrest", "prison", "prison rape", and "death".

---You could politely volunteer to them (only if true, as it is in my case) that in the early 1990s, you yourself once resided alone for a brief multi-week period as a rent-paying official tenant at an apartment complex in east Austin where many of your next-door neighbors were reportedly or allegedly consuming the illicit drug crack cocaine, and that you personally hated the awful stench of that particular very injurious illicit drug emanating from inside those individuals' rental apartment units when you walked outdoors around the property of that complex.

As you offer that account, you could discreetly study the facial expression of the apparently cocaine-scented individual you are speaking with, to see whether your factual account from your own life has possibly triggered a look of sorrow or regret or sadness by himself. If so, you could then ask follow-up questions aimed at helping him to avoid consuming cocaine ever again.

---You could ask him if he supports the current laws that outlaw cocaine trafficking and cocaine consumption. If he answers "yes" to that, you could mention a good anti-illicit-drug non-profit group he might want to consider attending a meeting of here in town.

--You could ask him if he has ever had a friend of his who was addicted to any illicit drug, and if so, how did he himself attempt to help his friend?

---If you are also a mutual-consent personal friend of that individual, you can urge him to enroll in an affordable illicit-drug-addiction-treatment program that will help him to protect his medical health and save his own life as soon as possible. You could even offer to contribute financially toward your friend's noble cause of seeking to get cured of his own apparent addiction to cocaine.

---You could politely ask him if any of his current friends or relatives whom he keeps up with are persons he regards as being very honest and law-abiding and might be willing to meet with him during this very crucial period for him?

----You could ask him if he feels sure that all of the persons he "hangs out with" during his leisuretime these days are honest and law-abiding and good persons for him to associate with?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A QUESTION THAT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO BE ASKED:


Mr. President, you strongly support a favorable balance of trade between the United States and all other countries. 

DO YOU AGREE, Mr. PRESIDENT, THAT FULL CONVERSION TO THE METRIC SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WILL BOOST THE AMERICAN POSITION IN TRADE AND COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN NATIONS?

IF YOU DO AGREE ON THAT POINT, WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN NOT TO MAKE FULL OFFICIAL NATIONWIDE CONVERSION TO THE METRIC SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES A VERY HIGH PRIORITY IN YOUR ROLE AS OUR NATION'S CHIEF OF STATE?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A BRAINSTORMING IDEA FOR A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE SET IN MINNESOTA:



A 55-year-old Anglo male bachelor residing in Minnesota pursues a hobby over a multi-decade period of attempting to personally verify during his leisuretime with his own eyes the existence of each and every one of the 10,000 lakes that Minnesota boasts of offering to tourists and residents there.

He repeatedly explains to other Minnesotans, and to visitors to Minnesota, that he is a native of Missouri, the "Show Me State," and he was always raised to verify everything in person before he agreed that it exists. "That's my 'Show Me State' heritage," he politely explains to other Minnesotans who inquire about what appears to them to be an eccentric hobby.

The male character becomes depressed, however, because he senses that in the remaining years of his life he may not be able to personally verify at least 9,000 of those lakes he has not yet visited in person. He develops this sad awareness after studying longevity estimates for human beings indicating that they almost never live beyond 110.

Despite this, the featured male character in this movie during his leisuretime over a multi-month period continues surveying and documenting the existence of each of the lakes of Minnesota. 


 One of the unexpected milestones of his life occurs when a "Minneapolis Tribune" daily newspaper feature writer contacts him and interviews him about his out-of-the-ordinary hobby that conveys a Minnesota chauvinism admired by many residents of that state. 

"This hobby of mine has put me on the front page of the Tribune, which I would never have achieved without my fascination with lake-counting," he later explains to fellow Kiwanis Club members at a meeting of that civic group in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota.

"So my advice to each of you is that if you want to get a write-up in the 'Minneapolis Tribune', by all means find a very odd hobby you can pursue that will grab the attention of the story-assignment editors at the Tribune. Those of us here in Hibbing know that unless we can some up with something intriguing like that, we could easily spend the rest of our lives without ever making an appearance in the Tribune. It's a bit like guaranteed anonymity for the rest of your life, if you live here in Hibbing."

In one of his lake-counting trips to conduct an on-site inspection of yet another lake in Minnesota, he happens to meet an attractive younger lady, age 45, who delights in actually swimming in lakes.

The two of them get along very well, and they enjoy swimming in lakes together, and the lake-surveyor loses his interest in documenting all of the lakes of that state. So the emphasis shifts to swimming in as many lakes of Minnesota as that couple can find the time or inclination to pursue during their leisuretime.


And that, in turn, prompts a return visit by a feature writer for the "Minneapolis Tribune" who is eager to announce to the entire state that this featured romantic couple are on a North Star State lakes-swimming mission that everyone in their state can take pride in.

When the two of them eventually get married, they do so in the middle of a lake while standing on a tiny rowboat that also holds the clergyman who presides over their wedding.

And the wedding ceremony takes place in the very lake in Minnesota where the couple met for the first time.

Monday, June 5, 2017

THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE TELLS YOU THAT HE HAS A 'DRINKING PROBLEM':


---TRY ASKING HIM WHICH NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES HE LIKES THE BEST.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE HAS CONSIDERED GOING ALCOHOL-FREE ONE OR TWO DAYS PER WEEK ON A TEMPORARY BASIS TO SEE IF THAT MIGHT HELP; AND THEN, WITH TIME, POSSIBLY HE COULD ADD TO THE NUMBER OF ALCOHOL-FREE DAYS HE MAINTAINS EACH WEEK.


---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE REMEMBERS THE MOST RECENT OCCASION WHEN HE PARTICIPATED IN BINGE DRINKING, AND IF HE REMEMBERS WHAT PROMPTED HIM TO DRINK MORE HEAVILY THAN USUAL THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT?

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE BELIEVES HE MIGHT BENEFIT FROM WRITING A CONFIDENTIAL DIARY OR PERSONAL JOURNAL ON A DAILY OR WEEKLY BASIS FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT, A DIARY OR PERSONAL JOURNAL THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE SUBJECT OF WHAT PROMPTS HIM ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT OR DAY OR MORNING TO PURSUE BINGE DRINKING OR HEAVY CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT HIS CITED "DRINKING PROBLEM" WITH YOU, AND IF SO, TRY LISTENING VERY CLOSELY TO HIM BEFORE YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE, AND MAKE SURE THAT ANY ADVICE YOU OFFER HIM IS VERY CONSTRUCTIVE AND PRACTICAL IN NATURE.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE REMEMBERS THE OCCASION WHEN HE CONCLUDED THAT HE HAS A "DRINKING PROBLEM", AND IF SO, DID HE SENSE AT THE TIME THAT THIS IDENTIFICATION OF A PROBLEM BY HIMSELF MIGHT ACTUALLY BE HELPFUL TO HIM IN THE LONG RUN?


---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE CURRENTLY BELIEVES THAT HIS IDENTIFICATION OF A DRINKING PROBLEM IN HIMSELF MAY ACTUALLY ENHANCE HIS ABILITY TO ACHIEVE A SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM---THROUGH ELIMINATION OF BINGE DRINKING BY HIMSELF THAT CAN PROTECT AND ENHANCE HIS OWN MEDICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AND MEDICAL LONGEVITY AND HIS DEPENDABILITY RECORD IN HIS CAREER PURSUITS.

---TRY ASKING HIM TO DESCRIBE THE MOST RECENT OCCASION WHEN HE EITHER REGRETTED HAVING CONSUMED MORE ALCOHOL THAN HE HAD PLANNED, OR HE REGRETTED CONSUMING A PARTICULAR TYPE OF HARD LIQUOR THAT HE HAD NOT PLANNED ON DRINKING THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HIS PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN HAS EVER CITED TO HIM ANY FACTUAL MEDICAL EVIDENCE THAT HE HAS SUFFERED HARM TO HIS OWN MEDICAL HEALTH FROM HIS APPARENT OR POSSIBLE ADDICTION TO BINGE DRINKING AND HEAVY CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF ANY OF HIS CURRENT PERSONAL FRIENDS IS EITHER A LIGHT DRINKER OR A COMPLETE ABSTAINER FROM ALCOHOL, AND IF SO, HAS HE CONSIDERED ASKING THAT CURRENT FRIEND OF HIS TO GET TOGETHER WITH HIM MORE OFTEN OR POSSIBLY LIVE WITH HIM AS HIS NEXT ROOMMATE, WHICH, EITHER WAY, COULD GREATLY REDUCE HIS OWN CHANCES OF BEING "LED ASTRAY" BY AN BINGE-DRINKING PERSON WHO DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE BEEN A BAD INFLUENCE ON HIM?

---TRY ASKING HIM IF THERE IS ANY PARTICULAR CURRENT CHALLENGE OR CURRENT PROBLEM OR CURRENT CRISIS IN HIS LIFE THAT PROMPTS HIM TO CONSUME ALCOHOL MORE THAN USUAL, AND IF SO, HAS HE TRIED ATTEMPTING TO FIND A SOLUTION OR RESPONSE TO THAT CHALLENGE OR UNDERLYING PROBLEM OR CRISIS HE HAS IDENTIFIED IN HIS OWN LIFE?

---TRY ASKING HIM IF THERE IS ANY TYPE OF ALCOHOL THAT HE IS ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO, SUCH AS WHISKEY OR RUM OR VODKA, AND IF SO, TRY ASKING HIM IF HE MIGHT WANT TO STOP PURCHASING THAT PARTICULAR TYPE OF ALCOHOL ON A TRIAL ONE-MONTH BASIS TO SEE IF IT HELPS.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE IS EXPERIENCING LONELINESS DURING THIS PERIOD, AND IF SO, HAS HE CONSIDERED MEETING A CLOSE FRIEND OR CONFIDANTE OF HIS FOR TEA OR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION?

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE MIGHT BENEFIT FROM MAKING FRIENDS WITH SOME NEW PEOPLE WHO DON'T THEMSELVES HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE IS PROFOUNDLY SADDENED OR DEPRESSED BY ANYTHING OCCURRING IN HIS LIFE THESE DAYS, AND IF SO, HAS HE CONSIDERED ADDRESSING THAT ISSUE AS ONE WAY OF REDUCING HIS AMOUNT OF BINGE DRINKING.

---TRY ASKING HIM IF HE KNOWS OF ANY MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY WHOM HE RESPECTS AND ADMIRES, AND IF SO, HAS HE TRIED CONTACTING THAT MEMBER OF THE CLERGY TO ARRANGE FOR A CONFIDENTIAL MEETING AND CONSULTATION WITH HIM OR HER?