Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HAS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OVERLOOKED THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF THE OFFICIALLY NEUTRAL EUROPEAN NATION OF SWEDEN TO MEDIATE A RESOLUTION OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CONFLICT BETWEEN NORTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT?


The following link, to an August 12, 2017, news-analysis account from the British-based Reuters news service, cites the hope of success from Sweden helping to foster a resolution to the current crisis pitting North Korea against the United States:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-sweden-idUSKBN1AR1ST

The following link is to a "London Daily Express" online newspaper account that explored the very same subject on August 11, 2017:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/840113/world-war-3-north-korea-us-crisis-nuclear-war-sweden

Monday, August 14, 2017

NOTEWORTHY IRONIES FROM MODERN AMERICAN LIFE OF TODAY:



--It never occurs to the millions of Americans who frequently verbalize profanity or cuss words in their everyday conversations with acquaintances theirs, that the incivility behind verbalization of profane speech is very similar to, and plays a major role in, the incivility behind observably violent conduct in American society of today.

--The very fact that no U.S. state currently has a nationwide and international reputation for being the leading "anti-cussing state in the entire nation", is itself a very tragic commentary on the prevalence of profane speech and obscene verbalized speech in American society of today.

--The recent election of a new U.S. President whose official language is often foul-tongued, means that The White House in Washington, D.C., for perhaps the first time ever is a leading official source of year-round profanity and accompanying vituperation.

--The frequently televised message from President Trump that "I as your Chief of State am right, and everyone else is wrong!", suggests that he is uniquely qualified to make that type of public statement. 

However, the millions of Americans who mimic his own style through their own career-related and political pursuits in which they declare themselves to be uniquely "righteous", suggest that they too are telling everyone------including even the President of the United States, an observer surmises---to "go to hell, because I disagree with you". 
President Trump's style of leadership is not the Mussolini-style Fascism in which everyone in the entire nation salutes the head of state as their cited "Great Fascist leader" whom they unquestionably agree with at all times.  Mr. Trump's also-injurious style of leadership is, instead, marked by a dreadful and dreary and very injurious nihilism and cynicism and anarchism. Few of today "goose-step" to Mr. Trump's declarations; but the disarray from rampant anarchism today in which few if any of our federal officials are regarded as actual heroes, can be very harmful in its own way.

---For all the professions of patriotism that President Trump has made, he presides over a defacto civil war and defacto state of anarchy throughout this entire nation that raise the alarming question of whether Mr. Trump truly does believe in civility and honor and integrity and allegiance to a democratic tradition in the United States.

--President Trump is world-famous for repeatedly declaring "You're fired!" to many of the federal officials he himself has appointed to serve under him in the White House. But that same U.S. President never publicly praises any federal official he directly supervises for offering an incisive, persuasive dissenting opinion to Mr. Trump's own position that actually changed our current head of state's mind about any political issue or course of action to take.

--The President Trump who denounces Americans' purchase of products that were manufactured in foreign nations, inevitably invites foreign leaders to rage against the purchase of imported products from the U.S. by consumers in their own foreign country. And when an inevitable decline occurs in American companies' ability to sell their products overseas, President Trump will be the first to then denounce those foreign nations for adopting a tradition of their own that's similar to what he himself had emphatically advocated for all Americans.

--In one of the few political issues in which President Trump can convincingly be non-hypocritical, the issue of sobriety in a head of state, he has chosen NOT to promote that cause by himself personally presiding over a meeting of "Always-Sober Heads of State" from around the world. President Trump exhibits no sense of "dry pride", even if that is possibly one of his strongest attributes as head of state. Everyone knows that if President Trump ever pushes the button to drop an atomic bomb on a foreign nation---a much-dreaded scenario that, one hopes, will never occur---he will be fully sober at the time and without even a drop of alcohol influencing his own judgment or conduct.

--President Trump's repeated diatribes against foreign nations for allegedly wronging American society, inevitably raise questions about the various ways in which American society wrongs foreign nations. And Mr. Trump almost never acknowledges any circumstance or any context in which American society during his own term of office ever wrongs any foreign nation at any time.

--President Trump shows no tangible interest in religion except in a context in which he can publicly declare himself to be "one U.S. President who is Divinely Blessed with Righteousness at all times," as he might as well publicly declare.  The irony of it all is that a President as profoundly anti-religious as this former gambling-casino owner is, has apparently decided to emulate King Henry VIII of England by declaring himself head of a state-sponsored "religion" in which he himself holds the "divinely-appointed" role of "always-benign dictator", as he may see it.

---For all the publicly-stated "deep concern" that President Trump declares himself to have on behalf of those Americans he designates as having been persons of "nobility" who were "harmed or wronged or injured by others", there is widespread skepticism by millions of Americans about whether Mr. Trump is truly capable of a depth of empathy and depth of sympathy that are associated with a mourning period, for instance. Inevitably Mr. Trump's observers suspect that the American flag in front of the Trump White House may be at half-mast on fewer total occasions per month than during the tenure of any other President of the most recent 50-year period.

--For all the sympathy that Mr. Trump professes to have toward those American citizens he chooses to praise as "martyrs", anyone observing Mr. Trump on television will find it impossible to observe any evidence that our current head of state when facing a television camera ever sheds a tear for anyone other than himself.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

A BELATED 'THANK YOU' TO THE SOUPER SALAD CHAIN RESTAURANTS VERY POLITE FEMALE COWORKER OF MINE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHO 15 YEARS AGO ADVISED ME IN PERSON TO PERMANENTLY EXCLUDE FROM MY OWN LIFE ANY AND ALL OF THE PERSONS WHO WERE EACH SUBJECTING ME TO ALLEGED 'ANONYMOUS COMMUNICATIONS' ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING MY OWN PRIVACY RIGHTS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, SHE INDICATED


I will always be very grateful to that polite Hispanic female server coworker of mine, Viviana, herself a self-identified Mexican native and very devout single adult member of the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church congregation in north Austin, who kindly offered me that invaluable legal advice.


In a very calm and respectful manner, Viviana offered me that oral advice during a two-person leisuretime meal I had with her in 2002 inside a Chinese restaurant along Far West Boulevard in Austin, Texas, USA.

After I recently was reminded of that nice dinnertime conversation I had with Souper Salad Braker Lane restaurant coworker Viviana, I found a previous blog of mine I had written and posted on March 1, 2012, that directly referred to that meeting I had with Viviana.

The cited 2012 blog of mine had featured the following headline that I myself wrote for that blog: "Voting Issues For Me In Evaluating the Current U.S. President's Conduct Record".

That 2012 blog I wrote had contained numerous public-policy-related questions that I believed that then-President Barack Obama should have been expected to answer, with one of those questions from me having been the following, and I quote verbatim, below, from that portion of my March 1, 2012, blog:

"---Did the Incumbent U.S. President, reportedly named 'President Obama', make a courtesy phone call to a female former coworker of mine at Souper Salad Braker Lane restaurant, herself a self-identified native of Mexico named 'Viviana', to politely ask that Mexican native in her very honorable capacity as a distiguished member of the St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, to please tell President Obama what had prompted Viviana to volunteer to myself, John Kevin McMillan of Austin, during a 2002 dinner conversation we had together inside the 'China Sea' Chinese-style restaurant along Far West Boulevard in Austin, that based on what Viviana had observed during working hours for each of us inside our Souper Salad Braker Lane workplace and away from that workplace as well, 'I (Viviana) recommend that you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin) exclude from your own life all of the persons who are subjecting you to anonymous communications.'"

AN AUGUST 2017 IMAGINARY EAVESROPPER'S REPORT FROM NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK:



---"Whenever I dine out, I can tell by their facial expressions that the waiters here have all pegged me as a stingy tipper. They are very mistaken. But I get bad service every time because they all assume I'm a hopeless case. 'Why bust your buns for that customer, when you already know he's a 10 percent tip, at most', one of the waiters says to another within earshot of me. I was thoroughly disgusted by that comment, and I felt like giving him a piece of my mind. Instead, I tipped 20 percent, hoping that he would then admit to his coworker that he had misjudged me. Instead, what I heard him declare from their open-air waitstation was, 'This is very disgusting, it's obviously a flirtation tip! I DO NOT DATE senior citizens, no matter how financially strapped I am!', he says. Then he says, 'So why is it that I appeal to dirty old men, when I just blew a total of 20 candles on my own birthday cake yesterday and I very definitely DON'T have any wrinkles on my face!'. 

"So this is what I get for being a nice guy in Manhattan!"

---"I would estimate that about 10 percent of the persons who currently live in New York City would do much better in Rochester or Albany or Buffalo. But if I mention that to them, they get very angry. 'Are you trying to railroad me out of town?' they demand to know in a very accusatory voice."

---"She is so crazy about Gouda cheese and all the health benefits from vitamin K2-rich Gouda that I hear she is planning to open up a Gouda Cheesecake Factory here that promises to offer everyone a massive shot of vitamin K2 that can save their life by promoting distribution of the calcium they get from that cheese to their bones and not their arteries."

--"So tell me, which official televised 'State of the City' address delivered by a mayor here do you believe was the greatest ever? I am asking this partly because I want you to prove to me that you are very proud of our city's history."

---"One lesson I've learned from my own study of New York history is that addiction to Italian racing cars can be a fatal attraction."


--"Does it ever give you goosebumps to think about the millions of Americans who are sitting in very ordinary restaurants in the hinterlands, as I call them, and are ordering an item from their menu primarily because it says 'New York-style'  just before that item? Let's face it, our dear old New York is brimming with charisma, sex appeal, romantic appeal, charm, etc. Our city's name sells lots of food products outside of New York, even if the food product comes from a place like Illinois or California or Massachusetts. And the funny part is that 90 percent of the stuff that gets billed as New York-style would fail an authenticity test here if all the chefs of our city were asked to judge it for level of trueness to our city's culinary tradition."

---"One of the first things the tourists ask me is where do I recommend they go for a true New York bagel. It's either that or 'Where's the best place for true New York cheesecake?' I should be getting paid by our Chamber of Commerce, for all the referrals I give out. But you can be sure that I get nothing for all the great referrals I offer to the tourists here. I can't even deduct those referrals from my state income taxes, which is very unfair to me since I help to generate lots of sales for our city's bakeries."

--"I love the idea of a new cable TV series for foodies that's entitled, 'We're Baking It in New York'. I think it could earn millions for whoever does that series."

--"Do you ever wonder what the people of New York are thinking about when they ride an elevator to the top floor of a building here? Maybe what we need is a thought-process monitoring device that gets a candid look into what types of thoughts they're having as they travel 40 stories upward toward the Moon. What worries me about that type of project is that many of those thoughts will be flagrantly suicidal. It's New Yorkers debating whether they should or shouldn't take a flying leap when they reach the top floor. A bit like a scene from Hamlet that features the line, 'To be or not to be, that is the question'! The drama of New York life is always there, especially on elevator rides!"

--"I have a bisexual friend who loves to date elevator operators. She says she finds it very sexy whenever anyone, male or female, stands in an elevator all day and pushes buttons for passengers. To Sally, the elevator operator of New York is every bit as romantic a figure as  the television game-show star Vanna White, who's world-famous for turning letters of the alphabet for a living."

--"Many of the best conversations I ever have are on our city's elevators. Personally, I find that to be a poignant commentary about the very low caliber of the conversations I have with other New Yorkers when I'm away from the elevator scene."

--"Have you ever noticed a decline in the art of conversation as exhibited by our city's service-sector employees? All they can say is this ridiculously fatuous 'Have a nice day', and sometimes I want to punch them in the face I get so disgusted by it! I would prefer that they offer me a substantive observation about the mayor's policies, but they never do for some reason. I guess they figure it would reveal their political beliefs as being very incompatible with my own!"

--"Trevor is so chauvinistic about New York that he told me he believes the City should have sued Apple computers for borrowing our nickname. Trevor says he is sure our city's 'Big Apple' nickname is trade-marked. I told him no, and he can consult any business law attorney who will tell him the same. And furthermore, none of the Apple computers bear the name 'Big Apple'. So we would definitely lose our legal challenge if we took on Apple Computers in a courtroom!"

---"I always find it delightfully redundant to own an Apple computer in the Big Apple. Which reminds me. Maybe some real-estate developer will plant an indoor apple orchard inside a new mega-mall here that he'll name as 'Big Apple Mall'. A special sign in front of the indoor apple orchard could declare, 'We're the Biggest Apple of them all, and proud of it!'"

---"Living in New York is like biting into a nice juicy big red apple on Halloween when you're a kid, and suddenly encountering a razor in your apple! You are eternally being tantalized and injured, every day of the year here! And you never quite feel that you are being allowed to lead an adult life here. New York City infantilizes you while depriving you of a mother's breast milk!"

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SOUTH KOREA, SPAIN, AND ITALY IN THE MOST RECENTLY-REPORTED MONTH ARE AMONG THE 10 NATIONS OF THE WORLD WHERE THIS GOOGLE BLOG FROM MYSELF IS CURRENTLY BEING READ THE MOST FREQUENTLY

(EXPLANATORY NOTE: MY GOOGLE BLOGSITE PROVIDING ME WITH THE ABOVE FACTUAL INFORMATION DOES NOT SPECIFY WHETHER THESE CITED STATISTICS ON PAGEVIEWS OF MY GOOGLE BLOG FOR 'THE MONTH' REFER TO THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY, THE MOST RECENT 30-DAY OR 31-DAY PERIOD, OR TO SO FAR IN THE CURRENT MONTH OF AUGUST.

FOR THE MOST RECENTLY REPORTED MONTH,  THREE FOREIGN NATIONS WERE EACH CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT FROM THE ABOVE-CITED TOP 10 LIST, EVEN THOUGH THEY EACH ACCOUNT FOR THE ALL-TIME HIGHEST OVERALL LEVEL OF READERSHIP OF MY GOOGLE BLOGS FOR THE  9-YEAR PERIOD EVER SINCE I BEGAN WRITING A BLOG FOR GOOGLE IN DECEMBER 2008.

 THOSE THREE NATIONS MISSING FROM THE CURRENT MONTH-LONG READERSHIP-FREQUENCY LIST ARE: 
THE UNITED KINGDOM (NUMBER SIX OVERALL IN TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGEVIEWS OF MY GOOGLE BLOG DURING THE NINE-YEAR PERIOD EVER SINCE DECEMBER 2008);
 POLAND (ALL-TIME NUMBER 7);
AND CHINA (ALL-TIME NUMBER 10). --- jkm)

MY BLOG'S READERSHIP STATS FOR THIS MOST RECENT MONTH IN 2017:

United States: 1,497.

Russia:  192.

Ukraine: 133.

Germany: 74.

France: 45.

Romania: 37.

Portugal: 32.

South Korea: 24.

Spain: 22.

Italy: 18.



BRAINSTORMING IDEA FOR MY NON-CHRISTIAN AND ONE-MEMBER (MYSELF, ONLY) 'PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION': SPONSOR LIGHTING EVALUATIONS AND READING-CHAIR EVALUATIONS UPON REQUEST INSIDE THE HOME OR APARTMENT OF SOMEONE WISHING TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL LIGHTING CONDITIONS AND OPTIMAL BACK SUPPORT FOR READING BOOKS OR MAGAZINES OR NEWSPAPERS


I myself am not aware of any other religious denomination anywhere in the world that currently offers individuals---strictly upon request by those individuals---the opportunity to have a home-lighting evaluation and reading-chair or reading-sofa evaluation.

The intent of that evaluation inside the requesting individual's home would be to determine whether lighting inside that residence is adequate for reading, and whether the seat or couch that the cited individual sits on while reading a book or magazine or newspaper is orthopedically-designed to be good for his or her own medical health.

If the back support is not adequate, or if the lighting is not adequate, this could impart the harmful message to someone reading a book inside his own home or apartment that reading is a painful experience that can hurt his own back and posture and put excessive strain on his own eyesight.


It is the emphatic belief of my non-proselytizing and "Honor Society" Progressive Prohibitionist Religion that most Americans would read more frequently, and would remember better what they do read, if lighting and sitting conditions inside that home were more conducive to reading, and were more comfortable and healthful for them.

A SOCIETAL QUESTION THAT TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT WHETHER ANY GIVEN CITY OR TOWN IS TRULY PROGRESSIVE:

What estimated percentage of the automobiles or trucks being driven inside a city or town by residents of that city or town either get at least 30 miles per gallon in intra-city driving in fuel efficiency or rely primarily on a non-polluting renewable energy source for their motor vehicle?

I salute the very first municipality in the United States that sponsors an attempt to obtain an official estimate of that type.

That type of factual information about a city or town is crucial toward helping to minimize overall fossil-fuels consumption in that American city or town.

I also wish to commend each municipality in the United States, by population category, that reports having the highest percentage of  cars and trucks on the roadways of that city or town that are energy-efficient.

That factual information, when accompanied by statistics on the cities and towns and metro areas of the U.S. where the highest percentage of the residents travel by energy-efficient mass transportation within that municipality or metro area, could be enlightening.

Also enlightening would be a ranking of cities and metro areas of the U.S. by the percentage of all residents of that city or metro area who frequently carpool when they travel to and from their workplace.

Friday, August 11, 2017

MY LAWFULLY NON-CHRISTIAN AND ONE-MEMBER (MYSELF, ONLY) AND FACTUALLY-MINDED AND BRAINSTORMING-MINDED PPR (PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION) OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TENTATIVE ADVICE TO A TEENAGE GENTLEMAN OR GENTLEMAN IN HIS 20s WHO INDICATES THAT HE IS VERY FINANCIALLY STRAPPED:

--Have you tried jotting down notes about each and every item or service you pay for each month that you yourself do not regard as being a truly essential item or essential service for you, and that you have the option of NOT purchasing or paying for?

---Have you tried identifying each and every addiction you may have at present that is costing you money, and that is either harmful to your medical health or puts you at risk of getting arrested by a law-enforcement agency?

--Have you tried asking a friendly relative of yours if he or she is willing to lend you money that is specifically earmarked for your enrolling in a drug-addiction-treatment program or an alcohol-addiction-treatment program or a tobacco-addiction-treatment program that will help you to immediately or quickly eliminate addictions from your life that are both financially costly and very harmful to your medical health and possibly illegal as well?

--Have you tried pursuing factual research to identify any grant or scholarship or stipend that you might possibly qualify for, whether based on your own ancestry, the city and state or school district where you reside, your current age, your academic record in high school or college, your keen intellect, your religious affiliation or your membership in a civic group that offers grants or scholarships, your employer affiliation, or some other attribute or talent of yours, such as your ability to write scripts for theater plays or movies?

--Have you tried eliminating from your own conduct, whether in your leisuretime or in your career-related conduct, any possibly illegal actions you currently pursue that might result in your having a need to hire an attorney to represent you or your incurring legal expenses, such as if you are jailed and have to post bail in order to get released from jail?

--In your career life, have you tried following the guideline that you should NEVER resign from any job you currently have UNLESS you have already received and accepted a job offer from another employer, with any occasion in which you ever resign from a current job of yours being one in which you also give full written notice to your current employer?

---Have you tried developing a frugal personal budget plan for yourself, and then striving to live within your own budget each week and each month?

--Have you tried joining a non-profit organization, such as a consumer credit counseling service, that helps consumers such as yourself to reduce your monthly payments on some or several of your regular monthly financial expenses?

--Have you tried joining a reputable credit union that might help you to consolidate each of the current loans you have from banks into one total low-interest-rate loan that will reduce the total monthly amount you pay on loans from financial institutions?

--Have you tried jotting down in your notebook each of your monthly payment deadlines on your regular monthly bills, and then making sure you always meet those deadlines in order to reduce total amount of money per month that you spend on late-payment fees?

--Have you tried setting a limit on the total number of miles of driving you pursue each week during your leisuretime, with the odometer of your automobile providing you with the factual information you need for keeping a daily mileage log on miles you drive during your leisuretime?

--Have you tried reducing your weekly gasoline expenses by moving to a new apartment or housing coop or rental room that is located significantly closer to your current workplace than where you are currently living?

--Have you tried walking to and from your workplace after you have moved into a new apartment that's closer to your workplace than your most recent previous apartment was?

---Have you tried reducing the amount of drinking alcohol that you purchase each week?

---Have you tried reducing the number of packs of cigarettes that you purchase each week?

---Have you tried reducing the amount of money you spend per month on sports bets and other forms of gambling or betting?


--Have you tried eliminating from your monthly expenses any amount of money you might spend on any form of gambling that you sense might possibly be illegal?

--Have you tried staying away from nightclubs, which eliminates cover charges you would have otherwise paid and also reduces the number of occasions in which you might be expected to "buy a drink" for another person?

--Have you tried discontinuing any previous or current practice you may have had of spending money inside commercial sex parlors or inside illicit houses of sexual prostitution?

--Have you tried eliminating any previous or current practice you may have had of paying money of your own toward an "escort service", whether reputable or illicit in nature?

--Have you tried imposing a personal "one-year freeze" on yourself ever paying any additional paying visits to a tattoo parlor anywhere in the world at any time in the 12-month period that begins today?

--Have you tried imposing a permanent and irrevocable ban on yourself ever again visiting any tattoo parlor as a paying customer at any time during the remaining several decades of your own life?

---Have you tried eliminating marijuana or cocaine or any other illicit drug from the weekly or monthly purchases that you make?

--Have you tried eliminating illicit-drug paraphernalia from your weekly or monthly purchases?

--Have you tried dining in more affordable restaurants than you have been patronizing when you treat a prospective or current romantic partner of yours to a meal during your dates?


--Have you tried increasing the number of drinking-alcohol-free dates you pursue with your female romantic partner or female romantic partner?

--Have you tried limiting yourself and your dating partner to one total alcoholic beverage each, if that much, throughout each of your romantic dates together?

--Have you tried being more consistent about using condoms when you date an adult lady, which reduces the risk of your female dating partner sustaining an unwanted pregnancy for which you yourself would then be required or expected to help pay for either her abortion or her maternity expenses and child-rearing expenses?

--Have you tried switching your current brand of cologne to a less expensive brand that you also like?

--Have you tried going without cologne and instead purchasing bars of soap for yourself that are effectively anti-bacterial and mild on your skin and also enhance the scent of your skin?


--Have you tried eliminating air freshener sprays from your own home life, and instead purchasing and watering in your home a potted fragrant indoor plant with pleasantly aromatic leaves that retain their pleasant fragrance on a 24-hour-a-day and year-round basis?

--Have you tried reviewing each and every one of your monthly expenses that are automatically paid through a deduction to your checking account, and then possibly eliminating or reducing monthly expenses in any particular category that you can now identify as unjustifiable or unhelpful to you or excessive?

--Have you tried consolidating your credit cards into one primary credit card with as low an interest rate as possible?

--Have you tried reducing the amount of money you spend per month on additional fashionwear items for yourself?

--Have you tried shopping for used-clothing items for yourself inside a local Goodwill store or some other store that sells used clothing at a reduced rate?

---Have you tried talking with any of your media-service providers to find out if they have any advice for how you can reduce the total amount of money you spend per month, such as through a package deal on your cell phone or landline phone, Internet service, and cable television service?


--Have you tried reducing your cable-television service package to the basic lowest-possible-rate cable television package, even if that involves missing some of your favorite cable television programs each week?

--Have you tried contacting your apartment management team to find out how many total roommates are legally permitted to reside together in your current apartment?


--If you are not currently at that maximum total number of roommates permitted in your apartment unit under the terms of your apartment lease agreement, have you tried advertising online for an additional new roommate who will help to bring down your own monthly rent after your apartment's total overall rent each month is then divided among three total roommates or four roommates or five roommates, instead of your current two roommates or three roommates or four total roommates?

--Have you tried increasing your monthly income through Blog-writing that can generate income for you whenever readers of your Blogs click on the advertisements at your blogsite's webpage?

---Have you tried increasing your monthly income through a reputable new part-time job that does not put your own personal safety at risk?

--Have you tried pursuing a part-time freelance career on the side as a talent scout, for instance, based on your confidence that you yourself have especially strong skills at identifying the "hidden talents" or "overlooked talents" of many of your associates and friends and relatives; talents of theirs for which they possibly are not currently being financially rewarded adequately through their current career?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A SALUTE TO OREGON GOVERNOR KATE BROWN FOR HAVING SIGNED INTO LAW ON AUGUST 9, 2017, A NEW STATE LAW APPROVED BY THE OREGON LEGISLATURE IN JULY THAT ADDS THAT NORTHWESTERN STATE TO THE ELITE GROUP OF FIVE TOTAL RESPECTIVE STATES OF THE USA THAT HAVE EACH OFFICIALLY RAISED TO AGE 21 THE MINIMUM ALLOWABLE LEGAL AGE IN THAT STATE FOR PURCHASE AND CONSUMPTION OF A TOBACCO PRODUCT


"Oregon’s action provides another major boost for the growing, nationwide movement to increase the tobacco (purchase or consumption) age to 21. Tobacco 21 laws have also been enacted by California, Hawaii, New Jersey, (and) Maine...."

The above direct quote is contained in a written online statement on August 9, 2017, by Matthew L. Myers, President of the noble non-profit group "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids", at his group's official website page of "http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2018_08_09_oregon21" .


The apparent copyright date for that entire website is 2017. The official website address for that admirable organization's homepage is "https://www.tobaccofreekids.org".

Mr. Myers' August 9, 2017, online statement also notes that at least 255 cities and counties in the United States of America have raised the minimum-allowable age for purchase or consumption of tobacco products to age 21. 


Those American cities and counties include New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.

The "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids" at that non-profit organization's official website describes itself as "a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. ...We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke."

The "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids" non-profit group is headquartered at 1400 Eye Street., N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20005, United States of America.

The office phone number for that organization: 1-(202)-296-5469. Their FAX number: 1-202-296-5427.





A VERY ALARMING FACTUAL-INFORMATION EXCERPT FROM THE FOLLOWING INVALUABLE STATE GOVERNMENT OF TEXAS-SPONSORED WEBSITE: https://texastobaccolaw.org/facts


"Approximately 28,000 adults die of a smoking-attributable illness annually in Texas. 

"That is more than die from AIDS, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire and murder ---- combined."


The factual statement above is contained in webpages that were copyrighted in 2017 by the Texas Department of State Health Services state agency in Austin, Texas, USA. 

No other information about the source of this website could be identified by myself from a brief review I pursued of several webpages at the above-cited website.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE WARNING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE POSTED ON DISPLAY INSIDE EACH AND EVERY WORKPLACE IN TEXAS THAT HAS EVER EMPLOYED ANYONE UNDER AGE 18 AT ANY TIME IN THE MOST RECENT FIVE-YEAR PERIOD


WARNING: IF YOU IN TEXAS PURCHASE OR ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE OR OFFER OR PROVIDE EITHER E-CIGARETTES OR ANY TOBACCO PRODUCT FOR ANY TEENAGE COWORKER UNDER AGE 18 OR ANY UNDERAGE CUSTOMER OF YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE WHO IS UNDER AGE 18, YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR CRIME IN TEXAS.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: https://texastobaccolaw.org/law

ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE WEBSITE, THE ABOVE-CITED CLASS C MISDEMEANOR CRIME IN TEXAS IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $500.

ALLEGED OR POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF THE ABOVE-CITED LAW MAY BE REPORTED BY ANY ADMIRABLY VIGILANT CITIZEN IN TEXAS TO THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE AT THAT STATE OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT AGENCY'S TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER OF: 1-800-345-8647.


 

IF I EVER OWN A BUSINESS IN TEXAS SOMEDAY THAT EVER EMPLOYS ONE OR MORE HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS OF AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE AS SUMMER INTERNS OR AS PERMANENT STAFF MEMBERS, I HEREBY PLEDGE THAT I WILL DEFINITELY POST ON THE WALLS IN SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE WORKPLACE, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYEE BREAK ROOM, THE FOLLOWING EASY-TO-READ FACTUAL INFORMATION THAT COULD HELP TO DETER ANY ALLEGED POSSIBLE SCENARIO IN WHICH ANY EMPLOYEE OF MY OWN BUSINESS MIGHT EVER ALLEGEDLY COMMIT THE SEX CRIME OF STATUTORY RAPE:

"WARNING: IT IS A FELONY CRIME IN TEXAS IF A LEGAL-STATUS ADULT PERSON AGE 18 OR OLDER IN TEXAS PURSUES OR SEEKS TO HAVE OR AGREES TO HAVE OR HAS SEXUAL CONTACT WITH ANYONE UNDER AGE 17. 

"THAT FELONY CRIME COULD BE EITHER STATUTORY RAPE OR SOME OTHER FELONY SEX CRIME."

I WAS REMINDED OF THE URGENT NEED FOR A POSTED WARNING OF THIS TYPE WHEN I RECALLED THIS WEEK THAT ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO WHEN I WORKED AS A WAITER INSIDE A VERY POPULAR IHOP CHAIN RESTAURANT IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN, ONE FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COWORKER OF MINE VERY DRAMATICALLY AND LOUDLY DECLARED IN THE OPEN-AIR WAITSTATION INSIDE OUR RESTAURANT DURING ONE OR MORE WORKSHIFTS OF MINE INSIDE THAT FRANCHISE-OWNED RESTAURANT:

 "I'M (THAT FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT STAFF MEMBER) JAIL-BAIT!"

I HOPE VERY MUCH THAT NONE OF HER ADULT COWORKERS AT THAT PARTICULAR RESTAURANT WORKPLACE EVER AT ANY TIME DID ANYTHING IMPROPER IN THEIR OWN CONDUCT TOWARD THAT FEMALE MINOR.

Monday, August 7, 2017

NEW YORK CITY RE-EXPLORED: AN IMAGINARY MID-SUMMER OF 2017 EAVESDROPPER'S REPORT:



---"Before I head for Long Island for the weekend, I need to get a radio report on just how many estimated sunbathers were most recently observed lying on the beach at each of the public-beach options there. With help from a radio report of that type, I can head for the clothing-required beach that has the fewest number of sunbathers."

--"I think any reputable New Yorker's worst fear is that they will begin sunbathing on a beach only to suddenly learn that it's reserved for nudists. The New Yorker in a bathing suit will glance around them as they lie on their beach towel and nowhere will they see anyone with an actual bathing suit on, much less a bikini on. Then one of the nudists will approach them and demand to know why they are refusing to comply with the nudity-only tradition at that beach."


--"Personally, I have mixed emotions about going to a nude beach here, since this implies that the lifeguard will also be naked. If I am a swimmer who is at risk of drowning, I'm not sure that I want the lifeguard swimming up to rescue me to have any genital contact with me. Being rescued is no time for studying the male organ of the lifeguard, if you ask me."

--"What is currently a 10-inch male organ at this nudes-only beach will someday turn into something much larger, after our country finally makes a full conversion to metric. The men here will be all the more boastful, once they can claim their most noteworthy male statistic in centimeters."

--"Ten inches is 25.4 centimeters, according to my cell phone. Personally, I would find it hilarious to be lying here on this nude beach and suddenly hear my girlfriend point to a nearby hunk and say, 'He's a 25-er, and he probably performs in porno movies in order to make rent for his Manhattan apartment.'"

---"I don't think these nude sunbathers are fully aware about the various sea animals here that if you ever actually encounter them on the beach, you need to have clothes on to protect yourself against getting stung or bitten by them. These are wild animals, and they will take advantage of your vulnerability if they sense you are completely naked."

---"I'm very aware of why Sheila likes to sunbathe in the nude. She imagines herself to be a fashionable Mermaid, and Mermaids have no need for clothing, she says. I always tell Sheila that Mermaids only exist in fairy tales."

--"Whenever I lie on the beach here on Long Island, I am always reminded that I need to pursue some research about the History of the Mermaid in Popular Culture. It might make a fascinating topic for my dissertation at Columbia if I can't come up with anything more substantive to write about."

--"I can't even remember any of the names of famous Mermaids. I guess that makes me culturally illiterate. Maybe we need a Seaside Popular Culture Research Center and Library that will give me all the info I need about the role of Mermaids in popular culture."

---"The most famous Mermaid today is the female logo for Starbucks coffeehouses. Maybe she's a fresh-water mermaid, since I don't believe that Starbucks sells anything that came from the sea."

--"I really admire the way Kate prepares for the beach. First she takes her two-piece bathing suit to a Shark-Repellent Specialist here in Manhattan who soaks her bathing suit in a shark-repellent solution for 24 consecutive hours. The rates he charges are very reasonable, according to Kate. She spends only $500 on that before each of her beach-outings, Kate says. She regards the money as a wise investment in her own future, since otherwise she would get eaten alive by sharks at the beach. Her Met Life agent says it's a terrific idea, and he wishes that all of his clients would follow Kate's lead. This is one of the reasons why Met Life agents make good friends. They really and truly want you to have the best possible medical longevity and lifespan, since that gives Met Life more years to earn interest out of your monthly premiums."




UNLIKE ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS CONGREGATION AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER RELIGION-AFFILIATED GROUP OF ANY TYPE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, AND UNLIKE ANY ATHEIST GROUP OR ANY ANTI-RELIGIOUS GROUP CURRENTLY FOUND IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, MY ONE-MEMBER (MYSELF, ONLY) AND NON-CHRISTIAN AND NON-PROSELYTIZING AND DILIGENTLY CIVIL AND LAW-ABIDING AND HONEST AND ADMIRABLY VIGILANT AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT-MINDED 'PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION' STRONGLY AND OPENLY SUPPORTS:


--AN AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THAT AUTHORIZES COURT-ORDERED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT HERE IN THE USA OF ANY PERSON WHO IS EVER AT ANY TIME FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF HAVING COMMITTED EITHER ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE OR HOMICIDE.

---INCREASED CRIMINAL-LAW PENALTIES AGAINST ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO IS EVER AT ANY TIME FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF HAVING INFLICTED DELIBERATE MEDICAL INJURY OR DELIBERATE MEDICAL HARM OF ANY TYPE UPON ANY INDIVIDUAL.

---A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO ANY CASES OF ALLEGED DELIBERATE MEDICAL INJURY TO ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN THAT ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED ALLEGED POSSIBLE  IMPROPRIETY BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-AFFILIATED OR STATE GOVERNMENT-AFFILIATED OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT-AFFILIATED AGENCY OR INSTITUTION, OR BY A FOR-PROFIT OR NON-PROFIT BUSINESS ENTITY, IN EACH OF THOSE OUTRAGEOUS CASES OF ALLEGED DELIBERATE MEDICAL INJURY TO THAT  AMERICAN CITIZEN.

--A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION AND ACCOMPANYING GLOBALLY-PUBLICIZED REPORT ON, AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION CONDEMNING, ANY AND ALL CASES OF ALLEGED 'MURDER IN SLOW MOTION' OR 'ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SLOW MOTION' THAT HAVE EVER OCCURRED OVER A MULTI-DAY PERIOD OR MULTI-WEEK PERIOD OR MULTI-MONTH PERIOD OR MULTI-YEAR PERIOD ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THAT OCCURRED OR WERE PERPETRATED BEGINNING AT ANY TIME SINCE MAY 1, 1987.


--INCREASED CRIMINAL-LAW PENALTIES AND CIVIL-LAW PENALTIES AGAINST ANY "MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDER" THAT KNOWINGLY HARMS THE MEDICAL HEALTH OF ANY INDIVIDUAL BEING SUBJECTED TO THOSE "MEDICAL SERVICES", OR THAT KNOWINGLY SUBJECTS ANY INDIVIDUAL TO "MEDICAL SERVICES" HE HIMSELF DID NOT AUTHORIZE AND VERY EMPHATICALLY DOES NOT WANT.

--INCREASED CRIMINAL-LAW PENALTIES AND INCREASED CIVIL-LAW PENALTIES AGAINST ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR STATE GOVERNMENT THAT ALLEGEDLY SUBJECTS ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN AGAINST HIS WISHES TO AN ALLEGED "THOUGHT-CONTROL PROJECT" INVOLVING VIOLATIONS OF HIS OWN PRIVACY RIGHTS AND OTHER U.S.  CONSTITUTION-PROTECTED LEGAL RIGHTS.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MY VERY CHALLENGING QUEST IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, FOR AN ILLICIT-DRUG-FREE, PERMANENTLY TOBACCO-FREE, AND PERMANENTLY-ALCOHOL-FREE OR ONLY-LIGHT-DRINKING, LAW-ABIDING AND HONEST, GAINFULLY EMPLOYED, FACIALLY CLEANSHAVEN AND POLITE, NEW ROOMMATE, AGE 18 OR OLDER, TO SHARE WITH ME A MODERN AND LARGE ONE-BEDROOM, ONE-BATHROOM APARTMENT UNIT I HAVE FOUND (AN APT. WITH A LIVING ROOM THAT CAN BE PARTITIONED SUCCESSFULLY FOR A PRIVATE SECOND BEDROOM) THAT IS CONVENIENTLY SITUATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL ARBORETUM SECTION OF NORTHWEST AUSTIN



If anyone has any suggestions or ideas or recommendations on how I could identify a prospective new roommate for myself who fits the above description, PLEASE give me a phone call at my home phone number of (512) 342-2295 or write to me at my e-mail address of "mcmillanj@att.net".

I have tried posting roommate-wanted announcements on Craigslist in recent weeks, but with no success so far.


I am seeking a true gentleman or true lady age 18 or older who is NOT "420-friendly", and who IS people-friendly in a philanthropic, cheerful, wholesome sense of the word "friendly".


Among the advantages I offer to a prospective new roommate, age 18 or older, who is either male or female:

--I am very quiet and studious, and I have a Master's Degree from a highly-regarded public university in the Midwest.

--I have very good credibility for flexibility and politeness and a very respectful style toward a roommate, male or female, who is younger than myself in age.

--I will be very consistent about washing my own dishes in the kitchen sink immediately after I used them in the kitchen area.

--I will strive to address any maintenance-related issue that might ever arise, such as my sending a polite e-mail request for assistance to the first-rate management team at our apartment complex.

--I am a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and I was taught during my childhood in Westlake Hills, Texas, that the young men from Nebraska are world-famous for being honest. Father even helped me during my early childhood to memorize the lyrics of the University of Nebraska varsity men's football team's fight song, which declared that the "boys" at Nebraska are the "squarest" (most honest and straightforward and honorable) in the entire nation. I of course was very influenced by those words of wisdom that Father generously offered me during my elementary-school years or possibly before then.

---I will always keep my hands to myself. My new roommate can count on my being one roommate who never physically touches them at any time, with the sole possible exception of a possible handshake upon meeting them for the first time ever at a neutral site for an exploratory interview ---- a one-to-one interview focused on whether we might be platonicly-compatible as prospective roommates for each other in a good-sized one-bedroom, one-bathroom modern full-amenities apartment with a decent-sized living room.

--I have one of the highest platonic-relationships aptitudes of any adult single gentleman in Austin these days. For instance, I have been completely celibate, with ZERO sexual contact and ZERO intimate physical contact between myself and any other human being, throughout any and all of my own conscious or waking hours ever since and including the day in August 2001 when I moved to northwest Austin --- which I did that month with very kind help from a friendly UT-Austin-affiliated Jewish fraternity situated near my ViewPoint Apartments complex along Leon Street near the UT-Austin campus.

---I will NEVER knowingly or deliberately expose my own body to my new roommate. The only occasions in which my new roommate would ever see my legs, for instance, would be on the occasions when I wear hiking shorts during my leisuretime, when I am leaving the apartment in proper attire to go play racaquetball or tennis, or when I am occasionally wearing a bathrobe in the common-space areas of our 1-1 apartment unit. 

When I wear the bathrobe in the common-space area, I will ALWAYS have  underwear on underneath my bathrobe. Under no circumstance will my new roommate ever at any time see my naked chest or naked abdomen, since I myself will keep those parts of my body covered at all times when I am in the common-space areas of our 1-1 apartment unit.

---I will NEVER directly verbalize the "f" word or any other obscene or profane word in any of my own conversations with my new roommate.

--Although I myself am lawfully non-Christian, I am religiously independent, implicitly-deistic, and non-proselytizing.
I myself have a strong Christian heritage through my ancestors, who include the Rev. William Brewster, head chaplain on the Mayflower and a leading adviser to Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony in what is now the U.S. state (Commonwealth) of Massachusetts.

I am very respectful toward the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Association and Freedom of Assembly legal and Constitutional rights of persons whose religious beliefs differ from (or, for that matter, are similar to) my own. The only exception to that support from myself refers to flagrantly illegal conduct or violent conduct, continuous anonymous communications violating the privacy rights of anyone being subjected to those communications against his wishes, so-called "deprogamming" activities involving the kidnapping or hostage-taking of an individual against his or her wishes, any conduct by a person or group of persons of any particular religious group that is deliberately medically injurious to the medical health of myself or any other individual, or any conduct by a person or group of persons of any particular cited religious (or anti-religious) group or affiliation that involves refusal by that person or group of persons to acknowledge my own (or others') Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom of Association legal and Constitutional rights.

---I am dependably civil and law-abiding and tactfully honest and I do not have any criminal-conviction record.
I also excel at complete lack of criminal intent toward anyone and everyone, regardless of the individual. I might add that in my own crime-deterrence-minded lifestyle, I of course greatly admire Batman and Superman and their Hollywood movies. However, I myself strongly oppose vigilanteism and do not practice it.


---I strongly support crime-deterrence and law-enforcement: I am a former full-time employee in Austin of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice state agencies, respectively.

---I am factually-minded, which will enhance my ability to be very reasonable in my communications with my new roommate. I am a former full-time newspaper reporter.

--I enjoy fine cooking and healthy foods and hospitality so much that I currently work in first-rate corporate-owned restaurants in Austin, Texas.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SOME OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS OF MY OWN LIFE THAT I HAVE ATTENDED OR PARTICIPATED IN:



--Watching "The Sound of Music," with Julie Andrews as the lead actress and Christopher Plummer as the lead actor, inside a movie theater in Berkeley, California.

---Watching "Mary Poppins", starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, inside a movie theater in Berkeley, California.


---Watching "My Fair Lady," starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, inside a movie theater in Berkeley, California.

---Attending a statewide convention of the Pan American Student Forum in San Antonio, Texas, during my junior high years at O. Henry Junior High School of Austin Independent School District. I can still recall the goosebumps I experienced as I listened to the beautifully performed production of "Guantanamera" inside that first-rate auditorium in San Antonio. The convention was very moving to myself, since it celebrated the wonderful theme of peace and friendship between American citizens and citizens of Latin American countries.

---Watching Hayley Mills movies on a television set of my parents inside my childhood home in Westlake Hills, Texas. I delighted in her sense of wholesome adventure and fine integrity as a young lady in England.

---Attending a speech by Hubert Humphrey, a candidate for President, that he delivered in 1968, or possibly in 1972, at Palmer Auditorium in central Austin. The joyousness of Hubert Humphrey's optimistic and love-filled political and societal vision was a fine inspiration for anyone who watched him deliver a political speech. I found the speech particularly thrilling because I knew that Hubert Humphrey was a favorite political leader of my beloved Mother, Phyllis McMillan, herself a native of Iowa, who drove me to that political speech in Austin.


--Attending in the 21st Century a live Baroque-music performance that was sponsored by a Christian church near UT-Austin. I loved listening to Baroque Era music that was completely free of any piano or electric guitar sounds. How tragic, one notes, that the piano and electric guitar have both had excessive roles in modern music in the West.

--Shaking hands with an Attorney General of Texas, the Harvard-educated Dan Morales, in the early or mid-1990s in my own role at the time as a full-time professional newspaper reporter in west Texas. Dan Morales to this day is the ONLY current or former statewide official of the State Government of Texas, chosen by voters around this entire state in a statewide election, who has ever at any time shaken hands with me. The event at which Attorney General Morales spoke featured 20 or fewer persons attending in a small Texan town (either Snyder, Kermit, Sweetwater, or Pampa), which is one of the reasons why I am nearly certain that when I approached Mr. Morales to speak with in up close, we did also shake hands after his speech inside that public-event center room.

--Shaking hands in person with the Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, in 1984, in my capacity as a full-time reporter for "Worcester County News" weekly magazine in Worcester, Massachusetts. Even though I have since resided in Texas on a continuous and uninterrupted basis ever since January 1988, no individual holding the title of Governor of Texas has ever exhibited that kind of in-person respect toward myself at any time in my entire life.

to be continued

A POSSIBLE CLUE FROM AN ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER BASED IN RUSSIA ON WHY THE RUSSIANS APPARENTLY ENJOY MY WRITING---CURRENTLY IN THE FORM OF GOOGLE BLOGS AND E-MAIL LETTERS WRITTEN BY MYSELF----MORE THAN THE CITIZENS OF ANY OTHER FOREIGN NATION:


I had a sudden recollection this week after I reviewed online statistics this week stating that of all the nations of the world, Russians read my Google Blogs more frequently than any other foreign-country's citizens.

In 1988 or 1989, during a period in which I resided in El Campo, Texas, where I was employed full-time as an education-beat and general-assignment reporter for the 

"(El Campo) Leader-News" semi-weekly general-circulation newspaper, I received a reply Christmas card message from Russian-based newspaper journalist Mark Porubcansky.

Mark Porubcansky had been a reporter coworker of mine at "The Journal" daily newspaper in New Ulm, Minnesota for about one and one-half years in the early 1980s. 


In the late 1980s, when Mark was stationed in the Soviet Union as a reporter for The Associated Press, he sent me a Christmas card on behalf of himself, his very devoted and attentive wife, Sarah, and their wonderful daughter, Anna.

"You are turning into a first-rate fiction writer!", the Christmas greeting from Mark Porubcansky stated (approximate quote). It is likely that Mark's Holiday Season greeting to me, mailed to me from either Russia or Finland, had also referred to myself as somehow having a public literary stature in Russia as of the late 1980s: "You (John Kevin McMillan) have quite a reputation these days for being a first-rate fiction writer!" (approximate quote).

I was baffled by that message from Mark Porubcansky, who had identified himself to me in the early 1980s as being a gentleman of  Polish ancestry, I believe he said. 


I was not aware of pursuing any fiction-writing during the one-year period when I resided in El Campo, Texas. I was instead writing factual news stories and factual feature stories for the "Leader-News" in El Campo, in addition to factual-minded journal writing I pursued during my leisuretime.

To this day, I am not sure what prompted Mark Porubcansky, an apparently friendly former coworker of mine and apparent personal friend of mine or friendly acquaintance of mine, to send me a Holiday Season greeting declaring me to have a reputation for being a "fine fiction-writer".


Was Mark possibly encouraging me to pursue fiction-writing during my leisuretime? Or was he possibly indicating with possible mild sarcasm on his part that Mark Porubcansky somehow possibly questioned the accuracy of some of the writing I had pursued in the late 1980s?

I recently read through online research that Mark Porubcansky and his wife, Sarah, currently reside together in Minnesota.

It is likely that Mark Porubcansky might know why Russians read my Google Blogs more frequently than the citizens of any other foreign nation in the entire world. 

If Mark happens to somehow learn about this particular blog of mine, I would welcome a note from him or phone call from him on what might account for my own very surprising appeal among Russians. My e-mail address is: "mcmillanj@att.net". My home phone number is: (512) 342-2295.

My own ancestry is overwhelmingly British---a full-three fourths English and Scottish, in fact. My only other ancestral identity I have, from what Mother told me in my childhood, is German. Her own mother in rural Iowa, whose own maiden name was Helen Siegling, was a hard-working farm wife who apparently spoke fluent German and was 100 percent German in ancestry. I am fairly sure my own mother, Phyllis Delores (maiden name Gardner) McMillan, told me in my childhood that I am one-fourth German in ancestry.

I have never been invited to visit Germany or England or Scotland---nor have I ever been invited to visit Russia. I would welcome an invitation to visit any of those four countries. 

My only concern might be that if I were to someday visit Russia, possibly the Russian government might somehow decline to let me either return to the United States or travel from Russia to a possibly friendlier nation such as Sweden or England or Scotland or Germany or France or Ireland or Greece or Poland or Spain.

I think this is an anxiety, whether justifiable or not, that many American citizens have when they reflect on a worst-case scenario that might occur to them if they were to visit the traditionally-communist nation of Russia. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

'PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITIONIST RELIGION' IDEA: IF YOU ARE A BLOG-WRITER, PLEASE OBTAIN & REVIEW & REFLECT ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF ONLINE STATISTICS CITING EACH OF THE TOP 10 NATIONS OF THE WORLD FOR FREQUENCY OF READERSHIP ON BLOGS THAT YOU YOURSELF WRITE AND THEN POST ONLINE


The results of your personal review of your list of top 10 nations for readership of your Blogs could be very useful to you.


That review could serve as a reminder to you to consider pursuing a social-studies education project about each of those nations, at least eight or nine of which will probably be foreign nations where you do not hold any citizenship.

That top-10 review by yourself might also suggest to you ideas for countries you might want to consider traveling to during a vacation.


Your top-10 nations review might also suggest career-related opportunities for you, including freelance-writing opportunities, that could possibly help you to boost your annual income.

It makes very good sense to appreciate the nations of the world that also appreciate you the most----through the tangible, statistically-verified interest they have shown in your own Blog-writing pursuits.

In my own Blog-writing, I have found that five of the ten nations showing the greatest interest in my Blog-writing have traditionally been described as communist countries in prior recent decades. It is possible that my conservative left-wing political ideology, even though I myself am not a communist, particularly appeals to residents of the traditionally-communist nations of Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, and China.


It is also possible that my non-Christian and factually-minded, factually-based, implicitly-deistic and prayer-less, non-atheistic and non-agnostic, Progressive Prohibitionist Religion, a non-proselytizing religion I write about in my Blogs on a frequent basis, has sparked interest from each of those five respective traditionally communist nations.

In my own Blog-writing pursuits ever since 2008, I have yet to earn enough income from Google, $100 being the minimal amount needed, that would qualify me for my first-ever financial check from my first-rate website provider, Google.  In any event, I find it very rewarding to sense that readers in my top-10 countries are enjoying my Blogs.

My own top-10 countries for Blog readership, ranked in descending order based on total pageviews in each of those nations over the nine-year period ever since I began writing blogs, are: USA, Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and China, respectively.







Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE MORAL OBLIGATION I HAVE IDENTIFIED TODAY, AFTER SOME ADMITTEDLY-BELATED REFLECTION ON THE SUBJECT, TO MYSELF LEARN MORE ABOUT, AND STRIVE TO LAWFULLY BEFRIEND, EACH OF THE 10 NATIONS OF THE WORLD THAT HAVE EXPRESSED THE GREATEST INTEREST IN BLOGS I HAVE WRITTEN AND POSTED EVER SINCE MY BLOG-WRITING PASTIME BEGAN FOR ME NINE YEARS AGO (ON DECEMBER 21, 2008, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA)


The following, below, are those 10 much-appreciated nations of the world, including the top-ranked United States of America.


Russians rank number two in the world in their level of interest in my Blogs over the course of the nine-year period ever since I began writing Blogs in Austin, Texas, USA.

This is surprising partly because I have never written to the Russian Government, any citizen of Russia, or to any Russian organization or business on any occasion in my entire life. Also, I don't recall having ever spoken with a citizen of Russia on any occasion in 26 years. In addition, the only roommate of mine who ever told me that he spoke Russian, Denis Eremin, a postdoctoral student in the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Austin, stated to me in person in 1999 that he was from Siberia (not Russia).  Denis Eremin had responded to a politely worded roommate-wanted ad of mine in 1999 that I had placed in "The Daily Texan" student newspaper affiliated with Texas Student Publications on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Russians and Americans have jointly accounted for a combined total of approximately 81 percent of all pageviews of the Google Blogs that I have written and posted in the last nine years.

In that same nine-year time period, four total nations of the world have accounted for more than 90 percent of all pageviews of my Google Blogs. Those four nations are the USA, Russia, Germany, and France.

Of the 10 top-ranking nations, only the USA and the United Kingdom are predominantly English-speaking countries.

Also, the United States is the only nation from the Americas (North America, Central America, and South America) that ranks among the top 10.  It is particularly disappointing to me that neither of the USA's two bordering countries, Canada and Mexico, have expressed a significant amount of interest in my blogs. 

Mexico is the only foreign nation in the entire world that I myself have ever actually visited. I have been close to the border with Canada, during a 1980 two-person road trip of mine with New Ulm (Minnesota) public school district instructor Jim Hutfilz (himself a former resident of the Detroit area of Michigan who praised the news media in Detroit as first-rate, he said) that included the North Shore area of Lake Superior north of Duluth in northeastern Minnesota without Jim and I actually ever crossing the border into Canada.

Britons rank below five other nations in their level of interest in my blogs over the course of the nine-year period ever since I began Blog-writing.

This number-six ranking by the United Kingdom is very surprising: England and Scotland account for a full three-fourths of my own ancestral heritage.


Russian readers of my Google Blog have pursued more than twice the total number of pageviews of my Blog as the third-ranking nation, Germany. 

Germany is also a nation of ancestral heritage for me through the Siegling clan in my Mother's side of my family tree, with Germany accounting for one-fourth of my own ancestral heritage.

Germany is currently more than 500 total pageviews ahead of number-four-ranked France, according to Google-compiled cumulative online statistics from the most recent nine-year period that I reviewed tonight.


Accompanying each of the 10 cited nations, below, is a Google-compiled statistic on how many total pageviews of my Blog there have been in each of those nations of the world during the approximately nine-year period ever since I began blog-writing in Austin, Texas, USA. 

My very first blog that I wrote was posted by me on December 21, 2008, and was entitled "Questions to ask upon Meeting a new acquaintance".

THE 10 NATIONS OF THE WORLD I WISH TO SALUTE TODAY FOR THEIR KIND INTEREST IN MY BLOG-WRITING EFFORTS, WITH THOSE NATIONS BEING CITED IN ORDER BASED ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGEVIEWS OF MY BLOGS THAT APPARENTLY ORIGINATED IN EACH OF THE CITED NATIONS:

Number One: USA---60,457.

Number Two: Russia---11,960.

Number Three: Germany---4,576.

Number Four: France---4,051. 

Number Five: Ukraine---3,660. 

Number Six: United Kingdom---1,438.

Number Seven: Poland---1,104.

Number Eight: Portugal---943.

Number Nine: Romania---803.

Number 10: China---683.