Global Skywatch

not my job, mon

The MSU Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center suffered a complete roof collapse in the center’s south gym in early March, followed just days later by the collapse of the roof in the center’s north gym. The engineering college dean at Montana State University says he doesn’t see the collapse of two gym roofs on campus as a failure by engineers who designed the buildings. Golly, who could have predicted snow would fall in Montana??? Engineers and engineering students get participation awards in the form of college diplomas and certificates of achievement. It is unfair to the ignorant, stupid, the halt and the lame to demand results commensurate with their titles. We had that ugly system where engineering and architecture were populated […]

on being a free man

The difference between doing what you want and doing what you have to do is accomplished simply by wanting to do what you must. Being ordered to take out the trash, haul firewood, build shelves, shovel snow or rotate the tires are jobs or chores. These are assignments given to children that they may be useful and contribute to family well-being, or to employees who exchange work for pay. However, the free man does these of his own volition in a priority order that makes sense to him. Those with fortunate finances can contract work they are either can’t or don’t want to do themselves. Those with less inspiration are free to live in squalor. It has always been such. […]

painting with pastels

It is official I am an artist You can plainly see I now have my Artistic License I came by it honestly Made it myself ———— I have long been wanting to do more drawing and painting than will fit in the little squares of my wall calendar with Sharpie pens. I never quite get around to it. Years ago I inherited some water color tools from my Step Dad. Even that did not get me started. So I signed up for the Pastel Painting class the Bitterroot College offered this January/February. THAT WORKED. I did a lot of gearing up for a type of painting I had not considered, but it turns out I really like the medium. […]

Our Rights

By Eric Peters     What are our “rights” – and where do they come from? This is the question which answers all the others. The Bill of Rights, it is said, grants our rights. This is a horrible and dangerous idea; one all too many Americans have been bamboozled into believing. Anything which is granted can also be taken away – which of course is just what’s happened and precisely why it was so important to convince Americans that their rights are granted  . . . in order to get them to accept their being taken away. In fact, the Bill was written specifically as a statement of fact, intended to acknowledge our inviolable rights. To put a finer […]

19 / 25ths compared to 15 / 16ths

Bonkers title, I know. Bear with me a moment. Popular professional behaviorists and physiologists figure the male brain to be fully developed by the time they reach 25 or 30 years old; Females at 15 to 16 years old. That fits with the real world I have experienced in near 70 years. Can I say, “Lots of examples?” I was a late developer, probably leaning more towards the 30 in physical brain development, but nearly double that before I slowed down enough to apply my mental capacities to actually contemplating my world. At 20, a 21-year-old woman figured I was her ticket to the little cottage with white picket fence and a handful of children. I was an easy target. […]

connected with the cosmos

I have published several articles here regarding the function of the hair growing out of our heads (search this site for “hair”). There is more to it than most understand. History is replete with examples of warriors losing powers when shorn, or retaining inexplicable senses with their long hair. We long-hairs cannot quantify differences nor can short-hairs know what they are missing. A few days ago one of those unaccountable things happened to me. I felt an urgent need to take both dogs for an off-leash walk up the road; something I NEVER DO. I tried to rationalize the urge away, but then let it take me to the far side of the road (because the off-leash dogs went there) […]

figuring people out

We tend to consider people in our immediate world through the lense of who we are, what we feel and how we act. Surely everybody is kind-of like we are. Sometimes, however, you find yourself dealing with someone who just isn’t doing what you expect, or reacting in ways that don’t make sense to you. That is probably time to consider they really are not so much like you are. Here is a little review of what psychologists today call “Antisocial Personality Disorder – APD.” ——————————————– Both sociopaths and psychopaths have a pervasive pattern of disregard for the safety and rights of others. Deceit and manipulation are central features to both types of personality. Contrary to popular belief, a psychopath […]

shell people

A granddaughter moved in with us after failing to thrive in The Big City. We were close to her Mom’s last hope. It was going well, we thought, but were recently smacked upside the head that our great little community and wonderful resources were not enough. We involved adults were of the same mind, landing like a ton of bricks on this ungrateful truant. The girl’s world was shrinking and tightening incrementally as previous sanctions failed to deliver desired results. In retrospect: If what you are doing is not working, “do more of it” is not really the greatest plan. But that is where we were headed. Until a couple of wonderful Darby resources turned a light bulb on in […]

the thinking behind the apparent insanity

American Partisan published an excellent article by one of my favorite authors, Matt Bracken. His excellent books including Enemies Foreign And Domestic, Castigo Cay, and several other really good ones I have read. He has great expertise in the cultural, sociological and warfare aspects of which he writes. Today I found his American Partisan article adalyzing why the Covington Catholic school boys were badgered by a crowd, how the media turned the incident upside down, the subsequent outing of lamestream’s duplicity and, most importantly, what that means to us today. I encourage you to pursue the link I placed in the headline and read the whole article. – Ted “Bracken: Covington Gives a Glimpse of Civil War Two … […]

the crazy ones

the misfits from Ted Dunlap on Vimeo. Interestingly, when you are the underdog, establishment, habit, tradition, dominance are enemies. Your work is to push people into fresh thinking. Apple has strayed a long ways from that mode in the last decade. They probably became big and strong by selling their souls, but that is just conjecture based on experience. Weigh it yourself. Nevertheless, advertising created when they were serious underdogs was often pretty good stuff. The video above is a fine example. The chart to the right shows we are not alone. Not popular, for sure, but not alone.

racism

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the teenager baby egg project

I caught wind of a teenage girl toying with getting pregnant as a real concept. I mean, “Maybe I’ll get pregnant.” Like that would be interesting. It reminded me of a project from decades ago where the adults in the high school (yes, there used to be some) required the girls to carry a raw, chicken egg for a month. Not just during one period, during a particular class, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a month. Your responsibility, girls, is to keep this egg warm, safe, secure and cared for all day, all night, every day for the next month. You bring it here safe and sound 30 days from now. I do not see […]