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211  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: October 23, 2017, 05:09:52 AM
We must always come from a place of abundance.

In leadership training they told me to always come from a place of abundance, as opposed to scarcity. We can easily grow enough food to feed everyone on earth if we come from a place of abundance, as opposed to letting them starve as we come from a place of scarcity. And sometimes the way to improve things is to think big, even when times are hard and we are tempted to say that we cannot because of poverty. We can live in a world of abundance, and unlimited opportunity, or we can live in a world of scarcity where it just continues to get worse. And with leaders, say for a company, they want people who will make the company grow and prosper, not people who will keep downsizing it until it does not exist anymore. People want leaders who improve things, not make things worse.

With the bad economy, and with the giant debt of the United States, it would be so easy for everyone to downsize everything out of existence, which would only make things worse, at a time when we need to do the opposite and grow and prosper and improve things instead. A great depression is as much a state of mind as it is a reality, we cannot fall into that state of mind and we must avoid that reality.

We must come from a world of abundance and unlimited opportunity, and grow and prosper, and improve things, we must be creative in good ways and we must think big, and every problem creates an opportunity for people to solve the problems, and where there is room for improvement there is opportunity for people to improve things, etc etc etc.

I read that fewer people are willing to get student loans because they are afraid they will not be able to pay them off, and they are afraid to accrue the debt for an education, and that is totally the wrong way for them to be thinking right now, and at this time the USA needs to have a better educated and better trained population, and there will be plenty of opportunity for good educated people to solve problems and improve things after they receive an education. In my opinion the people of the United States need to enter college at higher numbers, not lower. Things are not going to get better if we have a lesser educated population, that is going in the wrong direction, we need a higher educated population instead. So we need to get them thinking from a place of abundance, so that we can achieve abundance, and a better economy and a better world.

And the whole thing with the debt of the United States could be solved if we come from a place of abundance. Much of the land of the United States is government owned land, we are talking abundance, and that land could be sold to private people, and that alone would pay off much of the government debt. The government can also make money with gas and oil leases at a time when gas and oil are at all time high prices, and drilling for natural gas and oil in the USA would be a good thing for many reasons. And that would help reduce the debt. Also, gold is at an all time high price right now, and there is gold on much of the government owned land, along with other precious metals. And that would help reduce the debt. If we come from a place of abundance then we can reduce the debt easily. Then, we monitor the spending of the government better in the future so that we can pass down surpluses to future generations instead of deficits.


Tony V.
212  Books / Poetry / Re: Poetry on: October 22, 2017, 07:29:00 PM
Here is a link for a page with some of my poetry on it, it is a forum for actors and for actresses, and for people in the entertainment industry...

And to add a poem to this thread, here is one...

Freedom's Plow 
Poem by Langston Hughes

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
When a man starts to build a world,
He starts first with himself
And the faith that is in his heart-
The strength there,
The will there to build.

First in the heart is the dream-
Then the mind starts seeking a way.
His eyes look out on the world,
On the great wooded world,
On the rich soil of the world,
On the rivers of the world.

The eyes see there materials for building,
See the difficulties, too, and the obstacles.
The mind seeks a way to overcome these obstacles.
The hand seeks tools to cut the wood,
To till the soil, and harness the power of the waters.
Then the hand seeks other hands to help,
A community of hands to help-
Thus the dream becomes not one man’s dream alone,
But a community dream.
Not my dream alone, but our dream.
Not my world alone,
But your world and my world,
Belonging to all the hands who build.

A long time ago, but not too long ago,
Ships came from across the sea
Bringing the Pilgrims and prayer-makers,
Adventurers and booty seekers,
Free men and indentured servants,
Slave men and slave masters, all new-
To a new world, America!

With billowing sails the galleons came
Bringing men and dreams, women and dreams.
In little bands together,
Heart reaching out to heart,
Hand reaching out to hand,
They began to build our land.
Some were free hands
Seeking a greater freedom,
Some were indentured hands
Hoping to find their freedom,
Some were slave hands
Guarding in their hearts the seed of freedom,
But the word was there always:

Down into the earth went the plow
In the free hands and the slave hands,
In indentured hands and adventurous hands,
Turning the rich soil went the plow in many hands
That planted and harvested the food that fed
And the cotton that clothed America.
Clang against the trees went the ax into many hands
That hewed and shaped the rooftops of America.
Splash into the rivers and the seas went the boat-hulls
That moved and transported America.
Crack went the whips that drove the horses
Across the plains of America.
Free hands and slave hands,
Indentured hands, adventurous hands,
White hands and black hands
Held the plow handles,
Ax handles, hammer handles,
Launched the boats and whipped the horses
That fed and housed and moved America.
Thus together through labor,
All these hands made America.

Labor! Out of labor came villages
And the towns that grew cities.
Labor! Out of labor came the rowboats
And the sailboats and the steamboats,
Came the wagons, and the coaches,
Covered wagons, stage coaches,
Out of labor came the factories,
Came the foundries, came the railroads.
Came the marts and markets, shops and stores,
Came the mighty products moulded, manufactured,
Sold in shops, piled in warehouses,
Shipped the wide world over:
Out of labor-white hands and black hands-
Came the dream, the strength, the will,
And the way to build America.
Now it is Me here, and You there.
Now it’s Manhattan, Chicago,
Seattle, New Orleans,
Boston and El Paso-
Now it’s the U.S.A.

A long time ago, but not too long ago, a man said:
His name was Jefferson. There were slaves then,
But in their hearts the slaves believed him, too,
And silently took for granted
That what he said was also meant for them.
It was a long time ago,
But not so long ago at that, Lincoln said:
There were slaves then, too,
But in their hearts the slaves knew
What he said must be meant for every human being-
Else it had no meaning for anyone.
Then a man said:
He was a colored man who had been a slave
But had run away to freedom.
And the slaves knew
What Frederick Douglass said was true.

With John Brown at Harper’s Ferry, Negroes died.
John Brown was hung.
Before the Civil War, days were dark,
And nobody knew for sure
When freedom would triumph
'Or if it would,' thought some.
But others new it had to triumph.
In those dark days of slavery,
Guarding in their hearts the seed of freedom,
The slaves made up a song:
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
That song meant just what it said: Hold On!
Freedom will come!
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
Out of war it came, bloody and terrible!
But it came!
Some there were, as always,
Who doubted that the war would end right,
That the slaves would be free,
Or that the union would stand,
But now we know how it all came out.
Out of the darkest days for people and a nation,
We know now how it came out.
There was light when the battle clouds rolled away.
There was a great wooded land,
And men united as a nation.

America is a dream.
The poet says it was promises.
The people say it is promises-that will come true.
The people do not always say things out loud,
Nor write them down on paper.
The people often hold
Great thoughts in their deepest hearts
And sometimes only blunderingly express them,
Haltingly and stumblingly say them,
And faultily put them into practice.
The people do not always understand each other.
But there is, somewhere there,
Always the trying to understand,
And the trying to say,
'You are a man. Together we are building our land.'

Land created in common,
Dream nourished in common,
Keep your hand on the plow! Hold on!
If the house is not yet finished,
Don’t be discouraged, builder!
If the fight is not yet won,
Don’t be weary, soldier!
The plan and the pattern is here,
Woven from the beginning
Into the warp and woof of America:
Who said those things? Americans!
Who owns those words? America!
Who is America? You, me!
We are America!
To the enemy who would conquer us from without,
We say, NO!
To the enemy who would divide
And conquer us from within,
We say, NO!
To all the enemies of these great words:
We say, NO!

A long time ago,
An enslaved people heading toward freedom
Made up a song:
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
The plow plowed a new furrow
Across the field of history.
Into that furrow the freedom seed was dropped.
From that seed a tree grew, is growing, will ever grow.
That tree is for everybody,
For all America, for all the world.
May its branches spread and shelter grow
Until all races and all peoples know its shade.

Langston Hughes



Tony V.

213  National / Religion and Politics / Re: Religion and Politics on: October 22, 2017, 07:21:20 PM
The Italians know the secret of life. Here is an article that everyone, everywhere, can learn from, it is about the Italian immigrants in Roseto, Pennsylvania, USA, they had ZERO crime and they had ZERO people on welfare, read this article and you will see that there is a better way to do things than what is happening now, plus the people of Roseto, Pennsylvania, were healthier and they had fewer heart attacks. And they did it without any help from the government (although in a nation "Of the people, by the people, for the people" the government is us, and the government is part of our team, we in the USA are self governing). And we always knew that it was healthy to go to parties, and to throw parties!

The whole "Rugged Individualist" thing is really, really, really, BAD.


14.2 "The Roseto Effect"


People are nourished by other people. The importance of social networks in health and longevity has been confirmed again by study of a close-knit Italian-American community in Roseto, Pennsylvania. At first blush, Roseto seems a diorama of what once was the nation's ideal lifestyle-neighbors who looked after one another, civic-minded joiners and doers who formed the grass roots of American-style democracy. It seems to showcase those virtues that have all but disappeared elsewhere in what has become what we are now--a nation of strangers.

At one time the village came to be a living laboratory demonstrating that neighborliness is good not just for the body politic (community) for the human body (self) as well. Now Roseto is changing, becoming a community of suburban commuters with satellite dishes, fenced-in yards, and expensive cars.

Thirty years earlier, medical researchers were drawn to Roseto by a bewildering statistic: in defiance of medical logic, Rosetans seemed nearly immune to one of the most common causes of death. They died of heart attacks at a rate only half of the rest of America. Doctors were mystified in that residents led what medical textbooks predicted would be short lives.

The men of the village smoked and drank wine freely. They spent their days in backbreaking, hazardous labor, working 200 feet down in nearby slate quarries. At home, the dinner tables each evening were laden with traditional Italian food, modified for local ingredients in ways that would drive a dietitian to despair.

The Mediterranean diet, with its use of olive oil rather than animal fat, has been touted lately for health benefits. But, poor immigrants couldn't afford to import cooking oil from their homeland and instead fry their sausages and brown their meatballs in lard. Yet, the resulting hefty bodies contained unusually health hearts. Why?



Study of the "Roseto Effect" began with a chance conversation over a couple of beers. A local physician happened to mention to the head of medicine at the University of Oklahoma that heart disease seemed much less prevalent in Roseto than in adjoining Bangor, occupied by non-Italians.

When first studied in 1966, Roseto's cardiac mortality traced a unique graph. Nationally, the rate rises with age. In Roseto, it dropped to near zero for men aged 55-64. For men over 65, the local death rate was half the national average.

The study quickly went beyond death certificates, to poke, prod, and extensively interview the Rosetans. Instead of helping to solve the puzzle, all the data simply ruled out any genetic or other physical sources of the Rosetan's resistance to heart disease. Two statistics about Roseto were eye-catching: Both the crime rate and the applications for public assistance were zero.



Subsequent study showed that all of the houses contained three generations of the family. Rosetans took care of their own. Instead of putting the elderly "on the shelf," they were elevated "to the Supreme Court." The scientists were led to conclude that the Roseto Effect was caused by something that could not be seen through the microscope, something beyond the usual focus of medical researchers.

It seemed that those groaning dinner tables offered nourishment for the human spirit as well as the body. In fact, all of the communal rituals--the evening stroll, the many social clubs, the church festivals that were occasions for the whole community to celebrate--contributed to the villagers' good health.

In "The Power of Clan," an updated report on studies by Stewart Wolf, a physician, and John Bruhn, a sociologist, cover a broad period of time from 1935 to 1984. They found that mutual respect and cooperation contribute to the health and welfare of a community and its inhabitants, and that self indulgence and lack of concern for others exert opposite influences.

Tracing the history of Roseto, the sociologists found that early immigrants were shunned by the English and Welsh who dominated this little corner of eastern Pennsylvania. According, the Rosetans turned inward and built their own culture of cooperation and as Wolf and Bruhn noted, "radiated a kind of joyous team spirit as they celebrated religious festivals and family landmarks."

"People are nourished by other people," said Wolf, noting that the characteristics of tight-knit community are better predictors of healthy hearts than are low levels of serum cholesterol or tobacco use. He explained that an isolated individual may be overwhelmed by the problems of everyday life. Such a person internalized that feeling as stress which, in turn, can adversely affect everything from blood pressure to kidney function. That, however, is much less likely to be the outcome when a person is surrounded by caring friends, neighbors and relatives. The sense of being supported reduces stress and the disease stress engenders.

"We looked at the social structure of healthy communities," Wolf said, "and found that they are characterized by stability and predictability. In those communities, each person has a clearly defined role in the social scheme."

Into the 1960s, Roseto was the epitome of predictability and conformity. In clothing, housing or automobiles, any display of wealth was taboo. Women knew that, from their teens on, they would work in one of the many small blouse factories scattered throughout the village. Even the evening meal followed a rigid cycle.

"Monday" recalled 66-year old Angie Martocci, "almost everyone in town ate spezzati (a spinach and egg soup). Tuesdays, it was spaghetti and gravy (tomato sauce). Wednesday was roast chicken and potatoes. Thursday, spaghetti again. Fish on Fridays, of course. Veal and peppers on Saturday; and antipasto, meatballs and spaghetti on Sunday."

All of that conformity reduced the distance between the haves and have-nots, thereby reinforcing everyone's sense of conformity also spared Rosetans the stress that comes with freedom of choice. (My comment: the anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis in his video series Millenium that individuals in a tribal society grow up in a defined world where people know their place and their relationship to others. We grow up with freedom, he says, in a limitless world where we are often lost and terribly alone.)

Possibly the strongest conformity in the village was the work ethic. No only did everyone work here, they worked toward a common goal--a better life for their children. The reverence for work was the legacy of Roseto's first priest, Rev. Pasquale de Nisco. Arriving in 1896, De Nisco practiced what he preached. Taking up a pick and shovel, he started clearing ground next to the church to build the graveyard, where he now lies. Above all, De Nisco, whose influence is still strong in Roseto, preached education.



In the slate quarries and blouse factories, the men and women of Roseto labored to be able to send their children to college, which they did at a rate far above the national average. By World War II, Roseto had a small white-collar class and was prospering. And of course with that, life began to change.

Wolf and Bruhn's study took place just as Roseto's golden age of community was drawing to a close. They were able to predict that Rosetans then under 30 would not long be content with their rigid, traditional lifestyle. By the '70s, homes on the outskirts of town were in the suburbanized style that had become the American norm: large single family houses, swimming pools, fenced years, country clubs, and churches outside of the community.

As people moved and achieved material success, they found those gains at the expense of traditional communal values with which they have been raised. One person said, "I'm sorry we moved; everything is modern here and we have everything I need here, except people."

The principal of the elementary school said that children's lives changed. They went from days filled with activities to lives of watching from the sidelines. She found she had to teach children how to play jacks and marbles. The strongest evidence that change had come to Roseto was in 1985 when the town's coronet band, founded in 1890, demanded for the first time to be paid for playing at the church's big festival.

As Wolf and his colleagues continued to monitor the health of the community, they noted that social change in the village was accompanied by increasing health problems. In 1971, the first heart attack death of a person less than 45 occurred in Roseto.

Nationally, the Americans' vulnerability to heart attack began to decline because of the widespread adoption of exercise programs and healthier diet. At the same time, the Rosetan's rate rose to the national average.

Roseto has lost its statistical uniqueness. Yet, it makes clear to a visitor that it retains a sense of community--one that would be the envy of almost any place else in the nation. For many families, eating remains a ritual of the communal nature of life here. On Sundays, extra chairs are drawn up and leaves are added to dinner tables all over town for a ceremony that satisfies both physical hunger and the hunger to be surrounded by people who share our lives.

At Rose's Cafe, the only restaurant remaining in town, proprietor Rose Pavan calls everyone by name. Anyone with questions about menu items is swept into the kitchen for a sample. Children, most in Catholic school uniforms, flock in for an after-school snack--just as parents did back when Rose's was Mary's Luncheonette.

A visitor is bound to come away from Rose's with a full stomach and even fuller appreciation how far the rest of us have drifted from the civic-mindedness that marked much of the nation's history.

(My comment: this article is drawn from a series done by The Chicago Tribune on America's loss of community. Other articles focused on our changing urban/suburban social fabric. They noted the social changes implied by suburban homes where the garage is in front and both parents are employed, often an hour drive away. This article was especially relevant for medical anthropology's emphasis on bio culture, the interrelationship between culture, health and disease.)

If older Rosetans are concerned that they have traveled too far down the path of materialistic fulfillment--a path that seems never to end in lasting contentment--shouldn't other Americans be at least as concerned?

We now know that people's reaction's to the same stressful experience vary widely and those who have a greater sense of control, support and satisfaction in their lives are less at risk of illness. Those who get sick most seem to view the world and their lives as unmanageable while those who stay healthy have a greater sense of coherence and control through faced with the same problems. The Rosetans, to put it in Darwinian terms, were a successful adaptation.

A wide range of illness reflects the role that ineffective coping and inadequate support play. The highest rates of tuberculosis have been found among isolated and marginal people who have little social support, although they may live in affluent neighborhoods. This article focused on heart disease, others are indicators of social life as well. These include respiratory diseases, accidents, and mental illness. Studies in England have shown that civil servants with the highest rate of death from coronary heart disease occurs amongst those with little social support. We are indeed nourished by contact with others.



A study published in the British Medical Journal in 1999 found that people more than 65 who like to eat out, play cards, go to movies and take part in other social activities live an average of two ½ years longer than more reclusive people. Simply mixing with people seems to offer as great a benefit as regular exercise. Social and productive pursuits are equivalent to and independent of the merits of exercise.

In a similar study at Harvard, it was found that those who were most engaged in productive pursuits were 23 percent less likely to die than those least involved in such pursuits. When each activity was examined individually, doing a lot as opposed to not much, extended live in almost every case regardless of the activity.

Does humor matter? While it is popularly accepted that laughter speeds healing and fights disease, some researchers say that laugher isn't the best medicine after all. A review of humor research does not confirm a direct therapeutic effect of laughter.

Does love matter? In a study of 10,000 married men, it was found that-in the subsequent five years-men who felt love from their wife had significantly less angina that those that felt no love.

People who perceived themselves as socially isolated were found to be two to five times more at risk for premature death from all causes. Persons with low interpersonal conflict in their lives do best.

..... CJ '99


Condor, B. "Romantic Rx Studies link love and intimacy to improved cardiovascular health" Chicago Tribune April 2, 1998.

Grossman and Leroux "A New Roseto Effect" Chicago Tribune October 11, 1996.

Justice, B. Who Gets Sick New York: Tarcher/Putnam Books, 1987.

McFarling, U "Humor's touted medical value faces skepticism" Chicago Tribune July 7, 1999.

Shaffer, C. and Anundsen, K. "The Healing Powers of Community" Utne Reader September-October, 1995.

"Whether bingo or brunch, study touts socializing" Chicago Tribune August 20, 1999.


Here is another article about the Roseto Effect...



Tony V.
214  Arts / Theater / Re: Theater on: October 22, 2017, 03:59:19 PM
There is a Broadway play in the works about the late Roy Rogers, the play will probably happen next year.

My brother, Wes, married Roy and Dale's granddaughter, Kristen, and he had three children with her, so I plan to attend on opening night with the Rogers family. It will be great. Broadway will be full of cowboys when the play opens.

Here is link for the Facebook page for the Broadway play about Roy and Dale...

Here is a link for The Happy Trails Children's Foundation, which is a charity which Roy and Dale founded...

And here is a link for the Dale Rogers Training Center...

Here is a video about Roy Rogers' trip to South America, Si, Amigos, There is a Santa Claus...

I look forward to visiting New York, and seeing the play.


Tony V.
215  Books / History / Re: American History on: October 22, 2017, 03:41:38 PM
When the United States first became a nation, the first novel in the United States was "The Power of Sympathy" by William Hill Brown. And the first successful play in the United States was "The Contrast" by Royall Tyler. I would love to read that novel, and I want to read the script for that play.

I guess Danny DeVito starred in "The Contrast" on Broadway, after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Tony V.
216  National / Religion and Politics / Re: Religion and Politics on: October 20, 2017, 07:35:37 PM
In ancient Rome, if you helped the homeless and widows and orphans and ministered to people in prison and stuff like it says in Matthew 25; 31-46, there were people who would become suspicious that you are trying to run for public office, etc, etc, etc, because by helping people you earn love and people give you power. And you will be known by your deeds. Mother Teresa had a lot of power. Pope Francis has a lot of power. Pope John Paul II helped to free Poland, and helped to bring down the USSR and helped to bring down the Berlin Wall. But no matter how powerful you become, you must give all glory to God. You must remain a humble servant of God no matter how powerful you become, and you must follow the word of God.


Tony V.
217  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: October 19, 2017, 03:35:57 PM
One way to help to bring jobs back to the USA is to lower taxes in the USA.

One way to help to bring the entertainment industry jobs back to Hollywood is to lower taxes, and to give low interest loans to filmmakers to make movies with. The Canadians pay the filmmakers money to create jobs in Canada, to steal our jobs and our industry, so that is what we are up against. The British tax their people and they use tax money to subsidize movie-making, so we have to compete with that. The hardest part of making a movie is getting the money, and the rest is easy, Hollywood is filled with talented and well trained people who are unemployed, so we need to find ways to put money into the hands of local Hollywood filmmakers so that they can create more entertainment jobs locally in Hollywood. It is all about money. Many people in the entertainment industry would work for free, but they need money for food and shelter and to live on, and the entertainment industry jobs pay well when you are a talented professional. Hollywood has film schools, and all of that, the main thing that Hollywood needs to do is to get the money into the hands of local filmmakers with the stipulation that they spend the money here in Hollywood, and with incentives.

On the issue of bringing the automobile industry back to Van Nuys, California, we simply need to get guys like Elon Musk to manufacture electric cars in Van Nuys. We can easily compete with Canada on those jobs, and the cars that are made here will be sold here, Californians all really care about the environment, and Californians will drive electric cars in the future when the electric cars are affordable and fully developed. Lower taxes will help to bring those jobs back too, and we need to have lower taxes than Canada.

Also, on the issue of bringing jobs back to the USA, we need to support a labor movement in China, and we need to support the rights of workers globally, and as the workers of the world have more money to spend then they will buy goods from America. By fighting for good rights for workers around the world, we help ourselves. We need to support labor unions and workers of the world the same way that we all supported Solidarity in Poland.

Tax breaks to pay for an education also helps to educate the work-force.

There are many things that we can do to bring the good jobs back to the USA, and we need to get busy bringing the jobs back. Many people will have good ideas on ways to bring the jobs back to the USA.


Tony V.
218  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 19, 2017, 01:51:33 PM

I like Ivanka Trump, and she is one good part of the current administration, Ivanka is working hard, pro bono, to help our nation and to help the people of the world. She is especially working hard to help the women of the world, she is a feminist big time, she wants to help the women. The women are going to have a big meeting in Detroit, and I hope that Ivanka will attend. I am really glad that Ivanka is helping our world.

Donald might be a sleaze-ball in many ways, but Ivanka turned out to be fantastic.


Tony V.
219  Arts / Music / Re: Popular Music on: October 16, 2017, 10:05:41 PM
Happy Birthday to Flea!


Tony V.
220  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: October 14, 2017, 06:28:44 PM
The Van Nuys Automobile Assembly Plant was a General Motors automobile factory in Van Nuys, California, USA. The plant opened in 1947, and the plant was closed in 1992, when Camaro / Firebird production moved to Sainte-Therese Assembly in Quebec, Canada, due to air quality remediation efforts.

We need to manufacture automobiles in Van Nuys, California, USA, again, we need to bring those jobs back. Those are good jobs. Americans need to fight to bring the good jobs back.


Tony V
221  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: October 14, 2017, 06:27:44 PM
We need to bring the entertainment industry jobs back to Hollywood, for too long the entertainment industry jobs have been moving to Canada, and to other places, because of tax breaks and because of government money, etc, and we need to bring the entertainment industry jobs back to Hollywood, California, USA. Those are good jobs.

We also need to bring the automobile industry back to Van Nuys, California, the last car manufactured in Van Nuys was a beautiful red Chevy Camaro, we need to manufacture automobiles in Van Nuys again.

America needs to bring the good paying jobs back to the USA. Making movies in Hollywood, and manufacturing cars in Van Nuys, those are great jobs which we need to fight to bring back.


Tony V.
222  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 06, 2017, 05:01:24 AM
On the issue of neutralizing shooters such as in Las Vegas...

You could make a device that automatically detects the location of a gunshot by the muzzle flash, the computer can detect the change in the contrast of the light, and then the machine could automatically return fire to that location on demand, thus killing the gunman on demand.

There is Boomerang, Boomerang uses sound to detect snipers, whereas what I was thinking was to detect the muzzle flash by a change in the contrast of the light.

Here is a link for Boomerang...

I guess they are already using Boomerang at events, and maybe the one that I thought about which detects the light of the muzzle flash can help too (and yes, I am sure someone already invented it, they just need to use it at events such as in Vegas, and if it is not already invented then it is easy to invent whatever we may need).


Tony V.
223  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 04, 2017, 07:47:35 PM
Here is a site that everyone can use while we all wait for Elba to be rebuilt...


Tony V.
224  Books / Poetry / Re: Poetry on: October 28, 2007, 09:36:20 PM
Here is some of my poetry, a few of these have been published in various anthologies, and you can probably find some of my stuff in your local public library.

All the Other Birds
by T.L. Verley

So true it is that people can be like thornbirds
pushing themselves forward into something
even if it causes them a painful death
and the enjoyment nonexistant
putting their hands into the fire
becoming addicted to the heat
so unrationally torturing themselves and each other
It must be a pitiful sight from the heavens
or as I can't judge nor imagine the sight of God
I shall say that the thornbirds
may drive themselves into a painful death
copying us
or perhaps the misery they derive from us
drives them to it
Maybe instead of backing off
progressive entrapment or justification of effort
pushes them forward despite the pain
Passion may play a role
Perhaps thornal suicide fully engulfs all their senses
Maybe it is all they are good at
Maybe they don't know what else to do

Perhaps in a world where people kill themselves
and each other, and pump poison into themselves,
and the Earth, and with all of the disease, death,
hunger, pain, sorrow, and misery,
it is fitting that a bird should flutter into a spike,
and perhaps people are not like thornbirds,
but instead thornbirds are like people,
who fly so close to flowers
only to embrace the thorns

Maybe if a thornbird could talk
it may speak of a great rush
or of chivalry, or ideologies
or maybe it would say that that is simply how it has always been
or "Hey, all the other birds are doing it."

by T.L. Verley

In a fit of delusion,
I grasped the illusion.
I embraced the smell, color, softness, and beauty.
I hung on not noticing the thorns,
As the blood ran down my hands,
And onto the ground,
Until the roots sucked it up,
And it was no longer feeding off of some unknown source,
But instead it was feeding on me.

Sweet but Sour Wine
by T.L. Verley

A toast to no one to:

A rose
that opened and closed
anyone noticing
A sunrise
that painted the sky
on Sunday
while everyone slept
A horse without a rider
A car without a driver
A grand solo performance
with no audience
A drop of rain on concrete
which fed not one blade of grass
A tree
with shade for no one
An ocean
with no fish
A puppy
never petted
A chair on which no one sits

Such is life at times it seems
but the show it never quits

Fly With Me
by T.L. Verley

Life is wonderful, and great times are ahead,
Precious is the time between our birth and when we are dead,
Some don't get it, some don't understand,
Some live their entire lives with their heads in the sand.

But not you and I,
We choose to fly,
We'll live life to the fullest before we die.

Some are hopeless, living life in despair,
Some have no faith in themselves, in others, or faith that God cares,
Some see only bad, and they see life as getting worse,
Instead of as a blessing, they see life as a curse.

But not you and I,
We choose to fly,
We'll live life to the fullest before we die.

Anything is possible, dreams can become real,
Though sometimes in life we are wounded, the wounds heal,
Hand and hand together we shall walk up the hill,
And see the beauty all around us and feel the love that we feel.

Because you and I,
We choose to fly,
We'll live life to the fullest before we die.

Never so Right
by T.L. Verley

You are one in a billion
So sweet, beautiful, and kind
You are one little villain
Stole me heart, body, and mind

More valuable than a diamond
Your love it can't be bought
The love that I am finding
Engulfs my every thought

Sweet baby, sweet beauty, you make me fly
My woman, my cutey, it was never so right

Your lips, your eyes, your cute little nose
I love you, I need you, you are the only one
Why you love me only heaven knows
I am the luckiest man under the sun

More perfect than a sunset
Created by the lord above
I will never have a regret
Just as long as I have your love

Sweet baby, sweet beauty, you make me fly
My woman, my cutey, it was never so right

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225  International / Central and South America / Re: Central and South America on: October 25, 2007, 07:24:24 PM
Hi Flying Bourbon, thank you for sharing your art with thy old forum friends.

I´d say ,as film critic, very moving, it shows the angst of postmodern man at its worst.(how about that?) Pity we are not in the NYT ,otherwise I´d be named the next Michiko Kakutami.

Hey! is Michiko a boy or a girl,"Je ne ce pas",that´s French.

Hi, good to see you. Thanks for watching my movie and offering your opinion on it. Smiley

All the best,

Tony V.
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