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Read or Condemn Yourself to Death by Ignorance

For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.

One word of truth outweighs a world of lies.


If perchance a post of mine you think extreme

heed this from Kahlil Gibran:

“In battling evil, excess is good;

for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth.

He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.”


One of my goals is to think and act as if I fear no man’s wrath or deed.

Observation And Integrity

Wednesday 14th June 2023


Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is a sampling of what recently crossed my digital desk.

I hope you get something from it!

Katharine Hepburn - The Simple Life

Mise En Place

Who Does What

Global Warming A Lot Of Hot Air

Treasure The Little Things

George Orwell’s 1984 Eerily Predicted What Our Society Would Be Like Today, 72 Years Ago

Kindness Makes It Better

Physics-exploiting axe splits wood in record time

Twenty Percent Can Think

Ban Psych Drugs

8 Predictions for 2030

These ARE War Crimes

Do the little things really matter?

Free the People Library

Have a great week!

Katharine Hepburn - The Simple Life
Katharine Hepburn

“You keep asking questions and posing situations, and I keep thinking of my father: A man whose sink had on it one big bar of durable, good soap. And that bar of soap was used for cleaning, shaving, and brushing his teeth. It worked fine; it was fast; it was economical. He could then get on with his day.

I think we clutter our minds and our lives in a way people would have liked for my father to clutter his toilet. There is too much clutter and too much thinking and too much devising.

I think you need to be true to your work and your friends--these should be small circles. People who have too many friends tend to have too few ideas, I find, and they cover up their disappointment with parties and chatter and movement. Focus on working well and being there for you, your work, and your friends. One bar of soap. Taught me a lot.” Katharine Hepburn in an Interview with James Grissom in 1990

(Tom: I think her father lived an overly complicated life. He shaved.)

Mise En Place
Mise En Place

The more order you bring into your personal space, your family and work space, your community and environment, the less upset and disorder occurs from others.

Who Does What
Who Does What

Global Warming A Lot Of Hot Air
Global Warming A Lot Of Hot Air

25 years ago today... the great Thomas Sowell takes apart global warming as ’a lot of hot air.’

Column from Paducah Sun of Dec. 26, 1997 rings 100% true today.

Treasure The Little Things
Treasure The Little Things

George Orwell’s 1984 Eerily Predicted What Our Society Would Be Like Today, 72 Years Ago
Control Was Not Difficult

If you have not read the book, click through to read the article.

Kindness Makes It Better
Kindness Makes It Better

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ’Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

’Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ’It’s nothing’, I told her.. ’I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

’Oh, you’re such a good boy,’ she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ’Could you drive

through downtown?’

’It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

’Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ’I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.’

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ’I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

’What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ’I’m tired. Let’s go now’.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.

They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

’How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

’Nothing,’ I said.

’You have to make a living,’ she answered.

’There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

’You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ’Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


At the bottom of this great story was a request to forward this - I deleted that request because if you have read to this point, you won’t have to be asked to pass it along you just will...

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance............

Physics-exploiting axe splits wood in record time
New Axe

A new axe design has taken full advantage of known physics to chop the time it takes to split up a log of wood. Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä is the man behind the Vipukirves Leveraxe and his aim was to redesign the axe using simple principles of physics to make it more efficient and safer.

Twenty Percent Can Think
Twenty Percent Can Think

Some of my friends have asked for more data on how Milgram came to this conclusion or rejected his conclusion. Here is the back story:

If you are one of the 5-20% of people who think, one mistake of which you may be guilty is that of being of the opinion that there are more like you than there are. Most people (18-20 to 1 is the ratio I am told) are order takers who make decisions on how they feel.

So I just tweaked a post I made last year the collates a few of the datums I have read/heard over the years. Hope you get something from it:

Ban Psych Drugs
Ban Psych Drugs

It's not the guns, it's the drugs!

8 Predictions for 2030

A very short video to which you may want ot pay attention.

Click the Read More button to view the video:

These ARE War Crimes
These ARE War Crimes

Do the little things really matter?

A take away coffee’s just a coffee right? Spending $3.50 to $4.00 a day on your favourite caffeine blend isn’t really a luxury is it? Well, take a look at this…

A recent article I was reading by Mortgage Choice provided tips on how to pay off your mortgage sooner. It included a range of important information from budget setting to reviewing your home loan. One example explained that by reducing your weekday coffee spend from $4 a day to $4 every second day adds up to a saving of $40 a month… and if you put that saving onto your mortgage you could take 2 years off your loan and $31,000 off your interest bill*.

The article took me back as it was actions like these that allowed me to save up a deposit to purchase my first property much faster than I otherwise would have. When I set the goal I saved for more than 6 years and worked two jobs most of that period before I bought my first property at 24, which by the way I still own.

If you’re paying off a home or investment property loan or saving for a deposit to buy your first, second or even third property, it’s often not the big but several little changes and saving habits that will make a big difference over time.

So the next time you grab a coffee and have a break, take a moment to think about your financial goals… and the little things that will help you achieve them.

*Figures based on a home loan of $300,000 at 7% over 30 years. For more information go to MortgageChoice.

Free the People Library
Free the People Library

Some mind food for you.


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



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