A story I like telling. The hot dog slinger and the thirsty guy.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2 KJV)

I have told this story before but it's one I like telling. I'll tell it again to you guys "in the furtherance of joy" or "so that your joy might be perfect" (John 15:11 AB).

So it happened that Susan and I were returning from this one gig where we were serving hot dogs and we end up in a traffic jam but this traffic jam is a parade. We were like uh.....gee maybe we should just start selling? It's like what's a hot dogger in a traffic jam? MAKING MONEY IS WHAT so it's like serendipitous. This isn't a problem, it's an opportunity!

So we set up on this corner and I automatically set up the "situational awareness" thing. Every good street hot dogger takes everything on his block into account, we watch everything and everybody. It's part security and part good salesmanship.

From like 3 blocks down I see this guy walking. But he's not just walking. His body english says that he has got someplace that he needs to be at and it ain't here. He will walk through a brick wall or anything or anybody to get there. I could see POWER radiating from him from 3 blocks away.

And here he comes closer and closer and I know. My ancestors are alarming. You know how you sometimes feel like a swarm of beez is buzzing over your head and telling you something is about to happen? Those are your ancestors. So SOMETHING IS GONNA HAPPEN AND i DON'T KNOW WHAT.

And he is now close. He is upon us. And he looks pretty rough. He's sunburned. He's unshaven. And this guy walks right up to a garbage can and starts to rummage through it and he's trying to find a bottle or a can with any kind of fluid in it.

OK did the universe ever put you in a position to be exactly who somebody needed at just the right time?


Shepard Fairey Goes From Hope to Nope

By Hunter Schwarz | May 28, 2015
The Washington Post

In an interview with Esquire, Shepard Fairey, the artist who made the iconic Obama "Hope" poster, was asked if he thought Obama "has lived up to" the poster. His answer: "Not even close."

That's it. Cue up the Paul Ryan 2012 Republican National Convention bit about college grads living at their parents' house "staring up at faded Obama posters." Obama's done.

It's the perfect metaphor for the Obama administration for Republicans. That widespread enthusiasm for Obama in 2008 has eroded, and with less than two years left in office, one of his most visible supporters, the guy who made* the most iconic image of the Obama years has even turned on him.

(* based it on an AP photo which led to a legal dispute they settled in 2011)

But Fairey's explanation for not being pleased with the job Obama has done is far different than most Republicans (except maybe Rand Paul supporters), because he mentioned drones and NSA surveillance.


Livivng Off The Grid with the Wind & Solar powered Eco Capsule

It's as if science fiction and all the biggest tiny-living trends came together and laid an adorably tricked-out egg: Behold the Ecocapsule, a self-sustaining, low-energy, portable dwelling that allows users to live off-grid anywhere in the world (that gets at least a decent amount of sunlight). Conceived by Slovakian studio Nice Architects, the approximately 15-foot-long-by-8-foot-wide shelter is powered by a 750-watt wind turbine, a 28-square-foot array of high-efficiency solar cells, and for good measure, a 9,744-watt-hour battery.


Science finds sorrow programs itself into your DNA

Know what's great about being a hot dog vendor?

Being happy and cheerful is an absolute requirement for the job. It doesn't matter what kind of mood you are in or what your day is like, you put on that smile and serve cause the customer is the one that needs it. And somehow, even when I'm feeling my worst, I get back to feeling happy one smile at a time.

And then I can break through into what I call "vendor's high". You know they got runner's high and writer's high, well there's vendor's high where all the sudden you just maybe realize that you happen to be set up by the side of a pool in the beautiful Arizona desert and not only can you see beautiful mountains in the distance but the scenery up close ain't lookin too bad either.

I'm trying to reprogram myself down to the cellular level to be happy.

Sounds like some hippy-dippy crap right? Well it turns out these evil scientists hooked up mice to electrodes and they would present them with things that smell good to mice. Like maybe cheese or something they were attracted to and when the mice walked up to the scent they would get a shock.

I know what you are thinking. What kind of bent and perverted mind would do such a thing to a poor little captive mouse? SCIENTISTS THAT'S WHO. Scientists are perverted and heartless creatures but they find out interesting things that we already know.

They found that you could take away the negative stimulus (the electric shock) and breed those mice and the mouse kids would display an aversion to the scent up to the 3rd or 4th generation. In other words they were programmed down to the DNAtic level to react to a good thing like it's a bad thing.

Grief and sorrow program themselves into your body just like it does the little mouse. The effect is the same for both of us: it makes us protective and risk-adverse. And it screws with our enjoyment of life.

I'll make that boom in your mind.


Senate Attempt Sunday to Reauthorize Patriot Act - Contact Your Senators' DC Offices!

The Senate is meeting Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to either reform or reauthorize the Patriot Act:


I recommend contacting your Senators' Washington D.C. offices and demand that they oppose any legislation that allows the NSA to collect data and conduct surveillance on Americans without probable cause and a warrant.


Nate Silver: 16 things we can - and can't - know about the 2016 presidential election

Jonathan Oosting
on May 28, 2015 at 4:24 PM

LANSING, MI — Nate Silver, a data guru and polling analyst who correctly predicted the winner of every state in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, says the fundamentals of the 2016 race point to a "toss-up."

Silver, an East Lansing native who now runs the FiveThirtyEight website, spoke at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday, where he outlined 16 things to know — or that we don't yet know — about the 2016 election. Archived video is not available, so here's a recap:

1. Hillary Clinton is inevitable*

Yes, the asterisk was Silver's. Clinton appears a lock to win the Democratic nomination, he said, noting that 111 Democrats in Congress have already endorsed her. He gave Bernie Sanders credit for endorsing himself.

2. Democrats have a weak bench, but Hillary isn't running unopposed

Beyond Clinton, Democrats do not have a deep bench, Silver said. The vice president doesn't appear to be a strong candidate, and the third-place finisher in the 2008 primary was John Edwards, whose personal scandals appear to preclude him from office. Sanders is running, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is likely to join the field as well.

3. Democrats are acting like Republicans. Republicans are acting like Democrats.

It's usually the Democrats who are trying to herd cats and Republicans who have a "next-in line" candidate, Silver said. That's reversed this year with a large GOP field fighting to appeal to different segments of their base.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is an interesting candidate, Silver said, "because he can still channel some of the tea party spirit but gets establishment support as well."


Julian Assange On TPP: Only 5 Of 29 Sections Are About "Traditional Trade," Covers "Essentially Every Aspect Of A Modern Economy

Julian Assange On TPP: Only 5 Of 29 Sections Are About "Traditional Trade," Covers "Essentially Every Aspect Of A Modern Economy"

Covers "essentially every aspect of a modern economy"


JULIAN ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS: First of all, it is the largest ever international economic treaty that has ever been negotiated, very considerably larger than NAFTA. It is mostly not about trade, only 5 of the 29 Chapters are about traditional trade.


FBI Surveillance Planes Being Used in the US

Similar flights have since been spotted near Chicago, Boston and in California, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has filed several Freedom of Information Act requests for more information.

It believes the planes use cameras and infrared imaging technology to photograph people and vehicles in a broad swath of the city; technology to sweep up cellphone data from a plane also exists, but it’s not clear if the FBI flights use it.


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