Has Democracy Failed Us?

Not for the first time in my life, I look out upon a nation filled with people who believe that our democratic system failed us, big time, in the most recent presidential election. But can we really say that it did, even assuming the vote was fairly counted? No, but I think that determining the legitimacy of an election based on a fair counting of numbers is rather missing the point…


The Arrow and Hawkeye have nothing on this guy!

Robin Hood, Green Arrow, Katniss Everdeen, Legolas of Mirkwood, Abigail Whistler, and Hawkeye. Fans of archery “superheroes” everywhere will recognize those names. Well my friends, meet real-life archery superstar Lars Andersen, and watch how he blows all those comic book and Hollywood myths away!

Veterans Day 101…

I know I’m getting older, and I know that my “mental issues” can confuse my sense of time, but I swear that we’ve celebrated Veterans Day at least once already this year – just as I did last year and the year before. The thing is however, if it’s just my mind going bad, then why does it just affect my memories of Veterans Day? I mean, it’s not like I remember a previous Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday this year…

So I decided to do a “more than one veterans day?” search and found only references to the one that happens today. Maybe I phrased the question wrong. Or perhaps there are celebrations specific to my location that Google didn’t pick up on. Hell, I don’t know, maybe I’m just freaking crazy. At any rate, that search did produce a link to a History Channel page that opened with this cool video:


Reflections On A Lasting Peace…

A friend of mine shared the following video on Facebook, which does a fairly good job of outlining the history behind the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. The problem with this video is that the history it outlines only goes back to the conclusion of World War II, and thus, I think, paints a picture that is not entirely accurate…



Salt. A most common, and darned near ubiquitous mineral that barely deserves notice, right? Well, as cheap and accessible as salt appears to be, it is actually one of the most important substances known to man. In fact, it could be argued that human civilization as we know it owes its very existence to this seemingly unimportant substance!

I’ve wanted to do a post on salt for some time now, after seeing several television documentaries on the uses and production of it a while back. But I held off, frankly, because the subject is just so damned big! Well, I was feeling energized enough when I woke up this morning (which most definitely has NOT lasted) to finally give it a go.


Alternate Version of Wish You Were Here

Found this fascinating “alternate” version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” – featuring a solo from French violinist Stéphane Grappelli – over on Open Culture…


One Extraordinary Little Boy!

I saw this video on PBS last month, not long after I published my 28 Years Ago Today… post in remembrance of the Challenger disaster. I meant to go searching for it to post but somehow managed to forget. 😳 I am so grateful to George Takei for bringing it back to my attention by posting the Upworthy.com link containing it on his Facebook page! 😀