THE ORIGINAL SUBTITLE for this blog was “ratiocinations out of thin air – observations recollections recommendations.” Alas, the theme that I chose for my sites doesn’t allow for a subtitle to be used in a manner that I like, and since I otherwise love this theme, I live without the subtitle. 1 The word ratiocination means the “process of reasoning”—to think things through logically. It originated in the 16th century and is from the Latin, ratiocinationem: “a reasoning, calm reasoning.” This word is derived from another Latin term, ratiocinare: “to calculate, deliberate.” 2 Ratiocination is not taught at American schools at any level, is not picked up osmotically, and our peers don’t… Continue Reading ratiocinations out of thin air – an introduction of sorts
NO OTHER NATION ON EARTH has anything like our Electoral College. Few people inside the US even bother to understand how it functions. Few people outside the US even knows it exists. I want to show you how inane/insane it makes America appear to billions of human beings—including most Americans. Election 2016 results Here are the results of the counting of the votes cast by eligible Americans who bothered to leave their houses and actually vote on November 7, 2016, as they stand December 4, 2016: HILLARY CLINTON DONALD… Continue Reading why bother with an election if the winner loses?
THE WEBSITE FOR GRACELAND posted a condensed version of my article, “Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback – Burbank to Graceland.” This was done to commemorate the anniversary of the original broadcast of the NBC-TV Special on December 3, 1968. This posting on Elvis Presley’s “official” website has sent tens of thousands of interested readers to the Best Classic Band’s Facebook page to find the complete, original article. (For more information, see the previous post on this site.) So, now more people have read this article in one weekend than have read all the articles on my own Elvis site in three years. That’s all the articles combined! … Continue Reading I’ve reason to believe, we all will be received in graceland
I JUST PUBLISHED my first professional article in almost twenty years. That means I got paid for it, rather than publishing it on my own website for free. “From Burbank To Graceland To Facebook” is a look at the NBC-TV Special ELVIS broadcast on December 3, 1968. It was published on the Best Classic Bands website. I’ve posted 800,000 words in three years on my sites. But as a writer paid to publish his work, it’s taken a while to motivate my aging authorial juices to submit my work to websites other than my own. Until now, that is.… Continue Reading writing for the best classic bands website
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO OPENED its first stores in the 1980s, renting movies as both Beta and VHS cassette tapes. Standard procedure then was to remove the cassette from the original cardboard box and insert the tape into a black plastic box. Blockbuster then wrapped their own covers around the box: the company name was on the front, the movie title on the spine, and a brief synopsis of the movie on the back. When Blockbuster moved into my neighborhood, they effectively put out of business all the mom-and-pop video stores in the area. Consequently, I did all my business at Blockbuster—it was… Continue Reading we are each of us a fading gigolo or fading gigolette
“WE HAVE ARRANGED A SOCIETY based on science and technology, in which nobody understands anything about science and technology. And this combustable mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is gonna blow up in our faces. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions—to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority—then we are up for grabs for the next charlatan—political or religious—who comes ambling along. It’s a thing the Jefferson laid great stress on. The people had to be educated, and they had to practice their skepticism and education.… Continue Reading carl sagan on our need for skepticism every day
IFEEL LIKE THE OLD MAN in Moonstruck. You know, at the end where everything is happening crazily around him and he puts his head in his hands on the kitchen table, utterly confused. This struck home for me when I opened an email from a friend with a link to an article published earlier today in The Washington Post. It was queerly titled “Hillary Clinton lost. Bernie Sanders could have won.” My first thought was, “No! That’s not possible. I’m confused!” Then I realized the truth, even though it sounds like something out of a Sheldon Cooper fantasy: I have slipped into an… Continue Reading I live in an alternative reality where clinton won