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Booklist and Other Stuffs.

I’ve been struggling to describe my politics. I think this is a start. I also think it’s something others might be interested in. So, I’m going to share it here. I know this started as a way to blog about my journey in needle works. It’s obviously changed/morphed. So here it goes. Here is my reading list – yes, this is just for the first 6 months of 2017.

Book must read reading list:
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – by Thomas E. Ricks (Amazon: https://goo.gl/zj9x3m) – Really the entire book boils down to the afterward. If you already know what Churchill & Orwell are really all about, and most do not, you can just go to B&N pick up the book and read the afterward right there. If you do not know about the Churchill & Orwell life journeys then buy the book and read it cover to cover…. Like this: Did you know that JFK’s father worked to sabotage US/UK relations to keep Rosevelt from helping the UK defend itself from Nazi Germany?
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail – by Martin Luther King Jr (about the letter: https://goo.gl/smcfky, PDF: https://goo.gl/4AJL6W)- Written in the margins of a newspaper during his stay in a Birmingham jail this details the theme described in the previous afterward. It makes plain the reasoning necessary to combat apathy.
  • A Colony In A Nation – By Chris Hayes (Amazon: https://goo.gl/jvyViv, ) – A description of what America is for the poor in America today with historical context that resonates with the previous two. Gives me an understandable perspective regarding why Ferguson was a thing and how blind I’ve been to the issues that face the poor in America today. Did you know that even if we released all people of color in prisons today. We would still be the #1 country by prison population?
I’m intensely interested in understanding the past so I can better understand how we arrived at today. Maybe learn something about how to begin fixing it. I won’t know who I should vote for in the next election otherwise…
Foundation reading list:
  • Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind – by Yuval Noah Harari (Amazon: https://goo.gl/ycOv0A) – Laying down perspective. Listened to this 3 times.
  • Homo Deus – by Yuval Noah Harari (Amazon: https://goo.gl/jqlm21) – More perspective more topical regarding where our global society is heading. Listened to this 3 times.
  • Liberal Fascism – by Jonah Goldberg (Amazon: https://goo.gl/JmQgp9) – This one bursts a bubble: Fascism grew from the left. Under the Nazi’s the left was killed off and the right picked up the baton. Yeah. Blew me away. Brings some topical things to light about the history of Fascism and what our nation seems to be forming up to become (good or bad). Like, Did you know that the social programs sparked under JFK are basically at their core Fascist? This was not seen as a bad thing because the nasty ethnic cleansing aspects are left out. This book led me to the next one.
  • One Minute to Midnight – One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War – by Michael Dobbs (Amazon: https://goo.gl/ZRgHYq) – I listened to this one at the same time I listened to Liberal Fascism. I wanted to know more about JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy. These two remind me of how Trump has modeled his executive branch. By brining in family to advise him directly. Helping me understand why JFK’s model worked and Trump’s is a bull in a china shop.
Those led me to and from these through various avenues. I’ve been listening and reading these for years. So this is outside the 2017 book list above.
  • Waking Up – Podcast by Sam Harris – (https://goo.gl/CvP8Dx) Start with episode #73 an interview with Charles Murray. I got hooked into this through something I don’t remember at the moment, but it has become key to my journey. I came away from this very interested in Charles Murray. Mostly because of how much sense the next two books made. I have not read the The Bell Curve – the one Charles Murray is most known for – but that one matters less, so far, compared to the next two books. To close this one Sam Harris is also very interesting.
  • Loosing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 – by Charles Murray (Amazon: https://goo.gl/tJkD6b) – Just read it. Describes using data of the time the social programs I never understood the origin of.
  • Coming Apart: The state of White America, 1960-2010 – by Charles Murray (Amazon: https://goo.gl/mkEAap)- Again, just read it. It’s REAL important for context.
  • Common Sense podcasts – by Dan Carlin (https://goo.gl/Yr7gNn) – Listen to ALL of them. I think this guy’s politics fits mine best. I can’t quantify that in writing yet.
  • Hardcore History podcasts – by Dan Carlin (https://goo.gl/0Nr95B) – Listen to ALL of them. They are amazing and give a LOT of historical context.
All of these are available in audio form (from Audible) or are available on whatever podcast app you might have access to.

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Cycling Life

So, I did this!

Yes! I did it! The ride was beautiful. If a bit chilly. My ColdGear was invaluable! Lots of water stops and in the last 10 miles I must have stopped every 3 to stretch. The last 5 miles was the hardest.

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Everyone was there at the end. Even those that could only be there in spirit. Remember, you never really do things completely alone.

Thanks To: Mom & Dad, Becky, Jason, Julia, Liz, Molly, Ryan, Cassie, Karen, Mary, Ashley, Mara, Joel & Melissa, the entire H&M SB staff and anyone else who has touched my life in the last number of months.

I want to do it again. Go farther. Next one might be just after the new year.

Oh and Becky, thanks for getting me to jog. Never knew i could do it without injuring myself!

Free stuff!
Free stuff!

 

On the road
On the road
On the road #2
On the road #2
On the road #3
On the road #3
Finish!
Finish!

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Cycling Life

So, I’m doing this!

Sacramento Century Challenge

So, I’m doing a metric century this weekend. (10/1/2016) I’ve been training consistently on the bike since August 1st (3 days a week). I’ve brought my old trainer, Becky, out of trainer-retirement to help me with an additional 2 core-workouts a week for the last month. I completed my first real 34 mile stretch with Liz a three weeks ago. I put in a collective 66 miles last weekend – for the first time in a couple of years. Last pre-ride workout was this evening. I’m feeling euphoric. I’m feeling strong. I am feeling ready. Time to Kick Ass and Take Names!

Follow this link to donate to fight childhood cancers here. [https://goo.gl/VvVPAB]

 

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Life

Fatal Force…

I’m a little disturbed by some data I found… I thought I would be wrong. I am not wrong. We should all be listening to *some* of the noise media is making about police killings in America. Thanks Washington Post for making some of the assumptions I had been making, more concrete. [https://goo.gl/z9ZbRk]
 
Yes, there is data from 2015 too. The independent analysis I completed this evening used information from all of the deaths from Jan 1, 2015 through roughly 12 hours prior to this post as reported by The Washington Post. A link to the downloadable dataset (in CSV format) is available at the link above.
 
We should be questioning everything.
 
I will not publish my findings. I am too afraid of them because I never like publishing a problem without some kind of idea how the problem can be solved. I know I do not hold any answers. I do not have the tools to recommend, correct, or even give a hint as to a solution. Go, do your own digging. Come up with some ideas/solutions of your own. Chat with me about them if you want. The people who know me. Know where to find me. 
 
Please know that there are many Americans out there making assumptions. Many are making the wrong assumptions. I would have *loved* to be wrong about this. Please, everyone, be safe out there.

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Life Needle Art

Facebook advertising…

Something I’ve learned through observation. They don’t know yet that you have actually bought the item they are advertising to you. Good example:

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I bought the Estonian Dreams pattern and yarn from Craftsy about a week ago. However, they have not stopped showing me this pattern. I welcome the day when the retailer can ‘thank’ you for being a customer by NOT pestering me again for a while. Like for year… Go away now…

Andrew…

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Life

New beginnings, and a new place to roost!

It’s a time of new beginnings. Our new Starbucks location opened this morning. While we didn’t make it in time to make the ‘first purchase’. I did make it to sit and work this morning. While the location is smaller, which I have come to expect with SB drive thru’s. It is comfortable and well powered!! Plugs EVERYWHERE! Good times!

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Life

Rest In Peace Aunt Margaret Nagl

My first memories of you were from a visit to Iowa as a small child. Your house was just a cinderblock basement at the time. I remember your laugh, your smile, being outside, and the fascinating trains that would go by right near your back doorstep. I was probably under 10 years old because I remember everyone being so big.

Aside from being at the farmhouse. These are some of my best memories and all of them since are full of love and joy. You and your place has always been a magnet for me. Of all of it; the family; the places; the people; the things… I will miss you the most.

It is OK, it will be OK, as long as there is love. Never ending bottomless Love.

Please rest now. Go filled with LOVE.

Andrew…