25 August 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
Okay, tornadoes in late August...you've impressed me.
That was some weird-ass weather out there yesterday afternoon and evening.
Kinda odd to see that happen this time of year, and especially as close as it was to (and in) Allen County.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will  see us with off and on showers throughout the day, with some thunderstorms possible. Temps will top out around 85 degrees, with loads of humidity.
And, there is the possibility of a severe storm in all this mix. Take the proper precautions where you live.
Now, let's cast off and set out to see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the storm cellar is the answer to our WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Human morality is unthinkable without empathy."
This is attributed to Frans De Waal (born 29 October 1948) who is a Dutch primalogist and ethnologist. Here is his WIKI:
He is also a member of the United States Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Basically, he's studied animals and their behaviors, focusing on lower primates and how they relate to humanity.
It's a short but interesting read, because he has studied what binds primate societies together rather than how competition structures them.
His initial research dealt with aggressive behavior and social dominance.
After moving to the U.S. in 1981, he continued his studies in Wisconsin, and in 2013 wrote a book title "The Bonobo and the Atheist", which examines human behavior through the eyes of a primatologist, and explores how much God and religion are needed for human morality.
He concluded that morality comes from within, and that religion is secondary.
That explains why, without religion, morality may wind up in the "back seat" all too often.
*** Next, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
(gotta be a lot of folks wanting some of these in Kokomo)
(you can't make me...lol)
never know what you'll find there)
(La la laaa, la la la la...no, it's the EDIBLE one and not the TV foursome)
*** Next up, the McD's robber up on Illinois Rd. was caught. Here's that story:
Big surprise...THIS guy's BLACK, too.
Lawrence Hill is the lucky winner in the "free ride downtown" lottery this time.
When he fled the McDs, he only grabbed an employee's cell phone and took NO cash (or burgers) but there is a battery charge against him...whatta loser.
*** Next, there was a shooting and a crash along Pasadena Dr. and Fairfield Ave last night.
Only have a photo on this...sorry. Perp caught.
*** Next up,  they caught "Pooder"...and here's the story:
Imagine that...he was (already) in INDY.
Yearbook picture = mugshot!
His Fort Wayne address was listed as being in the 3200 block of Oliver St. (right in the ghettohood).
Guess we could say he bond should be HIGH, as he is a flight-risk, hmm?
We shall see.
*** Next, and speaking of flight, this year's AIR SHOW has tossed a curve ball into the strike zone. Here's the story:
Same logo you had for 2012
Okay, this is ONE way to louse up what should be a good time (for me, anyway)...
Make all the parking for the air show DOWNTOWN and also make all attendees pay $5 for parking and also go through a screening at Headwaters Park...
All this is BEFORE you even get into the damn base (which is closer to the "Fortress").
They do have shuttle bus service (wonder who pays for THAT?)
Last time, we were screened by ANG personnel (Sgt in camos with an M4 strapped on him), we parked on the grassy areas adjacent to the base and walked the hell in...TOO SIMPLE and didn't cost a dime to park!
But "someone" decided that all this BULLSHIT was better...are you people serious?
WTH has the ANG air show got to do with downtown, anyway? Absolutely nothing AT ALL!
(The Mad Anthony craft beer fest is the same day at Headwaters...how convenient)
Gonna be REAL crowded on that Saturday!
Bet Geoff Paddock had his thumb in this pie (he's the Headwaters Park guy)
Well, as much as I would LIKE to attend, I'll have to be content to sitting this one out, thanks to the clusterf*ck the city has created this time around.
Sorry folks, you lost MY money (and presence).
Thanks for nothing.
Maybe we can see some flyovers when we're out at Eagle Marsh on the 11th.
*** Next,  and moving onto lighter things...a book review.
I recently got a copy of THE WHO'S WHO OF DOCTOR WHO, and it's written by a Whovian (Cameron K. McEwan). He is the author of the "BLOGTOR WHO" site.
And he's interviewed many from the show.
Well, it's a REALLY good addition to the personal library. Lots of photos AND artwork adorn the pages (all 240 of them), and it came out in 2014, so it's very up-tp-date.
It doesn't include series 9, however, but still, it gives a good look into the history of all the important people (good, bad, and alien) of the Whovian universe/timeline.
*** Next up, another installment of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
Yes, it was a rather soggy day for our furry buddy.
Dry food - better than mush.
But, he weathered it all well enough, coming out to eat in his shelter.
He even got to meet a neighbor who used to have her own cat (she's the one good neighbor we still have part-time between here and California).
"Uh, Bob...the food dishes are a bit EMPTY."
He watched me mow the back yard yesterday (and thankfully stayed away from the mower).
Nothing like having proper supervision when doing work about the house, right?
*** Last back to the weather-desk...I'm a big fan of the whole "if it's not broken, don't fix it" gig. I also subscribe to the "if it IS broke, by all means, fix it" deal.
But lately, in our society, we're seeing a lot of muddy water where both of these axioms are concerned.
People WILL fix things that are NOT broken (and usually in an expensive way), and will ignore that which NEEDS fixing, and to what end, I have no bloody idea.
Logic and reason SHOULD be ruling the day, whatever the situation, but I'm just not seeing it.
We are supposed to be the most "evolved" species on the planet, but there are times when I do have my doubts.
All I have to do is read the news, or watch it on TV and there we are...proof positive that we're NOT thinking with (or using) ALL the brain cells that God has provided. In some cases, there are people with few if any active cellular activity between their ears.
I say, if God provided it, then USE it.
He doesn't make things just to have them go to wast or take up space, right?
There will come a day when ALL people realize the trouble they're causing by NOT thinking clearly, NOT getting their moral compass pointed in the right direction, and NOT seeking a higher authority when it comes to societal problems.
But I don't think it will be today...and that's a real shame.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


CWMartin said...

To DeWall:

When the Tao is forgotten, there is righteousness.

When righteousness is forgotten, there is morality.

When morality is forgotten, there is law and ritual.

Law and ritual are the husk of true faith,

and the beginning of chaos.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching. Feel free to switch out Tao and Faith.

Mr Hill: Pretty easily IDed. Inside job by an idiot, perchance?

Pooder: You can run but you can't hide. And the attempt defines you as a human cockroach. Buh-Bye!

Air Show: Just goes to show you where the city's priorities are. Ashamed of the ANG to go along with it.

Two problems with the closing homily: First you have EVERY idea why the "fixing broken" is counter intuitive- follow the money. Second, who in the world told you our species was evolved, or even evolving. You know better than most that ain't true.

However, the last two sentences covered it all.

Bob G. said...

---You know your Lao Tzu well, my friend.
How very true.
Never saw chaos spring from faith, righteousness or morality; Only from those who rail against such things.
---Yep. Got it in ONE!
---He reminds me of Charlie Benson. HAS to be some DNA shared there.
---As am I. The BEST security would be AT THE BASE. No arguing with a trained soldier hefting a REAL assault rifle and sergeant stripes!
And I won't drive uptown to be driven back down here and then taken back UP to downtown so I can drive back home...that's STUPID on a KING HENRY scale!
---I was playing the "benefit of the doubt" card...like the leftards play the RACE card.
I know our species has some REAL etched-in-stone losers, but it also has something (else) it rarely takes advantage of...HOPE.
(and yes, we could toss a bit of Tao/faith in there too, right?)

Thanks for stopping on by and commenting today.
Much appreciated.

Stay safe up ther, brother.