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Oct 23 2014
Ayn Rand (/ˈaɪn ˈrænd/; born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead.
In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism, and rejected altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed collectivism and statism as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on recognizing individual rights. In art, Rand promoted romantic realism. She was sharply critical of most philosophers and philosophical traditions known to her, except for some Aristotelians and classical liberals.
Literary critics received Rand’s fiction with mixed reviews, and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy, though academic interest has increased in recent decades. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings. She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives.
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Oct 21 2014
It was 1985. The royals were rock starts. And Motley Crue made this song. Welcome back to the Fall Classic. Home Sweet Home.
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Oct 20 2014
I just watched on Netflix "A Long Way Down." Keep in mind if you read the Wikipedia link it is going to tell you the entire plot of the movie.
I like the movie. I have not added it here as a "great" movie but it was very good.
The cast seemed very real and very human.
I see the film has got negative reviews from critics so you may not like it.
It is a BBC film (UK) and I could understand what they were saying. With my hearing problems sometimes UK films are hard to understand.
Check out the video and let me know what you think.
Do you agree with me or the critics?
A Long Way Down is a 2014 British black comedy film directed by Pascal Chaumeil, loosely based on author Nick Hornby‘s 2005 novel, A Long Way Down. It stars Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, and Aaron Paul as four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide.
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Oct 19 2014
My weight is down to 230 pounds. I wish I could lose 30 more pounds. I wish I could get to 160 pounds but not going to make it.
I told you about cutting in half one of my blood pressure medications. My BP went up so I have gone back to doing the full dose.
I have left flank pain, kidney, from time to time. I worry about that. It has been pretty bad tonight. If you have been reading my blog for years you might remember that I had a test done at the hospital to Miami.
Because of my prostate I retain urine. My bladder does not empty out all the liquid. So I have to I have to go often to the bathroom etc.
But the danger is that urine from the bladder will flow back into the kidneys. That is NOT good.
I had a pretty good run over the years. Pretty good health. No real problems.
But that last few years, I am 73, I am starting to fall apart.
A word of advice take care of yourself when you are young. Do not be dumb like me.
Eat the right foods. Do not drink cola drinks. Watch your sugar intake.
I do not think you have to be drinking water all the time but do stay hydrated.
Have an exercise program. I worked all the time and walked at work all the time. So I was thinking that I was getting some exercise. I was not. In the late 90s I had a tread mill test. They had to call it off early. My heart rate when up and my blood pressure went up big time. The doctor said a sure sign that I was not in good shape and that I had not been doing activity to keep the heart healthy.
Take care of yourself. It seems to me that one day I was young and then bang .. I was an old man.
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Oct 19 2014
I am losing some weight. It is all fluid retention from my left foot and legs.
I more weight I lose the better and early today I felt pretty good and then bang ..the arthritis pain hit big and strong. I try not to take the pain medication, Naproxen 500mg, but today I had to take it. It did not help for very long.
There is some cleaning I need to do around here and my body hurts … I was thinking I might get something done today but I did not get anything done.
If I drop something I just hate that.. because to bend over or get down to pick something up is big time pain. When I go to the mailbox I try and be very careful not to drop any of the junk mail on the ground. But all that junk mail in the box and junk and often one or two little adv will fall on the ground. I try and bend it up with my foot so I don’t have to reach all the way down.
No fun getting old.
Putting on shoes is a pain. Well anything bending over or getting down on the floor is major pain.
I seem to always be moving something around and having to get down on the floor to unplug or plug something back in to the outlet. Sometimes when I get down on the floor I just hurt so much I don’t want to get back up.
I got Russ to help me hook up a bigger TV in my room. With his help it was not to bad. Plugging it into the outlet hurt. But it is an old 1981 TV and the picture was very bad. So I put my old smaller TV back into operation. It is not have a real good display but better than the other bigger TV.
I am going to order a 32GB flash drive from Amazon. Then I can record from the TV set to the flash drive and then watch on my computer monitor.
When I can afford it I am going to get a 23 inch HDTV and put it next to my monitor. Then I can be using the computer and watch some TV.
Early voting starts Monday in Texas. I can not vote. I do not have a photo ID. I will have to get over to the state MV department and get a state ID. The weather is better.
But it is a long bus trip and my prostate and bladder have been a problem.
I think I will use Lyft to get to the office and then take the bus home.
I have never used Lyft service so it will be interesting to see how it works. I have a $25.00 credit with them. Use the link here and you can also get a $25.00 credit with them.
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Oct 15 2014
The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball‘s American League. Since 1973, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium. The Royals have participated in two World Series, winning the 1985 World Series and losing in 1980.
The “Royals” name originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899. The name also followed something of a theme of other professional franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.
Entering the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969, along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City’s previous major league team that played from from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968.
The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the mid-1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons, between the 1985 World Series championship and 2014, the Royals did not qualify to play in the Major League Baseball postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball’s current expanded wild-card era. The team broke this streak by securing the franchise’s first ever wild card berth in 2014.
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