Friday, March 15, 2019
I believe in heroes.
Am watching the three movies in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
And the third movie is all about heroes.
The bad guys have abused the heroine for years and years in many sick ways.
She’s now on trial for her life.
And then come the heroes.
Starting with herself who dresses for court not in a modest outfit most defense attorneys would want for their clients, but in the outrageously extreme fashion only seen in night clubs that cater to perverts.
She is an individual who refuses to kowtow to social norms.
And outside of herself are the people with whom she has come in contact with and see through her eschewing of convention to the woman and victim on the other side of her skin.
Hackers, the press, a boxing club, secret government agencies, private security agencies, one after the other, sometimes in concert, sometimes through a choreography, thwart the bad guys, and each time they do I feel a surge that alone is worth the price of admission .
Love the Dragon Tattoo.
Never get enough of heroes.
Postings Count, Weather Brief, and Dinner
Friday, March 15, 2019
My 337th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
Time is 12.01am.
On Friday Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 59* with a feels-like temperature of 55* with a few showers.
Dinner with Kat’s friends.
Turkey Cacciatore, Manhattan Fish and Clam Chowder, and other leftovers to make for a tasty evening.
Tick Tock : Marking Calendars and Deep Weather
After 337 posts we’re at the 6.74% mark of my commitment,
the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.
Six seasonal days after that
and then the first day of spring.
Question of the Day
What is war?
Love your notes.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This from Marc Oliviere:
Happy Birthday Dom!
As you begin each and every day with a cup of coffee (one part caff, one part decaff) and a walk, I begin each day with a coffee (same formula) and your blog. Always looking forward to them.
Web Meister Responds: Very encouraging, Marc. Thank you.
Elephant jokes to tell at a bar:
What did the elephant say when the croc bit off his trunk?
Answer to the Question of the Day:
What is war?
War is a state of armed conflict between states, governments, societies and informal paramilitary groups, such as mercenaries, insurgents and militias.
It is generally characterized by extreme violence, aggression, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces.
Warfare refers to the common activities and characteristics of types of war, or of wars in general.
Total war is warfare that is not restricted to purely legitimate military targets, and can result in massive civilian or other non-combatant suffering and casualties.
While some scholars see war as a universal and ancestral aspect of human nature, others argue it is a result of specific socio-cultural or ecological circumstances.
The earliest recorded evidence of war belongs to the Mesolithic cemetery Site 117, which has been determined to be approximately 14,000 years old.
About forty-five percent of the skeletons there displayed signs of violent death.
Since the rise of the state some 5,000 years ago, military activity has occurred over much of the globe.
The advent of gunpowder and the acceleration of technological advances led to modern warfare. According to Conway W. Henderson, "One source claims that 14,500 wars have taken place between 3500 BC and the late 20th century, costing 3.5 billion lives, leaving only 300 years of peace (Beer 1981: 20)."
Primitive warfare is estimated to have accounted for 15.1 % of deaths and claimed 400 million victims.
Added to the aforementioned (and perhaps too high) figure of 1,240 million between 3500 BC and the late 20th century, this would mean a total of 1,640,000,000 people killed by war (including deaths from famine and disease caused by war) throughout the history and pre-history of mankind.
For comparison, an estimated 1,680,000,000 people died from infectious diseases in the 20th century.
Nuclear warfare breaking out in August 1988, when nuclear arsenals were at peak level, and the aftermath thereof, could have reduced human population from 5,150,000,000 by 1,850,000,000 to 3,300,000,000 within a period of about one year, according to a projection that did not consider "the most severe predictions concerning nuclear winter".
This would have been a proportional reduction of the world’s population exceeding the reduction caused in the 14th century by the Black Death, and comparable in proportional terms with the plague’s impact on Europe's population in 1346–53.
Good Morning on this Friday, the Fifteenth of March.
Today we talked about heroes, the weather and leftovers dinner.
And we realized that spring is upon us and weather looking fine.
We posted an elephant joke and a note from Marc.
The q and a for the day involved a definition of war.
And now? Gotta go.
Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?
See you soon.