Thursday, January 28, 2016

Peace, Politics, and

Concepcion Picciotto Dies; Kept Vigil Behind White House for 3 Decades   New York Times - January 28, 2016

President Obama's closest neighbor died on Monday, just a few days after vacating the peace vigil encampment behind the White House that she had occupied for more than 30 years in what was considered the longest political protest in American history. The protester, Concepcion Picciotto, died in a Washington apartment she shared with three roommates not far from her Lafayette Square tent, said Schroeder Stribling, the executive director of N Street Village, which provides services to homeless women. Ms. Picciotto, who had been in declining health, was about 80.

The Republican presidential candidates, minus Donald J. Trump, face off tonight in Iowa, where Trump and Ted Cruz are in a furious fight to place first in Monday's caucuses. Trump's feud with the network, an influential force in Republican politics, could be one of the most consequential fights in the campaign. The campaign of Ben Carson, once an Iowa front-runner, is in disarray. With Donald Trump not part of it - hopefully this will not be about personal attacks by the candidates but more about dealing with the endless issues that face the nation and the world. Then there's the latest about Michael Bloomberg's potential run for office ... On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is wrestling with whether to use a tougher line of ads.

While the debate is going on ... I'll be sleeping or watching The Blacklist ... as truths surface. I'm recording both.

The more TV series I watch the more the emphasis seems to be on political corruption. I would vote for anybody who would tell us the truth about secret projects and their connection with aliens.

The Real 'X-Files'? CIA Reveals Weirdest UFO Stories   Live Science - January 27, 2016
The real-life stories of UFOs would be enough for the fictional "X-Files" FBI agents Mulder and Scully to spend a lifetime investigating. With a nod to the new "X-Files" reboot (which airs on Fox on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET), the Central Intelligence Agency has released a trove of once classified documents on several real-life unidentified flying objects. Not surprisingly, many of these UFO sightings emerged in the early 1950s. The space race was on, the Cold War fears had reached a fever pitch, and science-fiction movies like "The Flying Saucer" (1950) catapulted schlocky depictions of aliens and their flying machines into the popular consciousness. In fact, by 1953, UFO mania had reached such heights that the CIA marshaled a team of scientific consultants to investigate all of the reports and review the "Unidentified Flying Object Problem," according to a 1953 memorandum by the agency.

The X-Files and Other Conspiracies

Eating Out Alone

Do you eat out alone? I don't because I prefer to cook my own meals. Eating out for me is a social thing based on the way my life is set up, though the trend to dining alone is increasing. I've notice that people who eat alone busy themselves by reading or with electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones. The brain likes to keep busy no matter what the physical body is doing. Some people dine alone to relax with a glass of wine and work out issues in their minds. Others hope to meet somebody new along the way.

I prefer to do most other things alone like shop, movies, culture, travel, just about anything because I am always with Z which means another adventure. Going alone allows your soul to attract adventures you would not otherwise have as they would not be part of others' experiences.