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National Preparedness Month - September 2011 Graphic
2011 September 1: September is National Preparedness Month (but any month is a good month to be prepared for emergencies). Get A Kit. Make A Plan. Be Informed.

Komuso monk
The Ninja employs many disguises. (Ninja as mendicant Buddhist monk)

2011 August 20: Like a highly skilled, sword-wielding Ninja, Robert's Character Assassination page disarms all character assassins in a single stroke by exposing the flaw in their logic, receiving the gratitude and admiration of humble, truth-loving people everywhere.

2011 August 15: Hail, Citizens of Rome! (What the hail do you think you’re doing?!) In the name of the Senate (which should have term limits), and the People of Rome, proclaims its Say NO to Empire page open to the public—a move widely viewed as a futile and rather pathetic attempt to restore the Old Republic.

2011 January 2: A page about WikiLeaks is added to this site, wherein I explain how any charges leveled at Assange, Manning, and others seem unimportant compared to events of the kind depicted in WikiLeaks' helicopter video. Click here.

2010 December 8: Like runaway exponential growth, Robert's Overpopulation Page, though incomplete and under construction, startles visitors to his site.

2010 November 4: Welcome to Planet “Selfish Gene!” The fledgling Selfish Gene appreciation page leaps bravely from its nest, croaking dire warnings to any brave souls who dare read this insightful, yet frightening book. (Just kidding.)
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2010 October 4: “The Human Zoo” page makes its debut with links to author information and videos based on the book. PLUS music links to get you in the proper frame of mind!
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2010 Jan 27: New content: "Supertruth Book" is now defined and two observations are made on the possible nature of the ultimate supertruth. Click here...

The Pinky Show / American War: the U.S. in Vietnam 2009 Dec 22: The Pinky Show:   For a thoughtful, 40-minute analysis of the Vietnam War, give some quality time to those charming cartoon cats, Bunny and Pinky, at The Pinky Show website. (Free QuickTime 7 player required, or you can find the YouTube version here.) If you suspect that you haven't heard the whole story about Vietnam—a lot of people haven't, and a lot of people don't want to, even after all these years. Check out their other topics as well. (For example, "Iraq Under Occupation," YouTube version here.) Highly recommended. Helps prevent historical amnesia.

The Good Soldier (2009) 2009 Dec 13: The Good Soldier:   If you are a young person considering military service, make sure you have the whole story about war and what it’s like now before putting yourself in the middle of one, because it’s extremely difficult to question it later. Before setting yourself up for a lifetime of regret, you should be questioning assumptions that war is glorious, that our intentions are always the best, and that all the wars we get involved in are necessary. How much is war like a John Wayne movie? To start with, take a look at this 12-minute excerpt from the award-winning film The Good Soldier (2009). The uncut 79-minute film is available on DVD for $25 plus shipping and handling through the film's website. Or ask for it at your public library.

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Joke: Good News / Bad News

The leader of the oarsmen in a Roman galley said to his men, “I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that the captain said you can have the rest of the day off!”

When the cheers of the men died down, he went on, “You will also get an extra ration of bread tonight!”

As soon as that round of cheers ebbed, he went on, “The bad news is that tomorrow he wants to go water skiing!!!"

(Source: Bob Phillips.  Jolly Jokes for Older Folks.  Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2007.  Page 80.)

Pete Seeger Sings "Big Muddy" on YouTube …

Robert's Favorite Joke These Days . . .

Curious Cow

A man's car stalled on a country road.  When he got out to fix it, a cow came along and stopped beside him.

“Your trouble is probably in the carburetor,” said the cow.

Startled, the man jumped back and ran down the road until he met the farmer. He told the farmer the story.  

“Was it a large red cow with a brown spot over the right eye?” asked the farmer.

“Yes, yes!” the man replied.

“Oh, I wouldn't listen to Bessie,” said the farmer.  “She doesn't know anything about cars.”  

(Source: Bob Phillips.  The World's All-Time Best Collection of Good Clean Jokes.  New York: Galahad Books, 1996.  Pages 71-2.)

Thought for the Day . . .

Andy Warhol was wrong: in the future, everyone won't be famous for fifteen minutes. But everyone will have their own web site.
- Jon Winokur, author

The Advantages of a Permanent Email Address . . .

Ask Leo! by Leo A. Notenboom

One of my motivations for creating this website was to have a permanent email address.  I didn't want my email address to change whenever I changed internet service providers.  Also, some ISPs make it difficult or impossible to take your emails, address list, and favorites with you if you leave them.  The only way I know to solve these problems once and for all is to set up your own domain name. 

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