Language Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of language information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

According to Phonetics: The Sounds of Language, by Michael Dobrovolsky and Francis Katamba, "a very wide range of sounds is found in human language (600 consonants and 200 vowels, according to one estimate)." That's a lot of sounds!

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Ralph D'Andrea -- R.I.P. -- 1949 - 2014

Ralph D'Andrea, a good man whom I considered to be a friend, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014.

I'm 70, so it came as a bit of a surprise to open the local newspaper over my usual morning cup of green tea and discover a 65-year-old friend's obituary. I'm told by friends older than I that such events happen with greater frequency the older one gets.

As noted in his obituary, Ralph ran the Junction Daily Blog for years. He started it on a its own website at "wwwdotjunctiondailyblogdotcom", which was for a time linked to the Daily Sentinel, then, after some kind of disagreement -- my guess is it was probably over content -- Ralph moved it to Facebook, where it is still online as of this writing. I hope his wife, Cheryl, leaves it up for posterity.

For several years, I taught music to Ralph and Cheryl's daughter, Carina Louise D'Andrea. Like everyone else, I suppose, I was shocked by Carina's (everybody I knew called her "Cari") untimely death. In the circle of life, parents are supposed to die before their children, not the other way around. I'm sure Ralph was heart-broken by Cari's passing.

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Revolution Aggregation

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of information about revolution: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

One of the very first things a freedom fighter must understand is what the government1 says you can speak/write, and what the government says you are not allowed to speak/write. In other words, where is the constitutional boundary line between so-called "protected" speech and "unprotected" speech? In America, the U.S. Supreme Court has frequently acknowledged that it was the Founders' clear intent to protect political2 speech above all other types of speech. For example, two important free speech cases which bear on the essay are Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969) (unanimous court), and Meyer v Grant, 486 US 414 (1988) (unanimous court). The case of Yates v. U.S., 354 U.S. 298 (1957) holds that "advocacy and teaching of forcible overthrow of government AS ABSTRACT PRINCIPLE is immune from prosecution." Regarding “sedition3”, compare Pennsylvania v. Nelson, 350 U.S. 497 (1956) dissent to Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969) (unanimous court).

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Fasting Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of fasting information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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New Citizen Media v. Old Vestigial Dinosaur Media -- How to out-compete your local "Good Old Boys"

By John Wilkenson

(NOTE: There are many text/links in this essay. They look grey, but if you put your cursor on them, they become underlined so you can see them to click on them. All of the banner/links also take you to a destination URL.)

The Vestigial Dinosaur Media (VDM) is rapidly approaching extinction. Digital technology has bypassed chopping trees to make newspapers. Internet technology has taken the money out of politics by allowing you to send a multi-page message to thousands of people all around the world in a sixtieth of second for a sixth of a cent. To get information out to the public in real time, it is no longer necessary to own a multi-million-dollar building with a multi-million-dollar press, a multi-million-dollar payroll and scores of employees. One pajama-clad blogger typing away in his mother's basement can even the playing field by using websites and social media.

The Hegelian VDM serves Power (over the Other) and tries to make a living by "managing the news", perpetuating delusional social divisions -- (e.g. black v. white, women v. men, haves v. have nots, young v. old, ad infitum) -- and moulding your opinions. I fight against Power (over the Other) and don't try to "manage" the news. Like Matt Drudge, I just "retweet" the news and let you decide whether or not to read it. Of course, I do use #hashtags to target demographics to which my retweets go. Hyperlink technology lets citizen journalists like me use whole books and videos as footnotes to spread information and empower the individual for free. In today's high-tech playing field, the tree-chopping VDM is sort of like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.

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Why I'm voting for Pat Arotin -- Part 2

By John Wilkenson

(NOTE: To see an update in events, please scroll down to "UPDATE" below. There are many text/links in this essay. They look blue, but if you put your cursor on them, they become underlined so you can see them to click on them. All of the banner/links also take you to a destination URL.)

If I told you I was voting for Pat Arotin not only because of what I consider to be an over-the-top Daily Sentinel editorial but also what I suspect are dirty tricks from the Matt Lewis camp, you might say, "What?! Say it ain't so, Joe!" So let's look at it.

Yesterday, Mesa County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) "Information & Communications Manager", Heather Benjamin (above right), sent me what I consider to be an inappropriate email requesting that I take down the little informational banner/link of the MCSD logo (above left) which is linked to the Mesa County Sheriff's website for the sole informational, educational and journalistic purpose of facilitating public access to a public website. At that moment, the story became about Heather Benjamin and the logo. Of course it's pretty hard to write a story about a logo unless you engage in the 1st-Amendment-protected journalistic fair use of showing the public what the logo you are talking about looks like.

I'm still in the process of deciding whether or not to take the image down. But I need more information from Ms. Benjamin first. I'll get to the reasons why I believe my use of a low-resolution thumbnail-size image as an informational link to the MCSD website is perfectly legal in a minute. First I want to articulate my logic-based suspicion about what I would consider to be dirty tricks from the Matt Lewis camp.

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Meat Aggregation

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of meat information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

I suspect this blog article might not be appreciated by animal rights activists, but I thought it was important to include my story because I am knowledgeable in the subject matter. It's also partly philosophical because I'm a person who spent much of his life in the meat industry, but, at the age of 70, is now making major dietary changes in the interests of health, wellness and longevity. I was always involved with the USDA grading system, and a huge fan of USDA Prime meats. But last Christmas we bought a grass-fed standing rib roast, and, much to my surprise, the meat actually tasted noticeably more flavorful in addition to being very tender. For what little meat I do eat, I am an enthusiastic convert to the grass-fed, sustainably-raised, food-freedom movement. Abolish the FDA! IMO, they are tyrant-minded bureaucrats who couldn't care less about people, animals or the U.S. Constitution.

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Soil Building Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of soil building information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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New World Order Aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of NWO information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

I found some quotes that seem useful:

“Now there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents, and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and American universities. And they're elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do, folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish ignorant leaders. And term limits ain't going to do you any good, you're just going to wind up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So maybe, maybe, maybe it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here, like the public.” ~ George Carlin

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GMO Aggregation

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of GMO information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

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