Vacuum Tubes

August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Vacuum tube internals

When my sister who was up here from Florida came by my place and saw that I had a couple of vacuum tubes on my work bench, she was surprised. I guess she thought that vacuum tubes had all disappeared.  But far from it. When you consider that nearly everything electronic from the 1930 to around 1970 used vacuum tubes. Radios, TVs, Stereos, consumer and commercial and military. That every drug store had atube testerthat was stocked with the most common tubes. As well as every radio and TV service shop in every town, city or burg. That’s a hell of a lot of vacuum tubes and they did not disappear overnight. In fact there are enough vacuum tubes still and people who want them to keep more than a few people in business selling them. Those who still prefer “vacuum tube” sound. Audio enthusiasts…

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Media

August 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons

From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that.

Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or listen, it had to be entertaining. Even the advertising itself. Secondary to this – in the case of newspapers at least – to present the views and beliefs of the publisher. Political, social, economic and [in some cases] religious.   In the case of broadcasting – radio and television…

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Capitalism ?

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The following RT video with Professor Wolff was brought to my attention on China’s stock market dive.

An excellent analysis of how China’s state capitalism suffers from the same problems all capitalist economies suffer from. That they will eventually eat themselves alive no matt how much you try to regulate and control them.

One need only look at our only history to see that this is true. The republican hands off approach of the 1920s lead to the predictable crash of 1929 and depression of the 1930s with the stock market eventually hitting near zero and the entire economy flat lined. It was and is common belief to say that the New Deal legislation of FDR was responsible for getting us out of the depression but the minute FDR tried to balance the budget, the economy nose dived again. It was WWII that brought us out and make no mistake…

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If You Change

July 12, 2015 § 1 Comment

If You Change

If you could try, tomorrow
to be everything you could be
for me
for you
for us
for everyone

Would you?

How many hours before it would become all about you
again

If you had tried, today
to do everything the right way
for me
for you
for us
for everyone

What would be different?

How many hours today did you even try to do anything
differently

If you had tried, yesterday
to do everything the right way
for you
for anyone

Would I even know you now?

Do you remember yesterday at all or is it just a
blank page
like today
and tomorrow

Nothing written, nothing done
Just another moon, and another sun
Nothing changed, nothing gained
One day sun, one day rain

How many days pass
with the same refrain
How many nights pass
both feeling pain

This must change

The wrong lizard might get it …

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The South Will Rise Again Eli Braud – flickr creative commons

“On its world”, said Ford “The people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.” “Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.” “I did,” said Ford. “It is.” “So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?” “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.” “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?” “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?” “I’ll…

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The Difficulty of Being A News Junkie

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

trkingmomoe:

This is interesting from Trope

Originally posted on Elusive Trope:

Over the years I have moved up and down the spectrum of  being a news junkie to being completely out of the loop. One of my core beliefs and ideals about how to live is one should know what is going on in the world down to the local level. Yet time after time I have walked away from attempting to achieve this ideal. This an impossible ideal since there is so much happening in the world there just isn’t time to day to know everything that is happening, and especially want to delve into the event beyond reading some summary. Below are some of reasons why being a news junkie is a frustrating addiction.

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IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES

June 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

trkingmomoe:

This is really interesting about Irish slavery in the New World.

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

http://peoplestrusttoronto.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/9dee9-irish-slaves.jpg




IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES
Source:http://goo.gl/LQ9JTW

They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.

But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered…

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