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universal basic income

Since I began depending on Social Security for my income, my dedication to youth justice issues has not exactly been diminished. My biggest challenge has been learning to live within my means, not the target of my efforts. If anything, going onto Social Security has freed me up to pursue what I believe is important to society, regardless of how well (or poorly) it pays.

I have lately been hearing more and more that all people of all ages should receive “Universal Basic Income” (also called unconditional basic income, Citizen’s Income, basic income guarantee, or universal basic income). It is a form of social security in which all citizens or residents of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income they receive from elsewhere. In this definition, I emphasize the word “unconditional,” which means that a benefit would be paid, regardless of whether the recipients are TV-watching couch potatoes or stunningly productive entrepreneurs. You get paid for just being alive.

The arguments for Universal Basic Income generally boil down to three points:

(1) Eliminate and reduce poverty and inequality, with dignity and security for all;

(2) Save capitalism, as technology substitutes for human labor and reduces wage/purchasing power; and

(3) Encourage entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, creative and caring work. and civic engagement.

Universal Basic Income probably won’t happen in my lifetime because the idea is surely too morally reprehensible to the red tie guys and gals. They probably support the caste system in India, too. But then, they don’t have any better ideas than “some people deserve to suffer.”

I recently read this article about some things that Elon Musk said about Universal Basic Income. It deserves a hearing.



Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

by Catherine Clifford, CNBC

November 4, 2016

Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future. And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX.

According to Musk, there really won’t be any other options.

“There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,” says Musk to CNBC. “Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.”

In a country with universal basic income, each individual gets a regular check from the government. Switzerland considered instituting a universal basic income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2578) a month this summer. Voters ultimately rejected the plan, but it sparked a broad, global conversation.

Also this summer, President Obama addressed the idea of a universal basic income in an interview with the Director of MIT’s Media Lab, Joi Ito, and Scott Dadich, editor in chief of WIRED: “Whether a universal income is the right model—is it gonna be accepted by a broad base of people? that’s a debate that we’ll be having over the next 10 or 20 years.”

While society is slowly mulling over the idea of a basic human income, technology is rapidly changing the global workforce.

For example, in the future, semi-trailer trucks will be able to drive themselves. And though that won’t become the status quo for a while, it will mean that there won’t be a need for quite as many truck drivers, says Musk.

Some drivers will transition to fleet operators, responsible for monitoring the status of a fleet of trucks, not any one individual truck. If a truck appears to be having issues, then the fleet operator would come in remotely and solve the problem.

“Actually, it’s probably a more interesting job than just driving one [truck],” says Musk.

It’s likely those truck drivers who no longer have a job might see the situation differently.

But the optimistic Musk sees increased automation as an overall benefit to society, even an opportunity.

“People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” says Musk. “Certainly more leisure time.”

A long horizon of leisure time may sound good, but it can also be an intimating prospect. For many, having a job and someplace to be each day is grounding and gives purpose to life.

Indeed, Musk himself is driven by his professional ambitions. He hasn’t needed to work to pay his bills for well over a decade. In 2002, Musk sold PayPal, the online payments company he co-founded, to eBay in a deal that put $165 million in his pocket. Instead of kicking back, he has launched multiple companies and is trying to get to Mars.

Even though Musk’s ambition may be more outsized than most, many Americans would probably also want to continue doing some kind of work. Binge watching Netflix is only enjoyable for so long.
Cat Clifford is the senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN.


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bigly upset



Thank god the election is over!

Now we can get back to cute puppies on Facebook and I will no longer have to hear from those people who post annoying Donald Trump messages. They will just be smug for a while, and I can take that.

You probably think I should be off somewhere, licking my wounds. I’m not. I’m trying to put a positive light on things… for example, that I will have a new generator next Monday (ask no questions about the long weekend).

I have electrical problems at Estrella Vista, and I must keep this short.

If this election has taught me one thing, it is that conflict in the 21st Century will be framed by the following:

The Empaths vs The Sociopaths

Think about it. I think it fits.



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The choice is yours.








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too harsh


Neuroscience Suggests the Justice System May Be Too Harsh on Young Adults

by Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

October 31, 2016

For a long time, the United States’ justice system has been notorious for its proclivity for imprisoning children. Because of laws that grant prosecutors and judges discretion to bump juveniles up to the category of “adult” when they commit crimes deemed serious enough by the authorities, the US is an outlier in locking up kids, with some youthful defendants even getting life sentences. Naturally, this has attracted a great deal of outrage and advocacy from human-rights organizations, who argue that kids, by virtue of not lacking certain judgment, foresight, and decision-making abilities, should be treated a bit more leniently.

Writing for the Marshall Project and drawing on some interesting brain science, Dana Goldstein takes the argument about youth incarceration even further: We should also rethink our treatment of offenders who are young adults.

As Goldstein explains, the more researchers study the brain, the more they realize that it takes decades for the organ to develop fully and to impart to its owners their full, adult capacities for reasoning. “Altogether,” she writes, “the research suggests that brain maturation continues into one’s twenties and even thirties.” Many of these insights come from the newest generation of neuroscience research. “Everyone has always known that there are behavioral changes throughout the lifespan,” Catherine Lebel, an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Calgary who has conducted research into brain development, told Goldstein. “It’s only with new imaging techniques over the last 15 years that we’ve been able to get at some of these more subtle changes.”

The basic argument is that since we know 20-year-olds have brains that are, overall, more likely to fall victim to impulse and temptation than those of 30-year-olds, the justice system should factor in these differences. Research shows that imprisoning a 20-year-old, after all, is only going to make them more likely to commit crimes in the future. And as Goldstein’s article notes, we live in an age in which millions of young men of this age lack economic opportunities, and in which far fewer of them settle down with a spouse and kids at a young age than was the case fairly frequently—people “grow up” slower in a sociological sense than they used to. Throwing a young adult in prison for an extended term, rather than helping them get the resources they need to live a productive life, is often a net negative for society.

Now, it’s important to remember that this brain-development stuff is complex. For example, everyone’s brain develops at a different rate—some 20-year-olds have far more “mature” brains than others. It’s impossible to make any one-size-fits-all statements about people’s reasoning and judgment capabilities at a given age.

What is clear, though, is that there are important average differences between young adults and older ones, and that many states in the U.S. don’t recognize that difference. Luckily, as Goldstein notes, “Raise the age” campaigns—that is, raise the age of the cutoff between juvenile and adult, sweeping more young adults into the former category—are starting to gain traction in a lot of places, even if these initiative often face political opposition. So it might take a while, but it feels like the justice system is showing some signs of willingness to adopt the latest, most accurate brain science.


Jesse Singal is a New-York-based journalist who currently works as a senior editor at New York Magazine’s website, where he will be editing a soon-to-launch blog about the science of human behavior. He’s also the video game columnist for The Boston Globe and a contributing writer at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and his work has appeared in The New Republic Online, Slate,, Politico, The Washington Monthly, and other outlets.



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adhd fraud


The French Do Not Recognize ADHD for Pharma Drug Intervention

by Paul Fassa,

The French don’t recognize ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) as a chemical imbalance that opens the Pandora’s Box of pharmaceutical drug addiction with harmful side effects.

They don’t raise their kids on fake hyper sugar and chemical processed foods either. Instead, school kids are treated to chefs in training preparing lunch meals from nearby freshly grown produce and local livestock.

In general, the French are more food health conscious than Americans. They believe in fresh well prepared food for all. They don’t allow chemically bleaching wheat flour for white bread. They let the sun do that, which probably enhances micro-nutrients instead of adding toxins.

The ADHD diagnosis rate in America is 19 percent. In France, it’s .5%—a half of one percent. And the socialization of that half percent is not done chemically. It’s done socially and/or with talk therapy, the old fashioned way.

No doubt a lot of fake kiddie cereals that dominate our food aisles are eschewed in France also. That’s probably aided by much less TV advertising of fake foods loaded with food coloring chemicals and sweetened with added excess sugar and HFCS to hook the kids. All of those items contribute to hyperactivity.

And perhaps less TV with MTV type editing activity that prevails in much of our visual entertainment these days makes it easier to be more one pointed and patient.

Maybe the French kids get more outdoor activity, riding bikes around, enjoying playground activity without excess “helicopter” supervision, and playing soccer. That’s the sort of activity that has declined considerably in the USA.

Instead, video games and TV watching are considered the safe way to raise kids. All sorts of terrible things outside, you know. Must guard the kids and make sure they won’t get dirty or hurt.

I’m glad I grew up when kids were riding bikes all over, even to school and back, building “forts” in overgrown empty lots or wooded areas, and occasionally engaging in slingshot and BB gun fights whenever we weren’t playing sandlot football or baseball under the intense Miami sun.

Even with all that, enough schooling was boring, inviting classroom hijinks and restless behavior. But were weren’t put on pharmaceutical drugs. Here’s a type of school outside the public school system that would be less energetically restrictive while offering subjects of individual interest.

The Fake Disease That’s Turning Kids Into Drug Addicts

In 1998, Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn of the Royal College of General Practitioners stated, “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction. One of the founding fathers of ADHD as a medical psychiatric disorder, Leon Eisenberg, confessed before dying in 2009 at the age of 87, “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

Psychiatrists traded in their note pads used in talk therapy for prescription pads as their professional stature diminished a few decades ago.

As MDs who did talk therapy, they could legally write prescriptions while their non-MD certified psychologists and counselors could not. So eventually a collusion between psychiatrists and Big Pharma created manuals that listed disorders by symptomatic observation and psychiatric committee consensus to create the drug for that disorder.

Fake diseases created for fake medicines

That in a nutshell was the brain chemistry imbalance explanation for behavioral and mental disorders, and just like viruses, Big Pharma had a chemical for all of them.

So then psychiatrists could have patients visit for 15 minutes then prescribe them pharmaceuticals. Future visits would determine future prescriptions depending on if the patient hadn’t gone on a killing spree or committed suicide from the drug’s side effects.

This created disease has resulted in putting children as young as three years old on pharmaceuticals like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts). These are both chemically similar to what Walt of the “Breaking Bad” TV series was selling on the amphetamine black market.

Now almost 5 million kids in the US who have been observed by school faculties and other facilities to be a behavioral nuisance or not with it scholastically are on Ritalin or Adderall. Then there are the antidepressants for worse cases.

This is a drug culture that’s totally legal and just as socially and physiologically dangerous as hard street drug activity, you know, the “war on drugs” kind.



Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption.



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not bad for a hawaiian


Last Bush Year       Now

Unemployment Rate                                 7.2%                 4.9%
Cost of a Gallon of Gas                             $3.24                $2.31
Uninsured Rate                                         15%                  9.2%
Oil Barrels Imported                                  11 million          4.5 million
Teen Pregnancy                                         40.2/1k             24.2/1k
Iran’s Centrifuges                                      19,000              6,000
GDP Growth                                                -0.3%               +2.9%
Dow Jones                                                  10,355              17,930

Just think what would have been possible with a little help from the Republicans.



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comey’s got to go

Whether the president after the election is a lame duck or an entirely new person, one of his/her most important tasks is to get rid of James Comey, the director of the FBI, who serves at the pleasure of the president.
Much has already been written by others whether Comey’s actions about the Anthony Weiner emails were a violation of the Hatch Act (a violation of law), an “abuse of power,” or merely an example of massively bad judgement. But the fact remains that we do not need any police—especially the FBI—inserting themselves into this country’s election process.
Political police are something more common to Nazi Germany, Saudi Arabia, or a South American banana republic, not the USA.
The impacts of Comey’s actions—both in July and last Friday—are unknowable and will likely be debated for years to come. Some of the latest polls show that Clinton has suffered a plunge and that she and Trump are now virtually tied—though I did visit a betting website, and they still favor Hillary winning 70.2% to Trump’s 28.4%. Nevertheless, introducing the Trump wild card to our calculations is Comey’s doing, and whether it was intended or not, it was absolutely predictable that the FBI would be seen as partisan.
Comey’s intent notwithstanding, he broke with DOJ protocols and his boss’s wishes, and he should be held to account, regardless of the election outcome.


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PS: FBI director James B. Comey told Congress on Sunday November 6 that he had seen no evidence in a recently discovered trove of emails to change his conclusion that Hillary Clinton should face no charges over her handling of classified information. Comey’s announcement, just two days before the election, was an effort to clear the cloud of suspicion he had publicly placed over Clinton’s presidential campaign when he alerted Congress that the FBI would examine the emails. Despite this rectification of his earlier letter to Congress, the insertion of the FBI in the election is drama which should never have happened, and should never happen again. Comey’s still got to go.

By the way, that betting site I referred to has changed its odds since Comey’s latest announcement: Clinton to win by 81.8%, Trump to win 17.9%.


put on your hood


KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president

by Peter Holley, The Washington Post

November 2, 2016

Among the small number of American newspapers that have embraced Donald Trump’s campaign, there is one, in particular, that stands out.

It is called the Crusader—and it is one of the most prominent newspapers of the Ku Klux Klan.

crusaderUnder the banner “Make America Great Again,” the entire front page of the paper’s current issue is devoted to a lengthy defense of Trump’s message—an embrace some have labeled a de facto endorsement.

“‘Make America Great Again!’ It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency,” Pastor Thomas Robb wrote in the Crusader. “You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps such as the one being worn here by Trump speaking at a recent rally. … But can it happen? Can America really be great again?

“This is what we will soon find out!”

“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?'” the article continues. “The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did—but because of who our forefathers were.

“America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

The Trump campaign sharply and swiftly criticized the article. “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form,” the campaign said in a statement Tuesday evening. “This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”

Reached by phone, Robb told The Washington Post that while the Crusader wasn’t officially endorsing Trump, his article signaled the publication’s enthusiastic support for the Republican billionaire’s candidacy.

“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens,” Robb said. “It’s not an endorsement because, like anybody, there’s things you disagree with. But he kind of reflects what’s happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders.”

The 12-page quarterly newspaper calls itself “The Political Voice of White Christian America!” and has a well-known white supremacist symbol on its front page. The latest edition includes articles about Jewish links to terrorism, black-on-white crime, and a man who claims to be Bill Clinton’s illegitimate child. An article near the end of the paper says that Trump’s candidacy is “moving the dialogue forward.”

The publication’s website says that its “number one goal” is to “stop white genocide.”

Since the earliest days of his presidential bid, Trump has attracted the support of prominent white nationalists across the country, setting off fears that a dormant fringe faction of the GOP base—one steeped in xenophobic and white supremacist rhetoric—would be folded back into mainstream politics.

In the early months, white nationalists said they were reluctant to publicly throw their support behind the controversial billionaire for fear of harming his strengthening campaign. But white nationalists said as Trump became more emboldened, they did too.

In January, Jared Taylor—editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance—lent his voice to a robo-call recording urging registered voters in Iowa to back Trump. Those potential voters, Taylor told The Post, are part of a silent majority who are tired of being asked to celebrate diversity but are afraid of being labeled bigots.

A month later, Trump was embraced by former KKK grand wizard David Duke, which led to a controversial exchange between CNN’s Jake Tapper and the Republican candidate. Asked by Tapper to “unequivocally condemn” Duke, Trump pleaded ignorance.

“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?” Trump said.

Tapper pressed him several more times to disavow Duke and the KKK, but Trump again declined.

“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump said. “So I don’t know. I don’t know—did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”

That same month, Rachel Pendergraft—the national organizer for the Knights Party, a standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan—told The Post that Trump’s campaign offered the organization a new outreach tool for recruiting new members and expanding their formerly dwindling ranks.

The Republican presidential candidate, Pendergraft said at the time, provided separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to the dying white supremacist movement.

“One of the things that our organization really stresses with our membership is we want them to educate themselves on issues, but we also want them to be able to learn how to open up a conversation with other people,” Pendergraft said.

Using Trump as a conversation piece has been discussed on a private, members-only website and in “e-news, stuff that goes out to members.”

In addition to opening “a door to conversation,” she said, Trump’s surging candidacy has electrified some members of the movement.

“They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Pendergraft said. “They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”

In August, the American Nazi Party’s chairman, Rocky Suhayda, agreed, declaring on his radio show that Trump offers “real opportunity” to build the white nationalist movement.

More recently, Trump’s rallies have been marred by a series of racially charged incidents.

Last week, a black Trump supporter was booted from a North Carolina rally after he was mistaken for being a protester. Trump’s security detail escorted a man out of the rally as the audience cheered.

“You can get him out,” Trump said, making a sideways motion with his thumb. “Get him out.” The person in question turned out to be C.J. Cary, a North Carolina resident, who claims to be a longtime Trump supporter.

Cary, in a phone interview, said Saturday that he had gone to the rally because he wanted to hand-deliver a note to the Republican presidential nominee. He made his way to about 20 to 30 feet from the stage and shouted “Donald!” while waving his note around to try to catch his attention.

“Everyone else is waving Trump signs and I’m waving this white letter,” Cary, 63, said. He said that, coupled with the fact that he was wearing sunglasses during an evening rally to deal with his sensitivity to light, may have been what set people off.

Cary said a security official noticed he appeared to be a supporter but said he should not have disrupted the rally.

“He asked me, ‘What happened? You have on a GOP badge,’ ” Cary said. “I said, ‘I’m yelling at Donald, and he thinks I’m a protester.’ ”

Days later, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, forcefully disavowed a supporter as “deplorable” for chanting “Jew-S-A!” at a weekend rally, the latest incident of anti-Semitic rhetoric used by some of the GOP nominee’s backers, according to Post reporters Jose A. DelReal and Sean Sullivan.

“[The man’s] conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate. Wow,” Conway said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That man’s conduct was deplorable. And had I been there, I would have asked security to remove him immediately.”

The Saturday afternoon incident in Phoenix was captured on video that showed a man confronting reporters at the rally with shouts and a three-fingered hand gesture that resembled hate symbols flagged by the Anti-Defamation League.

“You’re going down! You’re the enemy!” the man yelled. As the rest of the crowd broke into a chant of “USA! USA!,” the man repeatedly chanted, “Jew-S-A! Jew-S-A!”

Conway agreed when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked whether the man’s behavior was “deplorable”—a reference to controversial comments made last month by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was criticized for casting “half of Trump’s supporters” as a “basket of deplorables.” Clinton later expressed regret for suggesting that half of his supporters were racist or xenophobic.

As DelReal and Sullivan reported, the “Jew-S-A” incident revived long-standing anxieties about xenophobic and white supremacist rhetoric used by a fringe faction within the GOP nominee’s base.

Anti-Semitic slogans and language, they wrote, have become common among self-identified members of the “alt-right,” a fringe conservative movement that fashions itself as a populist and anti-establishment alternative to the mainstream Republican Party. Many within the alt-right have enthusiastically embraced Trump’s campaign message, which has included calls for mass deportations of undocumented Latino immigrants and for barring foreign Muslims from entering the United States.

Many of Trump’s critics have accused him and his campaign of stoking racial grievances as a political tool. Those accusations have intensified since Stephen K. Bannon stepped away from running Breitbart News—which he has called a “platform for the alt-right”—to become the Trump campaign’s chief executive.

“I wouldn’t want to tar and feather every Trump supporter with the anti-Semitic comments of one person, but it is the case that the Trump campaign has been embraced by the radical right in an unprecedented way this season,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Trump came under fire over the summer for retweeting an image of rival Hillary Clinton alongside $100 bills and a Jewish star bearing the words “most corrupt candidate ever!” Trump later claimed that it was a sheriff’s star.

Trump’s son, Donald Jr., also drew attention for doing an interview with a white-nationalist radio host this year; he later told Bloomberg News that he did not realize the interviewer was going to be looped into the conversation. He was also blasted for posting an image on social media he said he got from a friend that included Pepe the Frog, a figure that has been appropriated by white supremacists. He told ABC News that he did not know about the association.


Peter Holley is a general assignment reporter at The Washington Post.




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anti-trump ads

Not being a regular TV viewer and having already voted in the 2016 presidential election, I was interested to learn on the radio recently that Hillary is dusting off Lyndon Johnson’s famous “Daisy Girl” ad against Barry Goldwater from 1964. Apparently, there are no political feces too petrified for use in this election:


Then Youtube’s automatic playback of Hillary’s ads kicked in, I found these extremely interesting, too:




Like I said in an earlier post, I’m out of this election now. I’ve already voted. But if Comey can insert himself into this election at such a late date, and now with the FBI’s latest unexpected release of documents from Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of Marc Rich (the husband of a Democratic donor who fled to Switzerland after being indicted on tax evasion and other charges), I feel just fine about adding my own two cents. Will the FBI be posting documents on Trump’s housing discrimination in ’70? I don’t think so. They have already lined up in the Republican camp.

I have talked to a few people whom I like and respect who say they’re going to (or have already) vote(d) for Trump. They say: “He is such an obnoxious bully, we need him on America’s side.”

Sorry, but I don’t agree. This bully doesn’t care about anyone or anything but himself. There is not an altruistic, unselfish bone in Trump’s body. Were he elected, it would just be a short matter of time before the American electorate realized it had made a big mistake and made us look more ridiculous to the world.



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día de muertos


Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that will be celebrated today in Terlingua. There will be a parade and gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died and to support them in their spiritual journeys.

People go to to the cemetery to be with the souls of the departed and build altars containing the favorite foods and beverages—as well as photos and memorabilia—of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits to the living by their souls, and to hear prayers and comments which are directed to them. Celebrations can take on a humorous tone, as the living remember funny events and stories about the departed.

Maybe I will drive down to the cemetery in the Ghost Town to see the observances, maybe I won’t. It will depend on how I physically feel and how my money supply is holding out this month. Such are the constraints on we the living.




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