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… to our HOME page. See each DEPARTMENT for full posts in the menu above. Over 7.4 million pages served. Hosted by summitlake.com and Talking Crow Productions, on ICDSOFT. We excerpt large posts here and link to the original post in its department. Follow any announcement link to the full post. You can write us using the Reply form at the bottom of each standalone post, or the Write Summitlake.com link in the blue graphic at the bottom of this page. Thank you for visiting us. ~~ Alex Forbes, webmaster

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C.BEAR’S WORLD, Second Edition

PUBLISHED for Amazon Kindle:

Abstract: This
is our Second Edition, published for Kindle. These “Bear” short stories
were written for both kids and adults, on different and often
overlapping levels. We find science, serious moments, and especially the
Just plain-fun silliness that Bears enjoy the most. They are written so
that it can be fun to read them aloud. Youngsters, like Bears, are
prone to interrupt to ask what a word or passage means, and making a
book interactive is part of that fun in reading aloud.

LINK:
C.Brats World 2d Ed. Amazon

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2d EDITION FOR KINDLE

The Mysteriously Unsuccessful Boy,” Second Edition, is now available for the Amazon Kindle reader for Mac, PC and Android desktop, tablets, portables and mobile devices. LINK

The Mysteriously Unsuccessful Boy is an autobiographical adventure of just one life: the author’s. It is written for inquisitive adult and young adult readers. We can all find a story weaving together related threads of adventure, avoidance, evasion, overcoming obstacles and finding happiness. This is also a story of exploration, of both the world we live in, and of the world of the mind. What happens when we discover that what we think determines what we do.

ABSTRACT:

What can possibly come after motorcycles, backpacking, general
aviation, astronomy, programming, music and reading, rock climbing, camping and
whitewater rafting? Using the same forensic tools as a good detective mystery,
we’ll look inside the box.

At some point, we ask: are ideas just tools for better
understanding what the others think? Learning the hard way is better
than never learning at all. The excitement of exploring nature and peering at
outer space through telescopes awaits the biggest challenge of all: exploring inner
space
and building a new life from what we discover.

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The Mysteriously Unsuccessful Boy

PUBLISHED: After nine years, “The Mysteriously Unsuccessful Boy” is available on the apple Books store. (The Kindle project is next).

ABOUT THIS BOOK – excerpt

“This book, over eight years in the making, is that story of adventure, mistakes and building a real life. I learned a lot about myself just in writing it, and I enjoyed the journey. I hope you too enjoy it and find real value in the tale of my journey as well.”

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Community to Trump:

TheHill.com reports “Jewish leaders tell Trump “He’s not welcome in Pittsburg until he denounces white nationalism.”

“Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted,” the group wrote. “You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”

I do not think all who voted for Trump consciously voted or wished for evil, but actions have consequences, and many of those consequences have already been very horrible.

The Yuppies tried to “tear down the system” in the sixties, and they did divide America for a while, but look how well that worked in the end. Now it is time once again for us to deal decisively with folks who insist “my way or the highway.” This time, it has been worse. This time, repression of “target groups” of citizens, denial of basic rights, deliberate sowing of hatred, and domestic terrorism.

Time for a change. Our country’s founders enumerated basic rights into our Constitution. It is time we elect representatives who live up to that promise. It is not enough to talk about reuniting a badly split nation. We need to do something about it, and the Founders also conveniently provided the mechanism to do it:

VOTE

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Thanks and Updates

What, I haven’t posted here since January? I’m composing this offline in 24-point bold. I’ve had a serious vision issue since last August. It wasn’t correctly diagnosed until October. We have almost eliminated the main issue, and then we can talk about vision changes, cataract surgery and and new eyeglasses. Still, I’ve been inattentive to summitlake.com when I could at least have posted some of those little “card” quips I share o Facebook.

My real social world is on Facebook, where, with visual aids and text-to-speech, it’s all too easy to read and share information and personal life with friends all over the country. Many years ago here on Summitlake.com, I tried several :Chat” and comment plug-ins for WordPress which all proved vulnerable to hackers and spammers. Keeping up with the swarm of daily deletes , for the sake of the few legitimate posters, proved too high-maintenance. I ditched the experiment completely.

I do still use the built-in “comment” system. It queues all posts for an administrative approval, and that’s me. I’d like here to thank the legitimate folks who leave helpful comments and information, wondering whether their comment will ever post and if someone will think to reply and thank them.

I have a lot of legacy content on my site, plan to add new content, and to keep Summitlake.com online for a long time to come.

Regards,

Alex

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“Hey, I’m Clark”

… A clever ad I heard on Pandora. Who has never had a shopping experience like this?”

Hey, I’m Clark. I work at the drugstore, and I hate my job. Everyone’s asking me these annoying questions, like will this soap dry my skin, can you unlock the razor case, will you please ring me up? I’m not like a soap padding ring-up key-master wizard OK? Just buy all your bathroom stuff at Dollar Shave dot com. They’ll deliver all your bathroom stuff so you don’t have to come in and bother me while I’m texting my girlfriend’s friend.”

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What Liberals and Conservatives Need to Learn

Interesting New York Times article: Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears. I thought about it and write this:

We should not apologize for defending “absolutely unfettered freedom and diversity; acceptance and promotion of multiculturalism; allowing retention of separate identities; maintenance of separate communities, lifestyles and values; permitting open criticism of leaders, authorities and institutions; unrestrained free expression (of what many will consider offensive/outrageous/unacceptable ideas); strict prohibitions on government intervention in ‘private’ moral choices.”

Equal rights for everybody may be offensive to some, but we should not apologize for defending Constitutional guarantees. Red States may not realize it, but they comprise a large percentage of our neglected and scorned minorities, who live from generation to generation with no realistic opportunities for hope.

The DNC and we – its constituency – should not focus on civic harping. We need to show how the values we defend and promote apply to everyone, not “just” persecuted minorities and inner city poor. The problems faced by the “less densely populated” rural areas are very REAL, and they are not just a rural problem or a Red State problem, they are a national problem. Poverty and neglect are not defined by population density, they are defined by education, jobs, a living wage, a path to a better standard of living – and hope for all of those values.

The Right will get nowhere in trying to deny rights, and the Left will get nowhere trying to pretend that the poor and uneducated who voted Republican created their own problems. The current GOP, which bears little or no resemblance to the old Big Tent party, has no solution for either inner city or rural poor other than continued expansion of a permanent underclass. We need to provide those solutions – for all.

 

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After ‘The Wall’

In the next Administration, we can set up grandstands on both sides of the border at a safe distance, spacing dynamite charges every 25 yards or so along the whole border. Naturally worldwide TV and cable networks will be invited too, because this won’t be “fake news.” Then, after the all-clear sirens, similar to computer controlled fireworks displays, we can detonate the charges all the way down the line to the timed beat of “Shave and a hair cut, Bay Rum.”

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C.Bear’s World – PUBLISHED!

“C.Bear’s NEW Story” appended to my book and uploaded as an Update over the weekend as promised. Readers who previously purchased our book can download the free Update via iBooks! Hey, we have our own cat now, too! – C.Bear, June 24

Alex has written a bunch of stories about us, mostly without askin’ us. After years and years on the web, they’re published on the Apple iBooks Store. He promises he will finish “C.Bear’s New Story” and upload Edition 2 as a free update to your book (epub) soon!

You can click this link to my book on Apple’s iBooks Store, where you can download a free (abridged) Sample of my book, or buy the whole thing for a whopping $1.99!

You can still find all my stories listed and linked on the web on our Writing Page sidebar. But we find they are easier to read in bed, all in one place and one book, on our tablet!

C.Bear’s World

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Earth Day

The planet doesn’t care whether we’re rich, poor, run a global conglomerate or a septic service, are conservative, liberal or other. In fact, the planet doesn’t care at all.

It’s all up to all of us. Living together is not always easy, but human life itself should be everyone’s priority.

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The Axiom of Political Promises

It is quite right to be distrustful of any politician who promises to gut programs designed to support and foster health, education and the general welfare, and it is quite unwise to trust that same politician who also promises what, on the surface, sounded like a good deal benefiting us personally.

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Capitalism (2)

Edited from my 3/2 Facebook post

I was trained in econ, finance and business, and I lean towards economic conservatism. However: if there were no government regulation, we’d have to take every burglar to court for redress, every fraudulent business, every adulterated or dangerously mislabeled meds manufacturer, every cheat, crook and swindler … the courts would be swamped, but only with claimants able to pay for the mushrooming army of litigating attorneys.

The system we have now needs reform, but it’s still cheaper, more impartially administered, and accessible. Everybody supports the government, but few can afford redress through the courts every time we’re wronged or harmed. Think about that for a while.

I don’t understand how political “conservatives” rant and rail against “repressive government over-regulation” of corporations and businesses, as if you can’t just go and dig up the Grand Canyon looking for uranium and minerals, or manufacture a drug that kills people, — yet they press for more and more regulation controlling how you and I can pray, marry, make love, read a book, go to the movies, or vote.

Meanwhile, the 1% get richer, and the rest of us get poorer. I can certainly understand why the Swedes and Norwegians love their robust, healthy, happy “socialist” economies. I can understand how they’re happy with the economic, social and standard of health and living conditions for all. We can certainly understand how barbaric early laws sanctioned between business and worker gave rise to experiments with socialism. They became popular, and we’re starting to live in those  desperate times too..

I could successfully argue that the capitalist system of economics could work better, but we don’t have that now, and really never did. The notion that you and I need to live under one enforced system of common laws proscribing violations of the rights of others, but that businesses don’t, is truly insane.

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Modern Capitalism In a Nutshell

I don’t understand all the fuss about the new President-Elect who refuses to relinquish personal control over his corporate empire. Critics call it a “conflict of interest.” This shows a basic lack of understanding of the finer points of “evolved” modern capitalism.

  • You can’t make money off of other people’s money. They have to consent to give it to you.
  • If they won’t give it to you, con them out of it.
  • If they won’t be conned, pass laws so you can legally just take it from them.

There are corporate exceptions, of course. They stand out like shining beacons on a rocky, stormy shore.

What happened?

Modern “Capitalism” scarcely resembles that “laissez-faire” Capitalism originally envisioned by Adam Smith and early followers, who saw value as the product of labor, not money and influence. They saw economic prosperity as the result of free trade within the same fabric of existing laws and courts that we live under, not as an end-run around them. Most of those pioneer economists would undoubtedly have been horrified to see what we have done in their name.

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Convincing People They Were Duped By Fake News

Me, from a Facebook thread:

I’m not sure that’s possible. Like the flat-earthers, it’s not a question of fact, but what they want to believe. Look at the science deniers. It doesn’t matter what they hell we tell them or show them. It doesn’t even matter if sea levels are rising and their homes are being destroyed by freak hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal surges and earthquakes (fracking).

Speaking for myself, I’m about done with “convincing.” The time I’ve wasted on Facebook alone has demonstrated, once again, an old adage I hated when I was a kid: “Those convinced against their will, are of the same opinion still.” We are trying to communicate with other-world beings with the best logic, facts, reason and standard English available. It is like shouting at a stone.

Sarcasm and humor seem a little more effective sometimes. The stone rolls a little way down the hill until it hits a bigger obstacle and again comes to rest, but a few loose flakes of dead weight chip off in every dangerous brush with the law of gravity.

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