Choose Wisely

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Walls and Bridges

John Lennon’s fifth studio album featured songs that he’d written, recorded and released during the 18-month separation from his wife, Yoko Ono. The title says it all.

Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

 

Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down and Out)

 

#9 Dream

 

Conclusion

The idea that we can protect ourselves from pain by building a wall is obvious. What isn’t quite so obvious is that we also need to build bridges to help us find our way back home.

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Peace Symbol: Misappropriated or…

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Marginalized?

We’ve all seen the Peace Symbol. Did you know that it will be 61 years old on February 21 this year? It was first used by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on a peace march from Trafalgar Square to Aldermaston in the UK. But that little logo would go on to be forever known as the Hippy Peace Sign: hippies didn’t exist in 1958…

Semaphore

Take a look at the semaphore letters D and N:

When combined, they make the image that we’ve all come to know and love. Nuclear Disarmament was a big deal in the 1960’s, but then the symbol became subsumed as a Hippy (“groovy, man”) shortcut.

Did you ever wonder why?

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By the late 60’s, this symbol was everywhere: on VW buses, on tattoos, even on TV shows.

Was the fix in? Did the governments of the USA and the UK decide that if they couldn’t beat them, they’d join them instead? I like to think so. They made it a public joke.

Now everyone thinks ‘hippy’, not ‘nuclear disarmament’.

How’s that for a Mandela Effect?

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Yet Another Winter Sunset II

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What’s the Best a Man Can Be?

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Gillette: The Best a Man Can Get

It’s a subtle, and yet not-so-subtle, change. They alter one word, do an advertising campaign about ‘toxic masculinity’ and let the rest of the world (via social media) do their advertising for them.

The feminists are cheering, some men are getting pissed off, and others are refusing to shave. It’s a sign of the times.

So, here’s the thing: are Gillette trying to turn us all into Gay Blades?

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Why They Won’t Impeach Trump

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Vice-President and Mrs Pence

The little storm in a teacup that brewed yesterday is a hint at what kind of President Mike Pence would be. The BBC News headline read:

Vice-president’s wife Karen Pence to teach at anti-LGBT school

Is that clear enough or do I really have to connect the dots for you?

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Tonight’s De-lightful Sunset

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Old Friends: not a merger, but an alliance

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Ford and Volkswagen

First Ford announced that they weren’t going to make any more sedan cars. Then there were rumours about a merger with Volkswagen. Finally, they announced yesterday that Ford and VW would form an ‘alliance’ to build cars together.

Is this just a way to get around the Monopoly Commissions in their countries?

Nothing New Here

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Over 80 years ago, Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle medal. It was presented to him by Karl Kapp, German consul-general of Cleveland (left), and Fritz Hailer, German consul of Detroit (right), on Ford’s 75th birthday, July 30, 1938.

Do you wonder why?

Order of the German Eagle

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This Order ‘was an award of the German Nazi regime, predominantly to foreign diplomats. The Order was instituted on 1 May 1937 by Adolf Hitler. It ceased to be awarded following the collapse of Nazi Germany at the end of World War II in Europe.’ (from Wikipedia)

The Folks Wagon

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‘Volkswagen is a German automaker founded on 28 May 1937 by the German Labour Front under Adolf Hitler and headquartered in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen translates to “folk’s wagon” in German, meaning “people’s car”.’ (from Wikipedia)

It’s not a great leap to see that Henry Ford had a hand in helping Hitler develop their new peoples’ car.

But the question is: did Ford’s help stop when WWII was declared in September 1939?

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Answer: Since America didn’t enter the war until that Day in Infamy, why should it stop?

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