Author Archives: Larry Burton

Every year I have several friends diagnosed with cancer of one form or another.

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Every year I have several friends diagnosed with cancer of one form or another and every year I lose someone I know well to cancer of one form or another. I know I’m not alone in this experience.

It makes me feel helpless so just to give me a little bit of a feeling I can do something I do. I grow a beard in November and throw a donation to the Matthew Hill Foundation in their No-Shave November fund raising drive.

Nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable. No-Shave November’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.

You can help.

https://no-shave.org/member/burtonld

#NoShaveNovember – Look it up and do something.

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Let it Grow and Join the Fight Against Cancer!

Each day, 22,000 people die from cancer worldwide (WHO). There’s a good chance that someone you know and love will be affected by this disease. Nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable. No-Shave November’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.

George Papadopoulos pleading guilty is the much bigger story.

I’m sure all of you have heard by now that Paul Manafort has been indicted for money laundering Russian money. Okay, Ukrainian money from a pro-Russian Ukrainian group which is semi-laundered Russian money.

But that’s really nothing when it comes to tying in the Trump campaign to collusion with Russians. The real kicker here isn’t Manafort, it’s George Papadopoulos. He’s the one who has plead guilty to charges of lying to federal prosecutors about his personal collusion with a Russian.

According to court papers released Monday, those contacts included an unnamed overseas professor whom Papadopoulos met in Italy in March, the same month he joined the campaign. In April 2016, the professor told him the Russian government had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including thousands of Clinton’s emails.

Source: George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about Russian contacts – The Washington Post

I like the explanation that Nate Silver brings up over this:

This is consistent with a world in which there’s a lot of “fire” associated with peripheral figures in the campaign, but merely “smoke” (so far) associated with more central figures.

Source: FiveThirtyEight – Nate Silver

Both Manafort and Papadopoulos are on fire but Manafort’s fire started way before the Clinton campaign. Papadopoulos’ fire started right as he joined the campaign. I’m thinking that fire spreading to at least Donald Trump Jr. will be fairly easy to prove with Mr. Papadopoulos’ help.

 

Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion

Oh, the irony!

A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in custody in Texas to obtain an abortion.

Source: Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion – NY Daily News

A big complaint by anti-immigration advocates is that our constitution gives citizenship to anyone born in this country regardless of the citizenship of their parents. They claim this creates anchor babies. The Trump administration came into office on its promise to stem illegal immigration and fight against abortions. To do one they have to allow for an anchor baby which the mother doesn’t want.

Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination

Here’s the problem with only accepting absolutes:

Ask Hershman whether there is discrimination against whites, and he answered even before this reporter could finish the question — with an emphatic “Absolutely.”

“It’s been going on for decades, and it’s been getting worse for whites,” Hershman contended, despite data showing whites continue to be better off financially and educationally than minority groups.

Source: Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination : NPR

Hershman is right, there is absolutely discrimination against whites out there somewhere but whatever discrimination there is is being done by people who can’t hold back whites with their discrimination at a level that causes no harm to whites other than someone’s feelings getting hurt occasionally.

This goes to show that most white people are snowflakes.

NYC Mayor De Blasio Exposes Himself As An Idiot

New York City has a traffic congestion problem so the mayor is stepping up enforcement against e-bikes which are very effective at relieving congestion.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday on the Upper West Side, the epicenter of NYPD e-bike enforcement, de Blasio said the crackdown is part and parcel of his administration’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities. “Vision Zero is about making us safe regardless of what the threat is — making us safer when it comes to our streets,” de Blasio said.

But he admitted that e-bike riders had not actually caused any fatalities — the enforcement is based on complaints.

Source: De Blasio and NYPD Should Talk to Delivery Workers About E-Bikes – Streetsblog New York City

How can this guy not understand that what he is doing is giving himself the title of “idiot” in the minds of all thinking people.

No More Sideways Websites!

Okay, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for clickbait, especially when the link is in reference to stories about dogs like the one portrayed in the graphic to the left there. However, I don’t care how compelling the lead in to the story is. I will never, ever again click the “next” button.

It’s just a waste of time and I just don’t have that much time to waste. Webpages can scroll down indefinitely. There is no need for a “next” button. So not only am I not going to click the “next” button I’m also going to ask you, plead with you, don’t click on the “next” button. You will only be disappointed, angry, and frustrated by doing so. Don’t put yourself through it.

What I hope to see happen by refusing to navigate a story this way is for page views to plummet and web designers who are more interested in ad revenue that putting out a good product will become trained to build websites the way we want them rather than building these annoying sites that also scam their ad providers.

Seriously, there is no need to build a website like this except to gather more click-through traffic and expose the reader to more ads. The content is never worth it.