Yes…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Sorry! Been busy with work and all that fun stuff that fills my days with responsibility and whatnot. Over the last two weeks I did manage to watch Longmire Season 3 and Vikings Season 3 so stay tuned to reviews on those shows. Vikings Season 3 is haunting me. I’m still trying to put it together in my mind. Also, I’m about a third of the way through my current writing project (Book 2 of The Captive Galaxy series) and making good progress that I would be much more thrilled about if I had an extra day or two per week to work on it but when I get home my brain is absolutely fried and watching Longmire, Vikings, or the Mariners lose is pretty much all I can stand. School is out in less than 3-weeks so I hope to get the rest…
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Yes…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Sorry! Been busy with work and all that fun stuff that fills my days with responsibility and whatnot. Over the last two weeks I did manage to watch Longmire Season 3 and Vikings Season 3 so stay tuned to reviews on those shows. Vikings Season 3 is haunting me. I’m still trying to put it together in my mind. Also, I’m about a third of the way through my current writing project (Book 2 of The Captive Galaxy series) and making good progress that I would be much more thrilled about if I had an extra day or two per week to work on it but when I get home my brain is absolutely fried and watching Longmire, Vikings, or the Mariners lose is pretty much all I can stand. School is out in less than 3-weeks so I hope to get the rest done, edited, and up on Amazon by the end of the summer. I’ve learned a lot this year, between starting and pausing projects and juggling work with much needed downtime, so I hope next year will be much more productive in regards to my writing.
I did come across this and found it quite interesting:
“Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.
That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).
So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.
$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)
WHAT A DEAL!!!!”
Update: NOT talking about Russia, the continued slow death of the Constitution, or UC Irvin. Nope all about Sci-Fi!
An update for those that enjoy my updates. And for those that don’t…well whatever then. This update is about my writing and has nothing to do with the Russian assassination of a critic of dictator Putin or the attack on the US Constitution by those sworn to uphold it nor will I go into detail about my thoughts on the UC Irvin banning of the American Flag (at least until these future leaders of the “free world” realized they’d lose their funding and loans if they followed through with it). I must share that there’s a reason why I write science fiction and I study the past…it’s because the “now” kinda sucks. We are far, far from the Greatest Generation it shames me to say. Oh well I suppose the Earth Abides (my second favorite book of all time – check it out!).
My writing projects have been slowed by work. I wish I could devote more time to them but in teaching 4 of 6 classes that are outside my specialty (or any type of training) I find I’m pretty busy during waking hours. Trust though that I am still working on the sequel to The Bellerophon: Ambush. The first 3 chapters are done and the majority of the book has a very detailed chapter by chapter draft/plan in place. Just need time to do it all! And I’m also busily putting together other outlines as well. I’m good for the next 10 years of writing I think, now if I could spend any of those 10 years actually writing I’d be good to go I think! Don’t worry. I’ll have the sequel done going into the summer. I can tell those of you who have followed my writing that this next book will be far more entertaining than the first. Promise!
P.S. Reviews/rating are welcome!
The invasion and support of insurrectionists in the Ukraine by Russian President-For-Life Putin is still ongoing. It’s not in the American news much today because major world events that will impact the United States seem to be reported far behind other things like Beyonce’s latest haircut for one. The reason for this? Maybe because it would raise the already high tensions even higher if the American government, seen as a joke internationally, were to suddenly think they were Cold War warriors once more. There are no more Cold War warriors leading this country anymore. They were all put out to pasture. Do people remember the Prague Spring and the missed opportunity because it was in a sphere of influence of another? Spheres of influence which are not components of international law mind you. Sadly, probably very few remember that because it’s history and American’s don’t really like history. It’s boring. Turn on the reality TV already. Yay!
Perhaps, if the Ukraine was an oil producer and had something of value beyond wheat, we would send military support instead of pissing it away at great expense in places like Afghanistan (AKA the world’s largest producer of heroin and chalk). So instead of sending military aid to halt Putin, who like Hitler will not stop once he has consumed the Ukraine…remember he’s a megalomaniac, former creepy KGB head, and self-appointed president-for-life, perhaps instead of bullets we can send gas.
Ukrainian soldiers preparing to defend their country.
The Ukraine actually pays for the bullets and bombs that are being used against them! Did you know that? Well, the natural gas that the Ukraine relies upon, as well as several European countries to the west, comes from Russia. There are no fewer than 3 major natural gas pipelines that supply the Ukraine and Western Europe. So why don’t we, the United States of America, help out the Ukraine by selling them our natural gas, which is a natural resource we have in abundance? It would help out the Ukraine by getting them out of a tactless relationship with those that want to deny them their sovereignty. It would be a way to hurt Putin without getting people killed. AND it would be a way to help the US economy…you know, by having people in the US actually have real jobs and not those high-paying jobs made up on paper by the current administration. Sounds like a good deal, right?
Where is the real bump in the plan? We don’t have the facilities to get the gas to Europe right now, and to build them, to go through all the regulatory bureaucracy and environmental hoops, it will be some time until this can actually happen. Nothing is done quickly in the US anymore. Thank goodness the interstate system was built in the 50’s and 60’s because if it was done today…yeah it would never get done.
So in the end just where are we? Still on the same road to nowhere. I know! Let’s build a bridge there! (Once it goes through endless debate, permitting, study, and delays).
I did a little independent research this morning regarding the southern border of the United States. Interesting…
There are 4 border states with Mexico. California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
There are 9 US House of Reps (Congress) districts across those 4 states that border Mexico.
Of those 9 districts on the border 8 of them are Democrats.
Huh… I didn’t dig deeper to see if those 8 Democrats were kicking and screaming about the overwhelming tide illegally crossing the border they are charged with protecting. I wonder if the US is a nation any more since our border seems to be meaningless. The whole idea of a national state and the Treaty of Westphalia be damned I guess…
Is it really “homeschooling” if it is held in a school? I wonder sometimes if these things are thought through entirely. So, if you are against sending your kids to public school, and I have absolutely NO problem with that, why are people OK with sending them to what is in fact a public school? Is it because the program will start operation at the start of summer vacation and the thought is that it isn’t a public school then? Is it because it is in a closed building that was a school for years but now by calling it a “home-school-school” changes that? If it is in a school building, funded by public funds, and curriculum is developed and supervised by a principal it is NOT home-school. It is public school. Lipstick on a pig is still a pig, right? Maybe folks feel better about it because it is a prettier pig.
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So how much will the first lawsuit payout be for a death caused by a drone colliding with a passenger jet? I’m trying to picture the line of lawyers chomping at the bit to take that case. Well, no I’m not really picturing a line of lawyers as that would make me nervous. Lawyers are scarier than the throngs of the undead feasting on brains (would that leave lawyers untouched I wonder – wait zombies are after brains not hearts!). SO in March a drone almost collided with a passenger jet. Do drones have to file flight plans? Do all operators of drones have to go through flight schools like pilots of passenger craft? Do drones have to have lights, transponders, black boxes, mandatory maintenance and all the other safety features required so that those suckers don’t fall from the skies to crush soccer moms in their SUVs on the way to Chucky Cheese? This will be a very interesting topic that will continue to develop through the years. By the way, I love the Colorado town that allows you to hunts drones with a license. Well done!
Link to story on near collision with drone:
Link to story on hunting drones in Colorado:
Is it scarier that chemical weapons are apparently still being used in Syria, either in the field or as leverage, or should the world be more afraid that Ukrainian military helicopters are being swatted from the skies by man-portable shoulder launched surface-to-air missiles in an ever escalating state of affairs? Both carry pretty serious short term and long term concerns. Just what are the options before the world? Do they sit back and continue to do little about both hotbeds of conflict? How about more useless sanctions so that the world can feel better about itself in that they are doing something? It is important to build international self-esteem afterall.
Resolving the conflict in the Ukraine in the traditional manner of “boots on the ground” is extremely dangerous as it would only exacerbate the situation beneath the nuclear umbrella of Russia. Would “boots on the ground” in Syria stop the threat of the continued use of chemical weapons in that conflict? Sure, most likely it would, but the Syrian conflict is so muddled that knowing who is right and who is wrong is a particular challenge. Deciding who is right and who is wrong in that conflict depends on the day of the week as both sides are apparently committing some pretty heinous acts as they strive for victory. It does not appear the “rebels” are the ones using the chemical weapons but it needs to be known that they are no innocent angels.
Regardless of the outcome in either theatre, it should be well known at this point in history that the United States will attempt to solve these and future issues by throwing US tax-payer money at the situation. I wonder where the billion dollars that Secretary of State Kerry gave the Ukraine two months ago really goes. Does it go to feeding starving children and building schools or does it go to the folks at the top to buy shiny new cars and retreats in other countries so they have a place to go in their shiny new cars when the Ukraine inevitably falls? The way the federal government gives tax dollars away it is a good thing they are tax exempt because one day they would have to draw money from their own coffers and not from the pockets of the rest of the country.