Govt requires cooperation for good leadership. Firm and also cooperative. Executives don’t have to cooperate with anybody. But board members do. Forget CEO / COO. They’re bark-and-obey. But find a board member and you’ll find someone with transferrable skills, if you insist on business experience. Activism requires leadership. Coordinating an activist organization is leadership and far more difficult as it has no job title / corporate backup structure in case of failure.

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The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not a quote of Jesus nor anywhere in the Bible. It’s a very American expression, popularized by Ben Franklin, who might have gotten it from a political philosopher he liked. There’s a similar proverb in Islamic culture. But it also goes way back to Aesop’s fables, which is probably the source of both. “A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said: “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. “The gods help them that help themselves.” Where did Aesop get it from? Well, that’s where the trail goes cold. Maybe the Universe will support you on your quest (if you make use of what you can do yourself). The sentiment continues, modified through the millennia but mostly unchanged.

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POSSIBLE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN MY HISTORY AGAIN? Fixing confusing genealogy is confusing but satisfying. I do most of my work in two places: a) FamilySearch, because it has “too much”, a lot of mistakes to be fixed and sorted through, and easy merging and access to supporting data. b) geni – which is a world family tree but has “less”. It can be messy too but it is more useful in sorting out conflicting data and being less, I can “build it up” properly, making geni my trusted chart. So, I successfully fixed a very confusing set of generations caused by many conflicting Family Bibles from many relatives, odd use of different names for the same people and same names for different people…. and made sure FamilySearch + geni match up for me at least… and I fixed a few of their siblings along the way, Oh, Cymon/Simon Searing/Seryon, you immigrant of confusion. “In America, the first mentions of him were in the records of the New Haven Colony as being in Stamford in 1642. This old record refers to him as Simon Seiring and the record lists him among eight men named as freeholders with a `house lot and pasture land in he field.’ I would therefore venture the guess that he married in England and brought his new family to the Colonies around 1640. ” I’ll have to go through whatever ship data from back then I can find and see if I can find you, Simon. Ice Time Agents may be coming after you to send you back.



I find similar things interesting around the anniversaries of the LAST time I found them interesting. It also happens seasonally. [3 /6/9 month intervals]. I figure the body’s part of the ecosystem of the Earth and the brain is part of the body, so a seasonal brain isn’t so strange.

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The world is full of ambitious people who have the drive but not the resources. I know I could’ve had a PhD or two under my belt but couldn’t even afford to get an Associate’s degree. (2 complete years). In the USA, you have a SMALL window of help: Age 18-23, approximately. After that, help dries up and life moves on. Gotta work. Had your chance, etc. I don’t regret it because the US is a class based system, mostly hinging on family community status and provable family income. Even with assistance, if your family couldn’t have afforded tuition, it also means you won’t be able to afford to avail yourself of opportunities that come only to those with sufficient connection and family (not personal) income. I didn’t have that and it’s ok. I like my life and glad for the choices I made out of what was available and my capabilities and drive. But I feel for those who DO want more, strive for it, have the intelligence but get little of the assistance (for lack of family community status and family income). If you pry behind the stories of the “self made successes”, you’ll usually find big helpers along the way that “lift” them up and continue to, often political in some way.

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I thought it looked familiar. This is Newark NJ, two towns away from where I grew up. In the 90s, Newark area was the center of testing “Broken Window theory”. The idea was: If you’re hard on someone for spitting out a wad of gum or having garbage or a broken window in your yard, you’ll prevent worse crime. Sounds logical right? Guess what? It was wrong. Broken Window was a failure and abandoned. But police culture got accustomed to stop anybody for anything and be hard on them. That’s what I see here. Guys are hanging out and laughing. Mocked the cop? Oh well snowflake, get over it. But no, cop escalated it instead of walking off. If you escalate it, EVENTUALLY someone is going to throw a punch or do SOMETHING wrong. This looks like a “hate crime” against cops. But cops aren’t a protected class are they? Oh wait.. they get qualified immunity so yes they are. The Untouchables.

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