Don’t force disbanding of a foreign army

This issue came up concerning peace with North Korea. Some pundits and some experts (there’s a difference between the two) are suggesting that North Korea disband its army in exchange for a peace treaty with South Korea.

While this idea has merit, it is unwise. North Korea’s military is a huge employer — perhaps the largest employer in the country. How would these men earn a living otherwise? Disbanding North Korea’s army would disrupt their society, and who needs that?

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Unfortunately, the Go Cart Track had to be closed to create way for these developments. My father had much he could have taught me but he refused to go to one of my shows being an adult and teen.

So his father was an adult and a teen at the same time.
Or, the show was an adult and a teen.

The immigrant First Family

U.S. President Donald Trump has had two foreign born wives. Both were born in the Slavic region of Central Europe. The present First Lady is from the Slovenian region of the former Czechoslovakia. Mr. Trump’s first wife was also born in Czechoslovakia – in the Czech region.

President Trump has proposed that future immigrants to the U.S. be restricted to the most skilled people. So, I ask the question that others ask: what superior skills have his wives brought to the United States? Does the U.S. have a shortage of willowy, bosomy women?

According to Mr. Trump’s proposed standards, would his wives have qualified for anything but three-month tourist visas with round-trip tickets?

On the other hand, these two of his three wives have demonstrated the unique skill set of being married to Donald Trump, the not-yet president.

Resolved: “The federal government should allow the display of religious symbols in public spaces.”

No debate here.

The federal government already allows the display of religious symbols in public spaces.

See my careful research at nathanielsegal.mysite.com – The Ten Commandments – Public Policy Issues.

See especially “A Final Word from the Supreme Court of the U.S.

The Stock Market lost 3% of its value …

… so your portfolio is three percent less than it was just a few days ago..

Not necessarily. If you own a representative sample of the Standard and Poor’s 500 stocks, then you probably lost around three percent of the value of your portfolio. If you had invested in one sector, you may have lost even more. If you had invested in another sector, you may have lost nothing, or your portfolio may have even grown in value.

‘Timmle’ – a new word

From a ‘thing in my life’ to ‘TIML’ to ‘timmle’.

I’ve often had to say that “I have to contend with a bipolar disorder” instead of saying “I have a bipolar disorder.” If I have this disorder, perhaps it will go away? It doesn’t work this way, though. If I have it, it’s unlikely to become lost.

However, a bipolar disorder is a ‘thing in my life’ – a timmle. “One of my timmles is a bipolar disorder.” Perhaps a pedant would object to “my thing in my life,” but I’d like the word ‘timmle’ to lose its literal origin and to become a regular word.

This new word is neutral. “Intelligence is a timmle that is a blessing. You may have this timmle, too.” Neither of us deserves intelligence. We were born with it just as I was born with a bipolar disorder. It is basically a ‘thing in our lives’.

A timmle may also be temporary. “The tire with a slow leak was a timmle until I bought a new one.”

The neologism came from an advertisement for a medication that I heard of. “Psoriasis was a thing in my life until I took this advertised medication.” I’d rather say that than “I am a psoriasis sufferer.” I’d much rather say ‘timmle’ than use bipolar as an adjective – “I am bipolar.” I myself have an extensively composite identity, and the mild bipolar symptoms are just a timmle since my medications reduce symptoms. Here again, “Medications are a timmle, probably for the rest of my life, though.”

Daylight Savings Time and the Oil Embargo of 1974

In about 1974, the U.S. Congress mandated that the entire country remain on a daylight savings clock all year long. The oil producing countries (OPEC) were holding back petroleum exports to the U.S. By retaining daylight savings time in the winter, our basic work and school days occurred during daylight hours. Offices didn’t need to turn on lights during the last hour or so of the 9-5 workday. Presumably, using less electricity during daylight savings time would reduce usage of petroleum.

K-12 schools were in session during daylight hours. However, people discovered that children were heading off to school while it was still dark. Young people who had after-school activities were also coming home in the dark. As a safety matter, parents didn’t like the idea that their children were between home and school in the dark. Parents who would not let their children ride bicycles at night found that they were in a position to decide whether the youngsters would take bicycles to and from school.

After one winter, Congress resumed the previous winter clock of standard time. Youngsters, for the most part, were again outside during daylight hours.

To cite examples for the northern tier of states, the sun rises in December, January, and February at about 7 – 7:15 AM. In terms of daylight savings time, the sun rises between 8 and 8:15 AM.

At the same time, in most of the southernmost states, the sun rises in December, January, and February at about 7 AM. In terms of daylight savings time, the sun rises a little before 8 AM except in January when the average is about 8:15 AM.

However, on Florida’s panhandle (in the eastern time zone) the winter sunrise is around 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM daylight time. A legislative discussion in Florida has been to enact daylight savings time all year long. As such, youngsters in Tallahassee, the state capital, would be heading to school in the dark during the winter.

It seems that legislators in Florida do not have the experience of winter 1974 at their fingertips. Some hadn’t yet been born; others wouldn’t remember, of course.

Only Southern California seems to have an advantage over most other populous regions of the country by about fifteen minutes, though.

Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.