2017-04-29T15:03:28.870-04:00Inspired by various lists going around Facebook, from condiments in the frig to rock events, I decided to try this. It's a list of ten jobs I’ve held, but one I didn’t (there are eleven on the list). Can you guess which one? Can you guess from which I was fired?
newspaper deliveryAt an older blog I made a list of all the jobs I had before I graduated from college.
drug store clerk
Translator of medical articles
drive in car hop
2017-04-28T06:16:27.828-04:00The Mount Morris Index editor, Worthington Thomas, kept track of the town's young men during WWII. From the going away party at his parents' home to his return at Christmas 1945, my father and other soldiers were reported in the town paper. I assume relatives submitted the information. My dad also wrote to Tommy who included his letters in the paper. I found the clippings in the 1990s. I don't know what happened to them.
"Dear Sirs: During the past few weeks I have received a few copies of the Mount Morris Index They are addressed to a Pvt. Howard Corbett, 5th Marine Div., Camp Pendleton, T.C. It just so happens that my name is the same, only I am a Pfc. in the 26th Regt., "D" Co., and am from Chicago.The Mount Morris Howard also was located at Camp Pendleton for a time which naturally accounts for the mix-up in mail. However, his present address is Naval Air Station, Marine Brks., Alameda, Calif., and both Howards will get this week's Index, with the suggestion that they write each other and establish their relationship if any."
Anyway, my curiosity has been aroused. I would like to know more about the other Howard. Maybe he is in some way related to me. I don't know. But if it isn't too much trouble I would like to know about him.
I joined the Marine Corps in January, 1942. Of these 30 months I have spent 23 overseas. I was a member of Carlson's Raiders and participated in four major battles at Midway, Bougainville and Guadalcanal.
I returned to the United States last February, and as you know, am now at Camp Pendleton. That in short is my life for the last 2 1/2 years and is about what I would like to know about the other Howard. I have sent the papers back to the post office and hope they are being sent on to the right addressee. I would advise your getting his correct address and have him put his middle initial on his record.
Sincerely yours, Howard N. Corbett
|Dad and Stan in front of our house in Alameda|
2017-04-26T19:36:27.208-04:00Was the Wisconsin dairy lobby the reason we had to buy white margarine and mix it with a blob of color when I was a child? Then it came in a plastic bag and we mixed it by squeezing (still a child's job). Then finally it looked like butter and you could buy it that way. Now, they were right, it was pure garbage, and I'm happily back on butter, but that's the power of an industry. Artisan butter? Might try it. There are law suits.http://blog.pacificlegal.org/minerva-dairy-challenges-wisconsins-anti-competitive-artisanal-butter-ban/https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2017-04-20/ohio-butter-maker-sues-wisconsin-over-enforcement-of-lawhttp://fortune.com/2017/04/13/kerrygold-butter-wisconsin-lawsuit/https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/09/22/the-politics-of-yellow/[...]
2017-04-26T19:03:04.079-04:00For the last few years I've been seeing articles about the vanishing liberal arts degree. Really? The liberal arts vanished a long time ago--probably before I graduated from college. My B.A. from the University of Illinois with Honors in Liberal Arts and Sciences means I had no American literature, no English literature, no art, and no math. I had one science class (chemistry). At the time, I was just relieved--especially the no math. Maybe they don't print the degree now, but there's been no liberal arts for many years. I checked the author's age--he's 64.
2017-04-25T19:04:09.065-04:00"So the m.o. of the criminals is this: They will order expensive electronics on a stolen credit card and have the purchases shipped to the home of the legitimate credit card holder. The criminals are hoping the card holder will become preoccupied with disputing the purchase with their bank.
2017-04-25T15:39:26.668-04:00When you see something that doesn’t sound right, check it out.
2017-04-24T16:24:57.614-04:00From May 16 to May 19, 1993, I was in Chicago attending the Medical Library Association then headed to Mt. Morris to work on my publication project. As usual, the Veterinary Librarians had a great meeting. As I hopped off the shuttle from the airport on Sunday, I made a mad dash to the Shedd Aquarium with Melinda Saffer from Tufts who had also just arrived. We met up with our group which was having breakfast courtesy of the Aquarium Library staff. Then we attended a public demonstration in their new Oceanarium, and toured the facility with their veterinarian, seeing many of the back room medical facilities--even had to walk through a special tub of water to disinfect our shoes. There are huge lines to get in Shedd, so we were fortunate to be able to by-pass all that. (I still have the Shedd Aquarium T-shirt I bought.) After that the librarians gave us a tour of the Shedd library, the largest aquarium library in the country. It was a lovely facility, and I jotted down some disease titles with which I was unfamiliar. The aquarium is on the lakefront only about a 15 minute walk from the Palmer House, site of the conference, so several of us walked back to the fabulous beauty of the flowering trees, Buckingham Fountain and all the yachts against the blue sky and water. And of course, there was the fabulous Chicago skyline, where every famous architect since the great fire has plunked down a building. Then back to the hotel, registration, (my key was stolen and I narrowly missed an assault) lunch with friends, and that evening, Faxon (book vendor) took us to the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. It was dusk, and as the lights of the city came on it was one of the prettiest sights I've seen. To show how chocolate improves the memory--it's been almost 25 years--I think it was a Chocolate themed buffet. On Monday the distributor Majors (library subscription vendor) gave us a walking tour of Michigan Avenue with free T-shirts and breakfast. The Executive Committee of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section (I was treasurer) met for several hours hearing reports, discussing next year's meeting in San Antonio, what to do about journals from former Communist countries, etc. I attended a session after lunch, then walked down to view the new Washington Public Library, which is quite controversial, but was only two blocks from the Palmer House. Monday evening Compact Cambridge, a company developing CD-ROM data bases (Compact Disk Read Only Memory) which were all the rage then, hosted an event at the Field Museum, and we toured many exhibits from Egyptian tombs to Guatemalan pottery. Between the time they had committed to this reception and the actual event, they had been bought out by SilverPlatter, another CD-ROM company, but the event was held anyway. Tuesday the Veterinary Section had its Business meeting, and then its own programming. Two new products, one a prototype, were demonstrated. Tuesday was free day at the Chicago Art Institute, so David Anderson from California and I went together after lunch. There was a nice display on the 1893 Columbian Exposition, photos of its construction, "Constructing the Fair: Platinum Photographs of the World's Columbian Exposition" which I was very interested in. Grandma Weybright graduated from high school in June, 1893, so I'm guessing her trip there was a graduation present because there are some souvenir items in the Weybright collection from this exposition. Tuesday evening we had our section dinner at a Greek restaurant, Dianna's Opa, which I didn't think was very impressive, but everyone enjoyed it. Wednesday morning I caught the shuttle back to O'Hare Airport, then the bus to Rockford where Mom and Dad met me at the bus, we had lunch, then went on to Mt. Morris. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were spent ferreting out missing titles, checkin[...]
"Lost for centuries, the Didache was discovered in a Greek manuscript at Constantinople in 1873, and published by Bryennius ten years later. Two small Greek fragents have since been published from two leaves of a parchment manuscript found at Oxyrhynchus, and a longer Coptic frangment in the British Museum was published in 1924. Two extracts in Ethiopic also have come to light, and a Georgian version. "The early church knew these prohibitions which the 21st century church has forgotten. . .
The Apostolic Fathers, an American Translation, Edgar J. Goodspeed, Harper, 1950. p. 10. I own this book--bought it about 30 years ago at a book sale.
2017-04-23T19:45:31.526-04:00Yesterday was the bigly demonstration by "scientists" in a number of cities. I haven't interviewed them, but here's my take. This was about climate change, the belief that despite millions of years of evidence, humans can stop the climate from changing if they tax the rich more (I live in an area of the country that used to be glacial). These same people also believe humans cannot stop the march toward killing the unborn, the disabled, the mentally challenged and the elderly through abortion and euthanasia. They trade saving lives today of their next door neighbor on the tiniest possibility that someone could benefit 300 years from now if they live on a coast line and if the temperature goes up one half a degree (it could also go down, which has frequently happened). Of course, that person 300 years out won't be there because today's globalists and earth worshipers killed their ancestor
"You can see all these processes [of aging] play out just in the hand; 40% of the muscle mass of the hand is in the thenar muscles, the muscles of the thumb, and if you look carefully at the palm of an older person, at the base of the thumb, you will notice that the musculature is not bulging but flat. In a plain X-ray, you will see speckles of calcification in the arteries and translucency of the bones, which, from age 50, lose their density at a rate of nearly 1% per year.... The hand has 29 joints, each of which is prone to destruction from osteoarthritis, and this will give the joint surfaces a ragged, worn appearance. The joint space collapses. You can see bone touching bone. What the person feels is swelling around the joints, reduced range of motion of the wrist, diminished grip, and pain. The hand also has 48 named nerve branches. Deterioration of the cutaneous mechanoreceptors of the pads of the fingers produces loss of sensitivity to touch. Loss of motor neurons produces loss of dexterity. Handwriting degrades. Hand speed and vibration sense decline. Using a standard mobile phone, with its tiny buttons and touch screen display, becomes increasingly unmanageable."
2017-04-22T07:15:17.514-04:00I'm not the one to give advice on cosmetics--the industry would be a fraction of its size if everyone used as little make-up as I do. Especially now at my age. "Less is more" is a saying for architects before they all started designing with computers, but it should also be scrawled on the mirrors of anyone over 45 or 50, and I'm well beyond that. You don't COVER wrinkles with foundation and powder--wrinkles are a trap for make-up which will emphasize the lines. But a neighbor invited me to a home party event for cosmetic sales, so I was looking at the CEO's blog and story of how she got into the business. In the video she's wearing jeans and what looks like no make-up. There was a list of no-no ingredients on her blog, so I did take a peek. And that led me away from her page to looking at one of my favorites--coconut oil. I found this quote about cosmetic grade coconut oil at another high priced beauty product site. None of this introduction has anything to do with being invited to my neighbor's (but I do love her home--she uses a non-functioning grand piano as a buffet bar), but I needed to explain why I'm blogging about coconut oil, which I love using as a skin moisturizer. It's very inexpensive (for skin use) and when I run out, I just get a few tablespoons from the kitchen jar (rarely use for cooking). I just looked at the label and it says "organic," but it doesn't say VCO, which usually in the past I've used. So I'll have to look for something more "virgin."
“Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is cosmetic grade—this oil is pressed from coconuts a day or two after harvest. There are a variety of ways to produce VCO, but in my opinion the best is no-heat fermentation, because the heat-sensitive elements of the oil are retained. However, very little difference in technical chemical analysis is found between certified VCOs, so whatever the pressing-process, any VCO can be applied generously to the skin without irritation. Coconut oils used for cooking are generally much cheaper. The copra, or coconut meat, is dried in the sun, then refined, bleached, and deodorized to produce oil for cooking, and chemicals are often used in this process. Invariably, irritant reactions may happen if applied to skin: do not use these kinds of coconut oils as cosmetics.” Dr. Vermén M. Verallo-Rowell, MD, dermatologist, dermatopathologist http://www.vmvrmd.com/dermatological-effects.php
2017-04-21T10:09:55.655-04:00"Higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with an increased risk of both stroke and dementia in an analysis of more than 4,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort, researchers found." http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/20/STROKEAHA.116.016027
2017-04-21T06:54:06.177-04:00Black Lives Matter, Affirmative action, feminists, transwomen, occupiers. . .Michael Smith had a good post on Facebook on the history of the legal decisions on separate by equal (and special).The Supreme Court ended the doctrine of “Separate but Equal” when it handed down the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, overturning the decision on Plessey v. Ferguson on May 18, 1896 that affirmed Louisiana state law mandating “equal but separate”. Homer Adolph Plessy bought a ticket on the East Louisiana Railroad, from New Orleans to Covington, La. Mr. Plessy , seven-eighths white and one-eighth Negro, took a seat in the coach designated for whites on the segregated train. When challenged, he refused to move, he was taken off and jailed.Reflecting the social and legal environment of the times, the Plessy decision was not even close - the decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1 with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan. This decision established legal segregation by race as the law of the land and it stood for 58 years until society changed and recognized that separate but equal is anything but equal.Brown v. Board of Education has now been law for 5 years longer than was Plessy (63 years vs. 58). Proving that certain segments of mankind never learn anything from history, the SJW’s (social justice warriors) of contemporary times seek to return to the days of Plessy (with a twist) by working with government to be separate and equal (but special). Blacks are calling for “black only” instruction in college and black only police and government in majority black areas. Muslims are demanding Muslim only public accommodations – the same is true with the LGBT community. Feminists want to be free of the “heteronormative patriarchy” by removing men from their roles in society. The entire “safe space” idea is not just to provide protection for thin-skinned progressive adult children and academics (but I repeat myself) but to exclude people who hold opposing ideas and prevent them from being heard. These folks say they want to be treated as equal but demand to be separated from others and in doing so, they also expect special protection and treatment.Affirmative action programs were created to “cure” the discrimination created by the “separate but equal” doctrine. These programs created the first classes of people who were separate and equal (but special). The idea was to carve out special privileges for blacks that would eventually help a class of citizens overcome historical inequality. Looking at black America today, it is obviously possible to make the case that black individuals have benefited – but as a socio-economic class, affirmative action can hardly be considered a success - and yet it continues apace.In 2003’s Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), SCOTUS upheld the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School by defining the very quota system found unconstitutional in 1978’s Regents of the University of California v. Bakke as “not a quota system” (a lot like how John Roberts redefined Obamacare’s tax as not a tax and a tax at the same time in order to find Obamacare constitutional). Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the majority in a 5-4 decision and joined by Justices Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer, ruled that the University of Michigan Law School had a “compelling interest in promoting class diversity.” Never mind that the Constitution says nothing about “diversity” and everything about equali[...]
2017-04-19T16:52:39.670-04:00The broadcast media were silent about the DoJ charges against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in Michigan. The 18 U.S.C. 116 criminalizes FGM. But I'm guessing ABC, NBC and CBS will be all over Bill O'Reilly on the "news" for their own political gain because of sexual harassment charges against him. Leftist organizations who are silent about treatment of women and gays in Islamic nations have no trouble strong arming advertisers or inflating female victim hood in the U.S. Some things are so transparent.
2017-04-19T07:26:27.328-04:00Facebook's Zuckerberg is allowing workers the day off to protest Trump on the Communist worker's day, May 1, to demonstrate how inclusive the company is. He doesn't want to lose all those foreign IT workers who earn less than Americans who are trying to pay off the college loans we paid for from the institutions we paid for. Hey, it's just capitalism at its worst. We pay; they make a fortune; then they collude with Democrats to keep others from making it.
2017-04-18T18:29:16.190-04:00Easter sermon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBcdKIHFFfg
2017-04-18T06:32:24.926-04:00I'm not sure what the business model is for Facebook, but there are many ads that are paid, or sponsored. Sometimes they appear on a "wall" but there's also a column on the right side of my screen that scrolls advertising. (There is more than one way to sign on, so it may vary on other screens, on phone screens for instance.) Someone actually looks at those paid ads scrolling on the right side--me. Today I clicked on Detroit St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church. Of course, when it came up there wasn't much information, so I had to find a link which was completely in Korean, even the ads. So I looked up St. Andrew Kim on the internet, and found a very interesting story about the importance of the laity.https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-09-20
2017-04-17T11:18:57.506-04:00In the United States, “food insecurity” is a term designating households, and hunger designates an individual. The new term appeared about 2006 and is somewhat subjective meaning if at anytime during the last month one adult in a household reported in a USDA survey being unable to afford balanced meals or reducing the size of meals or being hungry because too little money for food, the household has “food insecurity.” From the USDA definition, it seems to be primarily based on money, and not behavior like not able to get to a store, or being incapable of preparing food for the household, or not knowing how to boil a potato when McDonald's is closed.
1. It will come with many, many strings attached...
2. It will only be "free" for a very small and select group
3. That very small and select group will be Democrat voters
4. The true cost of the "free" stuff will never be disclosed
5. The cost of the "free" program will be borne by taxpayers
6. Most of the taxpayers who pay for the "free" program will not be eligible for it
7. The media will never investigate it and will always tout its "freeness" in every report
8. The "free" program will be a failure but it will live on as money continues to be pumped into it
9. The "free" program will not accomplish any metric or milestone projected for it
10. The politicians and their media enablers will call it a success and it will be touted as a resume enhancer to support the politician's future political aspirations