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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Can you believes your eyes? Your ears?

Things are not always as they seem. They require context to understand and perceive. That is why we need to look at all sides of an issue, be open to ideas that we may not agree with and be patient with people.

Proof? Compare square A and B.

Are they the same color?

They are.

Do not believe me.

Print the image out on a color printer, then fold or cut the squares next to each other.

They are the same color. You cannot believe your eyes. Or your ears. Because our perception of the truth, of fact, is based on clues and beliefs we bring with us when we look or listen.

Try it for yourself.

From Lateral Action (click here).


On CNN Anderson Cooper kidded his co-host because she did not know who Gumby was. That led me to think about cultures, cultural icons, the differences we experience growing up and how these impact communication.

Just for fun three Gumby videos follow, also showing the difference in Gumby over time.

For those who are more inclined to like Saturday Night Life...look up the Eddie Murphy as Gumby appearances "live on Saturday Night."

Gumby Adventures - Episode 1:Music Ball

Gumby Adventures Theme (1988)

Gumby and Pokey Intro (1967)

The Beatles - Twist and Shout [New Stereo Mix Exp.] [Update] [HD]

True metal

It's not so much what you accomplish in life, but what you overcome, that proves who you are.
 - Johnny Miller

It's a crime

"If you can look at a crime where everything points to one answer and not see it, you're a dumbass. And if you can look at the deficit and not see that the problem is that the rich stopped paying taxes, you're a Republican."   - Bill Maher 

Will you buy a fuel effiscient car? Should the government mandate it?

The Big Three and the Fight over Mileage Standards

THU JUL 7, 2011
During weeks of closed-door talks with the auto industry, the Obama Administration has been pushing for lower mileage standards, which could also effect global warming. Will Americans pay more to achieve those goals? Also, party leaders meet with President on the debt ceiling, and Rupert Murdoch closes Britain's "News of the World" after an Internet hacking scandal that destroyed its journalistic brand name.
As the President and Congressional leaders work on possible tax reform and massive cuts in Social Security and Medicare, other changes might be in store. The auto industry and the cars Americans drive, could be radically altered by Obama Administration efforts to increase vehicle mileage standards. To get an $89 billion taxpayer bailout, car-makers went along, after decades of losing market share to Europe and Asia. Mileage standards of 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016 were part of the deal. Now, during weeks of closed-door negotiations, the Obama Administration has been pushing an average of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 but, this time, the industry has been pushing back, claiming that smaller, lighter, more efficient cars might not sell. Neither side will talk publicly about weeks of secret negotiations. We hear what's at stake.
Can you afford three to ten thousand dollars more for fuel efficiency?
Can you fit in a current high mileage or alternative energy vehicle?
Would you pay more to save the US oil, even if it cost you more in purchase of the vehicle then you are projected to save over five years?
Why do they always look at all Americans as being able to afford or fitting into a hybrid or fuel efficient vehicle?
And are they willing to give up the pick-up to speed out of accidents or pass other vehicles on uphill grades?
Should the US Government mandate fuel efficiency?

Should the US increase the tax on use of fuel and energy?


Banner image: An enlarged label shows fuel economy information of a 2011 Nissan Leafduring a news conference to announce new fuel economy labels for auto vehicles at the Department of Transportation May 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Audio Version of Story, click here.

First published July 7, 2011

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
~ Calvin to Hobbes