Friday, October 16, 2020

Guilford County and North Carolina Total Covid-19 Cases and Deaths YTD; What may likely happen next

Guilford County Covid-19

Total Cases;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Total Deaths;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Data back to September 26, 2020;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Guilford County Deaths by Age;

https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/human-services/health-department/coronavirus-covid-19-info/covid-19-data



Pre Air Conditioning Days = US had uptick in hottest Summer weather

The influenza pandemic in 1918 and 1919 occurred in three waves, killing about 675,000 in the United States and between 20 to 100 million worldwide.

The first wave eased during the Summer of 1918, which looks to be similar to current COVID-19 events, taking the effect of 2020's Summer time air conditioning had into account. 

In the Autumn of 1918, the second biggest wave began, consistent with the onset of Winter/Flu Season in the Northern Hemisphere with lower humidity and temperatures. 

2020's Fall outbreak looks to be less severe than 1918, as Covid appears to leave younger patients with much fewer complications and morbidity, as well as better wide spread social distancing and elder seclusion.

The third wave hit in the first half of 1919, and by the summer the pandemic relatively ended as those that were infected either died or developed immunity.

COVID-19 “established significant community spread in cities and regions along a narrow east-west distribution roughly along the 30-50 North latitude corridor at consistently similar weather patterns (5-11 degrees C [41 to 51 F] and 47-79 percent humidity)";

https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/higher-temperatures-affect-survival-of-new-coronavirus-pathologist-says/700800

If known infections retard significantly enough as asymptomatic spread goes relatively undetected in warmer weather, a new wave could hit the areas around the yellow with reported infections spreading through next Fall/Winter/Flu season.

Dropping amounts of water vapor in cold, dry Winter air makes it easier for Covid to become airborne. 

30 year average temperatures between 1988-2018 October through May indicate when a larger second wave will likely occur. Areas around Yellow to Green are most likely to experience higher case loads.

October;

https://gvn.org/sars-cov-2-response-efforts/

November;


December;


January;


February;


March;


Covid-19 should start dissipating for North Carolina by April;


Monday, October 12, 2020

Leon Black, worth $9 Billion+ from $7.8 Billion last year, who took Greensboro, Guilford County and High Point for more than $1,000,000 in taxpayer funded handouts via Fresh Market, moved at least $50 million to Jeffrey Epstein



https://www.google.com/search?q=leon+black+net+worth&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS712US712&oq=leon+black+net+&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l2.6853j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
"In 2016, Apollo Global Management LLC acquired the stock and Fresh Market is now a privately held company with over 13,000 employees, headquartered at 628 Green Valley Road."

https://www.rhinotimes.com/news/greensboro-and-high-point-to-hold-rare-joint-meeting-on-incentive/

"Leon David Black (born 1951) is an American investor and art collector. He specializes in leveraged buyouts and private equity. He founded the private equity firm Apollo Global Management in 1990.

...Two months after the May 2012 anonymous purchase of one of four versions of Edvard Munch's The Scream, The Wall Street Journal reported that Black had been the one who had paid $119.9 million for the pastel, the highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction as of that time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Black

"The Fresh Market is not only likely getting help from the Guilford County taxpayers, but also from the Greensboro taxpayers who are Guilford County taxpayers as well.

The Greensboro City Council is holding a special-called joint meeting with the High Point City Council on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Guilford Technical Community College Center for Advanced Manufacturing, 6012 Gate City Blvd.

At that meeting, the Greensboro City Council plans to consider an incentive not to exceed $301,000 based on the Fresh Market creating 53 new jobs and retaining 248 jobs with an average wage of $86,000 and a capital investment by the Fresh Market of about $2 million."

https://www.rhinotimes.com/news/greensboro-and-high-point-to-hold-rare-joint-meeting-on-incentive/

County Taxpayers May Help Grow Fresh Market

While the Guilford County Board of Commissioners hasn’t discussed the project publically, the board has scheduled a public hearing for its Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting, when the commissioners will listen to any pro and con arguments from citizens and then vote on a proposed incentives package for the upscale grocery store chain.

According to county documents, the proposal is “to appropriate and expend $106,000 in county funds to The Fresh Market, Inc. for the creation of 53 new jobs and retention of 248 positions at an average wage of $86,000.”

https://www.rhinotimes.com/featured-article/county-taxpayers-may-help-grow-fresh-market/

In the past 37 years, Fresh Market has grown to a chain of 160 stores in 22 states. In 2010, the company held an initial public offering raising $290 million and the stock began trading on Nasdaq.

https://www.rhinotimes.com/news/greensboro-and-high-point-to-hold-rare-joint-meeting-on-incentive/
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Fake fiscal conservative Tony Wilkins and Justin Outling vote for City of Greensboro Tax Increase

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/04/fake-fiscal-conservative-tony-wilkins.html

Justin Outling: $500 from Marty Kotis, who he voted to give taxpayer monies to

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/roch-smith-jr-kotis-showers-council.html

The Rhino's Hammer, a lying liberal when told to be as Roy Carroll's crony faux journalistic boy toy to cover for City Council's handouts to John's boss

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-rhinos-hammer-lying-liberal-when.html

Think about how much taxpayer money Nancy Hoffmann has voted to give to Marty Kotis

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/think-about-how-much-taxpayer-money.html

A taxpayer funded parking deck for Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggins moved by Councilmember Outling, seconded by Councilmember Hoffmann, to adopt the resolution. 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, Mike Barber, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Jamal T. Fox, Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Justin Outling and Tony Wilkins"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/greensboro-council-to-consider-taxing.html

Goldie Wells signs on to be just like Justin Outling and Tony Wilkins; Appointed before an election

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/07/goldie-wells-signs-on-to-be-just-like.html

Premeditated fraud on the City's taxpayers by Justin Outling and City Council

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/12/tonight-greensboros-city-council.html

I made a bunch of phone calls today trying to find out who the realtor is for Roy Carroll's Publix Greensboro incentive deal

I saw Robbie Perkins huddled with Marlene Sanford at the Council meeting Tuesday night, waiting for the vote to give Roy Carroll millions more on top of the $32 million he just got with the Tuggle Duggins's boys from the Triad Good Government PAC, which gave to 7 out of 9 City Council members last election cycle.

Yvonne Johnson didn't even know where the money came from.

I asked Robbie if he was going to be the real estate agent for the retail space the City/Roy was building into the deck taxpayers were paying for by the ballpark.

He said he didn't know anything etc...

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/03/i-made-bunch-of-phone-calls-today.html

Robbie Perkins led the effort to line his and his friends pockets with taxpayer money without creating more jobs.

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/10/on-robbie-perkins-dishonest-campaign.html

Mayor Perkins and Crony Capitalist Roy Carroll seeking millions in taxpayers monies for water and sewer to Eastern Guilford County

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/03/mayor-perkins-and-crony-capitalist-roy.html

A sign of panic; "Wilkins, Barber win nods from 5 former Greensboro mayors"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-sign-of-panic-wilkins-barber-win-nods.html

Mike Barber personally profiting from Greensboro taxpayers with some help from Amanda Lehmert

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/03/mike-barber-personally-profiting-from.html

City Council Give Away; June 16, 2015; $188,280.87 of water and sewer for Roy Carroll hidden in item 9 of the consent agenda for Greensboro's City Council meeting

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/06/city-council-give-away-june-16-2015.html

How much did the city spend to get the sewer line installed under I-40 for Roy Carroll's AMEX backup data center project?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-much-did-city-spend-to-get-sewer.html
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Adam Smith, the father of modern economics wrote “The proposal of any new law or regulation which comes from [businessmen], ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention.”
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If a democratically elected government is supposed to protect the public from profit-seeking special interests, so the people don’t end up living “in a van down by the river,” while the “Man” captures the community’s regulatory and political apparatus with campaign cash, are Roy Carroll's actions symptomatic of a systemic disease afflicted on an apathetic population, enabled by a majority of Greensboro's City Council?
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Hartzman's prepared statement on John Hammer, Roy Carroll and the Rhino Times, from last night's City Council meeting

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/hartzmans-prepared-statement-on-john.html

Roy Carroll's Tony Wilkins stealth donation via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carrolls-tony-wilkins-stealth.html

Roy Carroll funneling money to Nancy Vaughan via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carroll-funneling-money-to-nancy.html

John Hammer goes to the Infrastructure Committee meeting, doesn't report Marty Kotis getting a City property for less than the appraised value = John Hammer isn't a journalist

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/john-hammer-goes-to-infrastructure.html

Congrats to Roy Carroll and Randall Kaplan; Your names appear nowhere on $56 million in taxpayer handouts

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/congrats-to-roy-carroll-and-randall.html

Nancy Vaughan's 2017 Roy Carroll payoff for his parking deck

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/01/nancy-vaghans-2017-roy-carroll-payoff.html

Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggin's Triad Good Government PAC, Nancy Hoffmann, and the rest of our bribed politicians

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/roy-carroll-and-tuggle-duggins-triad.html

Nancy Hoffman's post election filing take from Roy Carroll via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/nancy-hoffmans-post-election-filing.html

Today's City of Greensboro is the result of a transformation into an oligarchy"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/todays-city-of-greensboro-is-result-of.html

Greensboro, North Carolina; "Crony capitalism is the worst case in point"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/08/greensboro-north-carolina-crony.html

"North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/12/north-carolina-is-no-longer-classified.html

The Declaration of Independence and Our New Crony Royalty

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-declaration-of-independence-and-our.html

"In the mid–20th century, fascism actually meant something.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/in-mid20th-century-fascism-actually.html

"Consider Greensboro's News Media.

"Our community's only defense again crony capitalism is a strong independent media.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/consider-greensboros-news-media.html

"CRONY CAPITALISM THE CAUSE OF GREENSBORO’S PROBLEMS"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/crony-capitalism-cause-of-greensboros.html

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Monty likes covering for Greensboro's crony capitalists; "Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy, told the Post that the postmaster general was not aware of any pressure on employees to make contributions."

 DeJoy's former employees were reimbursed by company for GOP political donations

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/515320-dejoys-former-employees-were-reimbursed-by-company-for-gop-political
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Janet Pate was Koury's 401k Administrator; "A neo-Confederate who filmed herself saying the N-word is no longer employed by Koury Corp"

"A neo-Confederate activist who is depicted making racial slurs in a video circulated by antiracists is no longer employed by Koury Corp., a prominent Greensboro real-estate development company.

By the end of the day, the Confederate Memorial Tour page and Pate’s LinkedIn page identifying herself as the payroll manager at Koury Corp. had been taken down. On Friday, the company declined to confirm Pate’s position.

...Monty Hagler, a public relations specialist handling the controversy for Koury Corp. said in an email to TCB: “I can share with you that the phrase ‘taken appropriate action’ includes the fact that the employee [is] no longer employed at Koury Corporation.”

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-been-8-days-since-greensboros-triad.html

On Friday, April 1, 2016, I wrote "Is Koury Corp's Stephen Showfety (Koury Convention Center and Grandover CEO) going to ask Phil Berger for his money back?", as Berger and Trudy Wade among others advocated and voted for HB2, before which Koury Executives donated money to elected officials who were advocating for discrimination.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/is-koury-corps-stephen-showfety-koury.html

North Carolina Campaign Finance Records for 2018's Second Quarter for bigoted HB2 supporter FRIENDS OF TRUDY WADE include;

MO MILANI MANAGER KOURY CORP $400

STEPHEN D SHOWFETY DEVELOPER KOURY CORPORATION $400

RONALD W MACK ATTY LEGAL [KOURY] $400

B ZACHERY MATHENY CEO DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO, INC $100

GORDON H CRAIG REALTOR [KOURY] $400

RICHARD L VANORE REAL ESTATE [KOURY] $400

ROY E CARROLL II PRESIDENT THE CARROLL COMPANIES $5200

https://cf.ncsbe.gov/CFOrgLkup/ReportSection/?RID=156834&SID=STA-V4HE73-C-002&CN=FRIENDS%20OF%20TRUDY%20WADE&RN=2018%20Second%20Quarter


Notable Trudy Wade Contributors:

Stephanie K. Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Kelly K. Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Lisa K. Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Edmund W. Koury Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ronald W. Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Mo Milani Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Stephen D. Showfety Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ashley K. Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management


Notable Zach Matheny Contributors:

Andrew P. Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ashley Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Eugene Tillman Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Kelly Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Lisa Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ronald Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Stephanie Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management


Notable Nancy Vaughan Contributors:

Stephanie Koury Craft Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Kelly Koury Harrill Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Lisa Koury Johnson Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Edmund W. Koury Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ronald W. Mack Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Stephen D. Showfety Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management

Ashley Koury Vanore Koury Corp. Real estate-development/Management
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From: Monty Hagler To: Turlington, Donnie Subject: Piedmont Triad Partnership

FYI – PTP is not an ongoing client for RLF, but they asked us to help with the announcement David Powell is leaving as CEO. They wanted the focus to be on their plans to develop the megasite and other big projects.

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/from-monty-hagler-to-turlington-donnie.html

$4,950,000 Problems For Greensboro's International Civil Rights Museum

"Asked why a reporter couldn’t speak to the people with the best understanding of the situation, Hagler wrote: “The museum is very open in talking with the media about all of its operational issues, as well as programming.”

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/02/4950000-problems-for-greensboros.html

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Follow up; A very bad auto service experience with Greensboro's Capital Subaru

If Capital Subaru doubled their labor costs on our vehicle, how many others have they ripped off over the last few years?  

We had our 2013 Subaru Legacy towed to Capital Subaru of Greensboro with a transmission related code.

The Service Advisor told me the diagnosis would not be charged if we did the work, which ended up not being true.

A common practice at auto service establishments is to mislead customers as to whether or not a diagnosis is charged for.  What happened here is the diagnosis charge was bundled into the total cost instead of being itemized separately, thus 'not charged'.

I replied in writing "You told me if I did the job diagnosis would be covered." The reply from Capital Subaru was "we will just charge you 4 hours."

Alldata, a labor quote guide, says the job takes 1.7 hours.

After escalation, the Service Manager sent a picture and told me the job took 4 hours. The computer program he used to generate the quote can be manipulated to show anything he wanted it to, so he did, deceiving us.  By changing the numbers around, he didn't provide what the labor guide cites, but what the Service Advisor quoted, which was about or more than doubled.

I confirmed a similar labor quote elsewhere. I recorded the call. Capital Subaru lied.  

Then I was quoted a higher price than the original by the Service Manager.

Then the Service Manager told me he was using "Grid Pricing", in writing and on a recorded call.

This is what I found on Grid Pricing;

"4. Flat Rate Grid Pricing Matrix; This slimy tactic is totally underground, one that goes completely unnoticed because of how well it's hidden.  The flat rate pricing matrix system is used by many of the big dealerships to increase labor cost for larger automotive repair jobs.  The dealership will claim that they use the system because the repairs that take longer to do will be at a more difficult level, which is total BS!

...The [extra money charged] is mostly all profit, the mechanic doesn't get a piece of the pie, the mechanic still gets paid the hours the job worth. My point is, if the garage you're bringing your car to for repairs is using this grid pricing matrix, you're getting ripped off, there is no justifying this increase in labor cost, unless you're the one charging for it."

Eddie Carrara
Founder of Simple-Car-Answers
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The Service Manager removed the Grid Pricing, which they appear not to disclose to customers whatsoever.  It ends up the quote was about $300 more than it should have been, as the Service Manager willingly misled a Subaru customer for profit.

I called Subaru customer service line to no effect.  

Since we needed the vehicle, and didn't have time etc... to have it re-towed somewhere else at cost, I told Capital Subaru to do the work.

The first Valve Body installed didn't work. The job took another few days.

Then I was told the vehicle was ready for pick up.  I asked for a copy of the bill to review.  I was sent a bill that didn't spell out how many hours were charged for what.  After asking for the bill to be itemized, the Service Advisor wrote "That's the final bill".  Capital Subaru's Service Department refused to itemize the 4 hours.

The Service Manager seemed to have suddenly disappeared when we picked up the car.

Instead of quality customer service, we received the opposite.

Instead of honesty and integrity, we reaped deception and greed

Instead of a win win, we got a win lose.

Instead of truth, lies.

I forwarded this information to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and was contacted by the General Manager who reimbursed us for the two extra charged hours for overcharging the work by at least double.

The General Manager didn't acknowledge the issue. If Capital Subaru doubled their labor costs on our vehicle there is no indication the overcharging will be looked into, there is no resolution for the multitudes of others have they most likely ripped off over the years. The manager was dismissive and rude. He only made the monetary concession to end the phone call. Subaru National did nothing about an issue representative of their brand. They are most likely going to keep stealing from unknowing consumers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A very bad auto service experience with Greensboro's Capital Subaru

We had our 2013 Subaru Legacy towed to Capital Subaru of Greensboro with a transmission related P2763 code, which lit up multiple dashboard warning lights.  I wouldn't have picked a dealership as a first go to, but Subaru had extended the warranty on the transmission from 60k to 100k, and from 5 to 10 years as consumers had multiple issues.  Sounds like it should have been a recall, except too few people died along the way, so Subaru did what was in Subaru's best interests at the expense of their customers well being.

We were within the 10 years, but over the 100k miles, which is a grey area in which sometimes either Subaru national or the dealer with help customers out with goodwill.

After we had the car towed in, the Service Advisor told me the diagnosis would not be charged if we did the work, which ended up not being true, but reconfigured to not show in what was quoted. 

After a written complete quote was not provided, after asking, the Service Advisor emailed me "Valve body needs to be replaced because the code P2763- Lock- up duty solenoid showed on the scanner.  Estimate for Valve Body- $808.18  Labor for repair-$725.00  Total cost of repair- $1,533.18 not including taxes or shop supplies." And "Labor rate is $145.00.  This job is 4 hours plus the diagnostics so, 5 hours total", which would have come out to about $1,689.

To which I replied "You told me if I did the job diagnosis would be covered." The reply from Capital Subaru was "I should have explained better, to do the diagnostic it is still an hour. Since I did not make this clear we will just charge you 4 hours."

It is a common practice at auto service establishments to mislead customers on whether or not a diagnosis is charged for.  What happened here is the diagnosis charge was bundled into the total cost instead of being itemized separately to make it look like there was no diagnosis charge, even though there was as it was included in the total without disclosure.

I was informed in writing that Capital Subaru's labor rate per hour is $145.  I asked in writing for the screen shot showing 4 hours needed to perform the work.  The Service Advisor's reply was "I, myself cannot pull up this information. To do the work that is what we charge" to which I responded with "Please have your service manager review this email thread and have him or her give me a call."

While speaking with the Service Manager on a phone call, which I recorded, he informed me the job took 4 hours.  I asked for a screen shot of the numbers.  He emailed me an illegible picture from the dealership's software showing 4 hours for the job;


The problem was the computer program he used to generate the quote can be manipulated to show anything he wanted it to, so he did, deceiving us.  By changing the numbers around, he didn't provide what the labor guide cites, but what the Service Advisor quoted, which was dramatically inflated.

Alldata, a labor quote guide, says the job takes 1.7 hours;

Source; Alldata
Another local Subaru dealership told me the job calls for 2 hours, which is half of what Capital Subaru quoted.  I recorded the call.  Capital Subaru lied.  The other quote cited a labor rate of $109 per hour instead of Capital Subaru's $145. 

Then I was quoted a higher price than the original by the Service Manager who wrote "I have to pay my tech Diag time. The labor for the valve body does NOT include diag.  The total of the repair is $1,752.80."  I was originally quoted "$1,533.18 not including taxes or shop supplies" which would have equaled about $1,689, including the diagnosis.

Then the Service Manager told me he was using "Grid Pricing", in writing and on a recorded call.

This is what I found on Grid Pricing;

"4. Flat Rate Grid Pricing Matrix; This slimy tactic is totally underground, one that goes completely unnoticed because of how well it's hidden.  The flat rate pricing matrix system is used by many of the big dealerships to increase labor cost for larger automotive repair jobs.  The dealership will claim that they use the system because the repairs that take longer to do will be at a more difficult level, which is total BS!

...The [extra money charged] is mostly all profit, the mechanic doesn't get a piece of the pie, the mechanic still gets paid the hours the job worth. My point is, if the garage you're bringing your car to for repairs is using this grid pricing matrix, you're getting ripped off, there is no justifying this increase in labor cost, unless you're the one charging for it."

Eddie Carrara
Founder of Simple-Car-Answers
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The Service Manager removed the Grid Pricing, which they appear not to disclose to customers whatsoever, and about an hour of labor, totaling $1,534.90 out the door.  It ends up the quote was about $300 more than it should have been, as the Service Manager willingly misled a Subaru customer for profit.

I called Subaru customer service line at 800-782-2783, and the gentleman told me he would not intervene.  I will be sending this story to customer@subaru.com

Since we needed the vehicle, and didn't have time etc... to have it re-towed somewhere else at cost, I told him to do the work.

The first Valve Body installed didn't work.  The job took another few days.

Then I was told the vehicle was ready for pick up.  I asked for a copy of the bill to review.  I was sent a bill that didn't spell out how many hours were charged for what.  After asking for the bill to be itemized, the Service Advisor wrote "That's the final bill".  Capital Subaru's Service Department refused to say what the charges were actually for.

When we picked up the car, the mileage on the invoice said the vehicle had the same number of miles as when we had it towed in, yet there were 4 more miles on it.  Considering the job was done twice, I would think a longer test drive would have been appropriate.

After asking to speak to the Service Manager on pick up, he seemed to have suddenly disappeared.

The General Manager wasn't in as well, so I spoke to a Sales Manager who claimed total ignorance concerning how the Service Department priced work, which seemed unlikely as the used cars that go through the shop to be re-sold get charges added to the cost basis of the vehicle before being put up for sale, directly effecting the Sales Department's profit.

Instead of quality customer service, we received the opposite.

Instead of honesty and integrity, we reaped deception, greed and un-professionalism.

Instead of a win win, we got a win lose.

Instead of truth, we were told lies.

I will be forwarding this information to the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina

https://www.bbb.org/local-bbb/bbb-serving-central-and-northwest-north-carolina

If Capital Subaru doubled their labor costs on our vehicle, how many others have they ripped off over the last few years?  The only way I could have known what they were doing was by working in the industry.  The vast majority of consumers doing business with Capital Subaru overwhelmingly don't know, and my guess is many have been shafted over the years and didn't know it.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

City of Greensboro June Expenditures $48,837,155.33, Revenues $35,583,905.76 = Net Cost of Operations -$13,253,249.57, not counting Water Resources

City of Greensboro June, 2020 Revenue was down -$6,553,788.24 year over year;

Source; City of Greensboro
Revenue fall; $42,137,694 - $35,583,905.76 = -$6,553,788.24

Expenditures above Revenues $48,837,155.33 - $35,583,905.76 = -$13,253,249.57 

This year's June Revenue shortfall is $11,442,355.57 bigger than last year's

$13,253,249.57 - $1,810,894 = $11,442,355.57 

The next budget, beginning on July, 1 2020 is $21.6 million more than 19-20;

https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/budget-evaluation

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Roy Carroll's PPP take; At least $2-5 million, 10 days after approval

Roy did't mention taxpayers were flipping the bill for Roy keeping his folks employed;

https://twitter.com/roycarrollgso
https://www.thecarrollcompanies.com/#page2
$2-5 million
RE CARROLL MANAGEMENT COMPANY PO Box 9846
GREENSBORO NC 27429
531311 Subchapter S Corporation
238 Jobs
4/8/2020
Blue Ridge Bank, National Association NC - 12

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#section-header-11
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From the ground up: How Roy Carroll built his $2.3 billion real estate empire 

https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2017/06/15/from-the-ground-up-how-roy-carroll-built-his-2-3.html

How much did the city spend to get the sewer line installed under I-40 for Roy Carroll's AMEX backup data center project?  "The total project cost is $2,073,885.89.”

AMEX and Roy received a $2,073,885.89 incentive no one knew about.

https://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-much-did-city-spend-to-get-sewer.html


If developers pay for water and sewer extensions, why did we just pay for Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis'

https://hartzman.blogspot.com/2015/06/if-developers-pay-for-water-and-sewer.html



Did BRADY TRANE SERVICE, INC. need $5 to 10 million?

Did BERNARD ROBINSON & COMPANY L.L.P., an accounting firm, need $2-5 million?

SAMET CORPORATION $2-5 million?

BERICO FUELS INC $1-2 million?

CAFFEY DISTRIBUTING COMPANY INC $1-2 million?

DMJ & CO., PLLC $1-2 million?

WEAVER COOKE CONSTRUCTION LLC

AIR TREATMENT INC

AMERICAN HEBREW ACADEMY

AUTOMOTIVE FASTENERS, INC

BAIN OIL CO INC

BAR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC

BRESLOW STARLING FROST WARNER BOGER HIATT PLLC

CANTER POWER SYSTEMS LLC

CHANDLER FOODS INC

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER GREENSBORO, INC.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, INC.

FORBIS & DICK FUNERAL SERVICE, INC.

KAY HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

LEEPER KEAN & RUMLEY LLP

NEESE COUNTRY SAUSAGE INC.

OLD NORTH STATE TRUST, LLC, a trust fund outfit

PETE WALL PLUMBING COMPANY INCORPORATED

STANLEY BENEFIT SERVICES, INC., which manages 401k plans

DAYSTAR CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

GATE CITY ADVISORS, LLC

GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH INC

GREENSBORO JEWISH FEDERATION

KOTIS PROPERTIES, INC.

N C GRANGE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

SLATTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC
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Did Nancy Barakat Vaughan Lie To Help Roy Carroll?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/06/did-nancy-barakat-vaughan-lie-to-help.html

Greensboro News and Record's Allen Johnson on Roy Carroll and the Rhino Times

https://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/07/greensboro-news-and-records-allen.html

Roy Carroll "On June 29 the Greensboro Police Department was overwhelmed and was unable to maintain control of downtown"

https://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/01/roy-carroll-on-june-29-greensboro.html

The Rhino's Hammer, a lying liberal when told to be as Roy Carroll's crony faux journalistic boy toy to cover for City Council's handouts to John's boss

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-rhinos-hammer-lying-liberal-when.html

I made a bunch of phone calls today trying to find out who the realtor is for Roy Carroll's Publix Greensboro incentive deal

I saw Robbie Perkins huddled with Marlene Sanford at the Council meeting Tuesday night, waiting for the vote to give Roy Carroll millions more on top of the $32 million he just got with the Tuggle Duggins's boys from the Triad Good Government PAC, which gave to 7 out of 9 City Council members last election cycle.

Yvonne Johnson didn't even know where the money came from.

I asked Robbie if he was going to be the real estate agent for the retail space the City/Roy was building into the deck taxpayers were paying for by the ballpark.

He said he didn't know anything etc...

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/03/i-made-bunch-of-phone-calls-today.html

Mayor Perkins and Crony Capitalist Roy Carroll seeking millions in taxpayers monies for water and sewer to Eastern Guilford County

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/03/mayor-perkins-and-crony-capitalist-roy.html

City Council Give Away; June 16, 2015; $188,280.87 of water and sewer for Roy Carroll hidden in item 9 of the consent agenda for Greensboro's City Council meeting

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/06/city-council-give-away-june-16-2015.html

Hartzman's prepared statement on John Hammer, Roy Carroll and the Rhino Times, from last night's City Council meeting

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/hartzmans-prepared-statement-on-john.html

Roy Carroll's Tony Wilkins stealth donation via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carrolls-tony-wilkins-stealth.html

Roy Carroll funneling money to Nancy Vaughan via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carroll-funneling-money-to-nancy.html

Congrats to Roy Carroll and Randall Kaplan; Your names appear nowhere on $56 million in taxpayer handouts

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/congrats-to-roy-carroll-and-randall.html

Nancy Vaughan's 2017 Roy Carroll payoff for his parking deck

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/01/nancy-vaghans-2017-roy-carroll-payoff.html

Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggin's Triad Good Government PAC, Nancy Hoffmann, and the rest of our bribed politicians

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/roy-carroll-and-tuggle-duggins-triad.html

Nancy Hoffman's post election filing take from Roy Carroll via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/nancy-hoffmans-post-election-filing.html

On Roy Carroll's net worth, paying off Center Pointe, debt and rent inflation

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/12/on-roy-carrolls-net-worth-paying-off.html

On the Rhino Times Greensboro City Council endorsements for Roy Carroll

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/on-rhino-times-greensboro-city-council.html
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Roy Carroll and Robbie Perkins are some of our community's biggest HB2 supporters;

Contributors to State Senator Phil Berger

Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors
Roy Carroll, developer, The Carroll Companies
Vanessa Carroll, wife of developer Roy Carroll

Contributors to State Senator John Faircloth

Nido Qubein, President High Point University
Roy Carroll, developer, The Carroll Companies
Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro

Contributors to State Senator Trudy Wade

Zack Matheny, President, Downtown Greensboro Incorporated
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors
Roy Carroll, Carroll Companies
Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro

Contributors to State House Representative John Hardister

Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/so-what-have-you-done-allen-johnson.html

Greensboro council voted to increase taxes upon the City's poor to give a parking deck to Tuggle Duggins and Roy Carroll

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/greensboro-council-to-consider-taxing.html

DGI, Jim Westmoreland, Nancy Vaughan, Zack Matheny, Tuggle Duggans, Roy Carroll and the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/05/city-of-greensboro-information-request.html

When in doubt, buy a newspaper and buy as many local politicians as possible, by Roy Carroll and John Hammer

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/when-in-doubt-buy-newspaper-and-buy-as.html

Questions for High Point's City Counsel, BB&T, Nido Quebein and Roy Carroll

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/questions-for-high-points-city-counsel.html

Rhino Times John Hammer shills for Justin Outling and the rest of Roy Carroll's minions on City Council

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/08/rhino-times-john-hammer-shills-for.html

Roy Carroll + PAC = Greensboro City Council = $1,000 for Goldie Wells

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/07/roy-carroll-pac-greensboro-city-council.html

RH Barringer, Nido Qubein and Roy Carroll's political contributions to North Carolina Representative John Faircloth, a bigot who voted to discriminate against NC employees

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/rh-barringer-nido-qubein-and-roy.html

Congratulations Roy Carroll, Tuggle Duggins's Mike Fox and John Hammer.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/06/city-council-give-away-june-16-2015.html

An act of Cowardice by John Hammer for Roy Carroll: "Breaking The Government Monopoly On Inspections"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/an-act-of-cowardice-by-john-hammer-for.html

Roy Carroll's Tony Wilkins stealth donation via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carrolls-tony-wilkins-stealth.html

Roy Carroll funneling money to Nancy Vaughan via the Triad Good Government PAC

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/roy-carroll-funneling-money-to-nancy.html

Crony Journalism Personified; Roy Carroll, John Hammer and Mike Barber

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/crony-journalism-personified-fuck-roy.html

The News and Record's Allen Johnson and Susan Ladd on Trudy Wade's Roy Carroll initiative to lower minority [Democrat] influence on Greensboro's City Council

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/02/mash-up-news-and-records-allen-johnson.html

On Richard Barron's garbage journalism regarding Roy Carroll and his parking deck taxpayer give away

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/05/on-richard-barrons-garbage-journalism.html

"Carroll seeks $4M from Greensboro for shovel-ready site"

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/03/carroll-seeks-4m-from-greensboro-for.html

Jeff Sykes carves up Nancy Vaughan, Roy Carroll, Randall Kaplan and the rest of the crooked crew in downtown Greensboro

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/12/jeff-sykes-carves-up-nancy-vaughan-roy.html

Mark Walker betrays his base to please folks like Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/mark-walker-betrays-his-base-to-please.html

City Council funds Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, which endorses City Council, which votes Roy a street, water and sewer and a parking deck

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/city-council-funds-roy-carrolls-rhino.html

Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggin's Triad Good Government PAC, Nancy Hoffmann, and the rest of our bribed politicians

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/roy-carroll-and-tuggle-duggins-triad.html

Remember when Scott Yost sold his soul to Roy Carroll on Nido Quebein's High Point Ballpark?

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/remember-when-scott-yost-sold-his-soul.html

Not one word from Scott Yost and Roy Carroll's Rhino Times concerning Roy's pitch for a hotel overlooking High Point's proposed ballpark

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/not-one-word-from-scott-yost-and-roy.html

Noise, Robbie Perkins, Roy Carroll, Henry Isaacson, TREBIC and RUCO

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/03/noise-robbie-perkins-roy-carroll-henry.html

From: John Brown To: John Brasier on Roy Carroll

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/06/from-john-brown-to-john-brasier-on-roy.html

How the Rhino Times' John Hammer reports news about Roy Carroll's businesses, one of which own the Rhino Times

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-rhino-times-john-hammer-reports.html

"Companies scorned HB2, but donated to lawmakers who passed it"

https://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/01/companies-scorned-hb2-but-donated-to.html


Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 4, 1776; Thomas Jefferson's Bible

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776)
and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).
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"Jefferson referred to "Nature's God" in the Declaration of Independence, he preferred to keep his personal beliefs to himself, a reticence that lined up with his philosophy of individual freedom and religious tolerance.

In "Notes," he put it this way: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

Jefferson described Jesus' teachings as "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals."

The problem, he wrote in another letter to Adams, came in the "artificial scaffolding" that surrounded those teachings — the Virgin Birth, the miracles and so on.

"The Jefferson Bible" is his attempt to tear down that scaffolding.

...he used a razor to slice Jesus' teachings out of a couple of King James Bibles, then grouped them by subject (e.g., "false teachers") and pasted them into a scrapbook.

Jefferson preserved Jesus' life story and his teachings, but he removed anything that strained reason
— the walking on water or Lazarus' resurrection.

And Jefferson applied this standard to the smallest details.

Matthew 19:2, for example, reads: "And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there."

But Jefferson carefully excised "and he healed them there."

..."The Jefferson Bible" ends with Jesus' entombment, and, given all the trouble caused by his published thoughts on religion, Jefferson seemed happy to take the book to his grave.

...The government produced an extravagant edition

...in 1904, the government published more than 9,000 copies, with 14 going to each congressman — and with enough kept in reserve that a copy also went to every incoming representative or senator, a tradition that continued through the 1950s.

..."The Jefferson Bible" stands as one of the most interesting and iconoclastic moments in America's religious past — one man with a razor, a pot of paste and a unique and private set of ideas.

...Jefferson was no more a Bible thumper than he was a Bible burner.

A leader in The Enlightenment, Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages and was deeply interested in science, religion and philosophy."

Craig Fehrman
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The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was a cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th-century Europe, that sought to mobilize the power of reason, in order to reform society and advance knowledge.

It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition, intolerance and abuses in church and state.

Originating about 1650–1700, it was sparked by philosophers Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), John Locke (1632–1704), Pierre Bayle (1647–1706), mathematician Isaac Newton (1643–1727) and historian Voltaire (1694–1778).

...The new intellectual forces spread to ...the European colonies, where it influenced Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, among many others, and played a major role in the American Revolution.

The political ideals influenced the American Declaration of Independence, the United States Bill of Rights, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and the Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, 1791.

Wiki
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"The Last Question"; Are we God?

"History

In conceiving Multivac, [Isaac] Asimov was extrapolating the trend towards centralization that characterized computation technology planning in the 1950s to an ultimate centrally managed global computer [system]. ...Asimov "privately" concluded that this story was his best science fiction yet written...


Plot summary

The story deals with the development of universe-scale computers [AI] called Multivacs and their relationships with humanity through the courses of seven historic settings, beginning in 2061 [ published in the November 1956]. In each of the first six scenes a different character presents the computer with the same question; namely, how the threat to human existence posed by the heat death of the universe can be averted.

The question was: "How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?" This is equivalent to asking: "Can the workings of the second law of thermodynamics (used in the story as the increase of the entropy of the universe) be reversed?"

If the second law of thermodynamics
means concentrated pockets of energy in isolated systems, like Earth
even out over time,
where and what on Earth is more or less concentrated,
and how fast is what evening out?

Multivac's only response after much "thinking" is: "INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER."

The story jumps forward in time into later eras of human and scientific development. In each of these eras someone decides to ask the ultimate "last question" regarding the reversal and decrease of entropy. Each time, in each new era, Multivac's descendant is asked this question, and finds itself unable to solve the problem. Each time all it can answer is an (increasingly sophisticated, linguistically): "THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER."

In the last scene, the god-like descendant of humanity (the unified mental process of over a trillion, trillion, trillion humans that have spread throughout the universe) [AI] watches the stars flicker out, one by one, as matter and energy ends, and with it, space and time.

If arable land, fresh water, irrigation, genetically modified seed
modern equipment, pesticides and fertilizers
convert fossil fuel into enough food to keep pace with population growth,
the populace is dependent on ever increasing supplies of finite resources

Humanity asks AC, Multivac's ultimate descendant, which exists in hyperspace beyond the bounds of gravity or time, the entropy question one last time, before the last of humanity merges with AC and disappears. AC is still unable to answer, but continues to ponder the question even after space and time cease to exist.

If resource consumption, food production, population,
money supply and temperature,
all rose faster in the last 50 years than the preceding 5,000,
we consuming more than replenishing

Eventually AC discovers the answer, but has nobody to report it to; the universe is already dead. It therefore decides to answer by demonstration.

The story ends with AC's pronouncement,

Possible?

And AC said: "LET THERE BE LIGHT!" And there was light"

What happens when linear food production
can’t keep pace with exponential population growth?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Question

American political and economic leadership
should be held accountable for what their conduct has wrought
that our warriors fight and die to protect

America build up military power as it strengthened economic power
while its industrial base moved overseas to use near slave-labor
paid for with printed money

Question those with less to lose, who may think you have what they need,
who may be saying what you want to hear,
while urging you to do what they don’t want to or wont

If about 50 million years after Earth formed about 4.55 billion years ago
an asteroid about the size of Mars crashed into Earth
leaving the moon, which is about a quarter the size of Earth,
led to different kinds of  non 'air' breathing life about 3.9 billion years ago
until something started excreting oxgen, like our current vegetation,
which killed off whatever couldn’t adapt,
and about 99% of the thirty billion or so different kinds of everything that has ever lived on Earth 
doesn't exist anymore and left no descendants,
what are the chances of modern humans lasting how long?


Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes…but things vary, and adopt a new form.

Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this,
yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), Metamorphoses

If most 'everything' is made of many atoms
which may have very possibly been around before this universe,
which may continue to exist after the current universe is gone,
when something living dies or when an inanimate object disintegrates,
do the atoms become part of everything else?


Every atom you possess
has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms
on its way to becoming you.

Bill Bryson

If all the atoms in a human body are completely replaced with other atoms about every 9 years
and a child gets about half its DNA from each parent,
a quarter from each grandparent, an eighth from each great-grandparent and so on,
and the genetic code of everything alive and has ever lived is essentially the same only different, 
is everything on Earth relatively interconnected?

Is everything everything?


So when we say that 80% of the population can expect to be ancestors of all surviving individuals,
we are talking about their 22nd great-grandchildren…
[or] one four-millionth part.

Richard Dawkins
Professor of the Public Understanding, Oxford

If the genetic code of everything alive and has ever lived on Earth
is fundamentally the same but a little different,
did every living thing  basically come from the same beginning?


Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that none of it has tried to contact us.

Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes

If there is more unknown than known
like what started everything and why or if what started everything is still around,
and we don’t know for certain what happens before life or after death,
what is the purpose of cognitive existence?


The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it.

Genesis 2:15

Should we be able to think and do what we want
as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else doing the same?


The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

If Earth became uninhabitable,
and 'we' had a spaceship big enough for some people and enough supplies
that could go 250,000 miles per hour,
and it would take about 11,276 years without stopping or hitting anything to get to the nearest star, 
where the chances of there being a habitable planet may be at most one tenth of one percent, 
should we take better care of what we have?


Once off the cliff, there is still hope if you keep running.

By running ever faster you may not fall.

Wyle E. Coyote

Don’t tread on others unless they’re treading on you, be unloved,
criticize if it won’t help, lose your temper unless it would be bad to keep it,
be a very good bad example, lead without permission, do guilt,
offend many to benefit few or let ego override intelligence.

Don’t do anything you don’t want done to you, unless you need to.


You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:13

Don’t think you need want or want more than you need,
confuse compassion with justice, consciously over-compensate for unconscious doubt,
over-adore wanted acquisition, do what you don’t want to get what you don’t need,
underestimate irrationality, or think more of what could have than what may be.


"All collected data had come to a final end. 

Nothing was left to be collected.

But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated 
and put together in all possible relationships.

A timeless interval was spent in doing that.

And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.

But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. 

No matter. The answer -- by demonstration -- would take care of that, too.

For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. 

Carefully, AC organized the program.

The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe 
and brooded over what was now Chaos. 

Step by step, it must be done.

And AC said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!"

And there was light----"



Don’t believe everything you think, conclude what you want because you want to
or confuse effort with result.

Don’t afflict inanimate objects with conjured meaning.

Don’t want what you can’t get, let obsession with righteousness metastasize into hubris,
rationalize faults by blaming others, think you know what you don’t,
do what you don’t understand, over think or swim with the incontinent.

Don’t let small mistakes become big ones
by eliminating what’s not working and doing more of what is, sooner than later.


You shall not favor a poor man in his cause.

Exodus 23:3

Don’t think you know what you don’t, conclude what you want because you want to,
say you can if you cant, obfuscate or say you’re going to do and don’t.

Don’t self fulfill prophesy.


You shall not raise a false report

Exodus 23:1

Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you to get what you don’t need,
hide confusion with obliqueness, cut what can be untied, over-sacrifice need for want and vice versa,
catch falling knives, stereotypically generalize, resent, envy, slur, avenge,
ask a barber if you need a haircut, let what you own own you, lend need,
spend more than you make, build monuments, be selfish, unlovable or apathetic,
sacrifice future unhappiness for an unnecessarily pleasant present,
owe more than you can easily repay, succeed at failure or give up.


The true measure of a man
is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

Give your family a better chance to succeed than your forefathers gave your parents
and your parents gave you.

Make luck happen.

Create a higher likelihood of a better present by securing need and achieving want
in the shortest time with the least risk for as long as possible,
by thinking of what and when relative to what was
and what may happen after what could happen next.

Do the most good, in the best way, with as many people
for as long as you can.


To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:3

If there’s less risk and higher return in using a plan that matches circumstances
than trying to force circumstances to fit a plan,
relax, accept and embrace uncertainty, focus, hypothesize, experiment,
observe, acknowledge mistakes, compare, question the status quo,
consider the counterintuitive, anticipate anticipation,
find strength in weakness, weakness in strength and advantage in disadvantage,
know what you own, consult wisdom, accept and learn from criticism,
look within for faults found in others, embrace differences, respect momentum,
be incremental, bypass irrelevancy, protect your flanks, calculate risk,
prepare for instability when stable, reduce to the least common denominator,
rise above and control emotion, weigh choice, adapt, practice with someone better,
commit, accept responsibility, maximize what works, minimize what doesn’t,
tear band aids off swiftly, pay yourself forward and play to win.


History shows again and again
how nature points up the folly of men

Godzilla
Blue Oyster Cult

Do the right thing when no one’s looking,
leave others better off for having known you and the world a better place than you found it.

Forget what you give, value what you get,
return what you borrow, replace what you break and forgive quickly.


Hope everything happens the way it does
and leave unanswered questions.

Have as much fun as soon as possible
with the least amount of risk for as long as you can.

If the credit industry slashes trillions of consumer lines of credit
totaling about half of available consumer liquidity,
are living standards likely to rise or fall
for those who don’t step back from conformist thought
while many with collectively held erroneous assumptions fracture
succumb to deer in headlights incomprehension
compounding prior miscalculations?


Can any good person get to heaven,
or do you have to believe certain thoughts?

Do suicide bombers act in ways they think God wants them to?

If God were a defined certainty,
would the number of people following different religions increase or decline?


If a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic,
and you can only save a canister with five inseminated eggs,
or one 4-year old child, which do you save?

Is life support God’s will
if $100,000 keeping one patient on life support
could provide seeds to grow food for 10,000 starving others?

Could this be heaven or hell depending on what you choose to believe?

If something started everything, is everything else supposition?

Would the God of rectangles have four sides?

Can an atheist be superstitious?

What do you believe that you can’t prove?


No man shall be compelled to frequent or support
religious worship, place, or ministry...,
nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief,
but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain
their opinion on matters of religion.

Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Bill on Religious Freedom

On the philosophy of Avatar

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/12/on-philosophy-of-avatar.html

July 4, 1776; Thomas Jefferson's Bible

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/07/july-4-1776-thomas-jeffersons-bible.html


Why are weak governments and/or fringe political movements
more likely to embrace religion or nationalism
in times of economic and social instability
and/or when distractions appear helpful to bury other more important issues?

Passover Conundrum; Exodus 12:23

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/04/passover-conundrum-exodus-1223.html


If sentient beings on another planet played chess with Earthlings
would God would be on our side, as long as the player is a white, not gay, Christian American?

Are you a robot?

Were we all predestined to have free will?


If I knew you were a robot,
would you want me to tell you?

Literalists don’t practice all they preach

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/06/counterpoint-literalists-dont-practice.html

"This is for the fat girls."

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/04/this-is-for-fat-girls.html

"In the Name of Religion"

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-name-of-religion.html


Craig Fehrman: "Thomas Jefferson's personal Bible"


"In Orson Scott Card's The Worthing Saga
...Abner Doon is the person out of the past of The Worthing Saga universe
who put everything into motion.

It is due to him that things are the way they are,
and it is to him that everyone owes thanks for a better tomorrow.

What did he do to bring it about?

He destroyed everything.

The old universe was a decadent empire
where those with wealth and power
could extend their ability to keep things in stasis by thousands of years.

...The result was a predictably stagnant and hopeless society.

How Abner brings about the fall of the empire is never directly addressed,
but is alluded to in the way he plays a game...

In one of the worldwide tournaments
where players purchased the rights to play nations in a computer simulation
that began in 1914, one player had managed to build Italy into a powerful empire
on the verge of global domination.

It was a beautiful and seemingly immortal political creation
that inspired the world of entertainment and academics, if merely a hologram.

Abner buys the rights to play Italy, refuses to sell,
and destroys it by carefully orchestrating corruption, oppression,
and aggressiveness in a way that leads not to isolated rebellion,
but a total and simultaneous collapse into anarchy.

When Doon topples the real empire,
he does a thorough enough job to bring a halt to space travel
for thousands of years.

And out of the ashes rises are more diversified humanity
better equipped to plumb the depths of time and space.

Doon the destroyer. Doon the serpent. Doon the messiah.

...When does a life of comfort and stasis cease to be life?

How much adventure and uncertainty do we need to be human,
and when do we slip deep enough into routine that we cease to be?

How much destruction is justifiable in an act of creation?

Is playing the devil any worse than playing God?

How much does one individual have the right to force on all humanity?

Maybe Abner Doon was good and evil, just and wrong,
God and anti-God at the same time.

Maybe all those people are who enter and leave this world
leaving life unimaginable without them as much as with them."

Justin

"Propaganda Techniques [Mainstream] & News"; Uses to Brainwash Americans"

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/07/propaganda-techniques-mainstream-news.html

Religious and Rhetorical Ethics: Adolf Hitler

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2010/12/religious-and-rhetorical-ethics-adolf.html