The Vindication of Harold Norman

Harold Norman was only twenty six years old on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. The young African-American was an amiable fellow with a ready smile. An order-filler for the Texas School Book Depository, Harold routinely shared a myriad of jokes with fellow employees to help the day go by.

As JFK’s motorcade was scheduled to approach the Depository, located at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets, Harold was joined by co-workers James “Junior” Jarman and Bonnie Ray Williams, all of whom planned on viewing the passing procession from open fifth-floor windows at the southeast corner of the building. In a crouched position, Harold stationed himself at the corner window, while Williams and Jarman knelt at the windows immediately right of him. It was the lunch hour and the three men had the choice of either standing with other employees who had congregated downstairs at the Depository’s main entrance, or having the entire upper floor to themselves. The latter option was a way to avoid the crowds below and, as JFK’s driver would be required to make a sharp turn from Houston to Elm Street beneath them, the commanding, bird’s-eye view each anticipated having of President and Mrs. Kennedy seemed ideal.

The motorcade finally reached Dealey Plaza. Sure enough, Harold, Bonnie Ray, and Junior were exhilarated with the panoramic sight of the handsome JFK and Jackie seated in an open blue Lincoln Continental, smiling and waving to the crowds at curbside.

“The weather,” Harold recalled decades later, “was picture-perfect; and I was surprised at how sandy-colored President Kennedy’s hair was.”

The presidential limousine had no sooner negotiated a slow turn onto Elm Street when, suddenly, three shots rang out!

The Texas School Book Depository had been built as a warehouse in 1901. The ribs in its antiquated wooden floors were wide enough in some areas to detect conversations from co-workers on stories above and below.

The first report was loud – too loud — followed closely by a second burst, then a brief delay, and finally a third explosion, all approximately ten seconds in duration. The windows trembled with the reverberations. Stunned, Harold was certain someone was shooting directly above him. The upper floors of the building shook as motes of white powdery-like dust descended upon Bonnie Ray’s head. What the three men heard overhead was unmistakable. Gunfire! –accompanied by the click-click sounds of a rifle’s bolt action. Ejected shell hulls were heard bouncing on the floor above with a ping. To Harold, who was experienced at firing a rifle, the ear-splitting resonance briefly reminded him of a segment from the popular ABC-TV television series “Combat!” He excitedly pointed upward and exclaimed, “Listen!” Bonnie Ray gasped, “No bullshit!” “I can hear the shells being ejected!” Harold urgently shouted.

The trio’s senses fired on all cylinders; their pulses, and minds, racing. What villain is on the sixth floor? Why would he want to harm President Kennedy? This can’t be happening! Harold, Junior, and Bonnie Ray, …

Do You Deserve To Be A Leader?

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Do you possess the personal integrity, vision, planning, strength, and commitment that is a prerequisite for truly effective leadership? Many people believe they should be leaders, but are unwilling to do what is necessary, including undergo training and education, commit the time, energy and sacrifices that differentiates the few great leaders from the multitude that merely ascend to positions of leadership.

1. Integrity cannot be taught, but must be innate. Too many people are either afraid of exposing themselves either to ridicule or criticism by opening themselves up honestly, or simply prefer to “spin” or distort the facts to place themselves in the best light. A true leader cannot pick and choose his moments to have integrity, because personal integrity is truly an “all or none” scenario. Once a leader abandons his integrity even once, he surrenders his manifest to his constituents. Many in leadership have discovered that once they lose the trust of their followers, it can almost never be fully regained. A leader with integrity does not consider the political ramifications or popularity as motivating factors, but is rather guided by his belief in what is best for his organization. Obviously, no one is correct all the time, but one can have integrity all the time. Someone with integrity cannot sell out his beliefs for any reason. There is never a justification for a leader to be deceitful!

2. Do you have a vision for the organization that guides and motivates you towards action? In my over three decades of working with various leaders, I always ask them what their vision is, and what they wish to accomplish, and what their primary motivation for wanting to be a leader might be. I specifically ask them why they feel they are uniquely qualified to be a leader? Unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases, I receive simply rhetoric as the response, with things like “growing the organization,” “change,” “take it to the next step,” etc., stated, rather than non- rhetorical, sincere, and responsive answers. A leader’s vision must be specific and an effective leader should be able to explain his vision in the length of a sound- byte. Vision is a combination of what motivates someone to care, what (in actual terms) they feel the challenges that need addressing are and why, and what specifically they would do to bring about those changes, and what they “visualize” the organization as they would like to see it in the short term (under three years), intermediate term (three to seven years), and longer term (over seven years).

3. Do you have a plan? Do you know how to go about planning? Does your plan include both an Action Plan with responsibility table, as well as a time line?

4. Do you have the inner strength to be a leader? Effective leaders must be thick- skinned, and be able to accept criticism. They must have the inner fortitude to act, with the …

The Importance of The American Dream

There is more going on here regarding the debt over taxing the "wealthy" than the deficit or the match of the middle class. In America we have something no other country on the face of the planet has every had. This something is the reason why the US economy is $ 14.3 trillion, while our nearest competitor is less than $ 6 trillion; Not even close. This something is the reason why there are 403 billionaires in the US, while our closest competitor has 62. This something is the reason why immigrants from the four corners of the globe risk life and limb to get to our shores. This something is why millions of Americans start new companies; Why entrepreneurship is so strong in the US. What is this something? The American Dream.

The American Dream is the idea that an individual or their family can rise from poverty to wealth in one or two generations. It is the idea that the wealth that we create is ours to keep (property rights). It is the idea for a better life for our children and our children's children. There has been an intentional indoctrination of America's citizens to revile the "wealthy" and castigate them as evil. This is wrong. The wealthy in America are not evil. They are the American Dream achievers. They buy into the American Dream. They risk everything in order to create a better life for their families. The American Dream is responsible for the largest economy the world has ever known.

The next time a politician, the media or some pundit opine on the need to tax the "wealthy" more than everyone else, I want you to substitute the phrase "American Dream Achiever" for "wealthy". American Dream achievers, the "wealthy", should not be punished with punitive taxes. They should be held up as true American heros. They are the reason for America's greatness as the world's # 1 economy. This group should be honored, not reviled. They should be taxed less, not more than everyone else through lower taxation of business profits, capital gains, dividends and interest income. There needs to be an incentive for those who seek and achieve the American Dream. The US needs to send a message to our children that the American Dream is real and worthy of pursuit. Taxing the "wealthy" more than others is wrong-headed. It's anti-American Dream. …

What Does Neon Do For Your Life?

Can it save your life? It could give you a warning about a life-threating situation to avoid, Yes, it had done that for many persons because it makes a bigger visual impact on you than a painted sign does. Most of the population doesn’t give that use much thought. Your first thought would probably be that neon doesn’t benefit you personally. Your contact with neon, like that of most people, is neon signs that seem to be almost everywhere. If you’re like most people, neon signs may be the only use of neon that comes to your mind. You’re walking past a store and you see an “OPEN” sign in that tells you that it is open and ready for business. That’s the neon usage you and millions of others know and understand. Almost everyone takes neon signs for granted-a part if life, and we all know what their purpose is. Their aim is to induce a quick decision from the prospective buyer.

Whether they flash, use animation, display a brand-name logo, or perform a popular service by letting you know that the store sells lottery tickets they serve a useful function. They are a convenience that people have come to depend upon. The save time and money for busy shoppers and provide income for businessmen. However, in highly-competitive areas such as shopping districts, and areas that abound with businesses they are undoubtedly a way of making income and surviving. That’s why use of the sign the neon sign as an adverting method rapidly gained worldwide popularity. They produced beneficial results in any language. Just think, without neon signs the world would be a much darker place and businesses would be a lot less profitable. However, the chances of anything like that ever happening are just about nil.

What makes neon perform so well that it can handle advertising chores so efficiently and so profitably? What allows it to undertake all those little-known tasks that it handles so well? The main reason is that neon is s first-rate conductor of electricity. Moreover, it has the amazing ability to give of a light that can be seen at great distances. Neon is frequently used in airplane beacons, a use that is probably unknown to most people. In fact, some pilots have reported seeing neon beacons 29 miles away when it was impossible ti see other kinds of lights. Neon signs are even visible through the fog. Its use as airplane beacons benefits millions of air travelers.

Neon doesn’t come cheap. Pure neon costs $33. per 100 grams. Something so expensive has to be worth this huge price. Other uses were found for neon. It is used in vacuum tubes, television tubes, high-voltage indicators, lighting arrestors (whose function it is to protect electrical equipment from damages by

lightning or some other electrical source by diverting the electricity to the ground). and water meter tubes. Now here we begin to see that neon serves much higher purposes than just helping businessmen to make …

5 Reasons Why Followers Continue To Support Certain Political Leaders

Have you ever wondered why certain political leaders appear to be wearing Teflon, and, it appears, regardless of what that individual does, or says, his followers and supporters, continue to support him, apparently, not caring, or being adversely affected? On the other hand, sometimes, someone holding a position, ends up being blamed for everything, and, even one, minor mistake, or misstatement, becomes politically, extremely costly! Nearly every day, I overhear someone, who is not a Trump supporter, wondering, aloud, why/ how, his supporters, seem to overlook his actions and/ or statements, and continue to support and believe in, and cast him in a favorable light! This article will briefly, attempt to discuss, five, of these reasons, as to why many followers, continue to support certain political leaders, even when they aren’t fulfilling any of their empty promises.

1. Prioritizing what they want, over what actually is: Whether it is a matter of Drinking the Kool – Aid, being naive, wasteful, ineffective, or selfish, it appears, many people become so focused on believing the false spin, they actually buy, the rhetoric about the mainstream media, offering Fake News! Just because someone says it, even vehemently and often, doesn’t make it facts. In other words, a lie, by any other name, is still a lie! Consider the fact, the President has been fact – checked, and has been deemed to have lied or misstated facts, every single day, since he was elected. How would you explain the fact, there are still people who seem to believe him?

2. Convince themselves, stories they disagree with, are Fake News: While it may be normal, to, care deeply, and be passionate in one’s views, does it make any sense, to continuously overlook reality, because it doesn’t conform to one’s preferences, and/ or biases? How often will these people by the nonsense about things constantly being Fake News, while accepting fake news, and lies, as long as they agree with their position?

3. Hatred/ bias against opposition: Have you noticed that nearly every time, Mr. Trump is questioned, or feels accused, etc, he replies by bringing up his less – than – popular former political opponent, Hillary Clinton, and repeats claims which have been refuted and disputed, numerous times, but his core followers, continue to accept? When a political leader uses vitriol and rhetoric, to stir up hatred and bias, does he deserve to be in a leadership position?

4. Supports their personal beliefs/ agenda: Simply because something is what a supporter or group of supporters want, or hope for, even if they are morally, often, at odds with the principles and ideals of the American Constitution, doesn’t make it a fact! However, clever politicians, when confronted, often resort to rhetoric, which will stir the pot!

5. Easily fooled, naive, or don’t pay quality attention: We all know the adage, Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me again, shame on me! However, for example, it appears, this President’s core followers, …

Smart Phone Photography

With the purchase of my rather expensive camera a while back it was like winning the lottery. It takes gorgeous photos and can be zoomed in or out to get the best shot. It also has automatic focus and the memory card helps to deposit the photos onto the computer. But then a few months ago when returning a recently purchased lap top the money was used to buy a Samsung Galaxy elite smart phone.

What a surprise! The photography possible with this machine is far better than any camera owned previously. It takes shot after shot of incredible photos whose detail can be enlarged and studied. Like the camera before it of course it takes videos as well.

This is a far cry from the first camera that my brother gave me when I was around 8 years of age. It was quite small but the photos I took have survived and are a record of the family history from those early years. Film had to be inserted and then the photos developed through the local chemist. It meant saving my pocket-money to redeem them.

From that time to this photography has been one of my hobbies and the quantity of shots from just about everywhere travelled or experiences enjoyed are filling albums and taking up storage space around the home. That is unnecessary with the new technology. The computer stores anything needing to be kept while some photos are printed immediately either through my printer or the local shop.

The difference in convenience and cost is astronomical and the pleasure of taking photos has increased enormously thanks to the new smart phone.…

How Traditional Chinese Health Beliefs and Chinese Culture Influence Health and Illness?

Traditional Chinese health beliefs adopt a holistic view emphasizing the importance of environmental factors in increasing risk of disease. According to Quah (1985), these factors influence the balance of body’s harmony, yin and yang. These are two opposite but complementary forces and, together with qi (vital energy), they control the universe and explain the relationship between people and their surroundings. Imbalance in these two forces, or in the qi, results in illness.

In order to restore the balance, traditional remedial practices may be needed. For example, excess `hot’ energy can be counterbalanced by cooling herbal teas, and vice versa. These beliefs are deeply ingrained among the Chinese, and have been found to be unchanged following migration to Singapore.

Lee, et. al. (2004), found that patients with specific chronic diseases, namely arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases and stroke, were more likely to use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This was strongly determined by the ‘chronic disease triad’, perceived satisfaction with care and cultural health beliefs.

Hence the use of TCM is not associated with the quality of doctor-patient interaction. Astin (1998) also agreed that it was seen as being more compatible with the patients’ values, spiritual and religious philosophy, or beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of health and illness.

In traditional Chinese culture, taking medication is thought to be aversive, hence medications tend to be taken only until symptoms are relieved and then discontinued; if symptoms are not obvious, medications will probably never be taken.

Apart from parental cultural beliefs, minor side effects of certain antibiotics such as stomach upset may contribute to the poor adherence of medication. The use of “leftover”, “shared” antibiotics and over-the-counter purchase of antibiotics by parents are common situations in the community.

They think that their children suffer from the same illnesses judging by the similar symptoms, so they would give the “leftover” or “shared” antibiotics to their children and only bring them to their doctors if there is no improvement (Chang & Tang, 2006). This may cause their conditions to deteriorate and may necessitate aggressive treatments later which may have unnecessary side effects.

However, there are small groups of Chinese who also blamed ill-health or misfortunes on supernatural forces, or on divine retribution, or on the malevolence of a ‘witch’ or ‘sorcerer’ (Helman, 1994). Such groups will usually seek cures from their religions.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Health has drawn up the TCM Practitioners’ Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines to prevent any unscrupulous practitioners from preying on their patients and taking advantage of their beliefs, for example, molesting ignorant patients.

The degree of acculturation has been evidenced in the following case. An old man was brought into our hospital with a week-long history of malaise, nausea and vomiting, and sudden jaundice. He was diagnosed to have an obstructive mass in the liver.

A biopsy revealed hepatocellular carcinoma. The serological test suggested chronic active hepatitis B. When the news broke to his son that his father had cancer, he requested not to disclose that to his father.…

Understand How To Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back Again Through The Laws Of Attraction

Try not to worry, even though you are in a hellish situation at the moment, it does not indicate that this will forever be the situation. Giving up on your relationship merely because you were dumped is not needed because there are heaps of things that you can try to regenerate his passion for you.

You will possibly not recognize the reason why your boyfriend left you and his conduct could appear wholly out of character, but you will still find things that you can do about that. Feeling angry and over emotional right now probably won’t do you any favours in the long run, it’s going to just make you feel worse. He’ll almost certainly go back to you if you use expert know-how and never go into this with your eyes closed.

It’s time for something different. It is essential that you get your emotions under control as fast as you can if you are to stand any chance of making him want you back again. There is no doubt that your emotions will be running high after a break up and that you will be feeling very angry and upset. If you do not do this then there will be tough times ahead for you. You do not want to end up making a fool of yourself or it will be difficult to reverse.

Never allow yourself to stoop to the depths of hurling abuse at him or wailing for him to take you back, it does not look pretty and all respect that he did have for you will be lost. If you choose to go down this route you will regret it as this is the last thing that he wants to hear. The male species are very different from females in this respect, they do not like to deal with feelings as it makes them feel uncomfortable.

You must do everything in your power to make yourself attractive to him again and this means that there will be no tears or tantrums in front of him! You do not want him to pity you in any way, but instead be surprised about how well you seem to be handling the break up. If he ends up respecting you then this will work wonders for you in getting him back. Respect is the only foundation for a successful relationship so make sure that it is in place before you get onto the next stage. If you realise how special you are, he will too, and his views of you will alter as well.

The key to making yourself feel better about yourself is taking control of your situation. Cry your heart out and take your frustrations out in a healthy way, but you will have to pick yourself up and get on with things if you want him to see you in a positive way. It is the way that you deal with heart ache that sets you apart from the rest, so make sure …

Symbols of Anarchy

There are many symbols of anarchism including cats that have been used over the years to identify and rally supporters for a cause. The cause is usually a protest or political movement against current conditions. With the increase in anti-globalization recently, the symbols of anarchy are starting to reappear.

The black cat was designed by Ralph Chaplin, a prominent figure of the IWW, also known as the Wobblies. The movement started in 1905 and continued through the early 1920’s until it was suppressed by the Justice Department under J. Edgar Hoover. It signified wildcat strikes and radical unionism. The symbol has also been associated with witchcraft, bad omens and death.

The black flag has been a symbol of anarchy since the 1880s. It symbolizes defiance and opposition to surrender. The flag has been used by groups opposed to representation. The black flag has also been used in many protests against oppression. It was used by pirates to indicate the lives of a crew would be spared if they surrendered. It was also used during the French and Russian Revolutions by certain protest groups. It is still used today by anarchical movements.

The circled A, where the A stands for anarchy, is one of the best known present day symbols. It was developed by Giuseppe Fanelli, a Freemason, in 1868 and later adopted as a symbol of anarchy. The symbol became a part of the punk rock movement in the 1970’s. It was used by the band, Sex Pistols, to signify the punk rock style of music. Although used as a marketing ploy, it increased the awareness of anarchy.

The black cross is a symbol representing a movement to eliminate all prisons. The symbol originated in Russia to support political prisoners. It was adopted by anarchists to signify unity of purpose. The cross was modified from the symbol for the Red Cross to avoid confusion with the Red Cross. It has been associated with black power, women’s lib, youth power and the American Indian Movement.

Known as a symbol of piracy, the jolly roger or the skull and cross bones has gained popularity as a symbol of anarchy. Originally used by the Libertatain pirates, it signifies a pirate’s way of life free from repressive societies. It has gained popularity with many anarchical movements.

The anarchist symbol, circled A, with a V represents the political philosophy of animal liberation. The philosophy also known as veganism excludes the use of animals for food, clothing or other uses. It was popularized in 1995 by Brian Dominick and is used by animal rights groups. People who actively support this movement are against killing any animal and have strict vegetarian diets.

Other symbols of anarchy not shown above are the wooden shoe, black rose and bisected flags and stars. Each symbol has been used to represent a political movement or protest throughout the world. Depending on the cause, an organization will adapt or create a symbol that best represents it’s philosophy.…

Why Some Political Followers Seem Not To Care When They’re Lied To: 5 Reasons

Have you ever wondered why, it seems, so many citizens, who support a specific politician and/ or elected official, continue to loyally follow that individual, regardless of how often, he disappoints them, lies to them, or fails to address and/ or realistically address, their needs, concerns, etc, with viable solutions, and/ or plans? The current American President, Donald J. Trump, who, almost certainly has been the most polarizing politician, in recent times, has consistently lied to the American public, and rather than excusing his behavior, or avoiding future lies, has ended up doubling – down, and proclaiming he is telling the truth. While Mr. Trump has the lowest popularity numbers, and the highest negative numbers, of any President, at this stage of holding office, his polling numbers, among his core followers, has remained mostly steady, and strong. His strongest supporters appear to either, not care, or buy – into, the lies, half – truths, etc, either because they want to, they’ve come to accept Fake News, or they are absorbed with the vitriol, rhetoric, empty promises, or, perhaps, personal agenda and perceived, self – interest. Let’s briefly examine 5 possible reasons for this behavior and mindset.

1. It agrees with what they want: Many individuals prefer to focus on their desire to blame and complain, than to listen to realities and/ or the facts! Wishing for something, and making yourself believe, ends up, with these individuals, wanting to accept lies and distortions!

2. Willing to overlook things, when it serves their personal agenda: An examination, for example, of the President’s core supporters, indicates, he attracts certain types of individuals or groups, more than others. Those sharing his views about, for example, blaming immigrants for lack of jobs and/ or terrorism; blaming certain minorities, as a justification to why they might not be as successful as possible; hoping that certain industries will be reincarnated, although most experts state these industries are not relevant and/ or sustainable, into the future; denying climate change, and blaming it for job loss, etc.

3. Hatred, bigotry, and/ or bias: Perhaps no other politician has ever been able to use vitriol and rhetoric, to inspire potential followers, to support him, because of their inner hatred, bigotry, bias, etc, than our current President. He realizes it’s often easier to blame others, and complain, than to offer realistic, viable solutions, and quality plans!

4. Don’t check: Many voters are somewhat apathetic, and thus, if they hear something often – enough, and it conforms with what they want, don’t bother to check on the truth, and merely are influenced by the rhetoric and claims!

5. Believe the Fake News: While President Trump has been very successful on blaming (and/ or stating) anything or anyone, who disagrees with him, is fake news, and claiming there is a conspiracy against him by the phony media, no one has ever relied more heavily upon, or gotten his so – called facts, from the Fake News! With the primary news source of …