Financially secure professional in a STEM field. Overactive volunteer. Instructor, teacher, lecturer. Married over 35 years, father of three fully grown kids, but not dead! No spare time to be bored. I hope to use some of my precious spare time to write some more stories, work on my tumblr blog, and connect with people of diverse interests and backgrounds.
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Robertson Screws- they actually will stay on the end of a Robertson Screwdriver, making it way easier to start screwing https://upload.lushstories.com/1632504623-800px-Robertson_screw.jpg
Built the AVRO ARROW- The best fighter jet in the world, in 1958- Terminated prematurely by the most stupid Conservative government Canada ever had (probably in part due to pressure from the U.S., who did not want to be outdone, and who proposed Canada buy nuclear missiles instead)- All the great engineering talent on the AVRO ARROW project went away to other great projects: the Apollo landings on the moon; the British/French Concorde supersonic airliner. https://upload.lushstories.com/1340188011-800px-DSC_6934_-_Canadian_Pride.jpg
The BEST view of Niagara Falls! https://upload.lushstories.com/1116694410-3Falls_Niagara.jpg
196. Canadian Tire. Because every good Canadian fundamentally needs a reliable supplier of winter tires, antifreeze and shovels. https://upload.lushstories.com/2031111370-5278437_1276625078405_1_L.jpg https://upload.lushstories.com/174593052-Canadian-Tire-store-by-RAI-Architect-Bowmanville-04.jpg Jeez, NEVER buy your tires from "Crappy Tire"It's a glorified hardware store, if that. You get better tires (and better car mechanics) from a place that specializes in tires, or auto repairs.
Voting is a bit different in Canada. You vote for the local rep in the House of Commons (Member of Parliament). Whichever party gets the most seats in the House then gets to form the government with their leader becoming Prime Minister. There is no separate vote for the PM and our Senate is unelected. So, you can either:Vote the local candidate (and I have done so on occasion when there was a strong candidate who wasn't from my usual party)Vote the party (more common these days I think, and certainly how I tend to vote when I don't really know much about the local candidates)People often vote based on the leader but because you don't directly vote for PM, this ends up being the same as voting for the party. This can be a bit of a mistake in our system since the PM is really just a leader chosen by the party and can actually be changed mid-term by the party without going to an actual election (cf. the recent change in 10 Downing Street from Cameron to May in the UK, which uses basically the same system).One by-product of this system is that we have viable third and even, at times, fourth parties. I've been voting Green in the last decade or so (who are just barely viable in that they have had one or two seats in the House) but have also voted Reform (which is now part of the Conservative Party), Liberal and NDP. I tend to actually read the platforms and then vote based on which one seems to align at least somewhat with my positions. Local candidates are a factor, too. The one time I voted Reform was because the Liberal incumbent had resigned over a broken promise, then turned around and run to replace herself, which kind of ticked me off. Just to supplement the above excellent description, Canadians can also sometimes have a "minority government", where one party does not own half of the seats in the House of Commons. This allows for some interesting times, as the party with the most (but not over half) seats gets to try to set policy, in the hopes that some in other parties will agree. Sometimes they work with one of the other parties to stay in power, and that other party could be fairly small, but because the small party are supporting the party with the most seats, they are said to hold the "balance of power". Sometimes, this allows some of their small party pet policies to get supported and adopted, in part at least. Minority governments can actually get a lot done. It is amazing what can be done when people compromise a bit; I think the U.S. could learn from that.Any Canadian government is subject to an occasional important vote, referred to as a "vote of non-confidence", on a critical issue, like on a spending budget for example. If that vote does not pass, the party forming the government is expected to resign, and call an immediate election. An election that is mercifully short (compared to the U.S. endless process) should then take place within a few months. Thus, elections could occur just about any time, but in the case of a majority government being in power already (one party has over half the seats, and thus can fight off any "vote of non-confidence"), they can govern for up to five years before an election must take place.The elections are just for the House of Commons, not for our Senate. Senators are appointed at present, though someday they may be elected if proposed reforms go through. The real power mostly rests with the House of Commons, and the Senate remains a place for "sober second thought", only occasionally asking that the House go back and tune up their proposed legislation some.The simple beauty of a Canadian election is the use of nothing but paper ballots to take the vote. There is no chance of hacking as with electronic ballots, nor any "hanging chads" when counting. All votes are verifiable by a judicial recount, if the results in a riding are close, say within 50 votes. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent. Voter registration is fairly straight-forward, and if you can produce picture ID with your name and address, you are all set to go, with no fuss. The process is also simplified because we are not also voting for District Attorney, Judge, County Clerk, or Dog-catcher, on multi-page ballots.
1. Intelligence.2. Hair, lips, eyes.3. Stature (petite is more appealing)in that orderBig boobs or excess makeup, are usually turnoffs
I feel for U.S. citizens. They have to choose from a bunch of shitty choices. Too bad Obama (or Michelle, for that matter) cannot stick around for another term. Too bad someone like Colin Powell does not step up. Hillary is not her husband, so no one should blame her for his indiscretions. You can't fault someone for their indiscretions unless you treat everyone, even the candidate "on your side", equally. People in power have a problem keeping it in their pants, because their position of power lets them think they can do anything. Might as well accept that that kind of thing will happen... though again, we see Obama has been a really good role model.Any talk of Hillary being an "enabler" has to say the same of Trump's wives. Were Bill Clinton's dalliances mostly with someone willing to cheat, or was he an abuser, forcing himself onto women? I don't know. It certainly looks like Trump was the bigger and more aggressive horndog. More of his past victims have stepped forward, it seems. There are probably many more, for either offender, that are still keeping it quiet.It is not uncommon for a serial abuser to get away with it until he has left behind a lot of damaged individuals, until the the dam finally breaks. If a woman thinks she is alone, and vulnerable to further humiliation, or being ruined by a man with power, it makes sense that she will not report, until it is clear she will have an audience. As for truthfulness, it is clear that Trump cannot be relied on to speak the truth, ever. Time and time again, he just says shit, and it can either be proven false, or it is contradicted by his own recorded words. How can you trust anyone that is a pathological liar? Sure, the truth always gets spun in politics to some extent, but in Trump's case it seems to get twisted through a full 360 degrees, and no one can know which way to look at anything he says, except you can bet that he is trying to sound good. Sounding good and being good are two very different things. He just sounds so much like he is an aggressive salesman, trying to sell you some shit you don't really want. Or, what is worse, he is talking just to himself, stroking his ego, and he doesn't give a shit what anyone else thinks as long as he can use it to his advantage. In other words, he is a sociopath.The means should be in place to properly monitor charitable foundations, and to hold them accountable for abuses. Sure, you might have to hold your nose when taking money from someone whose views you totally disagree with, but if the foundation then spends the money to help people, isn't that better than letting the donors you disagree with take back their money.There are proven ways to prevent voter fraud. It is not an issue. The fraud potential will always exist, but it is not fraud until a person follows through and actually votes illegally. It hasn't happened as often as one in a million legitimate votes cast. Don't sweat the low probability events.And on the topic of low probability events, why are you sweating ISIS attacks? How many terror-based attacks (including, I would argue, domestic terrorists and mass killers) have there been so far? How many hundred times more people have died from guns? It is important to keep things in perspective. But alas, people seem to lack critical thinking skills. The biggest threat to U.S greatness is the growing anti-intellectual, anti-science approach of politicians, and the lack of critical evaluation of important decisions, and decision-makers, by a public not educated how to do that properly. You can blame that on many things, including the dumbing down of media in general, and the ease with which one can find online an echo chamber that will totally insulate people in a safe cocoon of similar-thinking individuals, allowing one to become intellectually lazy. The problems run way deeper than having no good choice for POTUS.
No change. I think that is typical of most people that watched, or did not watch. People have an idea beforehand who they like, and tend not to change their minds despite overwhelming evidence that suggests they should.And that is sad. People don't care to take the time to think it through. Nor, perhaps do they have the critical thinking skills to do so. In that sense, America is not great. Those that claim they wish to make it great again would rather you stay ignorant and compliant, so that not only do you not see the lies, you really don't care about them anyway. When it becomes routine and boring, and everything is binary, something is very wrong, and you should all be very concerned.
Fortunately, it will all be over in about seven or eight weeks.As an outsider, I cannot fathom how anti-intellectual forces have made Trump seem so strong. There is clearly a lot that is "off" with him, and I fail to see how he appeals to people other than simply being a B-grade TV star and allegedly "against the establishment". Honestly, I think if you believe he is "anti-establishment", you are in for a great disappointment. He is as "establishment" as it gets when talking about the point-one-percenters, which (if he is not truly in more debt than he is really worth) he is. Really, he just wants to win at all costs, so he can look Obama in the eye, and tell him to get the fuck out of his Oval Office. That is his only goal and dream, I bet. On Day 2, I suspect he won't have a clue what to do next, other than something rash, and ill-considered. He will very quickly stop giving a fuck.As a Commander-in chief, he has already failed to show he is sympathetic to the plight of those in the military that will have to make sacrifices when following his orders. Trump has no respect for anyone, it seems, but Donald Trump. He is unfit for the position, and will quickly lose a lot of respect if he keeps being himself. He knows no other way. Diplomacy is totally lacking in the man.That being said, is Hillary (and inevitably, the influence of Bill) any better? I think so. There has been a lot of hype against both candidates. But I think that Hillary has the best chance of not fucking up over the next four years, and actually allowing the U.S to retain it's international superpower status and respect, without appearing to be a stupid ignorant bully.Lastly, I think the polls have not got it right. It is not that close at all. The people that vote are not necessarily the people that answer a phone call from a pollster. I am hoping Trump looks better in polls than he actually will end up being, and election night will fairly quickly resolve itself, and we can all go to bed early.
You asked if there were regrets. I said there were none. But the silence made me think When the silence fell, I didn’t know Either of two extremes you felt. Except to know it must hurt. My reflections brought forth possibilities as the dust settled, And I shouted impatiently at the silence to end it. I was too busy to think!! My candle burned at the middle Wanting more...
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This story is set in the late 1970’s. It was a time before e-mail, before everyone had their own workstations and computers at their desks. A lot of communications in the office were hand-written on “inter-office memo” pads. Typing documents was done by clerks, who were almost exclusively women. Ray liked his first job. It was technically challenging. As with most engineering positions,...
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Arriving on time at the downtown high-rise, she located his listing and buzzed his apartment. The harsh snap of the door latch unlocking made her jump, but she soon had the presence of mind to push the door open, and walk through. As Mari waited in the lobby for the elevator up to the top floor, she was starting to have second thoughts about this whole adventure. Her best friend had talked...
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Mari stirred from her nap, full of the beautiful afterglow of her intense multiple release by John’s hands. Having fallen asleep on the firm massage table, she awoke feeling a bit stiff and oily, but otherwise she was feeling great. Before she could look around, John spoke to her quietly from the couch, where he had been silently admiring her in her sleep. “You would probably like a...
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Paul pulled off the county road, up a long gravel track leading to his friend’s cottage. It had taken about two hours just to reach the turn-off from the highway through the usual heavy weekend traffic. As he drove slowly over the winding bumpy road, a few entrances to other properties passed by, and the vegetation grew up higher between the muddy tire tracks until he could hear it...
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Sam had woken up at four in the morning, noticed the flicker of approaching lightning through the curtains of the tiny cottage bedroom, and thought it wise to use the outhouse before the coming storm struck. Linda, roused when Sam got out of bed, was feeling particularly horny. Being at the cottage made sex so much easier, better and more frequent, and she was always ready for more. She...
Added 16 Dec 2013 | Category Group Sex
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He set up his eight-inch telescope in the dimming twilight of the night. He had picked the beach far from the campgrounds, far from the shouting people and barking dogs, and smoky fires, yet not far enough to be unaware of them in the distance. More than just wanting darkness for stargazing, he sought solace from the world of troubles he had seen, but he wasn’t lonely. For now, it was just...
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She was giddy with endorphins, in the afterglow of her best orgasm ever. He enjoyed hearing her sighs and giggles, and whispered to her to roll onto her right side, facing away from him. The uneven ground beneath the tent had cooled her, but as he snuggled up to spoon with her, she felt his body heat warm her back. She laid her head over his right arm as he held her close with his right hand...
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