Saturday, December 31, 2011

Steve Jobs and me

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by Morley Evans

I am working my way through Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

I have used Apple products since 1978 when I bought my Apple II. I chose the Apple because of the look and feel of the manual which was beautiful and skinny. I could understand it. My eyes glazed over when looked at the competitions' manuals which were like telephone books. "I'm too stupid for them," I concluded. When the Macintosh was introduced, I bought one because I understood it even better. I thought everyone would want such a machine once they tried it. I was wrong. They liked DOS, incompatibility, difficulty, confusion, breakdowns, high costs and crap. They had jobs fixing all the problems. I overlooked the Mac's shortcomings and worked around them. I did a lot of work for the next 15 years with my trusty little Macintosh. I paid a big price for sticking with Apple, but then I was rewarded by more "insanely great products" after Steve returned to Apple. 

I was always the odd-man-out in every organization and I had to work hard to be compatible with them while they made no effort to be compatible with me. They worked hard to make my life miserable. Times have changed. At Christmas, everyone had a new iPhone or iPad. One die-hard Windows user gushed, "I can do everything with my iPhone! I never go anywhere without it! Apple is the best!" In the waiting room of my chiropractor a few weeks ago, a baby, not much older than one, sat on her mother's lap playing with an iPad. The baby knew what she was doing! One of my nephews has a tablet made by ASUS that uses the Android OS. He can make it do impressive-looking things. I can't make it do anything. Jobs hated Google because they stole from Apple to make Android. I think Jobs can rest easy. After almost thirty years of development (copying the Mac), Windoze is still a dog. Android is no better. Reversing markets of ten years ago, Microsoft stock is $25 today while Apple is over $400. Google is flying high on it's many other achievements. Apple helped them to get off the ground.

In psychological tests that I have taken, INTUITION is — by far — my strongest attribute. Intuition is how I think and function. That is why I like Apple. That is what Steve Jobs brought to Apple. Jobs loved Zen and the Japanese esthetic. He didn't bathe every day and was rude, however, so he was not like me or the Japanese in many ways. Like Svengali, Jobs could manipulate people to squeeze the best out of them. I can't get anyone to do anything so I am a lone wolf. Zen is why I survived all the abuse I took in my first fifty years, especially after returning from Japan. Zen — and nutrition — is why my next fifty years promise to be much better! When I am one hundred years old and surfing the North Shore of Oahu, someone may pay attention. Unlike Jobs, I am a bristlecone pine or a tortoise that lives slow but lives long. "Be humble, like the dirt."

Jobs was a personality like Tesla, Ford, Napoleon and Alexander. Steve Jobs did change the world as everyone is saying today. My iPhone is a university in my pocket. It is also a concert hall, a broadcasting system and much more. Just "Think Different."

Did I mention that I never read a manual? I just dive in and start swimming.

Happy New Year!

- Morley

Friday, December 30, 2011


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by Morley Evans

Organizations have a life of their own. This is sometimes called "organizational culture". The people who make up an organization are to the organization what cells are to a person. The individual people in an organization affect the organization and the organization affects the individuals. An organization can live on as one generation is replaced by the next generation. To observers, both within and without, it seems that "someone" unseen is controlling the organization, but there is no one "behind the curtain" giving orders to those who can be seen in front of the curtain. "Conspiracy theories" usually involve revealing the person behind the curtain. But "conspiracy theories" are not debunked when it is demonstrated that no one is behind the curtain. A program really can continue generation after generation for hundreds of years. Such programs, or missions, only end when the organization dies.

Conspiracy exists. It is real.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


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by Morley Evans

Quackwatch is a website dedicated to protecting the public. Can you trust what it says? No, you cannot.

Stephen Barrett, MD (born 1933) is a retired American psychiatrist, author, co-founder of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and the webmaster of Quackwatch. He runs a number of websites dealing with quackery and health fraud. He focuses on consumer protection, medical ethics, and scientific skepticism. Numerous sources have cited Quackwatch as a useful source for online consumer information.

If you subscribe to the establishment opinion that conventional modern pharmaceutical medicine and surgery exclusively offers quality healthcare to humanity, then you will find Mr. Barrett's opinions valuable. If, however, you disagree, you will find his opinions completely worthless.

Disease is the result of toxicity, deficiency and inactivity. Charlatans who cut, poison and burn are quacks. Psychiatrists are the worst, but they and their fellow quacks are not criticized at Quackwatch. Shun them. Choose a long wholesome life, sanity and spiritual health:

Friday, December 23, 2011


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by Morley Evans

The whole point of Christmas is that the world is not going to end. Was there ever a time worse than now? Was there ever a time better? Life is a trial, a test. We are judged by the things we choose. Jesus brought Hope to the world. You don't have to create Heaven on earth. Jesus didn't. Just help someone who is less well off than you are. Do it today. Merry Christmas!

- Morley


Thursday, December 22, 2011

PERI Report

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by Morley Evans

Below is Figure 1 from a report in December 2011 by the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts. The gist of the report is banks and large corporations today hold an unprecedented amount of cash that could be put to work employing 19 million Americans.

This remarkable pile of cash is part of the mountain of money that has been created by Mr. Bernanke and the FED. We already have significant inflation. How the central banks have been able to put off hyperinflation to this point is even more remarkable. But sooner rather than later the financial hocus pocus will no longer work and the bubble will burst. This is inevitable. Will the banksters manage to plunge the world into a new World War in hopes of saving their necks by turning everyone against each other (and away from them) or will they be swinging from the lampposts?

A race to doomsday is underway and we're locked in the trunk. Exciting huh?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Egypt December 2011

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by Morley Evans

Did you read about this in your newspaper? Did you see this on your TV? Why not? Do you think you know what's going on? Why doesn't NATO step in to provide "humanitarian assistance" like it did in Libya? Do you know we are supplying the soldiers in the photo below? Why don't you cancel your newspaper and switch off your TV? Give Obama and Harper the finger.

You know what? Some people are really pissed off!

Egyptian women decry abuse by soldiers

By Leila Fadel and Ragia Mostafa, Published: December 20

Brave Soldiers Keeping the Peace

CAIRO — Thousands of women, enraged by images of female protesters being dragged through the streets by soldiers during weekend protests, marched Tuesday in central Cairo to decry the Egyptian military’s recent use of force against demonstrators.

The rare public outpouring by women, young and old, religious and secular, appeared to turn up the pressure on the country’s ruling military council. The generals, who had shown no remorse for the recent violence, quickly issued a statement Tuesday evening offering “sincerest apologies to the great women of Egypt for what happened” and promising that those responsible would be reprimanded.

Egypt’s conservative society has been shaken by nearly a week of deadly protests and by powerful images of women being stripped and beaten by soldiers in riot gear. Many in Tuesday’s crowd carried a widely circulated photo of a woman being dragged by soldiers, her scarf and abaya ripped from her body to expose her blue bra.

“Egypt was stripped,” their posters read.

The military leadership has tried to paint demonstrators as paid thugs and conspirators intent on destabilizing Egypt.

But as the women chanted for an end to military rule and waved to bystanders to join them, they seemed to signal renewed solidarity among Egyptians. In recent days, activists and politicians have increasingly called for presidential elections no later than the end of January to remove the military council from power.

The protest appeared to be the largest march by women since demonstrations began here 11 months ago. A group of men, including newly elected members of parliament, formed a shield around them.

“Egyptian girls are a red line,” they chanted hours after another predawn raid on Tahrir Square by soldiers and military police. At least 13 people have been killed, including nine by gunfire, and nearly 1,000 wounded since violence began on Friday when military police tried to break up a sit-in outside the cabinet building.

“Even those not sympathetic to protesters can’t deny the power of an image of a defenseless woman being attacked,” said Heba Morayef, an Egypt researcher at Human Rights Watch. But, she acknowledged, images of young men hurling stones and setting fire to buildings also have had a powerful effect.

The march followed a news conference Monday by Maj. Gen. Adel Emara, a member of the ruling military council, who called soldiers who shot and beat protesters heroes and praised them for their “restraint.”

Journalists and other witnesses said that in recent days they had seen soldiers rushing to Tahrir Square with guns in their hands and using truncheons to beat fleeing protesters, scenes that were captured on video. The sounds of gunfire also were heard.

“Despite the pain it caused, it was a slap in the face to the military council, it weakened its power and showed its true face to the world,” said Ghada Ibrahim, who was beaten and detained Friday.

Special correspondent Ingy Hassieb contributed to this report.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saint George

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by Morley Evans

The pharmaceutical industry is "modern medicine". It includes the pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical doctors who push pharmaceutical drugs, pharmaceutical medical schools, pharmaceutical hospitals, pharmaceutical nurses, pharmaceutical drug stores and the lawyers, regulators, legislators, advertisers, unions and others who protect and promote the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry is Big Business. This monster is a hazard to all who are malnourished, under-exercised, and medicated with pharmaceutical drugs. (Everyone who leads a "modern life" in the "modern world" — you.) The pharmaceutical industry cares not one whit about you. It will bleed you of your last dime and then throw you out with the garbage while shedding crocodile tears and whining for more money. This is big-time international drug trafficking, much bigger than the Mafia, and more dangerous because the people who run it are our leading citizens. They are so respectable. Do not fear, though. Judgement and retribution for the pharmaceutical industry is coming.

Saint George and the pharmaceutical industry

Monday, December 12, 2011

Middle Eastern HISTORY

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by Morley Evans

Posted on Al Jazeera

Here's a timeline of the Roman Empire, history fans:

The Eastern Romans became Byzantines after the fall of Rome in 476 CE. The Byzantines controlled the region (which did not include the Levant or Mesopotamia) until the Ottomans defeated Constantinople in 1453 CE. Most of the Jews in Palestine converted to Christianity in the first century. Most of their descendants converted to Islam in the seventh century along with peoples from Morocco to south east Asia. Jews, Christians, Muslims (both Sunni and Shi'a) and Druze, lived more-or-less harmoniously for 600 years in the Ottoman Empire under the Sultan in Istanbul. The current Jews in Palestine are descendants of Berbers who converted to Judaism before the Moors conquered Iberia in 711 CE as well as the Khazars who converted to Judaism sometime between 700 and 800. A few of these Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews began colonizing Palestine in the late nineteenth century as Zionists. The Zionist movement has aggressively campaigned against the majority of Jews to dominate them all. Big trouble for everyone began when the British Empire carved up the Ottoman Empire for fun and profit after WW I. North Africa was largely lost to the Ottomans by the time Napoleon took over Egypt. Egypt was ceded to the British when they won the Napoleonic Wars in 1814. The present-day Palestinians are the most likely descendants of the Jews in the Bible, not the people who call themselves Israelis today. The Empire of Alexander extended from Greece, north Africa and the eastern shores of the Mediterranean to present-day Pakistan. Alexander took over the Persian Empire, an achievement the Romans envied but were unable to repeat. Rome lasted from 753 BCE to 1461 CE, 2214 years. Rome survives to this day as the principal Italian city, which is why they call Rome the eternal city (2764 years).

Why is this essay called Middle Eastern HISTORY yet it focuses on Rome? Human affairs are intertwined, everything is connected to everything. Changes in one area affect things in other areas. Historians separate things and simplify them by generalization so they can be examined. Then events and personalities must be put together again to get a reasonably accurate and complete picture. Understanding the past, as much as speculating about the future, is a creative endeavor. "Prediction is difficult, especially when it involves the future." Understanding the past is every bit as challenging. In contrast to Rome, China was unified by Qin Shi Huang in 221 BCE. There was something before him in China and Greek city-states dominated the Mediterranean before Rome. Alexander was a Macedonian. He defeated the main Persian army in 333 BCE, over a century before China was unified but about the same time in the vast expanse of all human history. Here's a map of Alexander's Empire. It is the Middle East:

The Empire of Alexander the Great
We will revisit the area to look at the Islamic tsunami that swept the world in the seventh century and then the Mongol Empire and what happened to it. Of course, storied India will not be overlooked.
Byzantine maps

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Elegant Universe

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by Morley Evans

This is The Elegant Universe Part 1 starring Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr, Max Planck and other smart guys. Brian Green takes us on a voyage into the unknown where what you know will be challenged mightily. Buckle your seat belt. . .

Watch The Elegant Universe: Part 1 on PBS. See more from NOVA.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

RT: Chris Hedges

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by Morley Evans

Russian Television ain't Pravda, it's pravda.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Egypt December 2011

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by Morley Evans

Can the tiny élite that takes everything stay in power, in Egypt or here in Canada? In Egypt, they are saying in Arabic, "We're as mad as Hell and we aren't going to take this anymore." In Canada, everyone is still in a coma. Justice is the most basic social service there is. Canada is even more corrupt than Egypt but peaceful because Canadians are asleep. The Canadian riot police are being trained in case Canadians ever wake up.

More at The Real News

Monday, December 5, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul, Texas

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by Morley Evans

Some Big Events Are About To Occur. The world is changing. The world's hegemon (that's us) since 1756 is losing its grip. Batten the hatches, a storm is coming and we can't do anything about it (though our rulers will try to retain their power over us and the world). Our rulers are the enemy, not the people they tell us are the enemy. Don't be fooled. Beware.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Max Planck

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By Morley Evans

Do not be discouraged when you discover that the stupidest people run things. This is axiomatic. They run things because they excel at acquiring power — not because they are the best people with the best ideas.

Max Planck, the famous physicist, is credited with the following maxim about scientific discovery -"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and the growing younger generation is familiar with the idea from the beginning. Or more bluntly, science marches funeral by funeral."


Friday, December 2, 2011


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by Morley Evans

God kept me alive in 2000 so I could see Maria's smile. She confirms that everything is good in a world that is filled with hope, kindness, trust and love. These things cancel out the evil that is everywhere. This is a very special picture because this is how Maria looks at me even when there is no camera. I'll try to live up to what she sees — but who could? Even though no one could be that good, I promise to do my best not to disappoint her, or you.

This is the best photo I have ever snapped! It was a candid shot taken in one second with my new iPhone 4S just as Maria was leaving our Japanese class. Magic was embedded somehow. A larger file can be viewed here:
For the best image, you can download the 42.1 MB PhotoShop file here:


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Go Bombers

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by Morley Evans

That's Janine with a big smile above the "E" in Go Bombers Go! Janine's son, Simon, made the banner! Too bad fan support didn't give Winnipeg enough to win the 2011 Grey Cup in Vancouver. Everyone had a good time nevertheless. Love you, J9!

Go Bombers Go!