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About Me

I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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The Happiness Lab

You might think more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations would make you happy. You’re dead wrong. In "The Happiness Lab" podcast, Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness. She's changed the lives of thousands of people through her class "Psychology and the Good Life," and she'll change yours, too.

Are you ready to feel better?




Episode One

Episode Two

More episodes at the link.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:06 PM (1 replies)

I'm late to the party, but how about this one...?

"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:56 AM (0 replies)

Cooper signs bill requiring NC license plates to be replaced every seven years

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 05:25 PM


Car and truck owners will need to turn in their North Carolina license plate and get a new one every seven years, under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Up to now, the state has set no time limit for replacing a license plate; you could keep the one you were given as long as it held up. State law includes a provision that says it can order someone to give up a plate that “has become illegible or is in such a condition that the numbers thereon may not be readily distinguished.”

The bill signed into law Friday says simply, “All registration plates shall be replaced every seven years.”

The Division of Motor Vehicles won’t charge for the replacement plates required by the new law, said spokeswoman Binta Cisse. Beyond that, the DMV is still developing a plan to implement the new requirement, Cisse said, so it’s not clear yet how the DMV will notify vehicle owners that it’s time to get a new plate or whether they’ll have to go to a license plate office to get a new one.

More at the link.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 28, 2019, 08:56 PM (4 replies)

Sugaree, Jerry Garcia

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 03:00 AM (0 replies)

Yep, DBoon. PBS has an American Experience episode

about the author, Rachel Carson:

Rachel Carson poster image


AIRED MAY 28, 2019
Rachel Carson


When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. But it would also inspire President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides — an investigation that would eventually result in new laws governing the regulation of these deadly agents.

Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Drawn from Carson’s own writings, letters and recent scholarship, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world


Full documentary:

Transcript here:
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:01 AM (0 replies)

Democratic candidate Andrew Yang just promised... to give... $12,000 over a year of UBI

Democratic candidate Andrew Yang just promised to give 10 American families $12,000 over a year of 'universal basic income.'

Here's how the radical policy plan would actually work.

Drake Baer and Chris Weller Sep. 13, 2019, 10:28 AM

On Thursday's democratic debate stage, entrepreneur-turned-candidate Andrew Yang announced that his campaign would hold a raffle for ten American families to receive $12,000 over the course of a year.

It's something of a demo for the "Freedom Dividend" that's at the center of his campaign, which essentially is his branded version of universal basic income, or UBI.

"This is how we will get our country working for us again, the American people," Yang said.

Yang, perhaps the most nontraditional candidate still in the mix, has made UBI the key proposal within his campaign. As he told the New York Times, UBI — among other things — is meant as a corrective to the job eliminated that comes with an increase of automation, starting with manufacturing and radiating out through the rest of the economy.


Yang's idea has a long history — and promising recent results.

An old idea gets newfound interest

UBI is gaining newfound interest, but the system itself stretches back to the 16th century, when Spanish-born humanist Juan Luis Vives praised a system of unconditional welfare. "Even those who have dissipated their fortunes in dissolute living — through gaming, harlots, excessive luxury, gluttony and gambling — should be given food, for no one should die of hunger," Vives wrote in 1526.

Over the next few centuries, political scientists and sociologists honed the idea of a minimum income even further. In 1797, the American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated for a "national fund" in the pamphlet "Agrarian Justice," for which every American would be awarded fifteen pounds sterling when they turned 21, with another ten pounds per year after age 50.

Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared his support for basic income at a Stanford lecture in 1967.

Much more at the link: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-basic-income-2016-8
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 17, 2019, 07:12 AM (1 replies)

Needing Help

Does anyone know how to go about looking for grants and scholarships for college. I am trying to help my niece. She scored in the 99%ile with her SAT. She is getting no help from her parents. Does anyone know where to start to find her money to go to college?
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 14, 2019, 07:08 PM (19 replies)

The culture of masculinity and its negative impacts on men

The culture of masculinity and its negative impacts on men
Sep 8, 2019 5:18 PM EDT


By — Christopher Booker
By — Mori Rothman

Transcript at the link.

The American Psychological Association in 2018 published its first-ever psychological practice guidelines for boys and men. The guidelines look at how concepts of masculinity and the socialization of men may be contributing to higher rates of suicide, depression, health issues and violence in male populations. Christopher Booker reports on efforts to disrupt this culture in some unexpected places.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:39 AM (5 replies)

Watch speeches, Sept. 2019, Democratic Party presidential candidates, NH convention via WMUR

WMUR Updated: 4:19 PM EDT Sep 7, 2019

Watch the speeches from the presidential candidates and other top officials at the 2019 New Hampshire Democratic Party convention:

Presidential candidates (in order of appearance):

- Vice President Joe Biden
-U.S. Sen. Cory Booker
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Secretary Julian Castro
- U.S. Rep. John Delaney
- U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris
- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke
- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Tom Steyer
- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
- Gov. Steve Bullock
- Mayor Bill de Blasio
- U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
- Admiral Joe Sestak
- Marianne Williamson
- Andrew Yang

New Hampshire elected officials:

- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
- U.S. Maggie Hassan
- U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster
- U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas

Democratic Party officials:

- State Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley
- Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez
- Former Gov. John Lynch

More at the link.


WMUR Homepage: https://www.wmur.com/
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Sep 8, 2019, 03:47 PM (4 replies)

If there's any reason for fur trade to be legal, nutria is the one and only reason.

There used to be a booming market for the pelts. Honestly, if it was cold enough and I could get one, I'd wear a long length coat of nutria. The fur is beautiful and waterproof.

Righteous Fur


Wholesale Nutria Pelts
Harvested from the Coastwide Nutria Control Program, Righteous Fur pelts are processed in Galliano, Louisiana, by the Pitre Fur Company, one of the last traditional family-owned fur businesses in the state. Tab Pitre, son of company founder Louis Pitre, buys the animals from trappers and hunters during the height of nutria season (November-March), when their pelts are the thickest and most lustrous. After the animals are skinned, they’re scraped and dried, then mounted on long narrow boards and hung in a hot room. The finished “greens,” as they’re called, are then ready to be dressed, or tanned, which is currently done out of state.

Interested in purchasing pelts? Contact us for more info and wholesale prices.

A stole and purse from the fashion show done by Righteous Fur:

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Sep 8, 2019, 12:22 PM (0 replies)
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