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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 01/11/16

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January 11, 2016

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.    ~ Louis Brandeis BBHQ

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Links here are good only for the week of January 11. After that... is anybody's guess.

The Upper and the Real Deal

The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

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Today we present three short snippets from Ken Burns' wonderful documentary series, "The Civil War." They stand by themselves.

But we have a "hidden" agenda. This is part 1 of a 2-part series for the BBHQ Monday Morning Upper. You need to watch part 1 to fully appreciate part 2, which we will present next Monday, of course.

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Allow us to be among the last to wish you a Happy New Year!

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Hurricane Preparedness

The hurricane preparedness workshop that we attended last week was... dismal, to say the least. After more than a decade with not a single hurricane approacing the Florida coast, the meteorologists and global warming people were dismayed and despondent. It was not a pleasant gathering.

Besides that, it snowed. It was wet and cold. Not a drop of global warming as far as the eye could see.

This Week with the Chicowitz

2015: That Was the Year That Was

2015: That was the year that was... indeed. This is opinion-writer George Will's take on a most disturbing year:

New York’s City Council honored the “bravery” of Ethel Rosenberg, the executed traitor who spied for Stalin. Declaring her candidacy, Hillary Clinton said she will fight for, among many others, “truckers who drive for hours.” Yes, hours.

A 9-year-old Florida fourth-grader was threatened with sexual harassment charges if he continued to write love notes telling the apple of his eye that her eyes sparkle “like diamonds.”

Connecting climate change to sex, the National Bureau of Economic Research warned that hot weather leads to diminished sexual activity.

The common thread is the collapse of judgment in, and the infantilization of society by, government.



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A Few of Our Favorite Things

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One of over 150 questions in The BBHQ Pop Quiz collection:


The BBHQ Pop Quiz pops up all over BBHQ. Wander around!

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I Remember... January 11, 1964

From the News You Already New department, on January 11, 1964, the U.S. surgeon general reported that cigarette smoking presented a significant threat to health.

Yes, of course; we already knew that. But the stern warning from the U.S. surgeon general placed the dangers of cigarette smoking in focus in a way that no one could ignore... not even Big Tobacco.

Perhaps no other thing that the U.S. government has done has saved more lives than a strong and definitive statement of reality.


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While You were Away -- Recent Stories You May have Missed


Remembering "Thank You".

Exploring My Roots.

We are Not One Boomer.

Up Periscope.

What We'll Learn.

Another Side of the Greatest Generation.

The Server is Toast!.

Remembering Woodstock.

That Dirty Dancing.

He Sleeps with the Fishes.




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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:


1. First, our current events question:
The North Korean government announced that it had done which of the following last week:
      invited Barack Obama to visit North Korea
      invited Katlin Jenner to visit North Korea
      invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea
      exploded a hydrogen bomb
      landed a rocket on the moon
      made a bid for an NFL team
      balanced their federal budget
      allowed gay marriages
      booked Beyonce for a concert

2. This is a followup to a trivia question we asked in our last newsletter. A new TV commercial for an oldie but favorite product has a new tag line. You have probably seen it. The line is "Enjoy the go." What is the product that helps you "enjoy the go"? "Enjoy the go." Sit and think about it. "Enjoy the go."

3. Who was the writer who created the timeless character, James Bond?

There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online by clicking here.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

This demonstrates why, especially in the federal government, you need to be very explicit, and very careful... especially when trying to be helpful.

A young officer is working late at the Pentagon one evening. As he comes out of his office about 8pm he sees a general standing by the classified document shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand.

"Do you know how to work this thing?" the general asks. "My secretary's gone home and I don't know how to run it."

"Yes, sir," says the young officer, who turns on the machine, takes the paper from the General, and feeds it in.

"Now," says the general, "I just need one copy....."




Have a great week. We'll share the fun next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ

Brush Up Your Webster
  — with Madam Red Dot:

How to Write Good

1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end a sentence with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. They are old hat.
4. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
5. Be more or less specific.
6. Writers should never generalize.
seven. Be consistent.
8. Don't be redundant. Don't use more words than necessary.
9. Who needs rhetorical questions?
10. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.


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