American Wisdom

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"REMEMBER DEODERANT":  shoulda put THAT in your TopTenDo (

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"Cut back on the hallucinogens":  shoulda' put THAT in your TopTenDo (

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Why I created

When I advanced through the ranks in the military, I wanted to make sure I would “get it right”.

Upon becoming an Army Sergeant some years ago, I found the transition from worker to low-level manager to be abrupt. Although I began programming computers around the same time, I found my new management tasks challenging. I also learned that some managers further up the ranks found it amusing to load their new “buck-sergeant” squad leaders with as many tasks and conditions as possible, to see how the new junior managers would cope with it. I remember having an appointment-book in one of the “cargo-pockets” of my uniform trousers, wrapped in a sandwich-baggie to ward off sweat and rainwater, with its leaves dog-eared and interspersed with scraps of paper with additional notes on them. Sometimes things would have to be “carried over” or transposed and that was time-consuming.

Even back then, I suspected that this information management work could be automated. I experimented some with programming ideas, mostly in BASIC and Assembly Language.

Around a decade after getting those first Sergeant-stripes in the Army, I was a civilian, system-administrator in a small company in Tampa, Florida. My work included programming, data-conversions and managing a never-ending and always-changing queue of print-jobs, which I routed between a couple Unix boxes and multiple printers. To ensure that the various departments in the company were getting what they needed, and to make sure that there was clear communication between the department-heads who were requesting IT tasks, I devised a card system (3×5 cards): each card would have a particular report-request with parameters, and the stack of report-request cards would be ordered with the “hottest” task at the top. All through the day, managers would come by and shuffle the cards and consult with me regarding timeframes for particular jobs. This simple, low-tech system worked well.

Now that many of us are carrying computers around in our pockets, and often have access to other computers in multiple locations, all of which are connected to the Internet, the automated task-list and scheduling system I have envisioned for years has become a reality.

Beginning a couple of years ago, when time permitted, I began to build an on-line notes, task and schedule manager: something that wouldn’t require excessive machine horse-power or desktop-downloads or training-time or duplication of effort, but would be effective and dependable. The purpose of is to enable us to have the benefits of a task, notes and scheduling system wherever there is access to the Internet, wherby there is no dependency on any single machine or location. I made the system available to multiple concurrent users for free (supported by an ad banner) in early 2014, Having already used it individually for a few months. It continues to evolve today.

In essence, what TopTenDo provides, is a fast, simple, dependable, private, anonymous, free, web-based utility that accomplishes everything that was the intention of that dog-eared, well-worn notebook in the pocket of an Army Sergeant, all those years ago.

I know it works for me. Maybe TopTenDo will work for you too. Try it out at .

-- Mark Frankenberg

Sunday, February 01, 2015

As Planned, TopTenDo is now available for your Android Phone,  FREE at Google play!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Make a Daily Schedule":  .. shoulda' put THAT in your TopTenDo.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

 "Remember to bring Carpenter's Level" :  Shoulda' put THAT in your Top Ten Do

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Things-To-Do list should be an asset, not a hassle.  It should be a time-saver and it should help us achieve our goals, not slow us down.  With this in mind I created .  It's free, anonymous, and available wherever you have a browser and web-access.  Give it a try.  Virtually no Learning Curve.  I think you'll agree:  It's , Just, Good.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Why are Some People Better at Drawing than Others?

Since the dawn of human art-making, the divide has been clear: There are people who can effortlessly sketch an object's likeness, and people who struggle for hours just to get the angles and proportions right (by which point the picture is scarred by eraser marks, anyway). What separates the drawers from the drawer-nots?
Full story at:

The Idea of "America" (I.E. the United States of America) is rooted in the Age of Reason.  The past couple of generations have arguably seen America in an age of "Un-reason", at least until Neil Degrasse Tyson stepped onto the stage
Tyson offers the following eight essentials, each followed by a short, and sometimes wry, statement about “how the book’s content influenced the behavior of people who shaped the western world”:
Tyson adds:
If you read all of [them] you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.

Check out Neil Degrasse Tyson's essential reading list here:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Google Driver-less Cars

In the not-too-far-off future, you'll be able to tell your phone, "Take me to [my friend]'s house.  I want to leave here in 15 minutes".  In about 10 minutes a robot car will arrive and when you get in it, it will take you to your friend and drop you off.

"[Google's]  new prototype has a few subtle cosmetic changes, including a more polished casing for the equipment on top of the car that enables it to see the road as software directs its course.

Google also noted that the company will use manual controls -- like gas and brake pedals -- while it tests the cars, to comply with California DMV rules. The company is working on its own prototypes, but it's also looking to partner with auto manufacturers to bring self-driving cars to market within the next five years..."

It's About ATTITUDE.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Overnight Underground Show 4 March, 2011

Awake the State on March 8 - Tampa
Tuesday, March 8 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Lykes Gaslight Park
Downtown Tampa
Tampa, FL

Created By
Brittany Wells Lomberk, Susan Smith, Timothy Heberlein

More Info
Draconian budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott along with equally destructive proposals from the Florida Legislature has the potential to bring a wide range of constituencies – teachers, parents, police officers, firefighters, health care advocates, social workers, environmentalists – fighting under the progressive banner.

Budget cuts are something no Floridian can afford. We believe that Florida’s budget must be balanced responsibly through the elimination of unnecessary and unproductive sales tax exemptions and corporate income tax loopholes that cost Floridians more than $12 billion a year.

We ask that all Floridians who have a stake in this Governor's budget, those who stand to lose in favor of a corporation's gain, to stand united with us on March 8th. Supporters will be holding Awake the State rallies all over the state, including on the steps of the Capitol.

Alike our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, our public sector employees are under attack. From the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Justice Administration are being defunded. Our environment has taken backseat to development. Our children in public schools will suffer with this governor's budget. We can't afford it. Stand United on March 8!

While not everyone will be able to travel to Tallahassee, Rick Scott will hear us from Tampa. This is not just a rally, this is a call to action! We will have ways for you to get involved and help save our state.

See the devastating cuts (and the number of jobs cut) at

For more information, call Tim Heberlein at 813-532-9846.

Limbaugh Union Member, Beck, Palin, O'Reilly too

Wisconsin, Unions, Middle Class

Fox' Roger Ailes to be indicted

Wisconsin is Front Line in Class War

Corporations not paying taxes

Car Plows through Bike Protest in Brazil

Chicago Union Rally

Madison, Cairo
a deputy attorney general in Indiana, suggested on his Twitter account that police "use live ammunition" on the protesters

Wisconsin, Middle Class

dna testing

Oil Substitute 30 / barrel

Charlie Sheen on 9/11 before he was overcome with substance abuse:

Obama Says Debate it, then sends his Drug Czar to Intimidate Newspaper regarding Pro-Cannabis stance:

U.S. Military moving towards Libya

Dirty Bottled Water


The key to human political power is Unions:

Supreme Court v At+t personal privacy


Another Iraq..

gop war on women [hdi]

planned parenthood petition [hdi]


Gold Record High

Corporate personhood, Citizen's united, amendment:


action link:

First Repsponder Layoffs

Fri 0026
Berkeley protest

madd honcho arrested for drunk driving

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Overnight Underground Show 25Feb2011

Ft. Lauderdale Food Not Bombs Raided by Police (firsthand account)
by Jennifer Van Bergen on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2:34pm

Brothers and sisters

For 4 and 1/2 years the young people at Food Not Bombs have been feeding the homeless in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In that time the city, police and the local businesses have been trying to shut them down, they want the homeless out of sight and mind in that more up-scale part of town. Recently the harassment against FNB has increased dramatically, it reach a very dangerous point last Thusday, below is a narrative in their words of what happened.

Note, there will be a solidarity action this Friday, more info coming soon.

Ray Del Papa

In the recent five months, tensions between the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Food Not Bombs activists have escalated. Within this time, The FLPD has not only prevented multiple groups from sharing in Stranahan Park, but has installed a police surveillance tower in the park amidst repeated verbal assault against Food Not Bombs activists.
On Thursday, February 17th, an FPL electricity inspection led to the power being turned off at the home of activists frequently the target of police harassment. The electricity bill had been paid prior to this. Several hours later, all tenants had left the house while a few guests remained. During this time, an unwarranted police raid took place under the premise of 'uninhabitable' living conditions. The house was deemed 'uninhabitable' due to the lack of electricity, which had been turned off that morning. House guests were pulled from the house and searched by over a dozen officers, who kicked in unlocked doors and, with a K-9 unit, searched the house with no specific intent. One female guest was frisked and inappropriately touched by a male officer.More troubling still, officers were questioning the political orientation of the house guests. They asked if the house was a 'militant training camp', and whether or not the guests were"terrorists" or affiliated with "black bloc". Before the FLPD left the house, they threatened to repeat raids weekly.

The Food Not Bombs activists in Fort Lauderdale are not involved in any of the activities suggested by the police. Rather, activities organized out of the house include free bike repair, FNB gatherings and sharing of food with the homeless, animal rights activities, candle making workshops, foreclosure & civil rights activism, etc. We,Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs, strongly condemn the intimidation tactics which include the police surveillance tower in Stranahan Park,unwarranted police raids, and the criminalization of community activism. Broward County officials have already targeted the poor and disenfranchised. Now the range has been expanded to include those who dare to help them. We call on South Florida activists to stand with us in solidarity as we struggle against the city's efforts to repress the homeless and community-based activism.
In solidarity,
Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs
For more information, send an email to or

UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale Police returned to the activists home on Saturday, February 19th at around 9:00PM. The two officers did not attempt a repeat of Thursday's raid, but rather briefly insulted and intimidated one of the tenants and their guests. The police entered the house, with permission from the tenant but then left shortly afterward.

uterus police

Corporate THC

Our Military Using Psy-Ops on our own Senators:

First Iranian warship thru Suez canal since 1979

Obama on Unions
Short vid clip

Interesting, but this chick is programmed just like Fox News people are programmed. Just a little more slick. Randi Rhodes interviewing Ron Paul 20 minutes.

Wisconsin Shock Doctrine's+View+(EconomistsView))

About a week ago Castro was saying, watch, the U.S. will attack Libya because they have oil. Is this Iraq 2?

2 new anti-choice bills threaten public safety:

Michael Winship

Instead of screaming about the advances public employees have made to preserve health care, job security and economic justice, angry voters should be asking who has been keeping them from obtaining the same.

Nader on Wisconsin and Unions:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Overnight Underground 18feb2011

food crisis usda dominos pizza

Oldest Man-Made Structures on Earth

Georgia Utilities Solar Test

GreenPeace Goes After Coal Plants

Strip Searched for Raspberries

GOP Abortion's_war_on_women_to_a_whole_new_extreme?page=1

Sun 2102
Egypt Martial Law

Mon 1554
Corn Prices

Tues 1341
Chomsky on how Global Warming has been spun to look like a liberal hoax, and other topics:

Oil wells in gulf

Military Ad with Disclaimer:


Packers support our Union Brothers

Micro Solar:

Patriot Act passes House


Robots Running the World,14200/

Ray McGovern v Clinton

Homeless per MagicStar

Mental Health and Guns

FBI in Software

FL gov rejects Hi Speed Rail money

S. Dakota Doctor Murder Bill


Republicans Attacking Unions Across U.S.


Tarpon Cop Taping

House votes to cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Libya, Yemen, Bahrain

Father Coughlin, uh, excuse me, Glen Beck on Unions:

Libya blocking Internet

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

show 14jan11

Death Throes of Today's Weimar Republic:
[congresswoman among 12 people shot at safeway in Tucson]:

Mabili's show sun9jan11:
Tucson Assasin Jared "lofner" (self-described terrorist) gabrielle giffords , judge Rowe killed, 2009 death threats after civil rights lawsuit ranchers v undocumented immigrant workers, rowe and family under protection by marshalls, ..

Huffington post:
"WASHINGTON -- Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on Saturday, may have ties to anti-Semitic, anti-immigration hate group American Renaissance, according to a leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security.
American Renaissance is a white nationalist group that operates under a pseudo think tank called the New Century Foundation. The group runs a magazine and conferences based on eugenics and the superiority of whites, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hitler's Mein Kampf was listed as one of Loughner's favorite books. Giffords is the first Jewish U.S. representative to be elected in Arizona. Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords aide who was killed in the shooting, was also Jewish.

Tucson her0 (Heidi link):
"Patricia Maisch, 61, was the brave woman who kept alleged shooter Jared Loughner from unloading a second clip"

Georgia governor looking a LITTLE more realistically at drug policy:

Alaska pipeline 10%
"BP shares fell last night amid nervousness about the leak that caused the shutdown of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the supply route for more than 10 per cent of US crude oil."

From Bowling for Columbine:

electronics recycling vs countries:

class war per tom :'s_wealthiest_is_getting_more_savage/

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
the speech he was killed a year later for:

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Limbaugh "straight shooter" billboard

Armed bystander almost shot tucson hero

Chris Hedges on King and Malcolm
"In a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam” he gave at Riverside Church a year before his assassination, King called America the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today,” a quote that won’t make it into many Martin Luther King Day celebrations. King’s strident denunciation of the Vietnam War and economic injustice at the end of his life saw many white liberals, members of his own staff, as well as allies within the political power structure, turn against him. King and Malcolm, in the final days of their lives, were lonely men.
He called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and said: "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Friday, January 07, 2011

Show 7Jan11

"Anchor Babies" WTF

From Amy Goodman:

Bill Introduced to Rewrite 14th Amendment

Another new bill introduced in the House would essentially rewrite the 14th Amendment. Republican Steve King of Iowa is proposing to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to end automatic citizenship for anyone born in the country. If passed, the law would bar children born to undocumented immigrants from being granted citizenship."

Stop Bee-killing pesticides:

No Privacy:
"Pandora is showing me some of your profile pictures and telling me what artists you like. Am I the only one creeped out by this??"

[also, "anonymous" googling on one computer shows FB friends, even though the only FB open on network is on another computer]

Home Foreclosures:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a decision that may slow foreclosures nationwide, Massachusetts' highest court voided the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo & Co and US Bancorp after the banks failed to show they held the mortgages at the time they foreclosed.

Bank shares fell, weighing on broader stock indexes, on fears the decision could threaten lenders' ability to work through hundreds of thousands of pending foreclosures."




MetroPCS has announced it will be offering three different pay-as-you-go mobile data plans that will make different parts of the web available depending on how much the customer pays.

The lowest plan, starting at $40 per month, offers unlimited talk, texting, web browsing, and access to YouTube, but blocks other streaming video sites, like Vimeo. The use of internet phone calling apps like Skype and the internet radio Pandora are also expected to be blocked."

... from


Global Warming

Amy Goodman


House GOP Kill Global Warming Committee

House Republicans have killed the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. Meanwhile, Republicans have introduced at least three different bills aimed at blocking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act."


Health Insurance Hikes (Amy Goodman):


California Health Insurance Company Hikes Rates 59%

The health insurance company Blue Shield of California is coming under criticism after it announced plans to raise premiums by as much as 59 percent on nearly 200,000 Californians who buy health coverage on their own. If Blue Shield moves forward with the rate hike, it would be the third increase for the company’s customers since last fall."



Ayn Rand Quote:

"There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist

: the fashionable non-conformist"
[Mention Omali's reference on city hall steps of "trendy liberals"]
Roberts rules of Order:


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