♫ Have a Holly Jolly … Monday? ♪

Jill brings you a holly jolly Monday post.

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Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope the weather has finally gotten warmer where you live (except for my friends down under, where the mercury was already breaking heat records) … it has been above freezing for two whole days now!  I finally ventured out of my lair on Saturday, as did every other human being in the country!  But it was nice, and according to the 10-day forecast, it is supposed to stay relatively mild for a while, anyway. I know, I know … you guys have to go back to work, back to the office intrigue and the ol’ nine-to-five … so let’s see if we can start this week out with a laugh, or even just a chuckle, so it won’t seem quite so bad.  Yes, Steve … there are donuts and fresh coffee, too.  I apologize for last week … grab a cuppa and a donut, and…

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Dear Republicans, Stop Your Outright Lying About Military Pay During Shutdown

It seems there is Republican lying going on about military pay during the shutdown.

Gronda Morin

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Talk about Hutzpah! The US House leader Paul Ryan just had the nerve to lie about how the democrats with their shutdown are at fault for military members not getting paid. This talking point that has been shared by republicans during the Sunday TV news talking shows, belies the C-Span 2 video gone viral where the Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri offers the motion to continue to pay our military personnel on time as was done during the 2013 government shutdown but the US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut her down faster than a speeding bullet. (See: Transcript: House Speaker Paul Ryan on “Face the Nation,” Jan. 21/ CBS News …)

For these same republicans, it was more important that they keep their talking point to claim that democrats were at fault for military not getting their pay on a timely basis during the government shut down…

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El Fin del Mundo~

More outstanding pictures from Cindy Knoke on her trip.

We keep going back to ‘The End of the World.’

This poppy was as big as a salad plate!

This was our third visit, but this time we were joined by our adult children for the holidays, which made it the best ever.

Ushuaia Argentina is the southern-most city in the world,

and can be accessed via the stunning Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego.

The city is surrounded by the towering glacier-rich Andes cordillera (spine), which was shrouded with clouds on this visit.

This part of the world is a wildlife and birders paradise and I will post some critters next.

Not too many people come here, but those who do are rewarded with vast tracks of open spaces and pristine nature everywhere.

Cheers to you from The End of the World~

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An Announcement from: ELECTRIC ECLECTIC BOOKS…

How to enjoy some novelettes by good authors.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Hello Everyone,

I am really excited to share the following with you. I do hope you love this news about Electric Eclectic as much as I and will share the it with your followers and subscribers on your blog and via social media.

Electric Eclectic (EE) books are written by various authors under the EE brand as introductory, sample works of each author’s writing style and narrative forms.

Each EE book is a short work of between 6k and 20k words and therefore termed as ‘Novelettes’.

A standardised price of just 1.00 (dollar/pound/euro) for each novelette, allows people searching for ‘new reads’ to ‘get to know’ our EE authors styles and narrative type before committing to purchase their full-length books and novels.

Offering these short works also lets people read examples of genres they may not have previously considered ‘something they liked.’

All Electric Eclectic Novelettes undergo…

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USA #1 In Wealth Inequality Out Of All Developed Rich Countries

The U.S. is #1 in wealth inequality.

Gronda Morin

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Most folks who keep up with economic news that income inequality has been increasing in the US and wages for average Joe workers has been stagnant for about 3 decades. The wage increase for workers in 2017 was at its highest in years at a whopping 2.5%.

Our income inequality in the USA is higher than other developed countries. Rich countries tend to have less income income inequality than developing countries with the exception of the USA.

One reason for the high income inequality in the U.S. can be explained by its redistribution and imperfect tax system. According to a 2013 research paper, top tax rates in the U.S. have moved in the opposite direction from top pre-tax income shares for a few decades, supported by the belief that rewarding top earners might spur more growth and entrepreneurship. I bet this “trickle down economics” sounds familiar. The republicans passed…

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Life’s a beach…

Searching for a jewel by Sue Vincent.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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I knew it was early, too early to be getting up, and laid there pondering dreams for a while, thinking back through the night. There are many types of dream… the daydreams that lift us from the humdrum world and transport us in imagination to an elsewhere full of possibility… the dreams of what we would do if we could, if circumstances allowed… Nightmares and fears, memories replayed, the odd, surreal and symbolic dreams that leave us wondering just what is there in the deepest recesses on our own mind, and those that play out the events and worries that prey on our minds.

Then there are the gifts. There are dreams that have you scrabbling for a pen in the dark to capture elusive wisps of understanding before they fade, the inspiration that drags you uncompromisingly from sleep and sees you writing or sketching away through half opened eyes…

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Saturday Surprise — Hodge Podge

A mixture for Saturday.

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Hey Friends!  Saturday is finally here, and at least were I am, the mercury has finally peeked above the freezing mark, so I plan to leave my lair for the first time in at least two weeks.  I don’t see any crocuses peeking their little heads out yet, but soon, yes?  For today’s Saturday Surprise, I have, I think, a hodgepodge of this, that and the other … no theme, just whatever comes to mind or that I find interesting in my trolling of the ‘net.

My friend Herb, a non-practicing anthropologist, sometimes has a … shall we say, ‘different’ sense of humour, and last night he posted this meme on his Facebook page

tide pods hot pocketsDisgusting, right?  And I left him a response of a yucky face 🤢 and then promptly forgot about it.  And then, wouldn’t you know it, I came across this story in my net travels tonight …

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