A Mystical Experience at Delphi

(This post was originally published under the title “Delphi, Sacred Places, and Listening to Apollo” at EndlessJourneyTravel.com.)

Some places just have a vibe about them. You can feel it when you go there. It’s in the air — or something. There’s just something special about the place, something perhaps a little other-wordly, something….

This is how “sacred places” become sacred.

Last month during our trip to Greece, we visited Delphi, site of the famous Oracle. Delphi has a vibe to it. It’s been a sacred site since as far back as the 14th century BC, and you can …

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Scammers Who Can’t Even Scam Correctly…

You’re familiar with Snotty Phone, correct? If not, you need to check out Snotty Phone’s first video (click the image), because it will give you some context for the story you are about to read.

As you can tell from the video, Snotty is not particularly fond of telemarketers — although she does like to have fun with them. But sometimes a telemarketer — or in this case, a flat-out scammer — puts a little twist on things.

Maybe you’ve gotten a call from people posing to be the IRS. The automated call tells you that you are behind on …

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Sad News for Superman Fans: Noel Neill Has Died

Sad news for Superman fans. Noel Neill, who WAS Lois Lane to those of us of a certain age, has died.

I actually met her once, and got to play a scene from “Superman” with her onstage. This was at one of her personal appearances in the early ’70s. I was a winner of a Superman trivia contest sponsored by the local Philly underground newspaper (called the Daily Planet), and the winners got free tickets to Neill’s appearance and got to play the scene onstage.

I think I was Jimmy Olsen. My friend Everett, a very tall African-American who …

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Hillary Clinton, the Cenus Bureau, and Information Security

Let’s talk a little bit about government data and information security, shall we?

I used to work for the Census Bureau. In my last go-round, I was a Field Representative, pretty much the lowest person on the totem pole. I went around to people’s houses and asked them various questions, so the government could collect data on (in this particular case) crime victims.

The Census Bureau in general, and the Field Reps in particular, deal with a lot of people’s personal data. They collect names, addresses, birth dates, education levels, number of children, sometimes income and similar information. Nothing particularly …

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As the Texas Candidates Try to Out-Conservative Each Other….

Here in Texas, we have a runoff election coming up next week. That means this week we are innundated with mailings and telephone calls from candidates trying to out-conservative each other.

I would note that the telephone calls might not be a problem, except that the politicos have exempted themselves from the state no-call law. Thus, politicians are free to badger you with spiels both live and recorded, as well as with robo-call automated “surveys” which, I suspect, are designed not so much to solicit your opinion as they are to guide your opinion in a specific direction. (I say …

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Freedom of Speech and Donald Trump

I am no fan of Donald Trump. But the man has the right to express his opinion just as much as you do. So do the people who agree with him and support him.

If you disagree with Trump, fine. Organize a protest. Write letters to the editor. Post on social media. Speak out in public. You, too, have the right to express your opinion.

But charging the stage is not expressing your opinion. Picking fights with his supporters is not expressing your opinion. Trying to “shut down” his rallies is not expressing your opinion. It is assault, it is …

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