Ralph Rasmussen

November 2018

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Our World - Our Realities

Humans!  So Many Plagued with Delusions of Self-Importance.  The Brutal Reality:  In the Scope of Universal History, Humans are but a Moment in Astronomic Time. -- rkr

You, Me  &  The Pale Blue Dot

You, Me  & The Last Second

Fact:  The Universe is Within Us

Black Holes and White Holes

Seattle is Dying

Cawfee ?

Borders:  The Strange Paradox

The Main Cause of Divorce is Marriage :-) -- rkr

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

Honesty

At The Bar

Think Your Days are Tough?

The Obituary of Common Sense

USA - Plutocracy, not Democracy

"It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

Bad News for Old Folks

Life Lesson

In Omnia Paratus

USA to sell California to Mexico

Deep Fakes - Get Used To It

Ralh Rasmussen

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand." -- Milton Friedman

2 Minutes of Disbelief

The Last Nickel

Ads Never to Be Seen on TV Again

Always Remember This!

Oops..There Goes My Job

"The Image of Death is the Beginning of Mythology"  -- Joseph Campbell The Power of Myth

Superb Earth Views from Space

Why Mothers Yell So Much!

Lawyers and Grandmas

No Boom!  Science & Logic

The More You Know - The Less You Need -- rkr

Insanity - Downhill bike race in Chile

Just Dust in the Wind

The Consultant

Famous Failures - Well?

"Generations of humans strive to achieve mastery over the earth, but they are destined to become fossils in its soil." -- Will & Ariel Durant

Your Tax Dollars At Work - Lobster & Porterhouse Steaks purchased with Food Stamps

You Had One Job To Do!

Man, lording it over all creatures great and small

Internet forums are like going to the zoo; if you get enough monkeys together, sooner or later someone will start throwing their poo. -- rkr

Tribal Wisdom vs. Modern Corporate Approach

Business:  eMyth: The Fatal Assumption of the Technically Trained

Business:  4 Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- Albert Einstein

It Had Been Snowing All Night...

$1,500,000 - World's Most Expensive Dog

Dislike Traffic Congestion?  Something to Remember

1887 Anaheim, California - Where Disneyland now Sits

"Humans Plan - The Universe Laughs" -- anon

Real-Time Worldwide Hacking Attacks!

For Men Only :-)  The Italian Funeral

Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth

Rare Historical Pictures

Endeavor to bear reality graciously and to respect one another's delusions - - rkr

New Official Announcement by the USA

It's Later Than You Think

Where's The Elevator?

Redneck Ultralight

"Death is natural, and if it comes in due time it is forgivable and useful, and the mature mind will take no offense from its coming." -- Will Durant

Baby Boomer Time Machine

Oh, you hate your job?

Wouldn't Ya Like to Get Away?

Truth - "Facebook, Twitter, Texting and Instagram: Never have lives less lived been more chronicled" -- Dennis Miller

Bumper stickers for seniors

Senior Citizen Gets Audited - Very Confused

Maybe I Was Wrong

Company policy on attitude and productivity:  BEATINGS WILL STOP WHEN MORALE IMPROVES!


Marty Rubin

Every leaf before it falls must think itself immortal.


Carl Sagan

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.


Lady Gaga & fame

It was my delusion and naivety that brought me here.


The Cycle of Nature

The only life event that all humans have in common


          Ralph K Rasmussen


Favorite

After-Death Belief: Polytheism
  Why have just one Imaginary Friend?

Year in Time: 1905  Annus Mirabilis

Fitness Center: Around the Corner

Genus Homo: Homo Erectus

Very Smart Human: Nathan Myhrvold

Politician: Lee Kuan Yew

Celebrity: Magnus Carlsen

Paleontology Location:
            Pinnacle Point, Africa

Sport: European Football
            American Soccer

Theory: Heisenberg's
            Uncertainty Principle

Holiday: Thanksgiving

Quantum Physicist: Niels Bohr

Cosmologist: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Human on Earth: My Wife

Historian: Niall Ferguson

Poet: W. B. Yeats

Performance:   Go Here >

Game:   Chess / Texas Hold'em

Theoretical Physicist: Kip Thorne

Avocation: Study of the Universe

Sadness: World Overpopulation

Physical Activity: Cycling -
             Elliptical's & Other Aerobics

Philosopher: Bertrand Russell

Music: Classical

Word: Bloviate

Foods: Steamed Vegetables

Prophetic Lyrics:   Go Here >

Mental Explorations / Mind Candy:
          Quantum Mechanics & Cosmology

Stand-Up Comedians:
          Kathleen Madigan & Lewis Black

"Life:  Brain Numbingly Repetitious"
                     Jerry Seinfeld


Leisa & Ralph - wedding guests
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The Greatest Plundering   

Annual funding of USA Federal & State "Entitlement" Programs constitutes the greatest plundering of wealth by old people from young people in human history.  At no time in human history have the old been enriched so abundantly by government transfer payments systematically extracted from the young - rkr


Death & Religion

Religion & History   

History has justified the Church in the belief that the masses desire a religion rich in miracle, mystery and myth.  Some minor modification have been allowed in ritual, in ecclesiastical costume, and in episcopal authority; but the Church dares not alter the doctrines that reason smiles at, for such changes would offend and disillusion the millions whose hope have been tied to inspiring and consolatory imaginations. -- Will Durant


Life is hard. After all, it kills you.  Katharine Hepburn

Death is a distant rumor to the young.  Andrew A. Rooney

Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.  Haruki Murakami

It is not length of life, but depth of life.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Mark Twain on Death   

I do not fear death.  I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.


Religion keeps the poor from murdering the rich -- Napoleon

There are roughly 4,200 religions and their variants in the world. The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with "faith" or "belief system", but religion differs from private belief in that it has a public aspect.  The major religions that we have today are a small fraction of all religions that have existed throughout human history. The ones that we are left with have survived because they have more effectively adapted to attract and hold the allegiance of many people.-- Oxford Religion Experts


Absurd that we have a cosmically vital role -- Armin Navabi

There is no single outside force imposing meaning on the events of your life.  There is no evidence whatsoever that people's life events conform to some sort of divine plan or predestination.  Life is, objectively, meaningless; given the size and scope of the universe and our tiny role within it, it's absurd to think that we might have any sort of cosmically vital role.


Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.  Anon

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.  Emily Dickinson

Death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day.  Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.  Forrest Church


Clinging to the Here & Now

I have seen no evidence that people who believe in God and the afterlife do not grasp hard to live as long as possible as they desperately cling to every new promise from the medical and pharmaceutical industries to remain in the "here and now."-- rkr


A Brilliant Lady, Religious Scholar & Astute Mythicist - Dorothy Milne Murdock

Her Extensive YouTube Videos

Dorothy Milne Murdock  (March 27, 1960 - December 25, 2015) - All modern religions derive from a commingling of various pre-Christian mythologies, Sun deities and dying-and-rising deities.
Books, Podcasts and More at this site
NOTE: Dorothy Murdoch died of breast cancer in 2015 at age 55, hence her original website has not been updated.  'Tragic loss of a brilliant mind. rkr


It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.  Samuel Johnson

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.  J.K. Rowling

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.  Mark Twain

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.  Corazon Aquino


Actress Emma Thompson & Religion

I'm an atheist ... I regard religion with fear and suspicion.  It's not enough to say that I don't believe in God.  I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Qur'an and I refute them.


Neale Donald Walsch & Religion

Nothing has done more to separate and divide human beings one from another than exclusivist organized religion.  Because we believe that our ethnic group, our society, our political party, our God, is better than your God, we kill each other.


Joseph Campbell
       Religion - The Power of Myth

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

Joseph Campbell on YouTube


Choose Cremation!  Here's Why:

Cost, Simplicity, Environmental Concerns, Become a Diamond, Last chance to have a Smokin' Hot Body


Meet Your Oldest Remaining Biological Ancestor - Cyanobacteria / Blue-Green Algae  "Stromatolites"  :  + - 3 Billion Years Old
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The Birth of Oxygen
Stromatolite - Wikipedia
Origin of Life - Stromatolites
The Beginning of Life 4 Billion Years Ago
Much More - You Tube


Hope   

Hope is a tease that keeps us from accepting reality.


Remember   

After all the "great" achievements in technology and our proclamations of progress, we are still just trousered apes.




"The Universe Is Under No Obligation To Make Sense To You"    Neil deGrasse Tyson


Ralph Rasmussen, MBA


Curriculum Vitae - Abbreviated
MBA  Master's Degree, Business Administration
Pepperdine University,
Malibu, California - 1976 - 1978
Owner:  Alliance Trucking & Logistics, Los Angeles.
Caltrans LTL Freight Carrier - 14 Trucks
Serving California - 1968 - 1975
BS, Business Administration - Finance / Accounting
California State University, Northridge, California - 1973 - 1976
California College Instructor: Ventura, Oxnard, and Sierra colleges
Teaching wide variety of courses within Business Department
including Finance, Real Estate and Management.
Computer Science Advanced Coding Certifications:  Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California - 1968 - 1971 Instructor: University of Nevada, Reno - Teaching Real Estate, Finance and Management courses within Business Department.
Lifetime Teaching Credential, California State University System:  Credential #183139-22: Business Management, Finance, & Real Estate Owner: Delphi Associates, Small Business Consulting Firm - Emphasis on Restructuring Troubled Firms to Avoid Bankruptcy  1973 - 1984
Professional Certification:  Fitness Instruction & Health Management   University of California
San Diego - 1982-1984
Principal: Corporate Turnaround Consultants USA - Specialty: Distressed Firms Facing Bankruptcy or Unwanted Acquisition:  1984 - 1995
Certified Lifetime Member:  American College of Sports Medicine, May 1985 Owner & Broker (License #00403858) - Conejo Associates Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) - Westlake Village, CA:  1971 - 1993
Doctoral studies - Industrial Psychology U.C. Berkeley - 1978-1979 European Relocation While Leisa (wife) Completed Grad School at Warwick University School of Business, Coventry England  1995 - 1997
American Bankers Association
Enterprise Risk Professional Training - 1975-1976
Principal: Internet Technology Firm - All Web Programming Languages, Server & WorkStation Network Creation & RMM Management. Also SEM, SEO, SMO & ORM Online Marketing Specialists:  1998 - 2015

Travelers  
Since the late 1970s, my wife Leisa and I have traveled to over 53 countries on five continents spending over six months in New Zealand and Australia - which was delightful.  Our preference is to lease a place, stay and get to know the locals.   Take a Look  >

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Humanity is a complex mixture of motivations, biases, and emotions.

Full-time residents at our Incline Village (Northeast corner - Lake Tahoe) townhome from 1977 through 1982. Hillside location with view of Lake Tahoe and across from Incline ski resort   Take a Look >

"Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias.  For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and on one prevails the other dies.  Leave men free and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically." - - various
Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization. - - rkr.

Starstuff

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.  We are made of starstuff." -- Carl Sagan

What Would an Extraterrestrial Think of Popular & Social Media?

That finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of
confusion and bamboozle requires vigilance, dedication, and courage.


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Tired?

"Technology promises to let us do anything from anywhere with anyone. But it also drains us as we try to do everything everywhere." -- Sherry Turkle - MIT

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CERN Large Hadron Collider              Higgs Boson

  

October, 2016:   Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains
10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought - Details Here

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Hubble Deep Field Space Telescope


After all the "great" human achievements in technology, we are still just trousered apes - rkr

Abraham Lincoln & Revolution

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." -- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address on Monday, March 4, 1861 (Paragraph 29).


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The Cycle of Nature versus Centuries of Myths
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Is Progress Real?

"Sadly No.  Against the historical panorama of human history, all technological advances reveal themselves to be merely new means of achieving old ends -- the acquisition of goods, the pursuit of one sex by the other, the overcoming of competition, the fighting of wars. Proclamations of progress are just the vain and traditional boast of each "modern" generation." - - Will Durant




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Pascal's Wager

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) posits that humans bet with their lives that God either exists or does not.  Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas he stands to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).   More at Wikipedia




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USA:  The Undeclared War

American society has been in an undeclared Social Civil War since late in the 20th Century.  Wide-spread extreme and rapid tribal, ethnic, religious, and political insolence continues to escalate as demographic and economic shifts occur at a rate rarely seen in the nation's history. - - rkr



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America's middle class Worldwide: Poorer than you think  >



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The Universe Exists; We Interpret It and Form Truths

Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich

There can be never be such thing as a meritocracy, because there's never going to be fully equal opportunity.  Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization. - - rkr

"Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias.  For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and on one prevails the other dies.  Leave men free and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically." - - various


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It's the Quality of our Lives that matters, not the Quantity of years we live.  Regardless of age, all human lives are but a moment in the scope of astronomic time!