Just Thinkin has moved.

So it’s been WordPress.com and 130 posts or so and now it’s time to move into my own WordPress install. Kinda’ like moving from an apartment into your first home which means all the problems of ownership (except at the server end of things) are now mine but on the other hand…I can fix them as well.

It also makes me free to mess things up as I see fit thus giving me badly needed training on what not to do when configuring my own blog site and for any readers I might have, a whole lot of laughs.

So for awhile I’ll put the first part of a new post here with a link to the new site and after the new site’s rank is back up I’ll stop doing that as well. This post will always be at the top.

Meanwhile, here’s the link to the new home of “Just Thinkin”:


All past post have already been transferred over but like in any move some things get left behind and as such, all the previous comments seem to have evaporated into thin virtual air. Such is life. Plenty of time for more comments on this, that, and the other thing.

Many thanks to WordPress.com for hosting this small portion of my life.

See ya’ at the new site.

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Sneak Peek!

Hello all.

I’ve got a secret…

If you want to know what it is…

Take a look over here (don’t fret now, it’s safe enough).

It’s not quite ready yet but I think it’s pretty cool.

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We wasted our time: A nuclear rant

Nuclear weapons raise their ugly heads again:

As an ex-cold war submariner who, along with his fellow “bubbleheads” (on both sides by the way), spent an average of 300 days out of the year poking holes through ocean depths (along with generally ruining their health) doing their absolute best at trying to keep the world from blowing itself up, I find it increasingly disheartening when I read about the other areas today such as North Korea and whoever happens to be pounding on the table over in the middle east territories attempting (or perhaps already succeeding) to develop and test nuclear weapons. Possibly the kind of nuclear weapons that were first developed by the US and the (then) Soviet Union…dirty ones!

Long after our two countries laid down their horrible weapons of mass destruction (and I absolutely refuse to delve into what events may have caused that to happen), these (censored) people want to start it all over again and by what I’ve seen over the past many years, these particular governments absolutely do not have anywhere near the awareness, discipline, objectivity and presence of mind that the two superpowers of the cold war can be credited with. After all, we decided to make a change for the better and it’s worked so far. I understand things don’t always pan out but at least we’re still trying.

In the article, North Korea had this to say:

The North, however, said it will “never use nuclear weapons first and strictly prohibit any threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear transfer,” defending its nuclear weapons as a protection from “the U.S. threat of aggression” and a measure “to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”

I’m sorry, but that’s like saying “trust me” and when it comes to nuclear weapons capability…I didn’t even trust us.

Now with Iran saying that it’s pursuit of nuclear technology is only for the purpose of providing power to it’s people the phrase “you’ve got to be kidding” comes readily to mind. I’m sorry folks, normally I’m a person that’s fairly open-minded with an mostly objective point of view but when it comes to “pursuit of nuclear technology” by these two countries alone, you might understand when I say I tend to have a rather dim view on the whole thing.
In my opinion we’d be very foolish to trust in anything that they said.

Since I’m always trying to see the possible consequences of future actions, the Australian news site, News.com.au has an interesting “what if” article in the Courier Mail section on the current problem of sanctions against Iran for it’s push for nuclear technology. I recommend giving both articles a read over..

I don’t usually like to include this sort of post in the blog however, with my particular type of service background, I needed to let out some of my anxiety. Most people won’t understand where this anxiety comes from but there is some who understand it all too well.

We had a saying during the cold war that if a nuclear war ever did occur, Ground Zero was the best possible place to be.

A nuclear war (anywhere) would be the most devastating war the human race ever unleashed upon itself.

It would also be the shortest.

I’d hate to think that me and all my underwater cohorts had all our time and effort wasted for us.

I agree with Walt Kelly:

We have met the enemy…and he is us. (Pogo)

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Lawyer behind bars!

Hey, check this out. This one gets his own finally.

Former Vermont Lawmaker Admits “Peeping Tom” Charge


Burlington, Vermont – April 18, 2006

A former three-term state lawmaker Tuesday became the first person convicted under Vermont’s new peeping tom law. Burlington lawyer Alan Bjerke pleaded no contest to one count of attempted voyeurism for sticking his cell phone camera where it didn’t belong.

Bjerke was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000. He served three terms as a Burlington representative in the Vermont House. He is a lawyer with one of Burlington’s most respected firms. Tuesday, he admitted his guilt to high-tech peeping at a tanning parlor.

Bjerke usually comes to court to represent his clients. Tuesday, he needed a lawyer because he was charged with violating Vermont’s one-year-old peeping tom law. Police say Bjerke committed his crime at the Body Le Bronz tanning parlor on Pearl Street using his camera phone.

Bjerke was tanning in booth number three on February 9 and reached up over the top of the wall with his picture phone and started taking pictures of the woman who was in booth number four, according to police affidavits. Police say the half-clothed woman was looking in the mirror and in the reflection saw the phone above the wall pointed at her, and she yelled out, “Are you taking a picture of me?” Then she quickly got dressed and notified the attendant while Bjerke continued to tan in booth number 3.

Police say they initially determined Bjerke’s identity from tanning parlor records. Police say when they later interviewed him at his home, he neither denied nor confessed he had taken the pictures. And there was no clear photo of the woman on the phone. But police charged Bjerke after the tanning attendant and the victim positively picked him out of a photo array.

“Obviously we wanted to take care of this right away and make sure it doesn’t happen… in my business or anyone else’s,”said Body Le Bronz co-owner Randy Ploof. “I think it’s terrible.Victimized us. Victimized the people that were involved anybody else out there in the community.”

In court, Bjerke tried to hide behind his lawyer from our camera as he entered a no contest plea to one count of attempted voyeurism. It’s part of a plea deal that gets him 18 months on probation and a clean record if he stays out of trouble. Prosecutors accepted the plea deal because Bjerke has no record and he must own up to the crime.

“Because in order to complete counseling requirements of probation he will have to take responsibility for his actions,” explained John St. Francis, Chittenden County Deputy Prosecutor.

After the hearing, Bjerke quickly left the courthouse and had “no comment” according to his lawyer.

Brian Joyce – Channel 3 News

I wonder why he didn’t represent himself?

“I read the news today, oh-boy…”

Check this out. Preferred e-mail or pay for the privilege? Okay, so it’s targeted at companies not individual users to cut down on spamming and all the other wonderful things that companies legit or non-legit do for fun but as you read the article through you will see that they state that it also includes individual online customers who wish to verify, check, get a receipt or perhaps receive help from some support department on a item/service purchased from a company. If the company is one of those who chose not to pay the postage, their e-mail doesn’t get “special treatment”. In other words, it goes to the bottm of the pile.

Hmmm, This could actually work but I think it would have to be modified somewhat to eliminate the adverse affects on the individual user however, if it doesn’t, AOL and Yahoo might end up punching holes in their own boats.

So much for “Special Treatment”