December 7

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Noam Chomsky 1928

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Pearl Harbor

Noam Chomsky

Excerpted from Chronicles of Dissent, 1992

QUESTION: Alexander Cockburn likes to tell the joke that the two greatest disasters that befell U.S. power in the twentieth century were the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and your birthday, both on December 7. About the Pearl Harbor attack: you have a kind of non-traditional view of the events leading up to that.

CHOMSKY: I wrote about it a long time ago, in the 1960s. What I think is not very far from what is actually in the scholarly literature. First of all, let’s be clear about what happened. It’s not quite the official picture. About an hour before Pearl Harbor, Japan attacked Malaya. That was a real invasion. The attack on Pearl Harbor was the colony, the military base on a colony of the United States. An act of aggression, but on the scale of atrocities, attacking the military base on the colony is not the highest rank. The big Japanese atrocities in fact had already taken place. There were plenty more to come, but the major ones, the invasion of China, the rape of Nanking, the atrocities in Manchuria, and so on, had passed. Throughout that whole period the U.S. wasn’t supportive, but it didn’t oppose them very much.

The big issue for the United States was: will they let us in on the exploitation of China or will they do it by themselves? Will they close it off? Will they create a closed co-prosperity sphere or an open region in which we will have free access? If the latter, the United States was not going to oppose the Japanese conquest.

*Start reading Chronicles of Dissent by Noam Chomsky today. Chomsky feels the abuses, cruelty and hypocrisies of power more intensely than anyone.


Larry Bird 1956

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While most players waltzed into the locker room the required 90 minutes before game time, Bird has been on the floor by at least 6:00, more than two hours before tip-off. In the loneliness of Boston Garden, with only attendants and a few Celtics season ticket holders present, Bird shot more than 300 practice shots. “I really don’t count my shots,” Bird said. “I just shoot until I feel good.”

*Get a friend to rebound for you as you take more than 300 shots. Shoot until you feel good.


Aaron Carter 1987

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“Music will ALWAYS be what transcends all of us and myself.

“The studio has always been my safe haven.

“But the ultimate goal for me is to be satisfied.

*Go to your safe haven today for what should be your goal – to be satisfied.


Yasiel Puig 1990

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig did not seem too disturbed by the home burglary that took place last week.

“I have too much f–king money in my life,” Puig told TMZ Sports. “I ain’t worried about that s–t. I have a f–king lot of money.”

*I guess it would be nice to have this attitude after a robbery. Money is not the key to happiness and that’s why some people feel like they have too much of it. Maybe Yasiel should invest in home security and donate what he saves to charity.


Sara Bareilles 1979

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Sara Bareilles turned to pizza after she lost at the Emmy’s on Monday night.

The singer — who was nominated for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for her role in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”

*Listen to Sara Bareilles. If that doesn’t cheer you up, go get pizza.


Terrell Owens 1973 – perfect popcorn

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Owens also talked about his always controversial touchdown celebrations from his time in the league, and while he did not name a favorite outright, he implies that his “Get your popcorn ready” celebration while a member of the Cowboys holds a special place in his heart.

*Make this perfect popcorn to celebrate Hall of Famer Terrell Owens’ birthday.

SNUB – Johnny Bench

Review –

  • Start reading Chronicles of Dissent
  • Shoot 300 shots
  • Go to your safe haven
  • Invest in home security
  • Listen to Sara Bareilles
  • Make perfect popcorn

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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