Endless War

by Roland Van Deusen

On September 16, CBS “SIXTY MINUTES” reported that 300,000 post-9/11 combat veterans now suffer from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, where it’s said “your brain slowly dies.” This is the condition that has led former professional football players to commit suicide. The combat vets got theirs from exposure to explosions.

This is in addition to our almost 7000 killed in battle, the more than 50,000 wounded, and the one in five with PTSD, of the two and a half million who we’ve sent to war so far. And after seventeen years of constant war, our stated enemy the Taliban control as much of Afghanistan as they did when we first invaded, according to CNN.

Our grunts also fight on in Iraq, Syria, and new places like Niger, which we only learn about when we have casualties. Still the VA hospital system has 10,000 unfilled job vacancies, mostly doctors. Everyone reading this knows someone who knows a traumatized veteran. Twenty still commit suicide every day, ending their suffering, but passing the pain on to their families.

Not learning from Vietnam gave us today’s endless, winless wars. With no draft and only 1% of us in the military, these wars are now so slowly destroying our democratic values, that we hardly notice. Trump is just a symptom of this. Blue collar white Americans who once craved freedom now long for his authoritarianism. We’re like a frog in a pot of cold water with the heat only turned up a few degrees every hour. Will we hop out before we’re cooked?



Please Help Veterans!

To Veterans with Invisible Wounds


Getting Started with WordPress

If you can use a word processor, know what styles are and have put images and charts and tables and such in a document, you can probably set up a passable WordPress site.

Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one.

There are thousands of themes and and widgets.  To start, pick a free theme, then create a page, then create a post.  Add some graphics to your pages and posts, and add some widgets to sidebars.  Don’t go crazy searching for a theme.  You can change your theme for a simple site without much trouble.  Look at the footer, get used to the Visual Editor and the Dashboard.  Fiddle with some settings and Bob’s your uncle.   Of course, that is for getting started.  It is the equivalent of creating a vinegar and baking soda rocket as the first step to NASA, but we all have to start somewhere.  You will have a WordPress site, you will know something about what it takes to create and maintain and add content to a site.  Go for it.

Some Beginner Tips:


Some things are not applicable to free WordPress Sites.  You can’t upload video or audio files to a free wordpress site or add small bits of Code to Add Features.  Read on to the “One thing you can’t do...” section below for how to link to a video or audio file.

WordPress is due for a major new release in 2018, WordPress 5.0.  The tentative release date is set for November 19. One of the big changes will be “Gutenberg”,  the new editor.  It is a major overhaul of the current visual editor.  For more see:

Before venturing into the world of publishing on the web, I would read this.  Multiple email accounts can be useful.  https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/a-smart-thing-to-do-for-with-your-email

One thing you can’t do with a free WordPress site is create an embedded video.  You can use a picture as a link to a YouTube video, which in some cases works better and is free as well.  Example, click on the picture below (View a video …) to go to a Youtube video.

View a video about the BEST SMARTPHONE GIMBAL of 2017.

Watch the Video

It does not hurt to show another link to your content (see Watch the Video above).  As of September 28, 2018, to create a picture as link:

  1. Insert the picture onto the page.
  2. Click on the image, then click on the “create link” or “insert or edit” icon in the editor toolbar.
  3. Put the url you want to link in the popup.

Another issue with free WordPress sites is that you cannot install plugins. Plugins are extensions to WordPress. For simple sites this is not an issue, except for setting up contact forms. The alternative to setting up contact forms with anti spam features is to provide an email address on the site.  Be prepared to get hit with some spam. See https://codex.wordpress.org/Protection_From_Harvesters

This example will defeat most harvesting software. It is a simple image, I write the text and format it in word. I used the snipping tool to then make an image of it.
contactmeAnother possibility, take a picture of your business card.


You can have a perfectly respectable website — and for free.    Unless your name / business is a digitally distinct name, picking a website url can be a tedious process.  I don’t mind saying my website is https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com.  When you sign up for a free plan, your user id is used as the first part of your default website, with wordpress.com as the second part.  If in the future, you want a custom domain name, it is not difficult to set up, but it does cost money.

Are you ready to get started?  Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one today!

Gutenberg on WordPress.com

From https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/information-on-gutenberg-implementation:

We are currently testing the implementation of Gutenberg on WordPress.com and working out how and when it will be enabled. Once we start rolling it out for use, there will be posts and support pages explaining how everything is going to work.

But for now I can tell you no one is going be stumbling into Gutenberg by accident, and there’s not going to be an instant switch the moment it launches in Core.

Initially Gutenberg on WordPress.com will be opt-in only, and the opt-in option will not be available for someone until we’ve added support for blocks to the theme they are using.

The classic editor should also still be available, and it should be possible to edit a Gutenberg post in the classic editor, just like it currently is in Core, and will be via the Classic Editor plugin once Gutenberg becomes the default there.

Eventually Gutenberg on WordPress.com will become opt-out rather than opt-in, but details around that are still being discussed internally.

If you’ve been keeping up with Gutenberg, as it sounds you have, you’ll know Automattic is heavily invested in it, and it’s also very important for us that it’s a success on WordPress.com, so we’re not rushing things and will make very sure the transition for WordPress.com users are as smooth as possible.

As for your questions above regarding how Gutenberg will work in WordPress 5.0, you can ask the Core team directly at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/gutenberg.

You can also see the detailed documentation, which includes a FAQ,  at https://wordpress.org/gutenberg

About the Gary GMGJ Johnson, the author of this post:


You’re reading this on my free WordPress site.  Here is a link that I use to demonstrate what I do when I develop a more advanced site: https://cookdotcom.com.

More Quotes for Life

for the Brat, with love

strongerWinnie the Pooh

On love:

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh

On the importance of the little things:

Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

On being present:

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

On the futility of worry:

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.

On knowing by simply being:

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.

On individuality:

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

On the difference between knowledge and understanding:

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

On knowing that you don’t need anybody else to complete you:

I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.

On self-sacrifice:

Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.

On gratitude:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.

On comfort zones:

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

On not overthinking:

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…

On unselfishness:

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.

On the wealth in your life:

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

On clearing your mind of all thoughts:

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

On the value of dreams:

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

On the benefits of not micromanaging everything:

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.

On the beauty within the arts:

But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

On finding joy in everything:

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

See https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/3112/20-utterly-profound-winnie-pooh-quotes-make-smile/

More Quotes for Life





The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F….




Some important things takeaways from the book are the:

  • Recognize the “Feedback Loop from Hell”
  • The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.
  • It’s okay for things to suck some of the time.
  • You are responsible for everything in your Life: you may not be at fault, but, you have to take control

If your interested in improving your life, go here:


Click on the Link for Rational Emotive Therapy.  If you don’t understand it , read the book.

Click on the Link for Definitions of Cognitive Distortions.  Read the book and under any circumstance.



Aspect Ratios

Common Monitor Resolutions


NTSC aspect ratio of a traditional television screen is 4:3, or 1.33:1.
ATSC aspect of 16:9, or about 1.78:1.

Aspect ratios of 2.39:1 or 1.85:1 are frequently used in cinematography, while the aspect ratio of a sync-sound 35 mm film frame is 1.37:1

(also known as “Academy Aperture” ratio).

4/3 = 1.33333…    0r 3 x 1.33333 = 4

Width Height Aspect Ratio PPI 1 EM in pixels Width in EMs
640 480 1.333333333333333 4/3
800  600 1.3333333333333333 4/3 72 12 800 / 12       66.67
96 16 800 / 16       50
1024  768 1.3333333333333333 4/3 96 16 1024 / 16     64
120 20 1024 / 20     51.2
150 25 1024 / 25     40.96
1152  882 1.3061224489795917 96 16 1152 / 16     72
120 20 1152 / 20     57.6
1280  1024 1.25 5/4 96 16 1280 / 16     80
120 20 1280 / 20     64
1440  900 1.6 5/3 96 16 1440 / 16     90
120 20 1440 / 20     72
150 25 1440 / 25     57.6
1600  1200 1.3333333333333333 4/3 96 16
120 20
16  9 1.7777777777777777 16/9
4 3 1.3333333333333333 4/3
3264  2448 1.3333333333333333
3200  2400 1.3333333333333333
2560  1920 1.3333333333333333
1600  1200 1.3333333333333333
1280  960 1.3333333333333333
1024  768 1.3333333333333333


-à Fitting and image into a target resolution / aspect ratio.   Do it in pixels!

resize smaller than target and then change the canvas size to get you exact size!


Portrait Mode Native


Native Width Target Height Target Width  
Aspect 1.5 3264 2448 3264 2176 Crop right and/or left 272 pixels or 11%
Aspect 1.25 3264 2448 3060 2448 Crop top and/or bottom 204 pixels or 6%
Aspect 1.5 3264 2448 3262 2174 Crop length 14px Crop width 274  (11%)
Aspect 1.25 3264 2448 3060 2448 Crop top and/or bottom 216 or 6 %



Landscape Mode Native Height Native


Target Height Target width  
Aspect 1.5 2448 3264 2176 3264 Crop top and/or bottom 272 pixels or 11%
Aspect 1.25 2448 3264 2448 3060 Crop right and/or left 204 pixels or 6%
Aspect 1.5 2448 3264 2069 3104 Crop width 160 (5%) Crop length 379  (15%)
Aspect 1.25 2448 3264 2448 3060 Crop right and/or left 216 or 6 %


For a 4×6 or a 12×8 in portrait mode plan on losing 5% of the length

in landscape mode plan on losing 5% of the width


Picasa  – enter inches it converts to pixels!



Picture size Ratio
4 / 3 1.33
5 / 3 1.66
6 /4 1.5
7 / 5 1.4
10 / 8 1.25
12 / 8 1.5
11 / 14 1.27  Do it as 8x 10 if you have to
15 / 10 1.5
24 / 16 1.5
30 / 20 1.5




Picture size Ratio
10 / 8 1.25
10 / 9 1.1111111111111112
10 / 7 1.4285714285714286
10 / 6.5 1.5384615384615385
10 / 8 1.25
12 / 8 1.5
15 / 10 1.5
24 / 16 1.5
30 / 20 1.5



s2Message Setup Notes


They have excellent instructions and examples.  I am setting up a free membership site.  I have not looked at the capabilities for paid subscriptions.

Use 2 Browsers to set up.  Stayed logged on as administrator to make changes to s2Message on 1.  Use clear cache after making changes.  Use another browser where you are not logged on as administrator to test.  Goto http://cookdotcom.com and click membership to see a live example of how to sign up.

You can manage users from the dashboard using the native WordPress user tab. s2Message takes advantage of the builtin in roles and capabilities capabilities of WordPress and extends them!

The Pope on can I go to Heaven

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class. We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all. And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: We need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: We will meet one another there.”


  • As quoted in “Pope at Mass: Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace” at Vatican Radio (22 May 2013)

The above is the actual quote. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pope-francis-belief-in-god/

This is the widely circulated “mis quote”.


Driving as a metaphor for voting

There was a good man. He did many good deeds and was a friend to many. But, he did not drive (it’s a big city thing). He said, “If I feel like driving I will”. One day, with no forethought, or practice or preparation, he gets behind the wheel. He runs up on the curb, kills a family of 4.

If you don’t think somethings important, if you don’t think that some things require practice, knowledge and skill, if you take actions without considering others, the consequences can be tragic.

Voting is like driving. A lot of people can drive, some of them are dangerous.

There Are None So Blind
As Those Who Will Not See


Powercfg shows an active remote client

Why won’t my computer go to sleep?

Check Power plans

Especially the Multimedia setting
Allow computer to sleep

I usually flip a couple of the timer settings, like minutes to sleep (example change from 30 to 25) and save the new updated profile.  Once that was all I did to fix it.

Run the Troubleshooter
Control Panel.

  • Type “Troubleshooting” in the search bar and press “Enter”.
  • In the “Troubleshooting” window, click on “View All” on the left pane.
  • Click on “Power”.
  • Click on “Advanced” and then click on “Run as Administrator”.
  • Click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.

Follow the steps to check the network adapter powers settings:

Press Windows + X keys and click on Device Manager
Search for Network Adapter.

  • Right click on the Network Adapter that you use and click Properties.
  • Click on the Power Management tab.
  • Check the option “Allow the device to wake the computer”.
  • Click Apply and Ok to save the changes.

Got to Realtek site and see if they have a troubleshooter

Check Sling settings

Run as administrator

powercfg /requestsoverride driver srvnet system
alternate syntax

POWERCFG -requestsoverride DRIVER \FileSystem\srvnet SYSTEM

rem Windows 7 version
my runpoerconfig.bat file

rem powercfg ?

rem HID-compliant mouse
rem eHome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR)
rem HID Keyboard Device

rem run as administrator

Rem 1) Click the Start button .
rem 2 In the search box, type command prompt.
rem 3 right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
rem Powercfg -devicequery all_devices_verbose
Powercfg -LASTWAKE
rem check Power.html FileSystem\srvnet
Powercfg -devicequery wake_programmable
Powercfg -devicequery wake_armed
rem pause
rem Powercfg -DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “HID-compliant mouse”
POWERCFG -requestsoverride DRIVER \FileSystem\srvnet SYSTEM
rem [DRIVER] \FileSystem\srvnet

rem Powercfg -devicedisablewake “Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Optical (IntelliPoint)”
Powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant mouse”
Powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant mouse (001)”
POWERCFG -requestsoverride
Powercfg -devicequery wake_armed


By default, Windows 7 will attempt to prevent system standby when connected to a remote share or file. Presumably, this is to prevent any ongoing file transfers over the network from failing due to the system unexpectedly entering standby. But there are many cases where the system is connected to a remote share and it is okay to enter standby. Windows 7 includes a setting to allow the computer to enter standby, but it may be missing from the advanced power options dialog box. you can unhide the “Allow sleep with remote opens” option AND set it to Yes for three default power profiles (Balanced, High Performance, and Power Saver) in Windows 7.  Go to this link for details on how: http://iboyd.net/index.php/2010/05/16/windows-7-power-management-fixing-pc-insomnia/

echo off

time /t
powercfg -requests | find ” ”
: Delay 30 seconds
ping -n 1 -w 30000 > nul
goto fooey