The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Solutions for Peace

It’s been stomach wrenching, the horrible acts of mass shooters in the USA lately. True Strange News thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts and hopes the families of victims will find comfort. To do our part to change this horrific hate, True Strange News offers a few rays of hope: promising ways we might end or greatly reduce violence in our nation. Growing Peace, a Practical Practice Just Notice and Pause Here’s a good first step: just notice when you get triggered and pause. Men who did this, account riding to PsychologyToday “are then able to make reasonable decisions. … Continue reading Solutions for Peace

In Guppies, the Unique Male Wins

Looking a bit different can be a plus if you are looking for love, within certain parameters. At least with guppies, females often choose a mate that stands out from the others. If this applies to humans, might it explain fashion trends? Think about it: First the unique stands out and people see that as successful, then they copy it until it is no longer unique. Rinse, lather, repeat? In a new study, researchers found that female guppies often choose a mate that physically stands out from the rest of the pack because of a common type of learning called … Continue reading In Guppies, the Unique Male Wins

Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol. …[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years … Continue reading Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

Love is an Effect of the Sun

Illusions are real in their ways, and reality part a party of illusions. I held a one-man private ceremony as the sun set, not at the location of this video, however, this sunset was another, elsewhere. I let the final handfuls of atoms in my possession rejoin the earth, speaking my prepared words, remembering love, laughter, lessons and shared intentions. The view (not pictured) was spectacular, arguably the best I’ve seen on this world and the weather was perfect, all fitting, signs of rightness. Voices echoed from distant faces of ice and were then gone. I next added an element … Continue reading Love is an Effect of the Sun

Sub-Zero Sun Dogs, Alaska Prep

I’ve seen sun dogs before and have probably blogged about them, but cold weather as a cause got my attention due to my quest to take my fiancé’s ashes up to Alaska. Here are the sun dogs: Sub-zero temperatures in West Michigan led to many residents spotting a “sun dog” phenomenon that made it look as though there were two extra suns in the sky. Photos snapped Thursday morning in various locations on the lower west side of the state show the sun being flanked by two illusion suns caused by the refraction of sunlight off ice crystals in the atmosphere. The … Continue reading Sub-Zero Sun Dogs, Alaska Prep

In Saudi Arabia a Man Must Divorce his Wife by Text Message

There has been a problem of secret divorces in Saudi Arabia, wherein a wife may not even know that she was divorced. Attempting to improve this strange situation, a new rule in that country requires that all women who are divorced by their husbands will be notified via text message. A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces – … Continue reading In Saudi Arabia a Man Must Divorce his Wife by Text Message

Brain Study: Creativity is Supressing the Obvious

Very creative people can be oddly oblivious to the obvious. New brain research suggests that suppression of our most common pathways (thoughts) is the underlying mechanism for creativity. Remember as you read that brain waves are only patterns resulting from groups of brain cells sending signals. Brain waves are the electrical sums of brain cell activity. Here’s the article. You might find this useful in your own explorations of creativity. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that brainwaves play a crucial role in inhibiting habitual thinking modes to pave the way to … Continue reading Brain Study: Creativity is Supressing the Obvious

British Woman to Marry a Ghost, Have Baby

Does any country or state recognize marriage between a living human and the disembodied spirit of one that has gone beyond? It seems unlikely, but this won’t stop the determined. Why should it? A British woman’s engagement to a ghost she met in Australia is getting others into the wedding spirit. Last week, Amethyst Realm of Bristol announced that the unnamed ghost proposed to her during a road trip to England’s Wookey Hole caves in Somerset. “There was no going down on one knee — he doesn’t have knees,” she said about the proposal. “I could actually hear his voice, … Continue reading British Woman to Marry a Ghost, Have Baby