George Rucker's Staggering Nuanced Newsletter for July 25, 2017

I will start this week with an invention for you to ponder.  Some might not think this is an invention at all.

Through the success of partnerships and collaboration educated risk-taking and invested shareholders, corporations have helped shaped the way we live, so this weeks invention will be the “Corporation.”

The phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” is usually associated with patriotism, but it also sums up the premise of incorporation rather succinctly.  The concept – coming together to create an organization in which the whole is stronger than the sum of its parts – dates back to the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church, founded and incorporated in 529 AD.  While in the United States, the Boston Manufacturing Company is acknowledged as the first industrial business to incorporate, which it did in 1813.

The corporation has helped drive business throughout the world by bringing product development, manufacturing and distribution all under one roof.  Prior to the existence of corporation, most businesses conducted one type of service.  The ability to diversify tasks, yet keep them all “in-house” led to greater economies of scale, lower prices that could be passed on to the consumer and greater financial gain for the corporation.  This way of doing business, governed by a legal process that recognizes a corporation as a single entity, but able to offer protection to its “owners” (or share-holders), greatly spurred innovation.  Scientists and engineers working within corporations had funds available for research and development, allowing creativity to flourish.

Today’s vast and varied consumer marketplace is, in great part, owed to the development of the corporation.


The other day I was asked what my favorite crock pot recipe is.  I had to stop and think as the one I make the most is probably not my favorite but it should be.  That happens to be chili, and is my most requested recipe.  The recipe that received the most accolades was a dip called “Buffalo chicken Dip.”

From the Taste of Home Magazine here are the top 10 slow cooker recipes.
Forgotten Jambalaya (Never made this)
Flavorful Pot roast (made this quite a few times and always pretty good)
White Bean chicken Chili (I always make beef chili)
Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce (I have made a ton of Spaghetti Sauce, always good.) (This recipe is my Lasagna sauce also)
Lime Chicken Tacos (never made)
Teriyaki Chicken Thighs (made a few times and ok)
Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches (is ok but much better from a smoker)
Stuffed Chicken rolls (never made)
Potluck Macaroni and Cheese (Never made but might include recipe in this letter)
Creamy Italian Chicken (Never made)

This is a great way to make America's most popular comfort food. The dish turns out cheesy, rich and creamy. —Jennifer Babcock, Chicopee, Massachusetts

Potluck Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
(I still prefer baked Mac and Cheese, I did put some bread crumbs on top prior to eating.  I would have like crunched Ritz crackers,  but there were none in the house.  Probably 4 stars)


    3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
    2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
    2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
    1-3/4 cups whole milk
    1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
    3/4 cup butter, melted
    3 large eggs, lightly beaten


Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer reads at least 160°, 2 to 2-1/2 hours, stirring once. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).

Originally published as Potluck Macaroni and Cheese in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p82



Jerry, my PHD friend, this joke is for you, you might work it into one of your statistic courses.

A man was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport , New York, as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Attorney General said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns" but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle."

When asked to comment on the arrest, the President said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes." White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.


Recently while going through a Midwestern airport during one of his many trips, George Bush encountered a man with silver hair, wearing a white robe and sandals, holding a staff Bush went up to the man and said, "Aren't you Moses?"

The man didn't answer and just kept staring ahead.

Again bush said, "Moses!" in a loud voice.

The man just kept staring ahead, never answering him.

Soon a secret service agent came along and Bush grabbed him and said, "Doesn't this man look like Moses to you?" The secret service agent agreed with him.

"Well," said bush, "Every time I call his name, he just keeps staring ahead and refuses to speak.

The secret service man went up to the man in the white robe and whispered, "You look just like Moses. Are you Moses?"

The man leaned over and whispered, "Yes, I am Moses. But the last time I talked to a bush, I spent 40 years wandering in the desert!


“I hear Mr. Money Mustache writes some useful stuff and many people are building happy, wealthy lives for themselves using his advice”, they are saying, “but I am a busy person. How can he make me rich Right Now!?”

The bottom line is this: by focusing on happiness itself, you can lead a much better life than those who focus on convenience, luxury, and following the lead of the financially illiterate herd that is the TV-ad-absorbing Middle Class of the United States (and other rich countries) today. Happiness comes from many sources, but none of these sources involve car or purse upgrades.

No matter what the heard or the TV set tells you, this is the truth. Far from being a social outcast, this new perspective will make you a hero among your friends. This is not a fringe activity anymore – millions of people are fixing their lives these days. And the earlier you can accept it, the sooner you will be rich.

Is that all too fluffy and philosophical? OK, fine. Here’s how to cut your life costs in half. Start by getting rid of your Debt Emergency if you have one. Live close to work. Move to another city if you enjoy adventure. Don’t borrow money for cars, and don’t buy stupid ones. Ride a bike wherever you can. Cancel your TV service. Stop wasting money on groceries. Give your kids the opportunity to achieve greatness without being pampered. Lose the overpriced cell phones. Learn to appreciate the life-boosting joy of using your own body to get things done. Learn to mock convenience. Practice optimism.

That should do it – about half of your expenses, gone in one paragraph. Keep going, as many readers do, and you can save closer to 75% of what you make – especially for those with above-average incomes.


An Indian scouting party captures a cowboy from a bar and brings him back to their camp to meet the chief.

The chief says to the cowboy, "You going die. But we sorry for you, so give you one wish a day for three days. At sundown third day, you die. What first wish?"

The cowboy says, "I want to see my horse."

The Indians got his horse. The cowboy grabs the horse's ear and whispers something, then slaps the horse on the back.

The horse takes off. Two hours later, the horse comes back with a naked blonde. She jumps off the horse and goes into the teepee with the cowboy.

The Indians look at each other, figuring, "Typical white man... only think one thing."

The second day, the chief says, "What wish today?" The cowboy says, "I want to see my horse again." The Indians bring him his horse. The cowboy leans over to the horse and whispers something in the horse's ear, then slaps it on the back.

Two hours later, the horse comes back with a naked redhead. She gets off and goes in the teepee with the cowboy.

The Indians shake their heads, figuring, "Typical white man going die tomorrow ... can only think one thing."

The last day comes, and the chief says, "This last wish, white man. What want?" The cowboy says, "I want to see my horse again." The Indians bring him his horse. The cowboy grabs the horse by both ears, twists them hard and yells, "Read my lips you idiot! POSSE, damn it! P-O-S-S-E!"


I have been asked to provide more information on “Redheads.”

The Curious Reason Behind Why Doctors Dread Treating Redheads

We all know that redheads are special creatures—these rare ginger-haired beauties are definitely few and far between. And though many of us try to achieve crimson locks of our own through expensive salon visits, it’s impossible to adopt some of their more unique traits. Here are the some of the curious ways that redheads’ bodies differ from others.

    They require more anesthesia during surgery

    Any anesthesiologist will tell you that, before prepping patients for surgery, they will first take note of their hair color. This is because redheads need more anesthesia to make it through a surgery than the average person.

    You see, all redheads are born with a mutation in the melanocortin-1 receptor—the one element, from a genealogical standpoint, that links together every person with this hair color. Though there have been many studies completed on the matter, long story short, any person who was born with this receptor – we’re looking at you redheads out there! – is in need of a greater dose of anesthesia.

    So, if you are a natural ginger who has dyed your hair, be sure to always inform your doctor before undergoing a procedure!
    Their perception of pain is different

    As if redheads aren’t rare enough, studies show that they perceive pain differently than brunettes and blondes.

    According to research compiled by Science Nordic, gingers are more sensitive to cold temperatures and toothaches, but are surprisingly resilient when it comes to snacking on spicy foods. These reactions are generally thought to be caused by the same aforementioned mutation, the melanocortin-1 receptor, or the “redhead gene.”
    Their bodies produce their own vitamin D

    I know what you’re thinking—these people are starting to sound like X-Men, right? Well, get ready to be even more impressed…

    Because of their naturally fair complexions, gingers actually do not require as much sunlight as those who have darker skin or brown and blonde hair colors.

    In an interview with the BBC, Jonathan Rees, a professor of dermatology at the University of Edinburgh, explains that “the probable reason for that is that we make vitamin D in our skin. We rely on sunshine to make vitamin D and if you have very dark skin, it’s harder to make that vitamin D.”

    In other words, over time redheads’ bodies have adapted in order to receive their own specific nutritional needs. Amazing stuff!

    They are at a higher risk for skin cancer
    Unfortunately, not all ginger-haired features are cool—there is one in particular that is just plain scary!

    In a recent study published by Nature, scientists reveal that they have found carriers of the melancortin-1 receptor to be more likely to develop melanoma in their lifetime.

    In fact, the “redhead gene” causes the burden of holding a cancer risk that “ages” the patient by 21 years. So, a 41-year-old redhead is at the same danger of acquiring skin cancer as a 62-year-old non-redheaded peer. Dermatologists are now widely educating these patients on sunscreen usage and increased preventative visits.

If you think that the crazy differences stop there, then you’re wrong! To learn even more amazing facts about our special ginger brothers and sisters, be sure to watch Daily Quantum’s video below. There is certainly more to redheads than what the meets the eye!


I felt the comments were funnier than the joke...

 A spy, an adulterer, and a guy who launders money for the Russian mob walk into a bar...  The bartender says "What'll it be, Mr. President?"


Can we stop ragging on Obama? It's getting old
Obama? I thought we were talking about Billy
Oh yeah good ole William Harrison
Yeah, Harrison Ford was a great president.

"Why sure Bill, we'll have that right out for you"
When was the last year this joke's punch line was ever funny?
The "thing, thing, and thing walk into a bar, turns out they're the same person" jokes are well past their expiration date.
When was the last year that you were funny?

Our state does not have huge or majestic waterfalls but it has some you can explore.

Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Massachusetts’ Waterfalls

If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, this is it. We’ve put together the perfect itinerary for two or three days exploring the most majestic waterfalls this state has to offer, as well as stops at an amazing waterfall restaurant and a waterfall inn. You won’t be able to get the sound of running water out of our head for days, and that’s a great thing.

This trip includes about six hours of drive time round-trip, but that’s broken up by an overnight stay and a tasty pit-stop. Pack plenty of snacks for the road (there’s nothing like a waterfall picnic!) and you should be all set to head out and explore.


Evidently this is a British joke...A Girl's Prayer

Lord, before I lay me down to sleep, I pray for a man, who's not a creep, One who's handsome, smart and strong, One who's willy's thick and long. One who thinks before he speaks, When promises to call, won't wait weeks. I pray that he be gainfully employed, And when I spend his cash, won't be annoyed. Pulls out my chair and opens my door, Massages my back and begs to do more. Oh! send me a man who will make love to my mind, Knows just what to say when I ask, "how big's my behind?" One who'll make love till my body's a twitching, In the hall, the loo, the garden and kitchen! I pray that this man will love me no end, And never attempt to shag my best friend. And as I kneel and pray by my bed, I look at the wanker you sent me instead.


The one and only comment...

You can't always get what you want.


There is a Latin term “Jus soli,” it’s meaning is “right of the soil.” The other common reference is “birthright citizenship.”  In our country it is an unconditional basis for citizenship.  In the Americas, but is rare elsewhere.  No European country grants citizenship based on unconditional Jus soli.  A study in 2010 found that only 30 of the world's 194 countries grant citizenship at birth to the children of undocumented foreign residents, although definitive information was not available from 19 countries.

Almost all states in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania grant citizenship at birth based upon the principle of jus sanguinis (right of blood), in which citizenship is inherited through parents not by birthplace, or a restricted version of jus soli in which citizenship by birthplace is automatic only for the children of certain immigrants. Countries that have acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness will grant nationality to otherwise stateless persons who were born on their territory, or on a ship or plane flagged by that country.

It looks like most if not all of the countries of North and South America are use “Jus soli” as a reason for citizenship.

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside".  The phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" excludes children born to foreign diplomats and children born to enemy forces engaged in hostile occupation of the country's territory.

Just for your information two countries have abolished jus soli.  India, Abolished jus soli on 3 December 2004, in reaction to illegal immigration from its neighbor Bangladesh. Jus soli had already been progressively weakened in India since 1987. And Malta Changed the principle of citizenship to jus sanguinis on 1 August 1989 in a move that also relaxed restrictions against multiple citizenship.

If you ask me I think the United States should adopt jus sanguinis as way too many rights are derived through citizenship.  Lately it is not just legal and illegals from our southern neighbors but people of Chinese and other countries who come to have a baby then return home with their proof of citizenship.


In Northern California there is a mini gold rush going on.  California's record drought is spurring a mini gold rush in the Sierra Nevada foothills that drew hordes of prospectors in 1849. Modern-day gold diggers are taking advantage of historically low water levels to search for the precious metal. (March 2 USA Today)

The article is rather lengthy but the prospectors are making between $100 and $300 per day.

So you do not want to go across the country, well we have one on our coast also.

Kershaw, South Carolina Mine Sparks Mini-Gold Rush To The Southeast

Once environmental impact studies and permits are complete, Haile will be the only modern gold mine east of the Mississippi River.


George, and as usual smile.

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You can see some older letters with Walter’s additions at the end of his website

This is 1910 on Wankinkoah Street at Swifts Beach befpre asphalt roads. Henry ford has just invented the Model T in 1908. Taken from my postcard collection at my blog: Horse and buggy on Swifts Beach, 1910