An Ounce

Jim Fugate

An Ounce provides amusing stories, ideas, wisdom, and a positive attitude with informative commentary, and interviews with experts. An Ounce is a short format podcast (less than 15 minutes per episode) that encourages the listener to consider for themselves ways they can create a more robust, resilient, and joyful life an ounce at a time. Topics of the podcast include a smattering of all kinds of subjects. The listener will gain insights from stories encouraging a good attitude, personal responsibility, and presentations promoting learning, doing, and expanding one's understanding and experience. The podcast will expound unique and useful life hacks and deliver informative interviews with experts. Looking for something to make you smile, tips that can make life better, insights that can help you see life more clearly, the wisdom that will build resilience, ideas that will make you think, something you can share with others, a timely podcast with an easy charm that will make you smile? You found it!

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7 Arresting Examples of Stupid Crimes
10-05-2024
7 Arresting Examples of Stupid Crimes
Have you ever noticed that most folks (including ourselves) like to pretend we will beat the odds of a bad outcome when making a foolish choice. Most every time anyone who chooses a bad path figured they’d be the exception too. That they had a plan, an angle, an advantage, that would give them the edge.Just like everyone else, most criminals are also to trying to game the system and beat the odds. Seems most who have chosen that path has found their expectations of glamour and excitement go unfulfilled. And they just end up exposed and humiliated.Have you ever considered a life of crime? You will want to reconsider after hearing about these 7. And, if you’ve never wanted to attempt crime as a career choice, here are 7 perfect examples of why you should feel good about your choice.https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-09-29-mn-100-story.htmlhttps://www.newson6.com/story/5e3616132f69d76f6203e137/sneeze-helps-osage-nation-police-find-suspecthttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6431303/Dumb-American-criminals-attempt-robbery-with-permanent-marker-pen-disguises.htmlhttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/oddities/stupid-criminal-of-the-day-pay-stub-bank-robber/1851933/https://archive.nytimes.com/cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/bank-robber-left-behind-photo-id-police-say/https://www.orlandosentinel.com/1997/03/21/accused-hiking-boot-thief-pleas-non-compos-footsis/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2602238/Burglar-left-hanging-upside-down-after-trapping-shoelace.html We've Got A New YouTube Channel - Watch, listen and most definitely subscribe and share!
The Gadgets You Never Suspected: So Many Digital Snitches
26-04-2024
The Gadgets You Never Suspected: So Many Digital Snitches
(Just a quick note: If you are a little paranoid, this little commentary will only make it worse. You have been warned.)Have you ever had a brief conversation about something you're interested in, in the privacy of your own home? Then, a few moments later while you are wasting time on Facebook, an add pops up advertising just what you were talking about?I recently mentioned to my wife that it was time to replace the furnace air filter. That evening, several Google Ads started showing deals on air purifiers and filters for my HVAC system.Most of us are already suspicious of our smartphones, smart speakers, and smart TVS. “Ya, I already know about that stuff. And if they want to snoop, they are going to get really board”, you might say. I get that, my lifestyle is pretty boring too.However, as they say on the late-night infomercials, “But Wait – There's More”It is not just the obvious suspects snitching on you. Oh, No!! There is more!https://listverse.com/2019/04/29/10-things-you-wont-believe-can-spy-on-you-but-do/https://www.wired.com/story/strava-heat-map-military-bases-fitness-trackers-privacy/https://www.cpp.edu/cyberfair/poster-information/documents/vacuum-robot-abstract.pdfhttps://www.fastcompany.com/90291265/reminder-all-those-smart-devices-are-a-growing-security-threathttps://securityaffairs.com/74592/hacking/hacking-smart-vacuums.html We've Got A New YouTube Channel - Watch, listen and most definitely subscribe and share!
Saturn, Jupiter and Mars; and the Black Death
29-03-2024
Saturn, Jupiter and Mars; and the Black Death
In the 14th century, as soon as someone complained of a headache, they became suspect. This might be accompanied by fever and chills. Then the tongue might begin to swell, and turn a white-ish color. The lymph nodes would swell. Finally, black and purple spots began to appear on the skin. And when they did, the outcome was all but certain – death would follow in a week or less. This was a very real and agonizing reality for those who contracted the Black Death, and those who lost loved ones to it. The reason, according to scholars at the university of Paris at the time, was because of what happened in the sky on March 20th, 1945. That was the night that Saturn, Jupiter and Mars came together in an alignment. This triple conjunction within the 40th degree of Aquarius was the event that created a horrible plague. But perhaps… that planets in alignment thing might not have had a thing to with it. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/black-death-is-created-allegedlyhttps://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/black-deathhttps://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/plague/causes/treatise.php#:~:text=The%20celestial%20cause%20was%20the,and%20Jupiter%20would%20bring%20disaster.https://astrosociety.org/news-publications/mercury-online/mercury-online.html/article/2020/09/03/the-black-death-scapegoat-conjunction-of-1345https://www.cloverleaflocal.org/Downloads/Plaguebooklet.pdfhttps://www.learningleaders.com/insights/correlation-vs-causationWe've Got A New YouTube Channel - Watch, listen and most definitely subscribe and share!
The Pigeon Guided Missile
01-03-2024
The Pigeon Guided Missile
Two of the greatest challenges in war are (1) getting your weapon to hit what you are aiming at, and (2) destroying what you hit. Over time, great improvements have been made in the boom part. Well tested and proven explosives, fuses, and triggers have made assuring the ‘bang’ part of a weapon is quite predictable. Thus, if you could put the bomb somewhere close, there was a good chance the target was destroyed. Refining the accuracy part – hitting what you are aiming at - has been an interesting, and in some ways, a more challenging progression.So, some brilliant folks had a few ideas to more precisely put the explosives where they needed to be. There were competing ideas. One was to employ advancing technology like radar, and later-on GPS and lasers. A competing concept was using tested and proven biological technology trained to zero in on the target. That is to say, installing, or integrating, a ‘lab rat’ (or something like it) into the weapon that was trained to ‘fly’ the payload directly into the target - or in this case a pigeon.https://cyberneticzoo.com/bionics/1940-project-pigeon-1948-project-orcon-b-f-skinner-american/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeonhttps://www.military-history.org/feature/pigeon-guided-missiles.htmhttps://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/nmah_690069https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bf-skinners-pigeon-guided-rocket-53443995/ We've Got A New YouTube Channel - Watch, listen and most definitely subscribe and share!
Disinformation and Misinformation: The Fine Art of Exaggeration
05-01-2024
Disinformation and Misinformation: The Fine Art of Exaggeration
It was Sunday night, October 30th, 1938, when we first learned that aliens had invaded at Grover's Mill in New Jersey. This report came over the radio airwaves on the CBS Mercury Radio Theater on the Air. According to the news dispatches aired, local law enforcement was informed, and curious folks had come to look. The local radio station arrived with a reporter who was able to report live from the scene to describe everything. The first alien spacecraft crashed into the surface of the earth, and for a time it sat quiet. It was just a curiosity, until the aliens emerged to wreak havoc on the peaceful citizens. In their advance the aliens left nothing alive, and nothing but a barren smoldering wasteland in their wake. Then 60 minutes after it began, the radio play, The War of the Worlds ended, as the invading Martians were rapidly killed off by a simple virus, they had no defense for – and the earth was safe again.  The next morning, the Newspapers were filled with reports of mass panic and nationwide hysteria by those who caught the radio program the night before. But did it?Also See:https://www.buzzfeed.com/madisonmcgee/people-are-sharing-the-wildest-historical-events-that-are    -    item 7https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/infamous-war-worlds-radio-broadcast-was-magnificent-fluke-180955180/https://youtu.be/Xs0K4ApWl4g?si=YgGS1lG85YgBt-LBhttps://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2013/threatened-by-radio-newspapers-exaggerated-war-of-the-worlds-panic/We've Got A New YouTube Channel - Watch, listen and most definitely subscribe and share!