BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-- William Blake, A MemorableFancy
I love to doubt as well as know."
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-- W. H. Auden
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
-- Wiliam Blake, The Argument
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
"It’s better to believe in what you know than to know what you believe in."
-- HL Gaskins
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus circa 300 BCE
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Monthly Archives: April 2010
A Globe editorial today (4/28/2010) commenting on “Financial Reform” questions, among other things, whether the bill under debate ought to “create a (financial system) consumer protection agency”, adding, “We thought we already had several of those.” This is a point … Continue reading
I was contacted by my great-great grandson from the future and he gave me a time capsule for sending a one-time, one-way message to myself, the young Jim Wheeler. I was given only one hour to draft it before the privilege expired. Continue reading
Today’s Joplin Globe carries Gene Lyons’ column, as it often does. In it he comments on verbal sniping by “the right” because half of all households pay no income tax (headline). He calls the snipers’ complaints, “hypocritical”, and he makes … Continue reading
I have always been a bookworm. If you are a bibliophile too, you will probably want to read further, because this is about a book that is a truly exceptional achievement. Sixty years ago, when I was in the 7th … Continue reading
What are we to make of the Obama administration’s change of direction in manned space programs? This is a subject I am unsure of. The question not only involves science, but national pride and a big dose of politics. Continue reading
Food, clothing, shelter and health care are not guaranteed citizen rights under the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, but only “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Nevertheless, as of last month ObamaCare appears to have become, along with Medicare … Continue reading
Today CEO’s at the largest U.S. companies earn more than 300 times as much as the average worker. Are CEO’s playing Monopoly with the taxpayers’ money? Continue reading