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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"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
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-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
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Monthly Archives: March 2011
Creatures of the Information
If the human species has been around for 200,000 years or so, and we now know that is the case, then why don’t we know more than a mere 4,000 to 6,000 years of history? There had to be a … Continue reading
An Affair To Remember
The Libyan Affair continues to evolve. I believe it to be an historic precedent in warfare, but whether for good or bad is yet unclear. But whatever the outcome I am resigned that here in the continuing nuclear age some … Continue reading
The world is awash in information. It is nothing less than astonishing, when you think about it, that the written word has come so far from the invention of the printing press around 1440 to the internet in present times. … Continue reading
A tsunami doesn’t behave like I used to think. I used to think of it as an approaching wall of water, but now that I have seen the clips from Japan I realize it is more like an oozing tide … Continue reading
Boiling It Down
With confirmation bias rampant, sometimes it makes sense to me to try to boil problems down to basics, so I have tried to do that here. A writer in the Globe thinks he is the only one who can see … Continue reading
Uncle Sam’s Protection Racket
George Will, that persistently pedantic pundit of politics, now chooses in today’s Joplin Globe (3/14/11) to peruse the constitutionality of mandatory health insurance, i.e., the Affordable healthCare Act, a.k.a., ObamaCare. I enjoy watching George on television, but his writing, not … Continue reading
As old Senator Everett Dirkson once famously and sarcastically said, “A billion here, a billion there, and first thing you know, you’re talking real money!” In these times of budgetary crisis, I wondered if there’s a better way for us … Continue reading
Our Man In Liliput
National columnist Dan K. Thomasson chooses to rail against bureaucracy in today’s Joplin Globe (3/11/11). The attention would seem to be deserved because the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or SIGTARP for short, is a bureaucratic … Continue reading
Gas Prices Bad For The Economy!
Headlines seem to be a bit like movie titles. I understand there is no prohibition or law against using a movie title that has been used before, and I think book titles are the same. Similarly, headlines are apparently made … Continue reading
A Message From Your Dutch Uncle
Two things motivate me to expand on the idea that fixing medical care is the key to our financial woes. One is that despite all my words, even some of my blog correspondents do not understand the central concept of what … Continue reading