Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stayin’ Awake

News of seven air controllers falling asleep on the job recently causes me to reflect on my sleep-deprived Navy career.  Going with too little sleep is par for the course in the Navy, part necessity and part tradition.  Running a … Continue reading

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The Arab Street

The Libyan Affair continues to look more and more like an unresolvable morass, and the United States like a sucker for having dipped its military toe into a pool of tar.  The AP reports today that NATO is agreed that … Continue reading

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Things People Know That Aren’t So

Here’s my list, in no particular order.  Challenge it if you like, but it’s one I’m confident of.  I submit that, backed by 7 decades of experience and two degrees, it is at least worth a read. CEO salaries need to … Continue reading

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Financial Reputations

Americas have a continuing love/hate relationship with government.  On the one hand we hate to be told what to do, but on the other we like to have someone in a neutral corner to arbitrate disputes in the interest of … Continue reading

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Little Things Mean A Lot

Speaking of Regular Recurrence Factors (RRF’s), as in my last post, I was having a frustrating time with my computer last December, fortunately a rare occurrence with my Mac.  As usual it wasn’t the computer’s fault, but that of my ISP … Continue reading

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The Regular Recurrence Factor

“Ain’t it awful?”, my life’s companion and domestic engineer asked.  She was referring to our electric bill which was about $95.  Why, she asked rhetorically, should it be so unreasonably high? Well, it has been inching up over the last couple … Continue reading

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Grace Under Pressure

The recent failure of a seam in the aluminum skin of a Southwest Boeing 737 jet is cause for reflection on how modern engineering affects our lives.  It has only been about a century that we have had airplanes, or … Continue reading

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