BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Staunchly Democratic, converted after the GOP receded from its Eisenhower roots.
"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 2011
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
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
“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
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
Concierge medicine has the potential to provide the two essential elements missing in our health care system, that is, a way to hold down costs and a way to get people to pay it forward instead of waiting until they need … Continue reading
Yet another article on vitamin D! It was in USA Today (3/31/2011). The headline proclaims that “One-third aren’t getting benefit for heart, bones”. For years I have been seeing warnings about not getting enough vitamin D, with particular concern for … Continue reading