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: May 2011
Selling The Sizzle But Not The Steak
America’s lucrative education industry touts the meme that a college degree is necessary to success in life. This notion is firmly embedded in our culture, in the minds of students and business leaders alike. A typical article on this appeared … Continue reading
The Giant Talent Filtering Machine
Two of our sons (they happen to be identical twins) went to the University of Kansas in the mid-80’s and majored in accounting. They and we were somewhat surprised to find a course requirement not present in some other schools’ … Continue reading
Is Economic Clarity an Oxymoron?
As the nation struggles to emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the issues are becoming harder for politicians to ignore and the 2012 election is shaping up to be one of the most meaningful that I can … Continue reading
I am offering this post in answer to a number of inquiries about helping out financially or otherwise with the aftermath of Joplin’s tornado disaster. I have posted before about concerns that many charities are inefficient. The Red Cross was given … Continue reading
Forrest Gump in Joplin
Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. — Forrest Gump Sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump. Stuff seems to happen wherever I go. At the time of the Cuban Missile crisis I was … Continue reading
Old Dogs and Weather Tricks
It was the late 1970’s and I was standing on our front porch in Lawrence, Kansas, watching two small tornadoes dance across the landscape south of town a few miles away. Mollie was yelling for me to come down to … Continue reading
Curiouser and Curiouser
How must come before why. Before we humans try to answer the question, “Why are we here?”, it is necessary to ask, “How did we become thinking beings?”. Now, if you don’t believe in evolution, dear reader, you may stop … Continue reading
A Medical Hobson’s Choice
In a post titled Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes last week I expressed my opinion that healthcare is at the core of America’s financial crisis, and that the profession of doctor is being corrupted by the medical industrial complex through the … Continue reading
Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes
The financial crisis in healthcare dwarfs all other federal budget problems. It is an iceberg, and the ship of state is headed right for it. The ACA does not do enough to rein in medical costs that continue to outpace … Continue reading