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

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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

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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

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Rebuilding Joplin

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Memetically Yours

The modern theory of information embodies an old concept, that information packets or patterns often take on a kind of life on their own through a process of imitation.  Robert Oxton Bolton (1572-1631) said: A belief is not merely an … Continue reading

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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

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