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: October 2011
The practice of medicine continues to be a lucrative business, at least for some doctors. Only yesterday I posted about how medical insurance, unlike car or life insurance, is little more than passing on budget-killing costs to an increasingly needy … Continue reading
Most people are familiar with how life insurance works. Accountants and executives devise contracts and using statistics, they bet you live, at least until they break even. And if they can improve on your chances of living longer than average, … Continue reading
What is genius? Here is an assortment of opinion from Wikipedia: Genius is something or someone embodying exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of unprecedented insight. – Introductory sentence to … Continue reading
How do people decide what to do for a living? This question was prompted by a post from my blogging friend, Indiana Jen, a post in which she relates how Florida governor Scott disparaged anthropology and other liberal arts degrees … Continue reading
The Joplin Globe editorial page this morning presented a remarkable contrast of opinion regarding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. The Globe printed a previous blog post by liberal blogger R. Duane Graham, a post in which he evaluated Republicans’ reactions. … Continue reading
Speaking of war, here are some recent news leads to ponder: “Nearly 20 percent of the more than 2 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health conditions, according to a new report.” “The Navy … Continue reading
I got an email from my fellow blogger Anson Burlingame today, and I want to thank him for inspiring this post. He drew my attention to a new development in the U.K.’s part of the global financial crisis. Calling this … Continue reading