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 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: September 2013
There but for the grace of God . . .
As readers of this blog with an interest in economics will know, the Republican-controlled House recently passed a bill slashing funds for the food-stamp program by $40 billion over the next ten years. The reasons given by conservatives included “costs … Continue reading
Posted in Economics Tagged Charles Dickens, food, Great Recession, NPR, poverty, SNAP, Studs Terkel, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, United States, working, working poor 10 Comments
What The Future Looks Like
The future is getting closer all the time, and it looks like . . . machines. And something else, which I will get to later on here. The development of machines to expand productivity is of course an old story. … Continue reading
Posted in Economics Tagged Asia, automation, Bangladesh, Business, Future, Isaac Asimov, Labor, minimum wage, NPR, productivity, robotics, unionization, unions, United States 9 Comments
War – It’s Not What It Used To Be
It was one of those internet features, written for The Fiscal Times to tweak curiosity and lure me to distracting ads. But this one was relevant, I thought, to the Syrian Red Line crisis. The title was, “12 Weapons That … Continue reading
Posted in War Tagged Assad, Cold War, Congress, cruise missiles, deterrence, Nazi Germany, Obama, Syria, Tomahawk 23 Comments