Happy 4th of July
Jul03

Happy 4th of July

OK, yes it is the same picture I use every year but I really don’t have a better one.  It represents the soul of this aging hippie.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this country.  I just don’t always like what it...

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No the Greeks did not invent Mathematics
Jul03

No the Greeks did not invent Mathematics

Over at the normally largely fictional National Review Kevin D, Williamson brings us some new fiction. The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them.  As much as we not like to admit it our modern mathematics comes from the Muslims of he Ottoman Empire.  They brought a number system from India that included the the concept of zero.  And then there is algebra and algorithm. The Greeks may have planted the seed but it...

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The Past Through Pictures II
Jul03

The Past Through Pictures II

The time I spent in Southern Bavaria was an eye opener for this naive kid  from Western Oregon.  While the Western Oregon has an ancient history it’s ties to Western Civilization are very recent.  The thing that struck me while I lived in Europe was how old things were.  Today we will travel south of Munich.  There were times that Southern Bavaria reminded me  Western Oregon: At other times not so much. The 3 years I spent in...

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The Past Through Photos
Jul02

The Past Through Photos

I spent most of my working life as an engineer.  I still hold nearly 30 patents that are now worthless because technology has left them in the dust bin of history.  But I still have all of the slides and negatives I took over 50 years.  A nice thing about images is that they never become obsolete.  I first became interested in photography when I lived and worked in Munich, Germany.  These are not artistic masterpieces but they are...

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Change is Hard – II
Jul01

Change is Hard – II

A couple of days ago I had a post on how Change is Hard. I must admit I’m not immune. I have been a photographer for nearly 50 years the first forty of which involved silver based film and paper (did you know there was a time when most of the world’s silver was used in photographic film and paper).  The change from silver to digital didn’t come easy for me.  I still miss the smell of fixer (sodium thiosulfate) which...

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Grudge Match – Evangelical Protestants VS Catholics
Jun30

Grudge Match – Evangelical Protestants VS Catholics

Is the always shaky alliance between the Evangelical Protestants and the Catholics about to break down?  Over at Salon Digby sees signs of it. Ted Cruz went on the “Today” show yesterday and laid out his belief that the real victims of discrimination in this country are evangelical protestants, because the Supreme Court is unrepresentative of “flyover country” and the people who live there. The justices are a bunch of east coast...

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One Man and One Woman?
Jun28

One Man and One Woman?

The Republicans are constantly saying that it is God’s will that marriage be between one man and one woman.  How do they know this?  Juan Cole gives these Republicans a lesson in Bible History.  That marriage should be between one man and one woman is never mentioned in the Bible and in fact polygamy was the norm in the old testament and common among early Christians. But wackiest of all is the idea that the Bible sees marriage...

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Change Is Hard
Jun28

Change Is Hard

To quote myself: Humans evolve, their societies evolve and their language evolves.  Institutions must evolve with them or die.  Is this where the Republican Party is at today? In a fast-changing culture, can the GOP get in step with modern America? Across the cultural landscape, the national consensus is evolving rapidly, epitomized by this year’s convulsions of celebrity, social issues and politics — including the acceptance of...

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My Man Godfrey
Jun28

My Man Godfrey

I watched one of my favorite movies of all time, My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carol Lombard.  It was made in 1936 during the great depression.  It takes place in Boston where the old Boston families still have enough money to carry on there frivolous lives.  A “forgotten” man who lives at at the dump in a packing crate enters the life of the wealthy Bullock family.  But this forgotten man is not what he seems, he...

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Thought Of The Day
Jun27

Thought Of The Day

What is Judicial Activism?  A decision you don’t agree with!  It’s been a Republican thing this week but just wait until next time.  It is a case where both sides do it although there have been times when both sides agree. Mike Huckabee:  “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.” Texas Attorney...

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The Trouble With Fiat Currency
Jun25

The Trouble With Fiat Currency

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” ~ J. Wellington Wimpy The problem with fiat currency is it has no intrinsic value.  We have a world economy based of fiat currency and it’s catching up with us.  James Howard Kunstler explains that the catch up is being played out in Europe now but the rest of the world will not be far behind. Nobody knows what will happen next in the struggle to wring some...

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Esprit De Corp
Jun22

Esprit De Corp

After talking to a dear friend I served in the military with I started thinking – always a dangerous thing in my case.  Yes, I’m going to get a bit philosophical on you and apologize in advance.  There are times I feel sorry for those who never served in the military because there is nothing like the bonds that develop between individuals that serve together.  My late father remained in contact with and close to many of...

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Father’s Day Musings
Jun21

Father’s Day Musings

It’s been over 12 years since my father died but I still think of him everyday.  He was part of the “great generation” who fought the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific.  He was awarded the Bronze Star India.  He didn’t die rich but did die honest and left the world a better place.  He hated my long hair and beard but was very proud that I held over 30 patents.  We didn’t agree on anything...

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Fate
Jun20

Fate

Not much to say today but I will give you a quote from one of the best novels I’ve ever read, Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts. It is a novel about fate and this quote kind of sums it all up. I heard a warning deep within – we usually do, when something worse than we can imagine is stalking us, and set to pounce. Fate’s way of beating us in a fair fight is to give us warnings that we hear, but never heed. There are...

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Some Random Thoughts On Donald Trump
Jun17

Some Random Thoughts On Donald Trump

So Donald Trump is really running for president.  Well not really – it’s more like a feeding frenzy to feed his over inflated ego.  So what does it all mean?  For Ted Cruz it is bad news, an even more talented, more outrageous and more charismatic bomb thrower is in the race.  For the Republican party it’s such bad news I wonder if the Hillary Clinton campaign didn’t have something to do with it.  What Donald...

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Republican Exploding Heads
Jun15

Republican Exploding Heads

Pope Francis to deliver explosive Encyclical on climate change, poverty Republican and Roman Catholic Rick Santorum  has already made it clear that he thinks Pope Francis should leave science to scientists.  Of  course there is one small problem with this view because the Pope has a masters degree in chemistry. From The New York Times: Jim Yardley, New York Times …On Thursday, Francis will release his first major teaching...

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12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars
Jun12

12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars

Although I qualify as a liberal/progressive I have found The American Conservative magazine a source of wisdom over the years.  This article is no exception:12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars.  Go to the linked article for the 12 reasons  but the bottom line is there is no money to be made by winning and lots of money to be made by continuous war.  The late great Dwight David Eisenhower tried to warn us about The Militarily...

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The Bakken Shale Red Queen
Jun10

The Bakken Shale Red Queen

The reference in the title to The Red Queen from “Alice in Wonderland” by the English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (perhaps better known from his pseudonym Lewis Carrol) who was an author, mathematician and logician, is deliberate to create associations with The Red Queen’s statement;“It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place“. This is certainly turning out to be applicable to the “tight...

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Some musings on growth and fossil fuels
Jun07

Some musings on growth and fossil fuels

Dr Ron Chusid has an informative post on global warning/climate change.  Fossil fuel use is indeed a problem but while it’s easy to blame the deniers we are all in a sense guilty.  We should start by looking at what fossil fuels are.  They are really highly concentrated forms of solar energy – yes you heard that right.  They were created 300 to 400 million years ago when the planet was very warm and CO2 levels were very...

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Earth Quake Swarm
Jun01

Earth Quake Swarm

There have been a swarm of earth quakes on the subduction zone zone off the Oregon coast the last 24 hours. Five quakes 6.0 to 4.3 off Oregon Coast since Sunday NEWPORT, Ore. – Strong earthquakes rumbled off the Oregon coast overnight Sunday and into Monday, but they appeared too distant to cause any problems. The most recent one to hit was a magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 1:12 p.m. Monday off the Oregon Coast, according to The...

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