Americans Are Still In Debt
Jul30

Americans Are Still In Debt

Even years after the great recession 35 percent of Americans are still deep in debt.http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=171867717 According to a new report by the Urban Institute, more than 35 percent of Americans owe non-mortgage debt that’s been turned over to a collection agency—including anything from credit card balances to student loans to medical bills and parking tickets. If that sounds especially...

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A Dangerous Game
Jul28

A Dangerous Game

Josh Marshall thinks that Netanyahu and Israel are playing a very dangerous game. US officials are “fuming” in the AP’s words at the barrage of Israeli criticism of Secretary of States John Kerry. But as Chemi Shalev notes in Haaretz, there’s a deeper backstory. Nothing gets the Obama administration’s ire up like the perception (very often grounded in reality) that Netanyahu and his government ministers...

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Life Changing Events III
Jul28

Life Changing Events III

You don’t have to leave the country to have a life changing event.  When I was growing up we never went camping and the same applied to my X wife who was from New York City.  In spite of this we took up camping shortly after we were married.  It was a bit clumsy at first but we eventually got pretty good at it.  There is nothing like a week in the mountains living in a tent without electricity or a phone to clear your mind and...

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The New Urbs
Jul28

The New Urbs

Although I am a left of center progressive I read The American Conservative and most of the time find myself agreeing with the articles there.  They have a refreshing new blog there, New Urbs.  They discuss how to turn urban America back to the people friendly communities of the past and manages to really criticize the suburbs at the same time. Welcome Welcome to New Urbs. Over the course of the next year, The American...

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Digital Photography
Jul27

Digital Photography

As you may have noticed I have grown tired of politics and current events and have been doing posts of a more personal and philosophical nature.  I may be 68 but I tend to embrace new technology but one exception may be digital photography and the death of film.  I have been a photographer for nearly 50 years.  One of my early mentors was the late great Ansel Adams.  In addition to his great composition skills he was also a great...

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Life Changing Events II
Jul27

Life Changing Events II

Yesterday I did a post on my life changing event of living in Munich, Germany for several years.   Life changing events are ones that force you to reevaluate how you look at the world.  Living abroad for an extended period of time, especially for someone like me who grew up in the backwoods of Oregon is certainly a life changing experience.  In the late 80s I worked for the Japanese Company NEC and as a result I spent weeks and...

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Life Changing Events
Jul26

Life Changing Events

We all have events and situations that change our lives forever.  For this kid from the backwaters of the Pacific Northwest it was the 4 years I lived in Munich, Germany in my early 20s.  I don’t think I really appreciated western civilzation before my time in Munich.  It truly changed the way I looked at everything.  My friends noticed when I returned to the US and said I was not the same person they had known.  Old here in the...

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Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon
Jul25

Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon

While it’s always rewarding when a post generates a conversation as my post yesterday did there come a time when I really do prefer to enjoy to appreciate the wonders of nature.  As I noted earlier Balch Creek Canyon is where I grew up and returned after I was grown with my cameras,  You may like these images but to  me they are indeed precious memories.  We had no computers or video games when I was growing up – we had to...

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The Cost Of Global Warming
Jul25

The Cost Of Global Warming

Here in Oregon and Washington a week ago last Sunday we had several high base thunderstorms move through.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term “high base” thunderstorm they produce plenty of lightning but little or no rain.   The result was a number of wild fires in both states burning thousands of acres and many structures.  The cost of wild fires has been steadily increasing. The cost of America’s...

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Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture
Jul24

Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture

I don’t seem to getting much response from my political or science posts so how about another picture.  I explained the history and my relationship with Balch Creek Canyon here in case you missed...

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Moving Left
Jul24

Moving Left

It use to be common knowledge that as you got older you became more conservative.  At 68 I am at the leading edge of the baby boomers.  I became politically active during the Vietnam war- I was an Eisenhower/Rockefeller Republican back then.  During the Nixon years I changed my registration to Independent.  Although I didn’t like Jimmy Carter I didn’t vote for  Ronald Reagan.  His supply side economics has proved to be a...

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Near Miss
Jul24

Near Miss

In July of 2012 the earth had a near miss, a huge coronal mass injection barely missed the earth.  Such an event did hit the earth in 1859. Before July 2012, when researchers talked about extreme solar storms their touchstone was the iconic Carrington Event of Sept. 1859, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington who actually saw the instigating flare with his own eyes. In the days that followed his observation, a series of...

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Working Less
Jul23

Working Less

People can be critical of France and Germany’s   reduced work weeks and lower retirement ages but they really don’t know why they did it.  They did it to reduce unemployment – when people work fewer hours and retire earlier more people are working.  We have reached a point where there are more people who need jobs than there are available jobs.  Some of this is because of outsourcing but also because of automation...

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Another Picture
Jul22

Another Picture

It would seem that people are burnt out when it comes to politics and foreign affairs.  My last few posts here that had little to do with politics got a far greater response than those that did.  I have made no secret that I consider the years I lived in Munich, Germany some of the best years of my life.  Yes, Bavarian food, except for the sausage and sauerkraut was for the most part terrible.  But Munich had some of the finest...

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Quote of the Day
Jul22

Quote of the Day

Here is the quote of the day from ~Kung Fu Monkey: There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. I have read and reread Lord of the...

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Where People Live
Jul21

Where People Live

This is interesting, half of all Americans live in 146 of 3,000 counties in the US. Using Census data, we’ve figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. This may explain much of the political polarization in the US...

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Hospitals And Medicaid Expansion
Jul21

Hospitals And Medicaid Expansion

It’s no secret that Texas hospitals were lobbying Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature to expand Medicad coverage under the ACA – they didn’t.  It’s also no secret that hospitals are closing in states that didn’t expand Medicaid coverage.  Forbes has a rundown: Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare’s Medicaid Deal While record numbers of Americans sign up for the...

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Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon
Jul21

Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon

I have already posted a couple of pictures from Balch Creek Canyon in NW Portland here and here.  What I haven’t told you is that I grew up a block away from that canyon.  In the summer my friends and I would pack a lunch after breakfast and take off into the canyon on exciting and almost mythical adventures.  Yes, there were dangers but dangers was what made it an adventure.  There was an occasional black bear or even a cougar...

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James Garner: Comedic Macho Man
Jul20

James Garner: Comedic Macho Man

James Garner has died at 86.  He was a rare hybrid – a comedic macho/tough guy. Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reported on Sunday. Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured...

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Some Summer Beauty
Jul20

Some Summer Beauty

There are indeed some beautiful things in summer.  One of them is the swallowtail butterfly.

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