The Olympics
Jul27

The Olympics

Few if any cities or countries have been better off after they hosted the Olympic Games.  The people of Boston have figured that out and told the Olympic Committee no thanks. The city of Boston is ending its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, conceding to residents who’ve vocally protested the idea for months. Poll numbers have shown that a majority of people in the region were opposed to hosting the Games, which have become...

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The Past Through Pictures XVI
Jul26

The Past Through Pictures XVI

A couple of simple still lifes on this Sunday. And a strawberry. The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path Through Pictures VIII The Past Through Pictures IX The Past Through Pictures X The Past Through Pictures XI The Past Through Pictures XII The Past Through Pictures XIII The Past Through...

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Shale Oil Fracking Boom and Bust
Jul25

Shale Oil Fracking Boom and Bust

To get the WTI oil price, please enable Javascript. Oil closed at slightly above $48 a barrel on Friday.  Now fracking shale oil has been unprofitable for several months but the decline in the price came as a bit of a surprise as this time of year stocks of crude oil should be declining but instead they continue to rise. Oil prices, which began dropping in mid-June when New York futures were trading around $61 a barrel and London was...

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The Past Through Pictures XV
Jul24

The Past Through Pictures XV

I did go through a still life period.  It didn’t last long but it was rewarding.  I tilted this one “Gothic pears. And how about some warm apples? The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path Through Pictures VIII The Past Through Pictures IX The Past Through Pictures X The Past Through...

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A Return To An Economy Of Artisans And Farmers?
Jul24

A Return To An Economy Of Artisans And Farmers?

There is a very long but very worthwhile read in the Atlantic, A World Without Work.  Although outsourcing is given much of the blame for the decline of manufacturing jobs in the United States it”s probably industrial robots that are more responsible.  In some cases the are simply more efficient and in other cases, like the circuit boards in the device you are reading this post on, would be impossible for human workers to...

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Death Panels, End of Life Treatment and the Quality of Life
Jul23

Death Panels, End of Life Treatment and the Quality of Life

From a really personal point of view this article jumped right out at me. A new study finds that, at least in cancer, there’s a very real medical reason to consider giving less treatment at the end of life: chemotherapy doesn’t improve dying patients’ quality of life. In fact, for those terminal cancer patients who were doing the best at the beginning of the study and were least disabled by their cancer, receiving...

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Mitt Romney – Know Nothing
Jul23

Mitt Romney – Know Nothing

Over at The American Conservative Daniel Larison reminds us how lucky we are that Mitt Romney lost in 2012.  In an editorial in The Wall Street Journal he once again demonstrates that he has no knowledge of foreign policy and in addition listens to all the wrong people to make up for this deficit.  He makes it sound like Iran and it’s government are a bunch of suicide bombers who will use the bomb once they get it.  I suspect he...

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The Past Through Pictures XIV
Jul22

The Past Through Pictures XIV

Baltch Creek Canyon is narrow and deep.  As a result it gets very little direct sunlight so it is a great place for mushrooms. The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path Through Pictures VIII The Past Through Pictures IX The Past Through Pictures X The Past Through Pictures XI The Past Through...

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The Real Hell On Earth
Jul21

The Real Hell On Earth

After more than four weeks of very hot temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest the wind has shifted and we are getting some much cooler air off the Pacific ocean.  Even that air is not as cool as it used to be as the Pacific ocean is not as cool as it used to be.  In a post a few days ago, Hell on Earth, I talked about nuclear weapons but suggested that uranium and plutonium were not the greatest threat to existence but it was...

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The Past Through Pictures XIII
Jul20

The Past Through Pictures XIII

We will remain in Balch Creek canyon today.  Balch creek is what as known as an antecedent stream meaning it was there before the Portland West Hills began to rise  and was able to erode almost as fast as they rose  The result is a steep walled magnificent canyon.  The forests of the western Pacific Northwest are magical places and Balch Creek canyon is no exception.  In the summer: And in the fall: The list of links to past posts is...

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The Past Through Pictures XII
Jul18

The Past Through Pictures XII

We will return to Balch Creek Canyon today but this time in color,  The images below are both from scanned two and a quarter transparencies. The image below was enhanced using Photoshop. The background was given a warmer tone. Little Photoshop here: The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path...

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Hell on Earth
Jul18

Hell on Earth

At 69 I like most of the people alive I  have lived with the threat of nuclear weapons  all of my life.  Less than 10 months before I was born the first nuclear weapon was detonated in New Mexico.  It was code named Trinity. The light of a nuclear explosion is unlike anything else on Earth. This is because the heat of a nuclear explosion is unlike anything else on Earth. Seventy years ago today, when the first atomic weapon was...

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The Euro
Jul17

The Euro

The Euro was never an economic instrument but a political one.  It never made any sense economically, a point made by economists on both side of the aisle at the time.  The British wisely made the decision to not join it.  The IMF basically said the Euro as it is configured is not working.  Matt O’Brien says that The euro is a disaster even for the countries that do everything right. The euro might be worse for you than...

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The Past Through Pictures XI
Jul17

The Past Through Pictures XI

Today we will return to some black and white photos from Balch Creek Canyon.  It is a magical place in spite of the fact it was named after a man who murdered his wife and was hung. And another: The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path Through Pictures VIII The Past Through Pictures IX The Past...

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The Past Through Pictures X
Jul15

The Past Through Pictures X

There are times that you plan your photos but sometimes it’s just a mater of being at the right place at the right time with the right lens on your camera. And another: The list of links to past posts is getting a bit long so I will put up a link to the last post in the European series  and you can find other links at the bottom of that post. The Path Through Pictures VIII The Past Through Pictures...

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The Past Through Pictures IX
Jul13

The Past Through Pictures IX

In November of 1971 I left my job with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Munich and returned to my home in Oregon.  I bought a new large format camera and built a darkroom in my basement.  I grew up about a block from the entrance of Balch Creek canyon, a city park,  (oddly named for a man who murdered his wife and was hanged).  It was and still is a magical place and and when I was growing  up me and my friends would spend hours...

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The Past Through Pictures VIII
Jul12

The Past Through Pictures VIII

This is probably the last post from Europe in our photo adventure but I can’t leave without some pictures from Munich’s famous Oktoberfest. The Bavarian people knew how to have a good time.  Here in the United States we have mini Oktoberfests but nothing like the real thing.  There were usually 7 beer tents put up by the 7 Munich breweries that held over 2,000 people each and they were full by 10 in the morning.  In...

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The Past Through Pictures VII
Jul11

The Past Through Pictures VII

This will be one of the last of this series from Europe.  We will soon be travelling back to the United States and a short side trip to Japan.  This is a picture from one of the older sections of Munich in the winter. A snow Fence south of Munich.   Change Is Hard – II The Past Through Pictures  The Past Through Pictures II The Past Through Pictures III The Past Through Pictures IV The Past Through Pictures V The Past Through...

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A Conservative Criticizes Her Fellow Conservatives On Defense Spending
Jul10

A Conservative Criticizes Her Fellow Conservatives On Defense Spending

Conservative A.J. Delgado  is critical of her fellow conservatives on defense spending. Conservatives are fiscally responsible. We believe in smaller government, cutting government spending and reducing the national debt. So why do we support reckless, bloated, wasteful government spending on so-called “defense” — and even fight to increase it? She then provides them with some hard numbers. In the 2015 fiscal year, our defense...

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Jeb Bush and the Republican Clown Car
Jul10

Jeb Bush and the Republican Clown Car

I have said for some time that neither of the candidates from Florida, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are the sharpest knives in the kitchen.  Josh Marshall over at TPM takes on Jeb Bush. We’ve Met the Doofus. And He is Jeb. It goes without saying that it’s probably not good politics to say your plan to move the country forward is that everyone needs to work longer hours. It approaches 47% level toxicity. Even more damning is...

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