La Tee Da, Your Majesty

Several pundits have proposed we have entered a “post-truth” phase in society. I don’t agree – “post-truth” implies that we have moved past the truth on to something else. We haven’t. We won’t. We can’t. We can ignore truth – but like matter, truth cannot be destroyed. As a society if we cannot debate based…

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Thoughts on the Grammys and Capitalism

As I thought about Robert Conquest’s quote last night, a kernel of a thought was forming…Conquest said: “Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.” My subconscious chewed on that and the 3 minutes of the Grammys I saw overnight and regurgitated this early this morning. In my opinion, if there is one industry that…

Prophylactic Measures

Buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes even though earthquakes severe enough to do damage property and threaten life are statistically rare. Levees and dams (other than those in California apparently) are designed to withstand 100 year storms even though 100 year storms are statistically rare. Bridges are designed with at least a two times safety…

Big Differences

There is no doubt that there was/is paranoia on both the right and the left. I was bitterly disappointed when Bill Clinton defeated H.W. Bush. I admit to a great feeling of loss and concern when Barack Obama was elected. I felt bitter that we had elected someone I considered ill-suited for the job due…