Monthly Archives: September 2013

The easiest idea in the English language

No. There is nothing more powerful and the way it is dominating this country is really unfortunate.  Its handmaidens are pessimism and despair. In fact, I can just about divide the world into the ‘yes’ and the ‘no’ people, but I don’t want to do that, as division fosters alienation, which is the last thing […]

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Mourning dove

Are you confused about Syria? I know I am. Should we step in and show the world that we will not allow Assad to violate longstanding international norms against using chemical weapons, especially against children?  Or, stay out of a no-win civil war where one side is the ruthless Assad and the other may be […]

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Being encryptic

I saw the article below in the NYT Thursday.  It talks about the NSA having backdoors into all our online media and having broken into or received permission to penetrate virtually every major databank that holds all our information, including banking and medical data. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 And, as I was closing out this topic, look what […]

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Out of energy

Our ‘wonderful’ local electric utility company has a new plan to save us money.  They pick one four-hour period per month and make that a ‘power off’ time.  To join the program and get savings (the estimate doesn’t sound like much), you agree to turn off every electrical appliance that you can for that four […]

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NYC litmus test

The New York City mayoral race continues to deliver interesting insights on a number of levels.  Not only has it provided prime circus-like entertainment through the unfortunate campaign antics of Anthony Weiner, but there has just been a surprising turning of the tide toward Bill deBlasio.  I have contended all along that this is an […]

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