Monthly Archives: January 2012

Economic Incentives

It seems to me… “America does not have a money problem — it has a priorities problem…  We give tax cuts to the wealthy and budget cuts to the poor.”  ~ Todd Huffman. There isn’t any historical substantiation that tax … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Medicare, Social Security, Starve The Beast, Tax Breaks, Tax Cuts, World Bank | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Math Is Hard…

This originally was written in response to comments made to a Facebook posting by my granddaughter that “Math is hard”.  As one of my degrees is in mathematics, I obviously do not share that opinion. It seems to me… “The … Continue reading

Posted in Algebra, Calculus, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Education, Friedrich Gauss, Galileo Galilei, Khan Academy, Mathematics, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Science, Sir Isaac Newton, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Economic Stagnation

It seems to me… “The unique danger today is the possibility that we may face longer-term stagnation as a consequence of relying too heavily on borrowed money.”  ~ Mortimer Zuckerman. A theory frequently stated by U.S. Republican Presidential candidates is … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomberg News, Conservatives, Deficit, Economics, Economy, Education, Growth, Infrastructure, Investment, Kauffman Foundation, Michael Spence, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Recovery, World Bank, World Economic Forum | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Road To Poverty

It seems to me… “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.  In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”  ~ Confucius. Fortunately, the majority of Americans do not personally know what … Continue reading

Posted in Class Warfare, Conservatives, Economy, Middle Class, Poor, Poverty, Republican, Wealthy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Improving Medical Care

It seems to me… “Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence.”  ~ James Bryce, 1914. Few patients realize and even fewer doctors acknowledge that a scientific basis for many medical treatments … Continue reading

Posted in Contagious, Disease, Health, Healthcare, Insurance, Medical, Medicine, Pandemic, Pathogen, Science | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Climate Change Preparation

It seems to me… “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”  ~ Margaret Mead. As of summer’s end, 2011 was the driest year in 117 years of record keeping for New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Change, Climate, Environment, Global Warming, Model, Severe, Weather | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project

It seems to me… “Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”  ~ George Orwell. I’ve been trying to figure out the connection between the … Continue reading

Posted in Alberta, Bitumen, Canada, Dilbit, Energy, Environment, Gulf Coast, Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011, Nebraska Sandhills, Ogallala Aquifer, Oil, Petroleum, Strip Mine, Tar-Sands, Texas | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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What I Believe

It seems to me… “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  ~ The Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll). A friend asked me if I wrote fiction or nonfiction.  When I told him … Continue reading

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