Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crime and Punishment

It seems to me… “Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.”  ~ H. G. Wells. The percentage of a country’s population in prison probably is … Continue reading

Posted in American Rifle Association, Assault, Brady, Bullet, Crime, Deterrence, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Felon, Fingerprint, Firearm, Handgun, Incapacitation, Incarceration, Law, Legal, Mistretta, NRA, Prison, Punishment, Recidivism, Rehabilitation, Retribution, Rifle, Shotgun, System, Vengeance, Weapon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Employment And Education

It seems to me… “If you’re not adapting to the very rapidly changing environment, if you can’t think creatively, you lose big in this society because there are very few jobs for you left..”   ~ Robert Sternberg. Jobs in the “tradable … Continue reading

Posted in Berkeley, California, Competition, Development, Economy, Employment, Governor, Innovation, Postindustrial, Proposition 13, Reagan, Research, Ronald, Science, Silicon Valley, Society, Stanford, Technology, University | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Half-truths, Misrepresentations, and Lies

It seems to me… “Corruption is worse than prostitution.  The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.”  ~ Karl Kraus. While most candidates for public office initially believe in … Continue reading

Posted in Aerospace, Congress, Conservatives, Corruption, Distortions, Glenn Beck, Half-Truths, Henry Kissinger, Hitler, Lies, Mein Kampf, Military, Misrepresentations, News Corporation, Representatives, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Untruths | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Military Weakness

It seems to me… “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.  When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Battlefield, Conservatives, Defense, Iraq, Libya, Military, Moammar Kaddafi, Mujahidin, NATO | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Predicting Technological Development

It seems to me… “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”  ~ Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962). Pundit’s predictions that supposedly forecast what will occur in the near future (rather than what might only be possible) are quite popular … Continue reading

Posted in Bluetooth, Ethernet, LAN, Local Area Network, Predictions, Robert Metcalfe, Technology, Universal Serial Bus, USB, Xerox PARC | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dump The Elephant

It seems to me… “I am not a member of any organized political party.  I am a Democrat.”  ~ Will Rogers. In the 1930s, it was the Democratic Party that was splintered into many factions.  Now, the Republican Party resembles … Continue reading

Posted in Darth Vader, Elephant, Jack Welsh, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Obama, President, Republican, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Science, Tea Party | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

My Computer Understands Me…

It seems to me… “I’m not dumb.  I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”  ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes. Quite a few years ago, with a freshly-minted bachelor’s degree (Math/Physics), I accepted a position at Boeing in … Continue reading

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