Just a thought

I Don’t Know Nothin’

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This morning while watching Meet the Press I heard a GOP talking head say in response to a question on bank regulation that –paraphrasing here—he wasn’t an expert on banking, but he was against regulations because he was sure they wouldn’t work. It occurred to me that this could be the new motto for the Republican Party. An answer to suit all questions: “I don’t know nothin’ about it, but I’m again’ it.”

Grinning and running away :)

Published: May 13, 2012

Chimera

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Everything has an explanation; but the explanation may need explaining.

–dream thought 10/01/11

Published: October 1, 2011

Do the TP’ers Want to Kill Granny?

Skeptical Granny

I have often joked with my daughter that the government has been trying to kill off my generation since the day it was born. They sprayed our neighborhoods with DDT, injected our food and cosmetics with red dye #3, insulated our schools with asbestos, filled the TV and movie screens with shows and films that glorified war and then sent us to war…the list goes on.

Now, here come the Tea Partiers, henceforth to be known as TP’ers (double entendre very much intended), wanting to “reform” Medicare. Excuse me, but weren’t these the people against the Health Care Bill because it would “kill granny”?

I suppose the TP’ers could and probably will make the argument that they are just giving granny the right to kill herself. If she isn’t able to afford food, shelter and health care it is just a matter of her mismanagement. “Sure we understand that she isn’t quite as sharp as she use to be,” they will say. “She should have known that she wouldn’t be and taken precautions when she was younger. It is not our fault.”

The beauty of this plan is granny is dead either way. If she chooses food over medicine, she dies. If she chooses medicine over food, she dies. The TP’ers inner Scrooge says, “Let granny die and decrease the surplus population.” That solves the problem nicely.

What the TP’ers haven’t recognized is that granny’s solution will be to come and live with them to make ends meet. But with granny’s luck they will just step over her on the doorstep until she expires, then they will call trash collection to pick her up…oops, can’t do that, trash collection is a government service. Sorry guys, guess you will have to haul the corpse away yourselves.

Published: July 31, 2011

Ophiuchus

Symbols for Ophiuchus

I am interested by astrology; I check my horoscope every day. I feel that astrology, like most studies, is an outgrowth of people trying to understand and explain the world. In many ways the study of astrology is the study of how different personality types (represented by the signs) interact—basic psychology.

I do not think the stars can tell my future, nor would I care if they did. Free will would still trump anything they had to say. That being said…let’s have some fun.

Last night, I went to bed a half-human Sagittarian, represented by the centaur, and woke up a half-god Ophiuchuian, represented by Asclepius. I suppose that is a step up on the evolutionary chain.

All the hoopla is because the sun actually spends 8 days in the constellation Scorpio, then moves into the constellation Ophiuchus for 19 days before entering Sagittarius for 34 days. That means there’s a lot more Sagittarians in the world and a lot fewer Scorpios. And with a birth date of December 14, I’m one of the new Ophiuchuians.

Symbols for OphiuchusRevised Astrological Calendar:

Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20
Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18

There are currently two symbols associated with Ophiuchus. One is the Rod of Asclepius consisting of a serpent entwined on a staff. And the second was made popular by Walter Berg’s book 13-Sign Astrology.

Asclepius’ Story:

Asclepius was the son of Apollo (Greek god) and Coronis (lovely human)—did any of the gods every fall for a homely human? While Apollo was away, Coronis, pregnant with Asclepius, met and fell in love with Ischys (human)—guess Greek gods aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

A white crow, the blabbermouth, left by Apollo to watch Coronis told all. Apollo glared at the messenger so hard that its feathers turned black, forever making all crows black. Moral: One should only bring good news to the gods.

Published: January 15, 2011

KISS

A string of kisses

KISS

To keep life simple and embrace reality: Always a challenge.

A string of kisses

It has always been a challenge trying to keep things simple.  It is not a conundrum of modern times.  Things have a habit of becoming way too complicated, way too fast. It is all too easy to get caught up in details.  After all, that’s where the devil is.

Society today is driven by details.  Computers are partially responsible for this.  Computers are nothing–if they aren’t about details.  All those zeros and ones must be in the exact right place if you expect the machine to do anything.

When I got my first computer, a Commodore 64, and began to enter my first programs, I realized that I was beginning to think more like the computer than the computer was thinking like me.  Back then, there was a lot of hype about artificial intelligence … I’m still waiting.

With computers, things are always black or white, on or off, zero or one.  There can be no inbetween.  It is possible to make computers talk about gray but it takes a helluva lot of programming. For computers, it must always be either/or.

Computers were supposed to make our lives simple.  Give us the oodles of leisure time.  Free us to do the critical thinking that only humans can do.  Somehow this concept has been lost over the years.

I love computers.  I love the things they add to my life.  I love the easy access to information the Internet provides.

However, I do not love waiting in long checkout lines because the company chooses to use their computer system to check up on their employees instead of ensuring a speedy checkout for its customers.  Not to mention the numerous robot phone calls that never come at a convenient time.

“Keeping it simple is harder than it sounds. Things have a habit of becoming way too complicated way too fast.  Still, we need to take a breath—embrace the forest not just the tree.

Published: January 3, 2011