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Feb. 24, 2017 2:41 pm
It is spring now in north central Florida; the nights will drop below 50 degrees only once or twice more before mid-March. My roses are blooming. Enjoy!  Read More
Feb. 24, 2017 2:23 pm
Was able to see Fox News Sunday this morning from 2/19/2017 (recorded; this is 2/24/2017). Chris Wallace interviewed Reince Priebus followed by Rush Limbaugh. As Wallace introduced Priebus - out-of-the-box - he (Wallace) wanted Priebus take on President Trump's assertion, viz: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2017 9:27 am
I’ve been writing poetry for more than 50 years, over 600 pages accumulated now (a rough count, from recent book-keeping, following retirement), not including my juvenilia. I’ve been posting poems to bestthinking.com since 2011, and I feel very fortunate to have reached an audience through this website. Mine is American poetry down a line from Whitman to Stevens, Frost, Jarrell, and Penn Warren,...  Read More
Feb. 22, 2017 1:56 am
Our so-called president has spoken admiringly of the Russian dictator, Vladimir V. Putin, since well back in the campaign. After being elected, he famously equated America with Russia in moral terms during an interview with Bill O’Reilly. Our intelligence agencies have said that Putin was behind hacking attacks that helped Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Now we’re beginning to get hints...  Read More
Feb. 21, 2017 3:50 pm
Doing It Wrong Sometimes being right is disappointing. I just read an article from the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman that concluded the same thing as I did in a blog post a few weeks back titled We Are Doing It Wrong. The article talked about a study they did on almost 2000 participants in formal high potential programs. Usually...  Read More
Feb. 21, 2017 12:21 pm
Exercise was never a priority for me. So I did what people do, exercising only when I felt like it. Most days, of course, I didn’t feel like it. But then my wife suggested something that changed my priorities. “There are several people in the office that will be running the Gasparilla 5K this year. I’m thinking of doing it. What do you think? “I thought you couldn’t run with asthma.” “That...  Read More
Feb. 21, 2017 2:20 am
Horace Mann (1796-1859) was a strong advocate for public education. When he was appointed secretary of the Massachusetts board of education in 1837, he saw battling ignorance as a matter of public interest, and thought it should be done with publicly supported schools. He believed that those institutions should be non-sectarian, professionally taught, and should embrace children from a wide...  Read More
Feb. 20, 2017 2:25 am
Our so-called president slings lies, yet calls the press “dishonest.” His White House, after his first month, is in utter chaos. In need of bucking up, President Trump held a bizarre, impromptu press conference on Friday in which he lashed out at the media. This sort of exercise is like venting for Trump. That was followed by a campaign-like rally in Melbourne, Fla. Campaign mode is a feel-good...  Read More
Feb. 19, 2017 12:50 pm
When something is removed from its historical context, it appears as an oddity, if it is even noticed, for some anachronisms are subtle. Most often any anachronism which one may encounter today has been made palpably obvious; its likely appearance is utilized in a movie; it may be done to obtain a laugh, or to present a mystery which is to revealed or unfolded through the vehicle of the film... ...  Read More
Feb. 19, 2017 4:10 am
I was wandering about the laboratory on Friday. I stopped, looked around the lab and thought 'You know what? This is a pretty international crew!" At the benches about me were a Japanese scientist, two Chinese, two Spanish, two Italians, two Greeks, a Pakistani, one Irish, an American, and three Brits. The banter between us was in English. And it was funny. And, in truth, its always been like...  Read More
Feb. 18, 2017 12:38 am
Phil Hands titled a caricature: "Accepting Refugees is the Christian thing to do." There are 2 text balloons. The first - uttered by a person hugging a Bible - asserts: "Letting in Muslim Refugees could threaten the values of our Nation." And the second - spoken by Jesus-Christ hugging a little boy, and little girl - proclaims" "If you won't help those in need, what good are your Christian...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2017 2:37 pm
Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Jeff Merkley (Democrat Senator from Oregon) and other Democrats are asking for a Special Prosecutor to look into General Michael Flynn's conversations and actions vis-à-vis the Russian Government... Republican should respond with the Elijah Cummings rule, viz: "If Elijah Cummings wouldn't think the allegations are worth spending any time and...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2017 12:05 pm
Pelagians hold that Original-Sin touched Adam and Eve, but did not, and does not infect the human race; thus one may: "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5: 48) without the need of God' redeeming grace i.e., without the Holy Spirit’s assistance (Note this is a simplification of Pelagius's views and the heresy, which is quite subtle...). Pelagianism was condemned...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2017 3:24 am
On February 15th 2015 Richard Dawkins had a black swan event on Twitter and Best Thinking: HERE  Read More
Feb. 16, 2017 4:28 pm
It is essential for a Presidential Administration to be to be able to trust those with whom they must interact to tend to the business executing the responsibilities of the Executive branch of Government of the United States. Clearly, if the members of the Executive branch are being spied upon by the security agencies of the United States Government (in violation of these citizens 4th Amendment...  Read More
Feb. 16, 2017 12:37 pm
Marketers increasingly recognize how essential habit and seamlessness are. "How to Win and Keep Customers" is the cover theme of the current Harvard Business Review -- the lead article says to focus on habit, not loyalty, while others say that "habit is how we build the connection" and "habit beats novelty." Some people question whether FairPay is seamless enough, and whether it goes against...  Read More
Feb. 16, 2017 5:34 am
The same knowledge as being in a record label includes that 5 breasonings should be included (representing 50 As) for each part mentioned on a CD cover or movie credits per production. Every famous work, including a song, should indicate a song about love with an encoded part on sex (i.e. each sentence should relate to love, or sex.), whether or not it has another seen-as version. A writer of a...  Read More
Feb. 15, 2017 1:27 pm
In the USA, the mass shootings continue amidst all the other ongoing gun crime. Meanwhile, there's the familiar deadlocked paralysis regarding any significant progress towards effective gun control legislation. Not only is there disagreement and conflict between the Federal administration and individual states, but also among the governments of different states. If you wanted to set up a...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2017 2:10 pm
President Donald Trump’s campaign was launched with racist remarks about Mexican immigrants, and the racism has continued into the White House. His closest advisors, as you might expect, reflect the views of the boss. His top advisor, Steve Bannon, is a high priest of the white supremacist alt-right movement whose appointment as chief White House strategist was showered with praise by neo-Nazis,...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2017 4:37 am
2016 : the post-truth age begins The election of Donald J Trump in 2016 as president of the USA was a significant tipping point in the unfolding of a greater and ongoing transition process. Appreciating the pattern of forces and other factors behind that event requires thinking about world affairs in a wayvery different from what has long been 'normal' in westernised cultures. In the...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2017 2:44 am
On a weekend when many of us in California and the West have been focused on the potential catastrophe for people living below Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam in Northern California, it seems as though another dam is threatening to burst. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security advisor, resigned over his contacts with Russia Monday night, just weeks into the new...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2017 1:39 am
Hoe Street Musique Concrete Clearing the lights at the Bell Corner, choking on the monoxide perfumery as the traffic hits a midday peak flow, the dull greys of January inflict their seasonal woes on any soul as they weave their way past the one-time 24 hour pool emporium. The wraiths of many an after hours drink-inflected session now replaced with builders on a heritage erasure tip as new flats...  Read More
Feb. 12, 2017 4:38 pm
Let me begin with a few premises. Whether we are talking about our personal lives or your business workplace, everything we do is based on a process of some type. Each process is constructed of a series of steps, which lead us to the end result. The second premise is that although we would like everything to run crystal smooth in reality it never happens. Along the way we are confronted with an...  Read More
Feb. 12, 2017 4:43 am
Commemorating the birthday of the world's greatest science fraudster by plagiarising glory theft, February 12 is designated Darwin Day in the USA No wonder the USA is so awash with "fake news" "alternative facts" and "post-truth" nonsense. Get the independently verifiable newly unearthed data-led disconfirming evidence for Darwin's and Wallace's claims to dual independent discovery of Patrick...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2017 9:33 pm
In India’s highly patriarchal culture the eldest son enjoys a privileged position. Ashok, one of the central characters in Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire , fully enjoys the fruits of this exalted lot. He shares his household with his aged, widowed mother Biji, his wife Radha, his much younger brother Jatin and Mundu, the family servant. Together with Radha and Mundu, Ashok runs a take-out...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2017 1:02 pm
Doesn’t it feel as if we as a nation have been clouted on the head and are being dragged back into some dark, sooty prehistoric lair? Making America Great Again seems to involve hauling us against our will back to some ugly, ignorant, chest-thumping primitive time that we don’t readily recognize in our recent history. Making America Great Again also involves a u-turn taking us back to an...  Read More
 
 
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