Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An Alternative Explanation of the Trump Phenomenem

Let me be careful to state that I don't favor Trump.  His history shows that he may be quite willing to skewer his investors/voters, if it furthers what HE wants.

However, I don't believe that Trump supporters are necessarily any less intelligent (or more stupid) than the average American voter.  Most of them are prone to emotional, unthinking decisions.

The Z Blog makes a reasonable case for Trump's popularity.  The comments are quite good, too.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Role of Health Care Organizations in Determining Your Future

I'm 64, soon to be 65, and have been flooded with provider brochures wanting me to choose THEIR company for my Medicare sign-up.  As I only need Part A, which comes at no cost to me (I refuse to say FREE, as it is not), I trashed a bunch yesterday.

This got me thinking about how Health Care Organizations affect everyone's life, by the forced choices people make when the alternative is to pay for care themselves.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Potpourri of Random Links

I started to post on Facebook about one of these links, then realized that I had a LOT of other links that I wanted to spotlight.  So, in no particular order:


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Where Does Your Personal Space Begin?

That is, from the outside, where does your sense of personal boundaries begin?  For many people, it is at least in the immediate perimeter around their person – their body.  As long as you can keep your personal space from being violated, you are secure.  With family, that is generally at the level of the body exterior.  With less close relatives/friends, that may include an invisible, but real zone around your body.  Inside that zone, only invited people may enter.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Without a Free and Fair Media, The People Will Not Remember

I was reading this NY Post article about Chinese Population Control, and, near the end, found reference to the Tiananmen atrocities.  While writing a book about it, Louisa Lim went to 4 different Chinese universities, and showed them the picture of the "Tank Man".  Only 15 out of 100 students recognized it.

Without a Free and Fair Press, the people will not remember.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Conventional Wisdom

One major aspect that is wrong with American Life is that minority viewpoints use our basic desire to compromise as a way of “pushing the camel’s nose into the tent”.  What is that?  Here is one example of the story:
One day an Arab and his camel were crossing the desert. Night came and the temperature became colder. The Arab put up his tent and tied the camel to it. The Arab went to sleep.
The temperature became slightly colder and the camel asked the Arab if he (camel) could just put his nose in the tent to warm up. The Arab agreed