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Chic Hollis

Chic Hollis is a longtime drummer and motorcyclist, who served in the US Air Force in North Africa. Married 4 times with 5 children born in 5 different countries on four continents, Chic is a politically independent citizen of the world interested in helping Americans understand the reality that is life overseas where many intelligent, educated, and industrious people aren't as privileged as we are in the US. He studied Latin, Greek, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German and ran several large companies.

Jeb Bush for President: Will America Vote for First Family of Politics in 2012?
Candidates are elected to office in this nation when the independent citizens who decide to vote align themselves with some political party.
09:20 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Most Americans Have The Freedom to Get Rid of What We Don't Want
Terrorism and assassination attempts are unsettling, unnecessary, and counterproductive. The wrong people are the victims!
07:39 Jan 10, 2011 PST
If You are Truly Seeking Success in Your Enterprise, Follow This Advice
In any human activity, a smoother flow of the work improves the attitude of the workers and the ultimate quality of the product.
11:24 Jan 6, 2011 PST
Some Humans Believe that: 'The Only Good Infidel is a Dead One.'
It is understandable that people dislike others who ill-treat them. But it is hard to understand the religious reasoning that infidels who do no harm should be killed.
10:16 Jan 3, 2011 PST
A Poem for New Year's Day
We don't read about the insidious terrorist activities in China. How has that populous country avoided the Muslim Jihad?
05:52 Dec 31, 2010 PST
In America Someone is Likely to be Against Whatever You are For
As unity vanishes among citizens and sensible bi-bartisan-ship becomes obsolete in legislative bodies, the possibility of pleasing the 'hoi poloi' is remote.
07:45 Dec 29, 2010 PST
The Mantle of Power That Cloaks The Sinister Behavior of Politicians
A mere handful of elected officials rule this democracy with an iron fist. Any report card based on their performance would embarrass the parents of these ambitious, inperialistic spendthrifts.
12:20 Dec 20, 2010 PST
Observing Three Forms of Protoplasm That Must Deal with Reality
Most humans act like they are the most important life forms in the universe. However, reverse engineering would show us that there are common responses to reality by all forms of life.
11:09 Dec 17, 2010 PST
The Squirming Masochists of California
The newly elected governor of California has a tough job that the last legislature was unable to solve: a State Budget shortfall of $25 billion.
12:11 Dec 16, 2010 PST
Sanity in This Insane Asylum Called Earth
In a nation like ours where obfuscation is the norm in excusing irrational behavior, 'lame-duck' politicians are exempt from wearing straightjackets.
12:07 Dec 15, 2010 PST
The Crux of the Conflict Between Humans
The major emphasis in my Sociology College Course was on Conflict. Social problems haven't changed in nearly 60 years!
09:04 Dec 10, 2010 PST
What, Me Worry? About What? Part 2
There are all kinds of reasons why humans think that they should worry, and one basic reason worrying isn't worth wasting the time: the inescapable Grim Reaper!
07:48 Dec 9, 2010 PST
What, Me Worry? About What? Part 1
Stressed out folks need to follow the advice of Mad Magazine: Cool it, because there is so little that worrying can accomplish.
09:28 Dec 8, 2010 PST
It's the Law! Your Representatives Passed it. Obey It!
Don't argue with those who enforce the law, even when it is unfair and unjust. But who determines what is fair and just?
10:26 Dec 7, 2010 PST
Which came first? (You might be surprised)
The chicken and egg conundrum has not been solved yet. But here's an attempt to do that.
12:49 Dec 6, 2010 PST
Altruism, the Offspring of Guilt. Part 2. The Solution
Coming to terms with the challenge of sorting out who deserves a hand-out and who doesn't.
19:13 Dec 3, 2010 PST
Altruism, the Offspring of Guilt. Part 1. The Problem
Feeling guilty for the poor, the needy, and the wretched can have a more subtle impact on a human than a hangover. But the apparent remedy is to share our sparse resources with those who are without.
13:17 Dec 2, 2010 PST
The Curse of the Accessible Internet
The embarrassment of our nation's leaders due to the WikiLeaks will pass, and civic life will go on as usual. Nevertheless, someone has to find a way to safeguard critical information.
10:39 Dec 1, 2010 PST
Where Does a Youngster Obtain a Student Loan for The School of Hard Knocks?
Credit helps people get started in life if you qualify. But first you need a job, and a habit of savings something to pay back the generous creditor.
08:23 Nov 30, 2010 PST
Isolation: the Insulation Necessary to Avoid Many Human Aberrations
Traveling by commercial airlines in the U.S. today is a most disagreeable experience because all passengers are treated as potential suicide bombers.
10:16 Nov 29, 2010 PST
Was Job Truly Patient, or the Prototype Israeli Negotiator?
Many knowledgeable people remark about the patience of Job, but few people realize why he was motivated to be patient.
14:17 Nov 26, 2010 PST
Thanksgiving 2010: Are you grateful for the good received and the bad overcome?
This American Holiday didn't catch on in the rest of the world. Perhaps that's because we haven't sufficiently developed the export market for those birds that made it all possible here.
09:21 Nov 24, 2010 PST
Analyzing the Minds that Hate What's Happening
The increasing number of acts of programmers who spend their time in producing viruses and malware reveal that there are many 'sick' minds bent on vengeance against society. Can those sadistic programmers be stopped?
12:24 Nov 23, 2010 PST
Demystifying the Myth of Anthropomorphism
Many people question if there was any deity who created the universe. Others dispute the nature of that deity. Certainly, no one has a bulletproof answer for either question.
12:50 Nov 22, 2010 PST
'It is the Spirit that Quickeneth...' say the Sacred Scriptures
What is it that ignites the infinitesimal organic elements that comprise any basic life form, both animal and plant? Can we find another name for that spark?
12:29 Nov 19, 2010 PST
The Competitive Business of Selling Hope
One of the essential things that all humans need is hope. It stimulates Homo sapiens to take chances and reject fear.
13:00 Nov 18, 2010 PST
Another Modest Proposal (with Apologies to Jonathan Swift.)
Our troops have fought valiantly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Isn't it time to bring them home to secure our borders?
10:10 Nov 17, 2010 PST
The Illusive Living Wage
For the seven out of eight laborers who are still employed in California, the living wage has not kept up with inflation. The current 'minimum wage' is well below the 'living wage.'
13:27 Nov 16, 2010 PST
What's Scary Isn't The Debt, But The Reluctance of Politicians to Reduce It!
The recommendations of the bipartisan task force to reduce the enormous Federal Debt were rejected by Democrats as unacceptable and coolly received by Republicans who refuse to increase taxes.
06:43 Nov 15, 2010 PST
Dealing with Pirates, Kidnapers, and Extortionists
The morning paper reported that there were more than 25 foreign ships and 500 hostages in the hands of Somali pirates.
12:16 Nov 12, 2010 PST
The Tough Guidelines for the Common Man (and Woman) Part 2
The conclusion of the ten behaviorial guidelines that society expects all citizens to follow religiously.
09:45 Nov 11, 2010 PST
The Tough Guidelines for the Common Man (and Woman) Part 1
There is no class being offered in public school to set forth the Basic Guidelines for proper bahavior in our modern society. The following lists ten of the most important.
07:45 Nov 10, 2010 PST
The 'Win-Win' Game Benefits the Buyer, the Seller, and the Tax Collector
It's taken a couple of years for the simple message to sink into the minds of the DC movers and shakers that the only way to halt deficit spending is to get unemployed workers back to work.
10:48 Nov 9, 2010 PST
Sliding Down the Slippery Slope to Socialism
Now that the votes are counted for the candidates in the 2010 elections, liberal citizens are assured that more socialism is in store for hard-working Americans.
07:04 Nov 8, 2010 PST
Are you Qualified for a 'Free Lunch?'
In this great country that offers many folks 'something for nothing,' where do they hand out the 'Free Lunches?' More than forty million inhabitants of the US are given food stamps!
10:55 Nov 5, 2010 PST
Sorry, Meg, That Campaign Was a Waste of Your Money!
In the race for governor of the Golden State, Meg Whitman spent a small fortune during her campaign. It was quite obvious why she failed to be elected.
07:07 Nov 4, 2010 PST
When You Get Something for Nothing, What's That Worth to You?
An estimated forty million Americans are eating today thanks to government issued Food Stamps. Why should some of us pay for what we eat and others not?
11:55 Nov 3, 2010 PST
How to Fund the Noble Enterprises of Representative Government
The leaders of our state and federal government constantly wrangle over how to balance their budgets. Shakespeare observed the process, but he was cautious not to put these exact words in Hamlet's famous soliloquy.
07:00 Nov 2, 2010 PST
It's All Saints Day: Here are Some Questions for You Wannabe Saints
Once in a year all saints are honored with a day to celebrate their sainthood. Here are some questions for all serious Bible Thumpers.
06:27 Nov 1, 2010 PST
Ten Questions for California Voters Planning to Go to The Polls Nov 2nd
During the lifetime of the writer the population of the U.S. has tripled, which means that my vote has been devalued to one third of its potency - which was negligible before!
10:32 Oct 29, 2010 PST
'It Ain't Easy Being...OLD!!'
Trudging along day by day carrying a heavy load will wear a human out sooner or later. All of a sudden a person is no longer young, spry, and alert. The decrepitude of old age was not the reward anticipated for living the bona vida.
06:43 Oct 28, 2010 PST
Although Labor can be a Form of Slavery, Some Slaves Enjoy Their Jobs
Many Americans think we have abolished slavery in this country, but they never held jobs where bosses were tyrants.
07:26 Oct 27, 2010 PST
Peering Over The Last Hill on The Bumpy Road to Closure
Optimists rarely think about the tipping point between Dystopia and Utopia. It's somewhere down the interminable road in search of happiness. I have doubts that things will get much better for the Earth's inhabitants than they were in my youth.
08:04 Oct 26, 2010 PST
We Study The Past to Understand Our Future
The controversy about whose version of history should be taught in school is a never-ending polemic. Can't we avoid the acrimony?
08:05 Oct 25, 2010 PST
In California a Two-Thirds Majority is Not a Serious Impediment to Progress
In order to blame someone for their ineptitude, politicians are not blaming themselves but the law that requires a two-thirds majority to approve a balanced budget.
06:11 Oct 22, 2010 PST
Tired of hearing about how incompetent our presidents have been in waging war?
As Iran and North Korea rattle sabers and curse us to get our attention, our nimble leaders are playing the dangerous game of verbal intimidation. Hopefully, they won't stumble into another 'unavoidable' war.
05:46 Oct 21, 2010 PST
Uncovering the Universal Conspiracy that Affects all Homo Sapiens
Manipulation of other human beings is the game everyone plays at one time or another. Are you a deceiver or one of the deceived?
07:20 Oct 20, 2010 PST
China's Currency Policy Makes Sense: American Advice is Merely Self-Serving
The economic problem facing this nation is creating jobs, not leaning on the Chinese government to reevaluate the Renminbi Yuan!
08:01 Oct 19, 2010 PST
The Good News is: The Federal Deficit for 2010 was ONLY $1.3 Trillion
No one wants to be an alarmist, but when there is a fire in the house, someone needs to alert the occupants quickly!
12:52 Oct 18, 2010 PST
A Rational Solution for The Conflicts of Interests Among Nations and Peoples?
Unifying all the nations that inhabit this planet is an ardurous task. So far little progress has been made. Is there another way?
08:48 Oct 15, 2010 PST
People and Nations - Separate, Unequal, Self-Focused, and Perverse Forever?
Getting along with others is a never-ending challenge that mankind has never tried very hard to solve rationally. Our animal instinct causes us to mark our territory and try to dominate those who share the space we inhabit.
07:52 Oct 14, 2010 PST
European Socialists are Copying American Pragmatists
Entitlements rarely die, but they get watered down when there is insufficient tax revenue to pay for them. Rationing is the most prevalent way of allocating benefits.
06:35 Oct 13, 2010 PST
How Do I Loathe Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.
There is a lot of pressure to 'get out the vote,' but not much pressure to provide the voters with detail about how a candidate will proceed. Will that ever change in America?
10:15 Oct 12, 2010 PST
Who in the Economy Creates New Jobs?
Every politician running for election or re-election in November knows that this ecomony needs more jobs. We have exported too many already. Are you one of those gamblers ready to start a new business or expand an old one?
07:27 Oct 11, 2010 PST
We're Not Dumb! Many of US Can Read and Even Do Some Math!
The treatment of citizens in America by politicians and the members of the media assumes that the IQ of the average American is so low that they can tell us anything and we ought to believe it!
08:38 Oct 10, 2010 PST
The Ten Modern Inalienable Human Rights
Since the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, no one has updated what Americans believe their inalienable rights are. Here is a list of the top ten.
11:13 Oct 8, 2010 PST
'All the World's a Stage, and All the Men and Women Merely...Gamblers.'
No one teaches you that everything humans do in life has a calculated risk attached to it. Most humans learn how to gamble, or if they aren't lucky, how to avoid dangerous risks and subtle temptations.
06:10 Oct 7, 2010 PST
In a Land Full of Superstition, Taboos Die Hard!
Humans are taught from infancy to believe narratives. Some fictitious ones form the basis for taboos. In this new media called the Internet, who are the reliable fact-checkers?
06:05 Oct 6, 2010 PST
'Neither a Borrower Or a Spender Be...'
American governments won't adhere to Shakespeare's advice not to borrow and lend. They are so determined to help those who can't help themselves, they are on course to bankrupt this country.
12:00 Oct 5, 2010 PST
Who are the Victims of Capital Punishment?
In California this issue is on the front page of the local newspaper. The delay in handing out justice is expensive and traumatic to the members of the victim's family. But the judges don't care!
06:27 Oct 4, 2010 PST
So, You Think Your Job is Stressful?
Everyone exhibits some level of nervousness when involved with a tough job. But avoiding stress is possible if you build enough self-confidence.
14:07 Oct 1, 2010 PST
Protecting Yourself in the 21st Century
The Great Recession taught many Americans that they should be more cautious, prudent, and frugal. Bad things often happen to the good people who live among us.
07:36 Sep 30, 2010 PST
In This Popular Game, the 'Winner' Pays All the Other Players.
Facing adversity without the proper insurance protection is not good common sense. Selling protection is a gambling business in which the Insurance Companies rarely lose.
07:47 Sep 29, 2010 PST
The 21st Century Paradigm Shift
Almost 50% of Americans pay no federal individual income taxes. Should these folks who make up a major part of the 'middle class' be exempt from contributing a little something for our wars, our national security measures, our entitlements?
08:57 Sep 28, 2010 PST
Americans are not Prepared to be Losers
Optimism is a positive attitude if founded on sensible and reliable analysis. Expecting never to lose demonstrates human arrogance. Isn't it time to be more humble?
07:29 Sep 27, 2010 PST
In the Beginning was NOT 'the Word'
Can't we put aside the controversy between the scientists and the religious where proof is unobtainable?
08:02 Sep 24, 2010 PST
The Carrot or the Stick? The Lady or the Tiger?
As this nation continues gambling with the income of future generations, we must choose how to proceed if we want to remain respected in this competitive jungle.
08:02 Sep 23, 2010 PST
The Disturbing, Insidious, Negative Sound Bite Memes
The battle has begun for the elective offices in our great democracy. Money is no obstacle in buying publicity. The candidates who present the cleverest denouncements of their adversaries are out in front. Praise the Lord!
07:17 Sep 22, 2010 PST
The Strange Nocturnal Visit that Changed my Life in 2001 - Part 2.
When someone mentions the names of our leaders, certain stereotypical pictures come to mind depending on our political and economic orientation, our cultural belief system, and our individual prejudices. What other images do we have to go on?
08:11 Sep 21, 2010 PST
The Strange Nocturnal Visit that Changed my Life in 2001 - Part 1
Our dreams cannot be explained, but they often affect our outlooks on the daytime situations we face when we awake.
07:48 Sep 20, 2010 PST
It is What It is, But You Get to Call It What You Want in America
The lack of bi-partisanship is plaguing Congress and state legislatures. Where have those leaders gone who are genuinely interested in making America a better nation?
12:59 Sep 16, 2010 PST
Are You One of These Elusive Enablers?
Many folks with credit cards become out-of-control consumers. Back when this musing was written, easy access to credit was considered good for the economy by government leaders like Alan Greenspan.
07:20 Sep 15, 2010 PST
Democrats Reject J F Kennedy's Message in his Inaugural Address
Since the repeal of the draft, no American is required to serve this nation as President Kennedy suggested we should. How can we give back something instead of begging for more?
11:02 Sep 14, 2010 PST
So You Want to Join a Minority?
There are many active minorities in American. If you want to be a pro-active citizen, join one and attack the Silent Majority.
09:42 Sep 13, 2010 PST
You Can't Get There from Here on That Road, Son. It goes in the Wrong Direction.
Can anyone forget what happened on 9/11/2001? Can any American who watched the horrifying events on TV that morning ever forgive the participants and perpetrators of those massacres? How do you begin stop hate?
08:54 Sep 10, 2010 PST
The Ant and the Grasshopper (A Blueprint for Modern Social Engineering)
Aesop's Fable about the goof-off grasshopper, the diligent ant colony, and altruistic Ant Queen has become a lesson for politicians. Aren't we lucky?
10:29 Sep 4, 2010 PST
10 Ways to Curb the Growing Cost of Homeland Security and the Use of Foreign Oil
Everyone talks about the growth of the number of National Security impediments to our lives and the increase in the importation of foreign sourced oil. But no one does anything serious about these two problems.
09:12 Sep 3, 2010 PST
Meanwhile, in a Doctor's Office in Some Psychiatric Ward...
We all dream at night. Sometimes the scenarios and the faces of the people are familiar. What is most familiar is our fears and our concerns about what's going to happen to us next.
07:15 Sep 2, 2010 PST
The Anti-Capitalism Movement Unveiled
The rugged individualist is not a model for our youth today. We must all be team players who take care of one another. Does that make sense when capable individuals invent products, discover Nature's Laws, and educate the ignorant masses?
07:25 Sep 1, 2010 PST
A Riddle No Human Can Solve
As humans wander through this valley of pleasant and unpleasant dreams, they wonder what it all means. Some find an acceptable explanation for their consternation, and some remain perplexed.
08:07 Aug 31, 2010 PST
If At First You Don't Believe, Try, Try, Again!
Society expects humans to believe in something. If you aren't a believer, you are an outcast from any aggregation of modern humans. So, try harder to believe, and you may succeed!
07:12 Aug 30, 2010 PST
The Perfect Solution to Religious Strife
Are you tired of the conflict between the Jews and Muslims in the Middle East? Here is a solution to that dispute based on ancient history.
08:31 Aug 28, 2010 PST
From Womb to the Tomb, You Can't Complete that Journey without a Laugh!
Everyone likes the pleasant human emotion that accompanies laughter. Relaxing in this way is a remedy for our dispirited moments. So, laugh it up more, but please don't laugh at me!
08:56 Aug 27, 2010 PST
The Future of The Jabber Blabbers Among Us
If you have nearly escaped being run down by a driver who is talking on her cell phone (which is illegal in California), you wonder what the future might be for the users of hi-tech gizmos.
07:41 Aug 26, 2010 PST
Looking Back on Our New War Time Interrogation Policy
The outrage over the alleged abuse of detainees in Iraq prisons led to a revision of interrogation policies by our military provost marshalls. The results are not published yet.
07:59 Aug 25, 2010 PST
What Is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 3.
Continuing my analysis of urgent unresolved problems: this one caused by political polices which ignored the risk of a major economic downturn.
09:20 Aug 24, 2010 PST
'What is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 2
Illegal immigration is an unsolved social problem which is creating economic issues that result in political dalliance. Step up, Congress, and do something right for a change!
07:58 Aug 23, 2010 PST
What Is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 1
'Problem Solving' was a subject taught me in the AFROTC. However, during my productive years I found that most people, especially politicians and CEOs, ignore that advice when faced with a serious problem.
08:48 Aug 22, 2010 PST
Why are Humans so Obsessed with Statistics?
Ants don't use currency and coins. They have no pockets to carry purses and money clips. They take what's available on this planet.
12:38 Aug 17, 2010 PST
And the Answer is? 'So I can keep someone else from taking my place!'
In this dog eat dog competitive environment, all humans must be aware that they have to aggressively defend their place in the jungle.
08:53 Aug 16, 2010 PST
Lost Somewhere in Earth Space
Everyone encounters moments when we wonder what we are doing in some weird predicament, lost, looking for a rational explanation.
17:58 Aug 14, 2010 PST
Thoughts on Luck, Skill, and Coincidences
An analysis of the impact of luck on our human lives. Some of you might not consider yourself blest with good luck because of the current adverse economic situation, a chronic illness, a painful injury, or the break up of an unhappy marriage.
09:03 Aug 13, 2010 PST
On the Slippery Slope to Socialism
As more and more 'entitlements' are being offered to qualified citizens, the question about who is going to pay for these remains unanswered. Want to contribute your 'fair' share?
08:38 Aug 12, 2010 PST
Something We Never Learned in Kindergarten
Three brothers each married four times. 9 clueless, selfish spouses and three very patient, tolerant, and flexible wives!
13:10 Aug 11, 2010 PST
By Attempting to Integrate Diversity, Are We Trying to 'Square the Circle?'
An analysis of the progress being made in the U.S.'s integrating of diverse human cultures.
09:08 Aug 10, 2010 PST
Looking Back at Random Acts of Terrorism
I wrote this musing back in January of 2002 shortly after 9/11/2001. I was aware that many Americans were suffering from all kinds of local random acts of abuse which can terrify common folks.
07:51 Aug 9, 2010 PST
The Rapper's Song
Not everyone can rhyme rhythmic verse. Modern poets think doing that is unnecessary.
09:07 Aug 8, 2010 PST
Whose Job Is It?
In 2005 I scratched my head and wondered, 'What can be done to fix the attitude of those who provide us with government services?' That job certainly isn't easy!
12:39 Aug 7, 2010 PST
Compromise, the Cement of Democracy
The political polarization in the U.S. is undermining the efforts of sincere policy makers in D.C. and state capitols. Unless Americans learn to compromise intelligently, I join Plato and Aristotle in rejecting democracy.
09:11 Aug 6, 2010 PST
Same-Sex Marriage - Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way?
The social/religious conflict over same-sex marraige could be easily eliminated by following the simple solution recommended in the following musing.
08:30 Aug 5, 2010 PST
What is a 'Death Council?' How Does It Function?
The poorly explained role of the 'Death Councils' in a health insurance company didn't arouse enough public dissatisfaction to prevent the passing of the new healthcare legislation.
07:20 Aug 4, 2010 PST
'There is no right way to do a wrong thing.'
In the culture of the District of Corruption where it's 'my way or the highway,' people find out that are many wrong ways to do the right thing.
08:23 Aug 3, 2010 PST
Our Modern 'Let Them Eat Cake' Philosophy
As the compassionate liberal establishment seeks more and more individual entitlements, no one has the slighest idea how to pay for them.
07:46 Aug 2, 2010 PST
The Federal Government's Philosophy: 'Help those who break the law!'
The shenanigans of politicians, businessmen, and scofflaws need to be uncovered. Those who break the law need to be identified and punished, except for investment bankers, illegal aliens, mortgage handlers, and certain tax evaders.
13:49 Jul 31, 2010 PST
So, How YOU Doing?
The TV sitcom Friends was a parody of modern social behavior, sometimes politically correct, and sometimes not. Joey was my favorite guy, maybe because he was the least analytical and intellectual.
08:31 Jul 30, 2010 PST
Whatever Happened to Common Sense?
The dynamic modern social environment is causing Future Shock for many seniors. It's much like the Culture Shock of going to live in a foreign country where acceptable habits and lifestyles are different from ours.
09:34 Jul 29, 2010 PST
The Only Way to Win War is to Wipe Out Your Adversary
The recent regime changing military excurions of the U.S. into the Muslim world have been fruitless, expensive, and demoralizing. The occupiers are retreating and leaving the terrain to the former tribal interests to sort out.
09:24 Jul 28, 2010 PST
Heed My Screed! Don't Let The Election Razzle-Dazzle Fool You!
It's already begun in California, the electioneering process employing clever negative ads. Isn't there a better way to promote candidates?
10:56 Jul 27, 2010 PST
The Devil that Demolishes Democracy
The perennial habit of deficit spending by the State of California and by the Congress of the US weakens democracy and destroys the moral fiber of the taxpayers that is essential for the success of capitalism.
08:42 Jul 26, 2010 PST
Today, It's Much Harder to Get Blood Out of a Stone!
Cavemen had things easier because there were no banks and creditors hounding them, just savage beasts!
11:31 Jul 24, 2010 PST
Epilogue to the Speck and Spark Trilogy - The Modern Story of Creation
A summary of the basic assumptions underlying Speck and Spark's infinitesimal universe.
10:16 Jul 23, 2010 PST
Trilogy - Part 3: The Dance between Speck and Spark
The best analogy about the interaction between matter and energy is a dance. Speck and Spark perform for the reader in their unique terpsichore.
07:27 Jul 22, 2010 PST
Trilogy - Part 2: Spark, the Little Electron That Could
Scientists believe that matter and energy are indestructible, they change from one into the other but are never destroyed. Spark is Speck's counterpart in the world of infinitesimals.
10:59 Jul 21, 2010 PST
Trilogy - Part 1: Speck, An Infinitesimal Entity That Humans Cannot See
Without any senses, without a brain, without any neurons, a Speck of matter does many things that are invisible to the human eye.
14:48 Jul 20, 2010 PST
When are Intelligent Humans Going to Heed Nature's Prime Directive?
Surviving the longest doesn't mean a human is the fittest. It's the species that's important to the Darwinists, not any individual member of it!
09:18 Jul 19, 2010 PST
Analyzing the Quest for Power
The ancient Greeks launched the first democractic city-states whose modus operandi eventually evolved into our modern form of democratic governance. Neither Plato nor Aristotle were pleased with Athenian democratic rule.
12:21 Jul 17, 2010 PST
The Issue isn't More or LessTaxes, It's Improving Productivity
Most capitalist economists reject business monopolies because they are not efficient and consumer friendly. However, all government entities are monopolies with no competition and herein lies the reason why they can't balance their budgets.
09:07 Jul 16, 2010 PST
Hello...Hello... Have you ever been Disconnected?
In this increasingly mobile mass of restless humans who face cultural and future shock when they move, there is always a feeling of being disconnected.
08:43 Jul 15, 2010 PST
In a Modern Factory, You May Have Met Adam. He's One of a Kind.
A picture of robot life in a modern factory where Artificial Intelligence is employed extensively to replace expensive human labor.
11:51 Jul 14, 2010 PST
So, tell me something I DON'T know!
The younger generation hasn't been brought up with the respect that most Asians have for their ancestors. The wisdom of the 'Silent Generation' born before the 'Boomers' is antiquated and useless to them.
05:31 Jul 13, 2010 PST
Let's Agree With The Scientists and See Where That Leads Us
The tendancy of the scientific community is to promote their theories and demystify religious beliefs. However, scientific assumptions and motives must be analyzed from time to time.
10:28 Jul 12, 2010 PST
There is truth to the statement, 'There's honor among thieves.'
'Caveat emptor, caveat vendor!' is a Latin expression that means: 'Let the buyer beware, and let the seller beware!' Everyone everywhere learns that hard lesson in life.
10:18 Jul 10, 2010 PST
It Ain't Easy Being An Independent in California
URGENT! An Independent's response to the SF Chronicle's editorial castigating the State of Arizona and her governor that was published this morning.
07:03 Jul 9, 2010 PST
Fiscal Irresponsibility, Why there's Never Enough Money
Back in 2004 at the height of the period of 'irrational exuberance' observed in the stock and housing markets, I tried to warn whomever would listen that the bubble would burst. Now it has in the present economic crisis that lingers on in 2010.
04:11 Jul 8, 2010 PST
Freedom of the Press - Malarkey!
That university found him unfit to teach since he has lost a good part of his visual acuity and needs certain aids that are available in order to continue instructing for HPU.
11:52 Jul 7, 2010 PST
The Law of Attraction/Rejection
As children we are taught to try to get along in class with our classmates. In church the preacher tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. In life, we find that this is an impossible task due to the Law of Attraction/Rejection.
08:46 Jul 7, 2010 PST
Assimilated? No! Not Even Integrated Yet. Part 2
The standard rhetoric behind the concepts of 'freedom' and 'democracy' entices innocent citizens to crave what doesn't exist anywhere - definitely not in the U.S.
10:00 Jul 6, 2010 PST
Assimilated? No! Not Even Integrated Yet. Part 1
The brilliant authors of this science fiction 'reality' play wove into the story line all the latent threats that Americans fear from an encounter with superior aliens.
09:01 Jul 6, 2010 PST
Onward with Humility
With independence supposedly guaranteed, Americans strive to make a decent life for themselves, their families, and their friends. Often what we seek, we find.
11:27 Jul 4, 2010 PST
'Listen. The Memes have it. Pass it on!'
A layman's analysis of how memes influence human behavior.
07:34 Jul 2, 2010 PST
Famous Patriotic Quotes Appropriate for the Fourth of July
One day per year Americans should humbly recall the exhortations that inspired our ancestors to declare their independence from the Old World and pursue our continental manifest destiny.
07:14 Jul 1, 2010 PST
What have YOU done to catch Osama bin Laden?
In an effort to learn more about Osama's whereabouts, everyone should become more aware of his relentless Jihad to force the US to atone for its unpardonable sins.
07:30 Jun 30, 2010 PST
Collateral Damage on the High Seas and Elsewhere
Many humans die in wars as collateral damage. How soon after a truce is reached and swords are beaten in plowshares do we forget the many innocent victims of 'collateral damage!'
06:12 Jun 29, 2010 PST
Living in the 51st State of Denial
Some alerts for readers about where denial is used frequently to avoid disclosing the facts and admitting the truth.
10:05 Jun 28, 2010 PST
Responding to a Muffled Cry for Help
Revisiting the objections I had to the pre-emptive war in Iraq, I find the unsatisfactory consequences pretty much what I had predicted: expensive in terms of lost human lives and wasted money, destroyed infrastructure, and increased animosities.
07:45 Jun 26, 2010 PST
March on to the Steady Beat of the Drummer
I played drums for many parades, concerts, and shows. In a parade of humans,the drummer never stops playing drum cadences. Here are some samples of the various troops marching to the beat of life.
08:08 Jun 25, 2010 PST
Reining in the Pursuit of Selfishness - Part 2
The cost of maintaining overcrowded prisons which produce an alarming number of recidivists in California is a major contributor to the state deficit. Here are some cost cutting suggestions for making the prison system more effective (a la Jonathan
07:58 Jun 24, 2010 PST
The Pursuit of Selfishness - Part 1
Americans have jumped to the conclusion that 'the pursuit of happiness' is a human civil right, when the U.S. Constitution and its amendments do not mention that 'right.'
09:52 Jun 23, 2010 PST
The Coldest Grave
A sonnet in tribute to those soldiers who die on foreign soil.
07:51 Jun 22, 2010 PST
The Omnibus Reward
Humans seek affection, attention, and acceptance from a variety of other humans. In the minds of individuals being loved, admired, and respected validates their worth. But unconditional love is rarely exchanged.
07:15 Jun 20, 2010 PST
So, You Want to Fix the World?
There are many problems that annoy us, but we are unaware of how difficult remedial action may be.
10:03 Jun 19, 2010 PST
Impatience, the Mother of Disaster
A look at the consequences of being rushed to make a decision, solve a problem, and take action to accmoplish a difficult task.
07:36 Jun 18, 2010 PST
Unjust Fairness or Unfair Justice?
An analysis of some the inequities in the California and Federal Tax legislation that seems to favor some and not others.
07:28 Jun 17, 2010 PST
Politics in California
A brief review of the consequences of the recent primary election in CA
06:47 Jun 16, 2010 PST
We need more moxie to defeat Orthodoxy! Part 4
The final 12 items of questionable Conventional Human Wisdom
09:34 Jun 15, 2010 PST
Rely On Your Moxie to Defy Orthodoxy! Part 3
That was before plastic credit cards, identity theft, usurious interest rates, outrageous late fees, and the new bankruptcy law to protect the generous credit card issuers.
07:32 Jun 14, 2010 PST
Show more Moxie...Challenge Orthodoxy! Part 2
Continuing the examination of Convention Wisdom and the mental straight jacket worn by so many Americans
11:52 Jun 12, 2010 PST
Show me Some Moxie...Fight Orthodoxy! Part 1
This is Part one of four parts which examine 4 dozen items of conventional human wisdom embraced by conventional hypocrites.
09:45 Jun 11, 2010 PST
Whys and Wherefores
Comparing what all humans know for sure with what this curious human would like to know.
11:36 Jun 10, 2010 PST
Fortune-telling, Our Favorite Human Pastime
Humans find great amusement in trying to guess the future. Since they can't find enough happiness in their present circumstances, they look ahead expecting things to get better. 'If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!'.
07:13 Jun 9, 2010 PST
A Dilemma for Modern Society
The dilemma discussed here is how to move forward in defending our nation when the people are tired of expensive and unproductive wars, ineffective sanctions, and half-hearted foreign intervention.
07:42 Jun 8, 2010 PST
Which Came First?
There are many events in human life that puzzle us. We have to constantly think 'outside-the-box.' Here is a musing that begs the question, 'Can nothing produce something?'
11:43 Jun 7, 2010 PST
To Vote or Not to Vote: That is the question!
A guarded justification of continusing to participate in a miniscule way in managing our unruly society.
11:51 Jun 5, 2010 PST
The Majority Rules......Where?
This musing discusses the commonly held illusion that a majority of honest representatives makes sound decisions that benefit the whole group.
09:54 Jun 4, 2010 PST
The Multi-issue Agendas that Challenge the Two Party System
Social problems are multi-faceted and difficult for anyone to comprehend and negotiate a equitable solution. The dominant two party system is failing American citizens. (Part 1 of 3)
11:15 Jun 3, 2010 PST
The Greater Sin: Extending Credit or Borrowing Money?
In August 2004 before the Great Recession, the debt spiral was alarming. But no one was doing anything about it or reading what I wrote.
07:02 Jun 2, 2010 PST
'In the Beginning...' A Radical Interpretation of Human History
Every now and then humans should pause and determine if they are doing what they should to accomplish their mission. Whatever that might be, because who knows what his or hers is?
08:20 Jun 1, 2010 PST
Excuse me, I don't mean to profile you, ...but you aren't one of us!
In defense of personal freedom, the author is questioning the over-protective measures taken by our government
06:36 May 30, 2010 PST
Affirmative Diversity, a Non-Issue?
Affirmative action to incorporate diversity is a questionable policy because it usually fails to achieve unity. What are the true benefits to society of diversity?
09:40 May 29, 2010 PST
Guilty for Just Showing Up
The question is asked, why is the government so convinced that adult Americans can't look out for their own safety and security?
10:08 May 28, 2010 PST
The Eternal Problem for Native Americans
The view point of a Native American whose ancestors premitted immigrants to take over Indian Territory without abiding by the treaties that were negotiated.
08:48 May 27, 2010 PST
Underdog - The Unlikely Winner in Tomorrow's Major Sporting Event.
Being an underdog is much more common than being a champion. But that doesn't stop humans from wanting victory and the prize for winning.
15:12 May 26, 2010 PST
...And the Answer is: 'So I can keep someone else from taking my place!'
In the old TV game of guessing the question for a given answer, the following deals with why humans are blessed with life.
12:04 May 26, 2010 PST
The Optimist Manifesto
In an effort to shed the false image that I am a pessimist, I address the optimist's creed.
08:51 May 25, 2010 PST
The Culling Process
Darwin's famous theory about the survival of the fittest acknowledges that a mandatory culling process was decreed on day one that orders the winnowing out of the unfittest.
14:43 May 24, 2010 PST
Striving for The Greater Good
Every human is seeking some happiness or to improve his/her lot in life. But that goal is rarely attained by most of us because humans can't agree about what the greater good might be.
08:23 May 24, 2010 PST
The Urge to Purge - The Challenge of Terrorism
Based on my experience in Argentina during the Dirty War there, I learned valuable lessons about dealing with terroriists. Here are some of them
09:07 May 23, 2010 PST
The Dynamic Floating Zero
People often choose to compare results against a moving target. Be careful to avoid 'the floating zero!'
12:05 May 22, 2010 PST
Phasing Out the Human Male
At the beginning of this century, I reviewed the trends that have been ignored by media reporters. This is the most obvious one.
10:22 May 21, 2010 PST
Sinners, Saints, and the Rest of Us, Confused Speculators
Justifying the basic human activity of trying to stay alive and avoid the inevitable.
08:56 May 20, 2010 PST
The Myth of Equality
An honest evaluation of the evolution of the natural state of inequality in the US.
14:33 May 19, 2010 PST
Part 3 - A Deeper Look into The Command Center of the Cosmos
Part 3 seeks the Command Center of the Cosmos which appears to be governing everything in the universe with inviolable Laws of Nature. It eschews modern scientific and ancient religious theories.
07:17 May 19, 2010 PST
Reaching the Tipping Point in Physics
Delving deeper into the functioning of the infinitesimals for those open-minded readers who are fascinated by the weirdness of modern scientific theories.
18:51 May 18, 2010 PST
The Universe as It was Never Described Before - Part 1
Thinking outside the box in trying to describe the phemonema that constitute the universe is not easy for scientists, theologians, and philosophers. On Fathers Day 2007, I made an effort to find a new approach to this task.
08:52 May 18, 2010 PST
Ain't It Awful?
Eric Berne's famous book, 'Games People Play' lists 'Ain't it Awful' as one of the most popular. Can you guess why?
09:29 May 17, 2010 PST
Stop Me If You Have Heard This - The Modern Story of Creation
Deviating from the traditional religious narative of creation, a amateur scientist chronicles the modern version
11:50 May 16, 2010 PST
An Independent's Compassionate and Moderate Platform for The Next Election
A review of the ten main issues confronting voters in November.
10:53 May 16, 2010 PST
Questionnaire For Anyone Who Desires to Become a Citizen of the U. S. of A.
With the renewed interest in granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the US, the following list of questions to qualify for amnesty is proposed.
15:06 May 15, 2010 PST
Speck and Spark
In the universe of the infinitesimals, Speck and Spark are the basic minuscule representatives of matter and energy. Somehow each of them know what they are and what they are not; what they can do and what they are not allowed to do.
11:00 May 15, 2010 PST
Talking with Snakes
A conversaton with a modern worldly-wise descendant of the talking serpent species that misled Eve in the Garden of Eden
17:09 May 5, 2010 PST
The Fundamental Flaws in the Reasoning of the Eternal Optimist
A sample of the challenges confronting an optimist in modern times
17:31 May 4, 2010 PST
If You and I are Both Wrong, Then Who is Right?
Black can never be white, but there are a variety of shades of gray, and no one can be right about which shade of gray is being observed.
14:30 May 4, 2010 PST
A Quick Look At How Modern Americans are Brainwashed
Fifty years ago we were shocked to learn that the North Koreans and Chinese were brainwashing our young soldiers during the Korean War.
18:22 May 3, 2010 PST
For the Greater Good
Comments about determining what is the 'Greater Good' and how to dispense it to the masses.
16:04 May 2, 2010 PST
Ruminating About Reality
This musing tries to focus various human concepts about reality into a new perspective which is holistic, yet open-ended.
06:05 May 2, 2010 PST
In God We Trust - Who Else Will Be Around to Pay Off Our Debt? Part 2
This is Part 2 of the analysis I made in the year 2000 of the wrong credit policy adopted by US leaders, bankers, and businessmen and women.
20:38 May 1, 2010 PST
In God We Trust - Who Else Will Be Around to Pay Off Our Debt? Part 1
In YK2 before 9/11 I wrote the following alarming analysis of the credit situation in the US. The 'Great Recession of 2008' demonstrated that allowing consumers too much debt was a disaster waiting to happen. This is Part 1 of two parts.
17:56 May 1, 2010 PST
Staying Alive for Seventy-Five
Doggerel for seniors about how to deal with the future
17:54 May 1, 2010 PST
Times are Tough
This doggerel is dedicated to all those who have lost their jobs this year including one of my sons and one of my nieces.
17:31 May 1, 2010 PST
The 'Let Them Eat Cake' Philosophy
Searching for the source of the current social philosophy which demands that those who have must always share with those who have less.
06:08 May 1, 2010 PST
Awesome, Folks, Simply Awesome!!
An examination of the profound complexity of living strutures that makes humans scatch their heads and say 'Awesome!'
14:38 Apr 30, 2010 PST
Back in 2003, I Wondered, 'Are We Exporting Revolution?'
A look at the difficulty of changing the world when our country is plagued with its own unsolved domestic problems.
16:35 Apr 29, 2010 PST
Survival of the Fittest Dooms the Unfit
The lack of a concerted effort by rich nations to help 'developing nations' full of strife like Somolia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.
11:21 Apr 29, 2010 PST
A Bright New Tomorrow?
Recalling a dream of a brighter tomorrow that wasn't realized.
06:16 Apr 29, 2010 PST
The Circus Maximus, An Excuse to Perform
The ambience of a circus draws an audience looking for awesome talent and exception performance.
11:55 Apr 28, 2010 PST
The Catch-all Phrase entitled: 'Cost/Benefit Analysis'
Many political (and business) decisions are made using faulty cost/benefit analyses. Here are ten examples of how the public is induced to go along with political decisions based on unrealistic cost/benefit assumptions.
09:14 Apr 28, 2010 PST
Just a Litttle Bit Crazy
A confession about why the author may be considered 'a little bit crazy.'
18:03 Apr 27, 2010 PST
Feeling Guilty About Something?
'Every time I hear a new-born baby cry'... or see the innocence and helplessness of these tiny humans, I wonder how anyone can believe that infants arrived on this planet sinners!
05:50 Apr 27, 2010 PST
Democracy Wedded to Free Enterprise, A Marriage Not Made in Heaven
A plea for improving our domestic institutions before we attempt to export them abroad.
14:17 Apr 26, 2010 PST
The Familiar Game Called Human Life
The history of mankind clearly demonstrates that gamesmanship is essential to being a evolutionary success. Here is how that game called 'human life' is played.
16:32 Apr 25, 2010 PST
  
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