Friday, June 29, 2007

poverty and wealth; theory and practical use

I am currently on an advisory committee at work. Sixteen people with plenty of diversity so we are told.

What I am noticing is that:

wealth and poverty don't speak the same language

men think in theories and when they implement theories that don't work they can't figure out why, unless they form a committee to study the problem, while women pinpoint the reasons they don't work and eliminate them.

I'm learining more and more at every meeting, and it has more to do with psychology than employee benefits.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

so I am wrong

So far three people have told me so.

Yep. They have told me, in not so many words, that I say things that I can't prove. You know, like providing citations for knowledge gained over years of experience.

Oh come on, I mean who remembers when bits of information all jelled together into some coherent original thought? It's like trying to decide when in the midst of a jigsaw puzzle, you discovered you understood what the picture was going to be. Which piece was the key factor in that relevation or discovery? Darmed if I know.

All I do know is that after a period of collecting thoughts and facts and experiences I put together some statement that based on what I have gathered makes sense to me.

And when I do that, these 3 people, who apparently can't tell rational thought from rote memorization, jump on my case.

Well I could fight back.

And I was ready to, until I realized that all three people have literally be institutionalized for mental problems.

So now, when I am chastized or challenged I just withdraw and let them think what they will about me.

They will anyway.

It makes my life much easier knowing that they what I think doesn't fit into their world.

My world is reality. Their reality is a strictly defined space, prescribed by doctors, and apparently they can't adjust to anything beyond that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

being fat

Discussion on a list I am on is currently about being fat. One participant thinks it's because we eat too much. I chimed in that we dont' move enough or do manual exercise and the food we have available to us in available in abundance. Another person said it's not that easy, it could be geography or genetics or any number of factors.

I think we are fat in America because it's easier.

Easier to eat what's available instead of picking the right foods.

Easier not to exercise.

Easier to let some machine do things for you.

Basically we are fat because that's what we chose to be.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

it makes no sense

The midwestern middle Americans who so support Bush and so want us to destroy those Arabs and so want us to give up our dependence on foreign oil and fossile fuels are the same people who idolize NASCAR and Indy 500 races which use up more fuel than any "normal" car.

If you want people to go green then why support a sport that does everything to NOT be green?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

got my second quarter

Only 3,999,998 more and I'll be a millionaire!

Thanks, Michael.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


The Miami Herald has been running a series of articles on the new immigration reform.

Had the new proposed laws been in effect when my grandparent immigrated to the US I would not be here. The new system is based on points. The more education and money you have the more points you have.

My Polish ancestors were poor and uneducated. They would not qualify to make the 55 points (or more) needed to obtain a legal visa.

I suspect if most of the people pushing for reform were to apply the new points system to thier own family background they would find the same thing.

The more I read about the law and the reforms the more racist it appears.

No wonder the poor nations hate us. We claim to be the land of opportunity and welcome everyone, yet when push comes to shove we only welcome those who have money.

Friday, June 01, 2007


It's raining it's pouring........


We are starting hurricane season today 6/1/07 with a tropical storm named Barry.

Luckily we are the East side of circulation and that's the "wet" side. It's a weak storm with highest sustained winds of 50 mph, which aren't bad. Wet is what we desperately need to get rid of the drought - about 60 inches of nice steady wet, which Barry won't provide, but it's a start.

So here is hoping that Barry is a nice calm wet storm that dumps sufficent water on the parts of Florida that need it most.

Welcome to the 2007 Hurricane Season!

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