Thursday, October 8, 2015
Kurt posts an essential mix of 42 songs from his high school days. I'm only twelve years older, but it is amazing how different the soundtracks of our lives are. I'm not complaining about his list, mind you. It's a great list. I'm familiar with most of the artists and tunes. It is just different. No Beatles, no Motown, no Beach Boys, no Creedence, no Dylan. The times, they have a habit of changing.
Nihil tam absurde dici potest, quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum.
There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero (44 BC)
......................Apparently our foreign friends from China , Russia, etc. are selling U. S. Treasuries. Maybe they just need the cash. Back story here. It is interesting to read who is buying. It is also interesting to note that the author doesn't think this will cause interest rates to go up. Hmmm. One would assume that since formerly voracious buyers of our debt are now selling the notes they own, they probably will not be buying Treasuries soon. Are not new notes are also coming on the market as we finance our debt? Let's see..............more Treasuries available and fewer buyers. I don't claim to know much, but won't yields have to increase to entice more buyers? Just wondering.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
"I believe that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade — and then try to find someone whose life is giving them vodka, and have a party."
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
"The two lines met and broke and mingled in the shock. The crush of musketry gave way to cuts and thrusts, grapplings and wrestlings. The edge of the conflict swayed to and fro, with wild whirlpools and eddies. At times I saw around me more of the enemy than of my own men; gaps opening, swallowing, closing again with sharp convulsive energy; squads of stalwart men who had cut their way through us, disappearing as if translated. All around, strange mingled roar - shouts of defiance, rally, and desperation; and underneath, murmured entreaty and stifled moans,; gasping prayers, snatches of Sabbath song, whispers of loved names; everywhere men torn and broken, staggering, reeping, quivering on the earth, and dead faces with strangely fixed eyes staring stark into the sky. Things which cannot be told - nor dreamed. How men held on, each one knows, - not I. But manhood commands attention.
-Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, writing in Through Blood and Fire as quoted in In The Hands of Providence: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and The American Civil War
"It’s long been obvious that the most acute problem facing America’s education system is recess: Too many children engage in rough-and-tumble games during school play periods."
-as excerpted from this post at The American Interest
“It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.”
“It seems to me that a spiritual sensibility is built into human nature. Formal religion may or may not disappear but art, love and a desire to find beauty will remain.”
“Maybe we need a new category other than theism, atheism or agnosticism that takes paradox and unknowing into account.”
“Let’s imagine I happen to be writing some sort of truth here. By the time you read this, I might have changed my mind. Ten years from now, I would likely put it differently. By then I may regret that I wrote this. And regardless of how I feel then, I’ll bet that if you reread my book twenty years from now, you’ll have changed, so the book will have changed, too. So much for changeless truth.”
-all quotes from Frank Schaeffer
Monday, October 5, 2015
"... the only highly sustainable source of self-confidence comes from deep self-knowledge and blatant self-honesty."
-Chade-Meng Tan, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path To Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace)
“Grammar, which is the art of using words properly, comprises four parts: Orthography, Etymology, Syntax, and Prosody.”
-Dr. Samuel Johnson, A Grammar of the English Tongue (free on Kindle)
As a public service:
all definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster
Saturday, October 3, 2015
.........................if you subtract both soda pop and OJ from your diet and if you don't eat any bread after lunch, weight loss is almost a certainty. Ice cream is another matter.
My point with my nutrition myth posts is that you should eat whatever you enjoy. If you have a weight problem or a health problem, that's another matter. Just don't pretend, for example, that an OJ is any "healthier" than a Pepsi, or brown bread is "healthier" than white bread. That is just marketing to the low-info shopper.
-as excerpted from here
“We want to clean our air, our water, our energy, our environment,” he said, but noted that “[p]overty reduction is our top priority. Providing power in the next 2,000 days is our priority. We want faster development. My people have a right to grow.”
-as excerpted from this post suggesting India believes it should work for its people today rather than chase the green phantom.