Friday, November 16, 2018

Fifty years ago..........................


The Beatles.........................................................Revolution 1



You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
Bt when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be 
All right, all right, all right
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be 
All right, all right, all right
You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be 
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A pretty low bar...............................




        via

On point in time data.................


One of the reasons the fire-hose of information can actually make it harder to analyze the state of the world is because many people simply use point in time data instead of taking time to look at the overall trend.
Current data tells you very little unless you’re able to provide context about where it’s been and where it’s potentially going next.
-Ben Carlson, as lifted from here

The echoes of history...................


     Nevertheless, that burden of past glory loomed over Alcibiades' age group just as the accomplishments of  the "greatest generation" of World War II do our own, especially when men like his guardian Pericles constantly harangued younger Athenians about their imperial burdens.  Spartans also fled similar apprehensions about becoming soft in comparison to their roughneck Lacedaemonian granddads who had died blocking the pass at Thermopylae.  thus, the Corinthians remonstrated with the Peloponnesians on the eve of the battle:  "It is not a just thing that all that was won through poverty should be destroyed through prosperity."

-Victor Davis Hanson,  A War Like No Other:  How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War

Fifty years ago............................


The Beatles..............from Yellow Submarine:  All Together Now

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Opening paragraphs.................


The house, on the northeast corner of Opdyke Road and Woodward Avenue, was unlike any other.  The giant old mansion, nearly seventy years old, stood lovely and lopsided in its asymmetrical design, with its roofs and lofts of varying heights and chimneys that reached into the sky.   Here in Bloomfield Hills, a wealthy northern suburb of Detroit where top executives of the automobile industry spent their evenings and weekends in rustic comfort with their wives, children, and servants, the unusual dwelling was more home than a family needed.  It sat on a country estate that spanned some thirty acres of former farmland, with a gatehouse, gardens, barns, and a spacious garage that could hold more than two dozen cars.  It even had its own name, Stonycroft, a harsh and daunting moniker for a tranquil, out-of-the-way setting.   There were few neighbors for miles around and no distractions to disturb its residents from their serenity, aside from the occasional slicing at golf balls that could be heard from a nearby country club.  More often, the chilly residence echoed with its own emptiness while its current tenants left many of its forty rooms mostly unoccupied, unheated, and unused.  But on its highest floor, spanning the vast width of the house, was an attic.   And in the attic was a boy.

-Dave Itzkoff,   Robin


Let's all take good care........................


.................................of the Goose that lays the golden eggs:

A dynamic chart of the Top 10 Gross Domestic Products since 1961


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Gladly............................


21.  If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change.  I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody.  It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm.

-Marcus Aurelius,  Meditations, from Book Six

Nature..............................


"Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts."

-James Allen,   As A Man Thinketh

Privilege..........................


"Is it then too much to assert or is it too uncharitable to suppose, that a man who has injured you in your Bread would also injure you in your life, if he thought he could do it with legal impunity."
     Jacob was well aware that his older brother, while brilliant, had emotional blind spots.  Benjamin, he knew, had no real idea what men of privilege were capable of doing to keep that privilege.

-Stephen Fried,  Rush:  Revolution, Madness & The Visionary Doctor Who Became A Founding Father

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fifty years ago.................


The Beatles................................................Long, Long, Long

I wondered.......................


................................what had happened to all the statesmen.

There had been relative peace across the Continent continuously since 1815 (the end of the Napoleonic Wars), with irruptions of violence successively contained by the machinations of the old aristocratic order. But as the lordly whig Asquith said, as the clouds gathered in 1914, suddenly he felt trapped in a lunatic asylum. He was referring specifically to the extraordinary power of manipulated mass movements, which restricted the diplomacy of the statesmen, and compelled them to persist on courses they knew to be unwise and potentially catastrophic, under the impulse of national (as opposed to personal) “honour.” To do otherwise would mean losing power themselves — to be trampled under the mob, as it were — which was of course unthinkable to them. For they were no longer statesmen, but had become politicians.

-David Warren, as extracted from this post