Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Uh-oh..........................

Walter Russell Mead eyes the politics of a coming "Green" wave.  Careful what you wish for - it gets complicated.  A wee excerpt:

Those who dismiss ideas like the “green new deal” as mere left-wing fantasies miss the enormous appeal of these programs for corporations looking for new business opportunities. It isn’t only renewable energy companies looking for government mandates and funding. It’s major auto manufacturers dreaming of replacing every gasoline-powered car and truck on the planet with an electric vehicle—and reaping the public-relations reward of looking virtuous. It’s construction companies looking to replace the existing energy infrastructure.

Judgment.......................

"Whatever strengthens your ego weakens your judgement, and ultimately, your success."

-Naval

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A sure sign Spring is a month away................

 .........................My Sweetie forcing some forsythia blooms:



On manners.............................

      Technology, it might be said, by providing machines to do what used to be done by hand . . . has complicated our lives in as many ways as it has simplified and enriched them . . . but in committing ourselves to machine control we have sacrificed many of the pleasures of self-control—of manners, if you wish. . . .

      Now and then someone I have just met, avoiding false coziness, calls me "Mr. Lynes."  I am as astonished as I am pleased, but it's my age and white hair that evokes it.  I think of a story told by Dame May Witty, the distinguished actress, who was in a London shop and was being waited on by an uppity salesgirl (there are two words that have vanished) who was offhand and rude.  Dame May, piqued, said, "I suppose you know who I am," and the clerk replied, "Certainly."  To which the actress said, "I suppose you think you're as good as I am," and the girl said, "Of course."  "Then why," Dame May said, " can't you be civil to your equals?"

      Civility is, of course, the root and branch of manners . . .

-Russell Lynes, from his 1986 essay, On Good Behavior, found here

Just think................................

       Most of us take pride in our knowledge and expertise, and in staying true to our beliefs and opinions.  That makes great sense in a stable world, where we get rewarded for having the conviction of our ideas.  The problem is that we live in a rapidly changing world, where we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking.

      Rethinking is a skill set, but it's also a mindset.  We already have many of the mental tools we need.  We just have to remember to get them out of the shed and remove the rust.

-Adam Grant:  Think Again:  The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Investing with your heart.............

 Money — the making of it — is never part of that purpose. It’s a byproduct of one or more of these other more lofty goals. The only purpose the money really serves for us is to allow us to do it all over again.

-Patrick Rhone, full story here

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Help From History..................

Please help me know it happened, that life I thought we had—

Our friends holding out their hands to us—

Our enemies mistaken, infected by unaccountable

     prejudice—

Our country benevolent, a model for all governments,

     good-willed—

Those mad rulers at times elsewhere, inhuman, and yet mob-

     worshipped, leaders of monstrous doctrine, unspeakable

     beyond belief, yet strangely attractive to the uninstructed.

 

And please let me believe these incredible legends that have

     dignified our lives—

 

The wife or husband helplessly loving us, the children full of

     awe and affection, the dog insanely faithful—

Our growing up hardhard times, being industrious and

     reliable—

The places we lived arched full of serene golden light—

 

Now, menaced by judgments, overheard revisions, let me

     retain what ignorance it takes to preserve what we need—

     a past that redeems any future.


-William Stafford

That sound you hear..............................

 ........................is minds being blown all over the country.

On unconscious biases.....................

 My left-leaning, environmentally conscious friends are justifiably critical of ad hominem attacks on climate scientists.  You know the kind of thing:  claims that scientists are inventing data because of their political biases or because they're scrambling for funding from big government.  In short, smearing the person rather than engaging with the evidence.  Yet the same friends are happy to embrace and amplify the same kind of tactics when they're used to attack my fellow economists:  that we're inventing data because of our political biases, or scrambling for funding from big business.  I tried to point out the parallel to one thoughtful person, and got nowhere.  She was completely unable to comprehend what I was talking about.  I'd call this a 'double standard', but that would be unfair—it would suggest it was deliberate.  It's not.  It's an unconscious bias that's easy to see in others and very hard to see in ourselves.

-Tim Harford:  How to Make the World Add Up:  Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers

Reasonable...............................

"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."

-Benjamin Franklin, as culled from his Autobiography

for ourselves.............................

 What the patterns of an artist's progress show is the human capacity to find meaning and to make lasting work not by planning it but by remaining open to the possibilities they see inside and around themselves.  This argues against forcing predetermined expectations and goals onto our experience of life and for an alert way of being, open to noticing and responding to the future as it emerges.   We think ourselves efficient when we squeeze our lives into schedules, itineraries, and plans, asking of apps that they tell us what to do, where to go next.  But what we lose is the freedom to notice for ourselves, to filter and reflect for ourselves, to craft our unique sense of who we are and what we wish to make of our lives.

-Margaret Heffernan, Uncharted:  How To Navigate The Future

Checking in..............................

 .....................................with Will Rogers (1879-1935):

"It's pitiful when you think how ignorant the founders of our Constitution must have been.  Just think what a Country we would have if men in those days had the Brains and forethought of our men today!"

"We shouldn't elect a President;  we should elect a magician."

"Washington, D.C. Papers say, 'Congress is deadlocked and can't act.'  I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this Country."

"If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world."

"Lord, the money we do spend of Government and it's not one bit better than the government we got for one third the money twenty years ago."

"Things in our country run in spite of government.  Not by aid of it."

"You know, Congressmen are the nicest fellows in the world to meet.  I sometimes really wonder if they realize the harm they do."

"Elect 'em for a six-year term; not allow 'em to succeed themselves.  that would keep their mind off politics."

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Four hours and forty-four minutes..........

 .....................................of musical blissfulness.  Thank you!

Effort................................



 “no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

-Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

The ultimate..................................

 ...........................................................choice.

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

Gordon Lightfoot........................If You Could Read My Mind

 

The world is just a better place..............

 .....................................when he posts regularly.




As Louis L' Amour said......................

 ..........................there is always a faster gun:

12. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There will always be someone getting richer than you in life and the markets. And with the advent of social media, that means people throwing this fact in your face constantly.

This one is not easy but defining what a rich life means to you can help avoid unnecessary envy and regret.

-Ben Carlson, from this list at this post

I remember the snow being deeper......



      


more fun here

       bonus fun:



Phase of the Mood..............................

 .............................waiting patiently for this essential mix.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Herds.................................



 “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

-Charles MacKay

"ethnomathematics"..........................?

 Warren Meyer opines on the latest unusual idea to come out of what passes for the educational industry these days - here.  A wee excerpt here:

Steve Martin used to have a comedy routine where he would say something like, "wouldn't it be funny to teach your kids how to talk wrong.  On their first day in Kindergarten class they would walk up to the teacher and exclaim, "Mumbo dogface in the banana patch!"  That had a certain dark humor to it but teaching kids to do math wrong in real life is simply insane.

An explanation of "cargo cult thinking" is here

Anything......................................

 


Always be learning...................................

 ..................................................................The 5-Hour Rule.

A few more books...................

 ..................................................I haven't read.

Been my experience anyway....................

 




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