Combatting Women? (August 8, 2016)

Posted in Military, War on August 8, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “The Marine Corps has undertaken objective studies of women in combat units that raise troubling concerns.  I believe that women should stay in traditional roles such as neurosurgery, cultural anthropology, astrophysics, structural engineering, civil rights lawyering, contemporary architectural design, commercial aviation, Avant Gard poetry, hedge fund management, motorcycle racing, concert pianisting, home building, home making, Maker-ing, sports, politics, entertainment, putting everything on the line, etc. but not be deployed to the front line.”

J          “You do know that that opinion is not allowed.” 

. . .

J          “Is that because they are smarter?”

. . .

[See the article and the related articles at Marine Corps Release Results Of Study On Women In Combat Units.”]

[See the e-commentary at “The Endless War On Women . . . By American Warriors (July 22, 2013).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Semper fi (to what?)

A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population on August 1, 2016 by e-ssay.org

. . .

K          “‘Humankind, we have a problem.’  Us.  We be the problem.  There are too many of us.  Mother Nature is kind, patient and understanding, yet she is starting to demur.”

J          “Of all people, Mother Nature too must adhere to the laws of Nature.  She is law-abiding, you know.”

K          “The most gentle landing may be for her to dispatch many of us as quickly and as painlessly as possible.”

J          “We cannot take it personally.  She is only following the law.” 

K          “True.  However, the process is rarely quick and is not painless.  Then those who remain can treat the Downsize as a learning experience.  And then pay proper heed to the far too many nuclear reactors littering the planet and the plastic explosives hurled relentlessly at the Earth every day.” 

 . . .

[See the e-commentary at “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton (September 28, 2015)”, “Lights Out:  Renegade Nuclear Plants (September 21, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Keep calm and price carbon.

Produce less of everything.

Wrap the rascal.

Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Nobel Prize, Noble Prize, Profile In Courage Award, Pulitzer, Pushitzer on July 25, 2016 by e-ssay.org

. . .

K          “You could sit around and whinge, as the Australians say, or you could stand up and do something about it.  If they are rewarding the wrong person, reward the right person.  Reward talent, raw and varnished, unknown and unacknowledged.”

. . .

Award:                                 App. Liveline:           Announcement:

Pushitzer In Commentary Last Friday in Jan.   Third Monday April

Cameo in Courage              Last Friday in Feb.   Second Monday May

Noble in Eco-nomics          Last Friday in Aug.   Second Monday Oct.

Noble in Jurisprudence      Last Friday in Aug.   Third Monday Oct.

Hammerstein Awards        Under construction

Bybee/Watford/Canby*     Under construction

                  Dishonest Judge Award

. . .

J          “Someone has to do it.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Announcing The First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (May 2, 2016)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”,  “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only one who does what you do.”  Jerry Garcia

If you want law and order, try a little justice

Think big, think long.

Eroding Coastal Villages:  Consolidate And Create Community (July 18, 2016)

Posted in Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Police, Race on July 18, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “The transition is necessary and inevitable and would be painful and wrenching.  For hundreds of years thereafter, they would talk about and write about and sing about and poem about the pain and the wrench attending the necessary Big Exodus.  And a few stray sages would note that The Big Move was necessary and inevitable.”

. . .

K          “Two hundred villages in Alaska need to be consolidated into 20 community centers.”

J          “So this approach applies to the Outer Banks in North Carolina as well as to Shishmaref in Alaska.”

K          “One policy.  From the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, from shore to eroding shore.  The same big thinking is needed in Canada and many other countries and regions.”

. . .

J          “There may come a day when we will need to think clearly and accept the fact that resources may not be infinite.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)” and “Prepping:  Public And Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Finite resources are just so . . . confining

Falcon Heights

Baton Rouge

The U.S. And Saudi Arabia:  Not Playing Well With Others (Each Other) (July 11, 2016)

Posted in Gold, Gold Standard, Middle East, Petrodollar, Special Drawing Rights (SDR) on July 11, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “On August 15, 1971, President Nixon unilaterally cancelled the direct international convertibility of the United States dollar to gold.  The U.S. abandoned the ‘gold standard’ and embraced the ‘oil standard.’  As part of the grand deal, the Saudi Arabians agreed to price oil in dollars and thereby created a new and extremely valuable thing dubbed the ‘Petrodollar.’”

J          “I note to others that the Petrodollar is right up there with the steam engine and the Internet as the driver of innovation and progress in the United States.”

K          “The Petrodollar is an almost cost-free export that has undergirded American expansion and power for the last almost 45 years.  Now the two countries are in a spat that is not likely to turn out well for the U.S.”

J          “I noticed.  Life is like high school writ large.  The Saudis did not receive O’Bama when he visited Saudi Arabia; O’Bama did not receive Saudi officials when they visited Washington.  They do not play well with others.  Or with themselves.”

K          “Sounds more like elementary school antics writ small.  Sales here and sales there of oil around the world today are being denominated in something other than the Petrodollar.  If the use of the Petrodollar declines, the U.S. declines with it.”

J          “The Petrodollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency may not be able to sustain it.”

K          “The Petrodollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency is also being challenged and undermined by other countries advancing the creation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR).”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)” and “Venturing A Few Unfounded And Unwarranted Predictions (July 13, 2015).”] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Petrodollar fuels the American economy: no Petrodollar, no economy.

Dallas

NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016)

Posted in Europe, NATO, War on July 4, 2016 by e-ssay.org

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K          “The world is looking for the exit door and for the escape hatch.  We need to generate interest in a NATOExit by the Europeans.  The North Atlantic Treaty was designed to promote peace and preserve stability in Europe in the face of the threat from the then extant USSR.  Since the fall of the USSR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has transformed from a defensive organization into an offensive organization.  Peace and stability are threatened.”

J          “Beneath it all, we are all looking to exit the planet.  How about PlanetExit.”

K          “If we can generate some interest in a NATOExit, we may be able to save the planet without departing it.”

J          “Sounds like a broader conception of Independence Day.”

. . .

K          “O’Bama continues to support NATO.”

J          “There is no hope that he will change.”

. . .

[See the article and broadcast at “UAF Researcher Looks At Causes Of The 9/11 World Trade Center Attack,” Dan Bross, KUAC, June 27, 2016 and the e-commentary at “World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015).”]

[See the e-commentary at “NATO:  Nations Aggressively Taking Over (March 31, 2014).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

NATOExit:  Time To Go

The Great Google Wall (June 27, 2016)

Posted in Courts, Google, Privacy on June 27, 2016 by e-ssay.org

. . .

K          “I am found on Google, therefore I am; I am not found on Google, therefore I am not.”

J          “If you are not making money for Google, you are not found on Google; if you are not found on Google, you do not exist.  You are not.”

. . .

K          “You could play one of those Will Shortz puzzler games.  ‘Drop the word “ogle” which means “to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently” and add a “d” and what do you get?  . . .  God.’”

J          “Google is the gateway to reality and the wall to existence.”

. . .

K          “Google has emerged as a natural monopoly.  By definition, the free market cannot regulate a natural monopoly.  A natural monopoly should be broken up or regulated.”

J          “Google is our contemporary ‘Pa Bell’ much like ‘Ma Bell’ that dominated the telephone industry forty years ago.  Google is a national public utility.” 

K          “And the United States Court of Appeals for The District of Columbia Circuit agrees.”

. . .

[See “United States Telecom Ass’n v. Federal Communications Comm., No. 15-1063 (June 14, 2016).” and “Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury” by Cecilia King, June 14, 2016.]

[See the e-commentary at “Less Government Regulation Series:  Google (November 30, 2009).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Google is God; net neutrality is good.

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