Archive for June, 2010

On Adolescence (Adulthood?) (June 28, 2010)

Posted in On [Traits/Characteristics], Society on June 28, 2010 by

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a     “Like I care.  I can’t drink until I am 21.  Whatever.  I can drink anytime.  School is the marketplace for drug deals.  I can’t drive until I am 16.  Getting a car is the only problem.  The best thing about being an adult is that I can drink and I can drive.  And I can drink and drive.  The great American pastime.  Just like an adult.  And no one can tell me what to do.  They tell me to grow up.  Seems to me that adulthood is all about being dishonest, hypocritical, shallow, petty and materialistic.  Adolescence is miserable, but adulthood is soooo overrated.  And look at what you are giving us.  There is not much to look forward to.  What do I care.”

A     “Transcend.”

a     “What?”

A     “Transcend.  The craziness and the insanity.  The folly and the foolishness.  The ignorance and the stupidity.”

a     “Right.  Transcend.  Get real.”

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A     “With each passing year, I feel more disconnected.”

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A     “You have been told to read between the lines.  Every day, I must read between the lies.  Foisted by other adults.”

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A     “Before I answer, I need to know.  Have you heard of tertiary smoke?”

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a     “At least you didn’t lie to me like every other adult.”

A     “Me, like every other adult.  Right.  That’ll be the day.”

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a     “So life is kind of like high school repeated over and over and over again?”

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[See the “e-ssay” dated August 28, 2006 titled “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear:  PTSD.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Politics is high school with guns and more money.  Frank Zappa

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.  Don’t exercise the option.


Razors pain you;

Rivers are damp;

Acids stain you;

And drugs cause cramp.

Guns aren’t lawful;

Nooses give;

Gas smells awful;

You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker

Solstice (June 21, 2010)

Posted in Society, Solstice on June 21, 2010 by

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#          “They say that the Earth’s axis of rotation is not perpendicular to its orbital plane.  That is convenient because we get the Solstice with yards of sun in June and July.  And because it is not an official holiday, we are not required to shop.”

%          “Almost all other events on the calendar are man-made concoctions.  The Solstice is Nature’s contribution, the apex and the zenith, an alpha and an omega.  The day that marks the beginning of the formal summer season in the northern hemisphere is also the day that marks the ending of increasing sun light.  The transition never changes, yet it should.  We should not start losing sun light until September.”

#          “That is an immutable reality we cannot do much to change.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

Celebrate The Solstice Responsibly

On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)

Posted in Global Climate Change, Global Warming, On [Traits/Characteristics], Population, Society on June 14, 2010 by

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H          “After the presentation, someone in the audience stood up and asked if the underlying problem is not really overpopulation.  The speaker nodded but said that overpopulation is an entirely different topic for a different night and a different forum.”

B          “It is the problem.  It is the Demand in the big Supply/Demand graph that demands our attention.”

H          “I could not fault him – the speaker or the questioner.  My problem is that I can define the problem but cannot devise an answer.”

B          “Oil is a resource, a resource is finite, oil is finite.  With the coming decline in the supply of oil, there must be a commensurate decline in demand from the population.  We do not have a choice.  There will be billions fewer barrels of oil.  There must be billions fewer people.”

H          “The quantity of water is also finite.  Cleaning it and distributing it is a staggering problem.  Fighting over it will do much to cull the herd.  Oil and water may not mix, yet keeping oil and water from mixing is also a daunting problem.”

B          “There are too many mouths.”

H          “They are everywhere.  They are produced at night using unskilled labor and often after little forethought.  Yet, the maternity wards are the voting booths.  How do you challenge the voting behavior of people?”

B          “The decline cannot and will not be achieved simply by a freeze on hiring. We do not have a choice.”

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[See the “e-ssay” dated May 31, 2010 titled “Flying the Flag” to mark Flag Day.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Slow Climate Change; Use Birth Control.

Malthus:  A bloody optimist

A Nerd You Know You Are (June 7, 2010)

Posted in Economics, Law, Society on June 7, 2010 by

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“Do you know that we are now leaving the Fifth Circuit and entering the Ninth Circuit?”

“Money serves as a medium of exchange and a store of value and a unit of account, all at the same time.  Wow.  Life will never be the same.”

“Do you think it is an example of a metonym or is it more precisely a synecdoche?”

“I would rather hold and read the decision in one of those musty old United States Reporters in the library rather than on line.”

“This year’s meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee are now available on line.”

“I anticipate using the word ‘paradigm’ three times in one sentence.  Something like ‘the new paradigm is the paradigm of all paradigms.’”

“The Minutes of the FOMC are now available on line.  . . .  Do you ever get the feeling that these economists have a challenging time thinking and writing clearly.”

“Perhaps it cannot be taught, but it seems that it can be conveyed and fostered.  Babies do not come into the world crying in iambic pentameter.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Ideas have consequences.

I’ve turned to the dork side.

Buddy can you paradigm?

Measure ten times, cut once.

I get up every morning in search of the steepest learning curve.