The subject of “A Beautiful Mind” was killed, along with his wife of sixty years, as a consequence of being ejected from a taxi which crashed into a median barrier on the New Jersey Turnpike. The driver was attempting to pass a slower vehicle in the middle lane. Continue reading →
It’s hard to get timely, accurate information. In the early years of the 21st Century, some group was tracking the transfer of dollars from the federal Treasury to the states, which generally showed that the majority was in the form of various kinds of insurance subsidies: mortgage insurance, housing insurance, health insurance, flood insurance, crop insurance and higher education loans. I’m not sure if that covers the water-front, but the data collection stopped, perhaps in response to objections from the insurance industries at having their transfer function exposed. Continue reading →
It’s a phrase that just popped into my head out of the ether the other day. And, sure enough, Google has a handy reference in a book by a Scottish minister, David Gilkison Watt, who died in London in 1897, after having visited both India and St. Petersburg, Florida. Watt was a missionary, so it’s perhaps not surprising that in his writing he promoted the wisdom he found in the Book of Ezekiel–i.e. long before his time. I don’t know if his “Homiletic Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel” was timely when he wrote it, but it sure seems timely now. Continue reading →
After writing the following comment on the Times’ comment page, it occurs to me that the “wages of private property” can be further expanded on the moral plane with a reference to “sins of omission” in contrast to “sins of commission.” Failing to pay the wages of private property is to evade an obligation. Continue reading →
I think it occurred to me to compare a prevalent attitude toward state and local government to a commissary, traditionally a military establishment charged with distributing goods and supplies, before I first heard the term “logistics” the other day in connection with an appropriate use for a tract of land near the interstate. Since “logistics” also comes to us from the military, perhaps there’s something in the air that’s prompting similar trains of thought. Continue reading →
Still searching for the perfect metaphor or model for what’s sucking the life out of the United States. No question, the middlemen are to blame and, since they’ve been with us from the start of the European invasion, their corrosive influence is a constant and goes largely unnoticed. Perhaps a beneficial parasite that turns virulent is an apt comparison.
Anyway, the following is a post I composed as a comment on Dailykos. Continue reading →