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I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.
   —  Mother Teresa
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On This Day In:
2017 Apt Enough?
2016 Now Or Ever
21, Pause, Restart
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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My recommendation is to aim for a good balance between breadth and depth.  The definition of a good, liberal education is to know something about everything and everything about something.
   —  Donald E. Knuth
From the book: “The Essential Knuth
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On This Day In:
2017 Getting It Done
2016 Getting To Know Me
2015 Why I Pay Taxes
2014 Inequality Of Sacrifice
2013 I Never Saw A Moor
2012 Fill In The Blank
Not For Naught
Cliff Notes To Life?
2011 Conference Games Sunday

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I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
   —  J. Wellington Wimpy
Guess what?  We’re having an election this year.  Guess what?  A number of Democratic Party office holders are in states which the President won – some by double digits – in 2016.  Guess what?  Most of those same office holders are more interested in trying to hold onto their offices than they are in trying to defend the American working class and future members of the working class (DACA “Dreamers”).  Guess what?  Sometimes I wonder why I continue to support a “Democratic” Party which fails – over and over again – to stand up to Republican right-wing reactionaries and hypocrites.  Why did the Democratic leadership collapse?  Because they don’t have ANY leaders who can deliver a message to the average American with a simple, honest message about what it takes (costs) to be a free people in modern times.  The Democrats don’t know how to SELL freedom, opportunity or civilization.  The result is Republicans SELL false security (behind an expensive and useless wall), protectionism from the “thems” and the “others”, and the naivety that if we place our lives in the hands of our “betters” (the rich) and go back 50 to 100 years in civil rights and liberties, we will somehow restore America to our glorious past.
At least we have the “firm” commitment from the Senate Majority Leader that they will “consider” voting on the DACA “sometime” in the future.
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On This Day In:
2017 Sincerely Yours
2016 Only Good To Say
2015 A Series Of Temporary Conditions
2014 Gaps
2013 Duty
2012 Cost Not Price
Superheroes
2011 The Simple Normalcy Of Everyday Life – “Squirrel!”

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Woe unto them that keep a God like a silk hat, that believe not in God, but in a God.  Woe unto them that are pompous for they will sooner or later be ridiculous.  Woe unto them that are tired of everything, for everything will certainly be tired of them.  Woe unto them that cast out everything, for out of everything they will be cast out.  Woe unto the flippant, for they shall receive flippancy.  Woe unto them that are scornful for they shall receive scorn.  Woe unto him that considers his hair foolishly, for his hair will be made the type of him.  Woe unto him that is smart, for men will hold him smart always, even when he is serious.
   —  G. K. Chesterton
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On This Day In:
2017 Sincerely Yours
2016 Only Good To Say
2015 A Series Of Temporary Conditions
2014 Gaps
2013 Duty
2012 Cost Not Price
Superheroes
2011 The Simple Normalcy Of Everyday Life – “Squirrel!”

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Work is not a wolf.  It’s not something to run away from.
  —  Kyrgyzstan Proverb
[Actually, we should be grateful the more time #LazyDonald wastes, the less time he spends discrediting the Office and wrecking the country.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Watched The Inauguration
Two Geniuses
2016 Come Dance And Laugh With Me
2015 Looks Good To Me
2014 Desire For The Sea
2013 The Fierce Urgency Of NOW
Happy Inauguration Day!
2012 One Path
Sorrow And Joy
The Seven Year View
2011 Emergent Practicality

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Although sometimes questioned, the survival value of art, music, literature, games, and other activities not tied to the serious business of life is clear enough.  A culture must positively reinforce the behavior of those who support it and must avoid creating negative reinforcers from which its members will escape through defection.  A world which has been made beautiful and exciting by artists, composers, writers, and performers is as important for survival as one which satisfies biological needs.
   —  B. F. Skinner
From the “new” (1976) preface to his book / novel: “Walden Two
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On This Day In:
2017 Inauguration Day 2017   [Sometimes, I hate it when I’m right!  —  KMAB]
2016 Or A Pot Of Gold After The Storm
2015 One, Two, Three…
2014 Lend Your Hand
2013 Amnesty, n.
2012 Best Resolv’d
The Clock Is Running
2011 Magic

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It is now widely recognized that great changes must be made in the American way of life.  Not only can we not face the rest of the world while consuming and polluting as we do, we cannot for long face ourselves while acknowledging the violence and chaos in which we live.  The choice is clear: either we do nothing and allow a miserable and probably catastrophic future to overtake us, or we use our knowledge about human behavior to create a social environment in which we shall live productive and creative lives and do so without jeopardizing the chances that those who follow us will be able to do the same.
   —  B. F. Skinner
From the “new” (1976) preface to his book / novel: “Walden Two
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On This Day In:
2017 He Is Alone
2016 Compensation
2015 Charlie Redux
2014 The Crux
2013 Erosion And Rechannelling
Alliance, n.
2012 How Many Thought… (One I Know Of)
Choices And Decisions
2011 Speed Spoils
Simply Intended
2010 A Second 4 Hour Jog

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