I missed my run on Tuesday and spent the rest of the week trying to catch up against commonly accepted running advice. I wound up
Category: Human Experience
(image in the public domain, downloaded from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Paul_VI#/media/File:Pius_XII_with_Monsignor_Montini.jpg) When Pope Paul VI opined “If you want peace, work for justice”, I am sure that he
As mask mandates are canceled, my wife and I are wondering just what is the real risk out there. The per 100,000 rates on the CDC do not tell me much. I wanted to know how these numbers compared with the U.S. significant health death rates due to heart disease, cancer, injuries, strokes, etc.
No one would have anticipated the startling stubborn resistance the Ukrainians put up to defend their country, belaying any argument that they are historically Russian. Equally stunning is the incompetence of the Russian military.
3/7 I realized today that COVID and Ukraine are the defining moments for Gen Z as they grow into adults. Defining moments are always ones
Little thought gems from americancanary.org and my italicized replies.
Interesting exchange between Michael Barbaro and Dr. Anthony Fauci on The Daily, Jan. 31, 2022: Michael Barbaro: “Aren’t the covid cautious fighting their own war
For me, the transformation began at 49, when I started my quest for that first marathon. To some extent, it was a rebirth or a
Our daughter and son-in-law had a luncheon with us on the 25th. My wife and I are not Christians, so the holiday trappings have only
2021 was not the best of years for me. During the 2020 lockdown, I flourished using the time off to work out and study data
We decided to memorialize the meals of Saturday, October 30, 2021, since it began with a breakfast that is unusual for us.
One quarter remains.
Today at work I received an all-hands message asking for volunteers to staff a call center to contact Americans stranded in Afghanistan and provide them
Dopamine is evolution’s reward system for behaviors that increased the reproductive success of hunter-gatherers, long-distance hunting and gathering, eating high calories foods, and sex. Today we no longer persistence hunt, but regular exercisers enjoy the rewards of the long hunt.
I can’t believe the special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large because they seem to me to be too local, too provincial.
It is painfully obvious to anyone with a background in evolutionary biology. In biology, the only thing that matters is reproduction. Given a population with
There’s an unhappy photo on the Associated Press of what appears to be a CH-47 Chinook hovering over Kabul evacuating diplomats. It looks distressingly like
It really is beginning to look like there is light at the end of the tunnel…..barring a really virulent COVID variant.
I’ve noticed two logical arguments that are repeatedly used by Trumpists, both flawed. To America’s discredit, they seem to be gaining more general use. In
After the rape of Capitol Hill by a Trumpian mob, I wonder if this is the act of hubris that I have long instinctively expected.
I wrote a fair amount during the George W. and Obama administrations, particularly the former’s. Incensed by the stupidity of squandering the 2000 budget surplus
Update to this article. The Economist distilled my thinking on 12/5/2020: Two factors tied to the pandemic help account for Taiwan’s relative success this year.
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Was reading somewhere about an author’s disappointment that something didn’t happen at the very end of 2020 to bring more closure. The sentiment is entirely silly.
The NYT is reporting that while the deaths attributable to corona virus is 303,963, the death rate has been higher than they would be in