Modern Times

I remember reading Paul Johnson’s book Modern Times. (I just looked it up online and I can download it for cheap! ) The book is history from 1920 to 2000. I don’t remember much about it but I remember how evil the twentieth century was because leaders wanted to bring heaven on earth. Isn’t that strange? They made some places a living hell in order to make a paradise. In retrospect it was lunacy.

I think the genius of the founders was that they didn’t write “in order to form a perfect union …” but “in order to form a more perfect union …” They were not after an utopia on earth they were after better not best. ... [Read More]

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EU is Bluffing — Will Approve Extension No matter What

In brief — the EU has no leverage if the UK “negotiates” from a position of independence.  EU tactics are only effective when the EU still has a grip on the UK.

Heaven knows that the UK will be fine without the EU, and suffers in its grip.  Only committed EU project aficionados argue that the UK will somehow lose out just because it isn’t stuck in a just-so set of “deals” with the Eurocracy.... [Read More]

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New Zealand Manifesto in Brief — edited

The perpetrator of the New Zealand mosque shooting wrote a so-called manifesto.  Much is being said about it, and dishonestly, much is being said about us, ordinary Americans who support Trump.  That is wrong and should be set straight.

I read it, I have digested it for a bit, and here is the through-line, along with the patented Haakon Dahl analysis.... [Read More]

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Sending a Woman to do a (Mussul)Man’s Job

George Washington wrote something like “The United States has no quarrel with the Mussulman”, right before explaining that we did , however have a quarrel with the white-slaver Barbary Pirates interfering with our merchants, so, with the best will in the world, we’d be raising a Navy to scuttle ‘em as soon as we could get a Constitution. Sentiments distinguées, etc.

But that was back in the days when Muslim men (“Mussulmen”) were men!  Those corsairs were a dashing lot!  You could tell by looking at ‘em what their intentions were.... [Read More]

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What is your motto?

Personally my motto is “Balance”. This sounds better than “Symmetry” but that is a better word for the meaning I want. It does not mean moderation because I can be immoderate if I have someone balancing that out in my life. I can play offense as long as someone is running defense for me. “Don’t always talk and don’t always listen.”

In machines as with people, that loud noise you hear is a balancing problem. ... [Read More]

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Bercow Roars — Decentralized House Regains Footing in Modern Central State

This is actually as huge moment in the ebb and flow of Liberty, for which we are ever indebted and attuned to our common-law progenitors in the Scepter’d Isles.

This gets better and better as it goes, and the closer attention you pay, the more rewarding it is.... [Read More]

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Anger Management

I was wondering how people handle situation when they are seeing red and about to blow their tops. Everyone reacts differently. Actually getting angry can be one of the best things in one’s life. It gets people off the dime and going in the right direction.

If I sense I am losing it I try to slow down my speed of communication. I do this because when I get angry I am likely to write and say things that I will regret. It helps to go for a walk or talk to a friend to restore my cool.... [Read More]

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Baseless Speculation on Boeing 737 MAX and Pilot Training

Okay, here’s what I think.  I think that the MCAS (which pushes the nose down, even right into the ground), whether it’s an AoA sensor failure or a logic error, is such a late-breaking addition to the aircraft that it did not fit into promised benefits of the plane — namely (and this is the baseless part) a promise that pilots would not have to re-certify, or extend their type rating, or whatever it’s called.

If Boeing sold the planes based in part on the commonality of the platform not just in a general sense (parts, infrastructure, training, etc) but on a specific claim that pilots would not need to upgrade on some critical training piece, then this might explain why Boeing was so reluctant (as it seems) to disclose the new behavior of the aircraft.... [Read More]

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Incredibly Thankful

I hope this post does not come off as self-serving. (I would never wait on myself. The tips are lousy.) I occasionally get involved in things that turn out more to be the work of others than mine. This is why I am thankful.

I do appreciate the connection everyday I can have here. I get so much out of the experience of reading your stuff.  You make the site what it is.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III: The memoir of Jens Müller

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]

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