They’re hiding everywhere!

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I have railed against lobbyists forever.   Even knowing that on at least one occasion, I might have been construed as one.   The difference is that no one was paying me to do what I did.  (I believed- no, I knew- we needed to have the US Government to pay the costs for dialysis for American citizens.)

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An important anniversary

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Do you know what yesterday was?   It was the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem.  Yup.  Around 9 AM on morning of the 14th of September 1814, just when the sun was coming up, Francis Scott Key saw the raising of the 15 stars and stripes up the Fort McHenry (Baltimore, MD) flagpole.

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Oh, my G-d, it’s the NEWS!

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You know I read a few newspapers and a slew of journals and magazines.  And, I used to watch the network news.  When I was younger, it was Eric Sevaried, Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, Howard K. Smith.  A while later it was Chuck Scarborough (who I first saw in Boston before he made New York screens).

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Give ‘em your best shot!

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I now I’m an old fart.  But, that’s why Iam so dismayed.  I remember seeing people in Iron Lungs.  I remember kids who died of whooping cough.  I remember how devastating measles and  the mumps were  I remember when the Salk vaccine was the only thing between us and Polio- and then came the sugar cube and the Sabin vaccine.  There were new vaccinations for whooping cough (pertussis) and none yet for the mumps or the measles.

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Data Overload? Or, Gimme More?

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How we think and act is not something we developed on our own. No, our brains have evolved over the millennia to learn routes, to know where things are, etc. Things that until recently were the critical items in our lives.

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Happy Birthday to ME!

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I was wondering what I would post today.   I thought I would mention my wonderful cousins, Roger and Lee (A’H), who made many of my days wonderful. Between games, music, walking, sloshing in the water, their memories are always a blessing to me.  I thought about mentioning my brother (Neil) and parents. I thought about my children and grandchild (Shosh, Shira, Dan, Matt, and ER).  There is not a day on this earth that I am not proud, honored, and amazed at the actions of my children.

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Science Fiction- NOT!

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Are you old enough to remember the movie by Steven Spielberg- Minority Report- starring Tom Cruise?  Or, perhaps you have read the Philip Dick story upon which it is based?

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Whose employee is this?

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Now that we have discussed our economy and labor (the last series of posts thatran this week from Monday through Wednesday), we should consider one or two more big issues.  Who is an employee- and whose employee are you.

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It wasn’t abducted by aliens!

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Have you ever been to Death Valley?  This is a national park that straddles California and Nevada.    It’s below sea-level, almost always in drought conditions, that is amazingly hot in the summer day- and amazing cool at night.

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What Austerity Really Brings

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Do you remember the great deficit bugaboo?  Where a certain party (you know, the Chicken Little one) kept screaming that the deficits would ruin America?  Which continued through the next Presidential election? The disappearing US deficit problem If you’d check my blog, I clearly stated the facts.  That the deficit only looked overwhelming because our economy was in free fall.  (As I quoted Ben Bernanke yesterday, the 2008 recession (aka ‘the Great Recession’) was far worse for the economy than the Great Depression.  And, now that our economy is recovering (although wage rates have not done so), our deficit is no longer a problem.  (Don’t even think that the “fixes” offered by Congress made a difference- they won’t kick in for a few more years, yet.)

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