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    2001: a space odyssey in healthcare

    I write software.  Medical software.  I write some of the most complicated medical software on the market.  It’s difficult work.  Thankless.  One of my peers recently reviewed some of my work and described it as “the cream of the crap”.  I understand.  Doctors have thousands of inputs that can change the way we see things, and we expect our software to keep up.  Computers do | Read More »

    A Chemist’s View on Chemical Weapons

    I used to be in the military. I have gone through the classes, and I have some understanding of military tactics, but I cannot claim to be an expert by any means. An observation I have made, however, is often overlooked. Dynamite and machine guns. Both of these are considered “okay” in modern warfare. When they were invented, people thought they would end all war | Read More »

    The Electorate

    gallup has an interesting article http://www.gallup.com/poll/158399/2012-electorate-looks-like-2008.aspx synopsis: 2004 a “Republican year” versus 2008 a “Democrat year” had different demographics. Mostly we are talking about race here. 2012 registered voters closely resemble 2008 and not 2004. Conclusion? Gunna be a Democrat year! except. a little noted line a the bottom. electorate 2004: even numbers of Dem leaners versus R leaners. 2008: Dem leaners 12 points greater | Read More »

    Brilliant! President Obama least on solving the Post Office bankruptcy

    Brilliant! President Obama shows his leadership skills by unveiling an eight year plan to stabilize the US postal service! just kidding. truth is, our president has shown the same kind of leadership in this crisis as he has in every other. What kind of leadership is that, you ask? Well, the fact that I know you are going to ask should be a hint. The | Read More »

    Stealing Thunder: a Win-win for Romney

    “the Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: The numbers just don’t add up.” –Bill Clinton We have heard this criticism before.  Yes, I think this is nothing more than craven political talking points. But, lets be honest, Bill Clinton was president in a time of great prosperity.  His economic policies were heavily influenced by Newt Gingrich, but they succeeded.  Economic policies, I | Read More »

    Bain Capital vs Janesville GM Plant: Being misled by reporters who ask the wrong questions

    The central issue of this presidential campaign is this: Obama favors central planning and government control of industry Romney favors venture capitalism and creative destruction When Obama attacks Romney for the actions of Bain capital, the press gets that.  What Obama’s narrative says is that creative destruction has cost the US manufacturing worker his livelihood.  The Obama narrative does not blame the geopolitical realities of | Read More »

    Enforce the existing laws and leave me alone

    You live in a city that has a law against planting non-native trees.  There is also an ordinance against planting trees on public lands, and another against planting trees next to roads.  You have a dozen palm trees in your yard. One of your neighbors plants a dozen palm trees right next to the highway.  There is no shoulder on the road, and he plants | Read More »

    Lies, Damn Lies, and Obama Doublespeak

    “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”  (larger quote below) The president had another “Joe the plumber” moment.  He got off his teleprompter, and revealed the depth of his lack of understanding of main street USA.  Or did he?  Adam Gopnik (link below) in The New Yorker defends the President, claiming: “What President Obama was saying was perfectly clear: | Read More »

    The One Government Agency that Understands

    http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/554214_403603666352363_1098872520_n.jpg   for those of you unable or averse to following the link:   “The Food Stamp Program, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, posts signs ‘Please Do Not Feed the Animals’.  The stated reason for this policy is that the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn | Read More »

    Thoughts on the Japanese Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima,

    When historians talk about the American Attack on Pearl Harbor– Wait a sec!  The Americans didn’t attack Pearl Harbor, any more than the Japanese bombed Hiroshima or the New Yorkers flew jet liners into the Twin Towers. Most people would consider referring to important historical events in such a historically ignorant fashion a faux pas of the worst kind.  I am sure that the international | Read More »