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Posts Tagged ‘change’

No road map and no destination

Posted by Richard on June 18, 2010

I only half-listened to the President's Oval Office address the other night, so I decided to take a look at the transcript and see if it still seemed as vacuous. A passage near the end that hadn't really registered while listening jumped out at me (emphasis added):

what has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny — our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how we're going to get there. We know we'll get there.

Um, wow. Did the guy driving the car really brag that he doesn't have a road map, doesn't know the destination, and won't be able to tell when we've arrived, but he's going to put the pedal to the metal anyway? Did he really think such inane blather would make us nod in agreement, swoon, or feel a tingle up our legs?

Well, first of all, I don't believe him. I think he knows exactly where he's driving the Car of State (to stick with that metaphor). He just thinks it's best not to reveal his destination to all us yahoos in flyover country because we might not like the idea of becoming a second-rate sclerotic socialist country. 

Secondly, that quote couldn't help but remind me of this oldie-but-goodie: "Why are we in this hand-basket, and where are we going?"

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Another hazard of wind power

Posted by Richard on February 9, 2009

For those who view virtually all human activity with alarm and worry incessantly about the "fate of the earth," here's something else to fret about, courtesy of my CalTech-grad math-and-science whiz friend.

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, David noted that the prevailing winds over the vast majority of the earth's surface are from west to east. Therefore, if we build a sufficiently large number of wind turbines, they will slow the earth's rotation and lengthen our days.

Although he can do calculations in his head that would take me hours on the computer, David did not offer an estimate as to what would be a sufficiently large number.

It's also not clear to me what impact, if any, slowing the earth's rotational period would have on global climate.

But surely, wind energy advocates enamored of the precautionary principle are obligated to prove that their plans won't change the earth's rotational period or affect the climate. 

Don't even get me started on all those dead birds.

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A great day

Posted by Richard on January 21, 2009

January 20 was a momentous day for me, a day on which a long-standing hope was fulfilled. Today, I witnessed a change that promises a more productive future. Today, barriers were lifted, limitations cast aside, and new synergies introduced.

Today, Adobe released Technical Communication Suite 2. 🙂

Now, if only we can get a purchase order approved. 

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Joy today, sadness tomorrow

Posted by Richard on January 19, 2009

Today, on MLK Day, I'm celebrating the fact that in my lifetime this country has gone from Lester Maddox, ax handle in his hand, blocking the school door to the election of an African-American as President. That, my friends, is a remarkable journey and a tremendous achievement.

Starting tomorrow, I'll be depressed thinking about the misbegotten policies likely to be enacted by this particular African-American. If you're too young to remember the Carter years (most people today are), think double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment, and economic stagnation. Think "yes we can" replaced by "malaise."

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A new era has begun

Posted by Richard on December 6, 2008

The President was declared a lame duck ages ago, the election was a month ago, and the new administration takes over on January 20th.

But as far as I'm concerned, the wheel turned, the ball dropped, the baton was passed, and a new era began when Instapundit embraced a new meme:

THEY TOLD ME THAT IF I VOTED FOR MCCAIN, WE’D SEE A THIRD BUSH TERM.

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