Sunday, July 1, 2012

Things to Know - 2 July

Stuart Carlson
There will a few days this week that this publication will not be issued.  Tuesday 3 July, my good high school buddy is getting married, and Friday the 6th.  I have an iPad, but researching, drafting, and compiling this on the iPad is akin to weeding the lawn with tweezers.

1.  The NY TImes has an interesting perspective as public policy pertains to entrepreneurship and immigration and how the Republicans get it wrong:

2.  Both House and Senate Republican leaders, being questioned by news reporters, are in lock-step replies with answers to what the Republicans would replace the Affordable Care Act if they repeal it.  First, Chris Wallace of Fox news with Mitch McConnell:
Now, Laura O'Connell of NBC News with John Boehner:

3.  George Carlin, as has been mentioned before, belongs to that small group the comes before us now and then, with wit and sarcasm, to clarify our human condition and to make their commentary understandable as to how things are wrong.  In this particular piece, he really does not give much hope, by which we have to insinuate that we must find the carry on and find the answers and action ourselves:

4.  Romney's bona fides and grasp of foreign policy are very suspect, light-weight, and dangerous.  He better stick to something he's more familiar with like......, well Massachusetts health care...but he does not want to talk about that.   Old Silent Mitt:

5.  Bill Keller proposes the adoption of a Federal National Security ID card, which in itself, will open up a flood gate of discussion.  It's probably a good idea in some way, since it will put to rest all kinds of clumsy and cruel methods of trying to establish identity:

6.  Paul Krugman points out that the "Great Illusion" of Europe in 1910 was that conditions and feelings were to the point that war was regarded as pointless, and that country would never venture into it again.  We know what happened there.  Now, the same illusion may exist 
as the Eurozone makes adjustments to survive as a valid plebiscite:

7.  Steve Lopez, whose own father suffered from dementia and passed away earlier this year, was invited to pass some time with  Dr. Arthur Rivin, 89, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA who has found what has helped him survive and actually improve from the onset of Alzheimer's disease:

8.  Dead Heads Alert!   Yes, I confess, I am a fan of the Grateful Dead.   This is to let  you all know that the University of Santa Cruz will be the location of a museum and repository for all of the Dead's memorabilia, works, poster, and bling.  It is now known as Dead Central - how fitting.   So, when you are visiting California, you can head north from Los Angeles, and visit the Presidential Library of one Ronald Reagan - and I dare you to find anything, picture or literature, that mentions his first wife - Jane Wyman.   After that, you head on up the coast, to Santa Cruz and Dead Central - for something a lot more inspiring and wonderful than the Cowboy from 20-Mule Team Borax Wagon:


"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself." 
       -- Albert Einstein
"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet." 
       -- William Gibson
"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." 
       -- Groucho Marx
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." 
       -- Voltaire
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
       -- Timothy Leary

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