Monthly Archives: June 2016

Passing On Those Genes

“Mind & Matter,” by Robert M. Sapolsky. The Wall Street Journal, 5/28/2016. This WSJ column is about the surprising illogic of homicide among family members since family members can pass on many of the genes we ourselves work so hard … Continue reading

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The Concorde Supersonic Jet

“Drop the Supersonic Aircraft Ban, Watch Business Boom,” by Eli Dourado and Samuel Hammond. The Wall Street Journal, 6/13/2016. I worked for ICI in Wilmington, Delaware, a huge British chemical corporation you probably never heard of. ICI (that once stood … Continue reading

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I Love Salt

“Notable & Quotable: Salt Crystallized,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/2016. I love salt, but that does not make me a bad person.   About twenty years ago I read a report that salt does not raise blood pressure in about … Continue reading

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Speak Now: Accents of Authority

“To Sound Like a Leader” by Daniel Akst. The Wall Street Journal, 11/29/2014. Advertising agencies know accents. They have to. They know Americans are influenced by a Scottish accent. Make it more upscale by changing it to aristocratic British. Or … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Healthcare, Whoever Pays

Colorado residents are facing a steep rise in healthcare insurance premiums, and many are favoring a “single-party” insurer, which means the government. They will be able to vote on that option in the 2016 election.  Let the state or federal … Continue reading

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A Bike For Seniors

You want to know how long I have been riding a bike? My first bike as an adult was a 3-speed English-style bike that was considered hot by almost everyone, that’s how long. “Three speeds!” they would say. “What could … Continue reading

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“Hoist By His Own Petard” Explained

I am familiar with this phrase and occasionally use it. It means someone who is caught in a trap of his own making or advocacy. For example, a politician who campaigns on honesty in government is found to be receiving … Continue reading

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