Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Ep. 359) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

Good listening.

Among other things, it’s got me thinking about “choice” in relation to the game of HeroClix….

“Choice architecture.” “Variety-seeking exercise.” “Decision Theory.” “Nudging.”


Nature, Markets, & Evolution

U.S. Climate Assessment: What You Need To Know : NPR:

Over 7 Billion Human Beings on this Planet now.

Expelling through various activities much carbon and gasses into the atmosphere, over several centuries of a continuing Industrial Revolution, the same revolution which has fueled the population rise.

Supply and Demand, the Resources & Productivity required to meet them, are driven by the Human Animals’ Needs & Aspirations. We shouldn’t be so proud or arrogant or willfully ignorant as to think the “Invisible Hand of the Market” isn’t itself affected by God’s algorithms of Evolution, or the Celestial Mechanics of Creation.

Heat. Molecules, Atoms, the Physics of it, the Thermodynamics of it all: the gasses and particulate matter if the atmosphere ends up with a lot of heat. Matter tries to redistribute that heat. First within the atmosphere, trying to bleed off slowly all that energy back into space. Can’t physically expel that excess heat fast enough. So, ocean surface temps begin to rise, as to soil surface temps.

That endangers life at the root of Nature’s food chain, plankton and bacteria.

Without food and potable water, Humanity will destroy itself in desperation. Fall back to instinctive behaviors: fear, anger, hatred, violence.

Unless we’re better than that. Can BE better than that. Solve the problems we’ve caused ourselves as a species.

Best mission statement I ever read, the Preamble to our Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


News: GM Announces Cuts At Car Assembly Plants In Michigan, Ohio, Canada : NPR:

I don’t think Trump has the Vision or Selflessness to really do the work that will benefit the United States or Humanity as a whole.


Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Internet, GPS, roads, energy, science experiments in space, and other government/military projects that private industry benefits/profits from.]

How Can This Possibly Be True? – Freakonomics:

[“Friedman’s Pencil” and global manufacturing.]

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and “Nudging”.]

America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Personally, I’m tired of the two-party system, would rather have a three-party-system-plus-sprinkling-of-Independents system. Don’t know how to set up proper rules to see it happen …]

Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | Full Show: Cutting It Down To Size:

Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)? (Ep. 355) – Freakonomics Freakonomics:

[Great episode.]

Post No Evil | Radiolab | WNYC Studios:

How to Be a Hero | Radiolab | WNYC Studios:


Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data: HIFLD Open Data:

2018 Elections: Here’s A Look At What Blue And Red America Have in Common : NPR:

Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery, 2 Years After Similar Amendment Failed : NPR:


Politics in the Animal Kingdom — CGP Grey:

[Video series. Explains current voting system and ideas for alternatives.]

Home – National Constitution Center:

[Handiest Constitution site, IMO. Text of the Constitution, with explanations, and articles about history, application, etc.]


Another ‘Civil War’? Pessimism About Political Violence Deepens In A Divided Nation : NPR:

[Speaking as a Moderate/Centrist/Progressive/Technocratic Republican, it makes me angry how ‘popular’ a notion of ‘another American Civil War’ is with many Conservative Republicans, like how much they want to toss aside Constitutional principles like finding common ground and people with opposing political views working together to solve common problems. Tired of the extremist’ desired to either partion themselves off from those they disagree with, or try to subjugate/annihilate them. Doesn’t rise to the Godly/Enlightened Human level we think ourselves capable of, it just wallows in either the ‘Aggressive Alpha Ape’ need to ‘be in control’/’dominance’ behaviors or the ‘Cold-Hearted Lizard Brain’ calculations of ‘there can be only one, and it’s going to be me’ fatalist/nihilist/survivalist thinking. IMO. )


“Progressive & Radical Republicans”: The best “mission statement” I ever read: The Preamble to the Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Law & Order has to include Justice.

Successful Evolution demands balancing short-, medium-, and long-term needs and goals.


My “Republican Heroes” are not exactly “Conservative”.


Eisenhower was key desegregation figure – POLITICO:

Civil Rights and The Integration of the Military | The New Republic [1952]:

Booker T. Washington dinner at the White House – Wikipedia:

[Really wish TR hadn’t backed down after criticism for doing this, he should have stuck with it.]

Booker T. Washington’s Dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt – White House Historical Association:


Radical Republican | Definition, Beliefs, & Leaders |


Eisenhower’s Military-Industry Complex Warning, 50 Years Later : NPR:


Republican Heroes that I believe “Lead by Example”: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower. So many more, too.

Progressive Party | political party, United States [1924] |

Bull Moose Party | political party, United States |

Arthur Lovett Garford – Wikipedia:

“Thoughts & Prayers” Aren’t Enough

‘This Is Going To Be Absolutely Heart-Wrenching’: The Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims : NPR:

A Survivor Helps Other Survivors Process The Horrors Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting : NPR:

2018 Mid-Terms

Well, as an Ohioan and “Purple Republican” and a blue-collar tax-paying voting vet, I was going to be happy with either Mike Dewine ir Richard Cordray winning the governor’s seat, as I like them both.

Congratulations to governor-elect Dewine!

Hope you can build bridges among Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, Libertarians, Moderates, Centrists, Greens, Liberals, and Democrats.

I’m leary of the hard-Right, modern “Conservatives”, and “single-party rule”. And I’m really sick of the vicious and self-serving “duopoly” two-party system, but am not sure that’ll be fixed any time within my lifetime.

Good luck, Mr. Dewine. Hope I have good reasons to vote for you in 4 years.

A Utah Town Remembers Its Mayor, Killed In Action In Afghanistan : NPR:

[Another good man and citizen-soldier of the Republic fell Saturday in the line of duty.]

[I have no idea how to think/feel about all the “Blood & Treasure” spent anymore. I only know the soldiers must be honored by the rest of us, and we must also recognize the toll on innocent civilians the wars on terrorism has inflicted, and mourn them as well. There are still bad guys that need to be fought. Are we fighting in the righy way?]


The Prisoner’s Dilemma | Radiolab | WNYC Studios: