Worth | Radiolab | WNYC Studios: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/worth


George H.W. Bush Dies: Former U.S. President Was 94 : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/423556608/former-president-george-h-w-bush-dies-at-94

George H.W. Bush’s Wartime Experience Shaped His Approach To Politics : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/12/01/169703080/george-h-w-bushs-wartime-experience-shaped-his-approach-to-politics


Rest In Peace, sir.

I graduated high school in 1988, that was also the first election I ever voted in. I voted for GHWB. Back then, I only knew he’d been Reagan’s VP and was a pilot during WWII. My respect for him, and I was and am just a lowly tax-paying voter, only grew the more I learned about him.

I’ve heard the charge that he was “elitist”, but have never bought it. He was successful, but good and honorable, tried to do the Right Thing for the right reasons, the right way, as straightforwardly and honest as possible.

I’m just a blue-collar shlub, but I could respect him.

I think his impact on the world has had a “long tail”, longer than most might think.

Godspeed, Bush 41.

EDIT (2018-12-02):

What We All Forget (If We Ever Knew) About The Political Career of Bush 41 : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/02/672719097/what-we-all-forget-if-we-ever-knew-about-the-political-career-of-bush-41

Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Ep. 359) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/trader-joes/

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.”

“Thoughts & Prayers” Aren’t Enough

‘This Is Going To Be Absolutely Heart-Wrenching’: The Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665909790/this-is-going-to-be-absolutely-heart-wrenching-the-thousand-oaks-shooting-victim

A Survivor Helps Other Survivors Process The Horrors Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/01/653399370/a-survivor-helps-other-survivors-process-the-horrors-of-the-las-vegas-mass-shoot

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.

Remembering Cecil And David Rosenthal, Brothers Killed In Synagogue Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/29/661879807/remembering-cecil-and-david-rosenthal-brothers-killed-in-synagogue-shooting

Northeast Ohio Jewish Community Mourns Pittsburgh Shooting Victims | News | ideastream: http://www.ideastream.org/news/northeast-ohio-jewish-community-mourns-pittsburgh-shooting-victims?utm_source=homepages&utm_medium=ideastream&utm_campaign=carousel

Opinion: the attack was monstrous, horrific. Am heartened to see both the Pittsburgh local community come together, and see the solidarity demonstrated from everywhere else.

Suspect Charged With 29 Federal Counts In Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661347236/multiple-casualties-in-shooting-near-pittsburgh-synagogue

What’s Known About Robert Bowers, The Suspect In The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661409410/whats-known-about-robert-bowers-the-suspect-in-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting


Fingerprints, DNA And Social Media Posts Helped FBI Identify Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661407090/fingerprints-dna-and-social-media-posts-helped-fbi-identify-bomb-suspect-cesar-s

As FBI Closed In On Bomb Suspect, Mixed Signals From President Trump : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/26/661131089/as-fbi-closed-in-on-bomb-suspect-mixed-signals-from-president-trump

Blaming Victims For Mail Bombs Carries Echoes Of Civil Rights Bombings : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/661110544/blaming-victims-for-mail-bombs-carries-echoes-of-civil-rights-bombings


This civilian’s opinion: these guys — the shooter, the bomber — were/are domestic terrorists.

Red Brain, Blue Brain | Hidden Brain : NPR

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Nature, Nurture, and Your Politics | Hidden Brain : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/654127241/nature-nurture-and-your-politics


Tom Nichols: Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/tom-nichols-why-im-leaving-republican-party/572419/

[That article was briefly a subject of discussion in the political forum I frequent daily, and got some time devoted to it on NPR.]

[It’s been useful for me, as I think about where I am, politically, socioeconomicly, spiritually, philosophically.]

Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/large-majorities-dislike-political-correctness/572581/

“Freedom of Speech/Freedom of the Press” Outside the “American Bubble”

Reports: Turkey Says Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Killed In Saudi Consulate : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/07/655345651/reports-turkey-says-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-killed-in-saudi-consulate

3 Russian Journalists Killed While Probing Reports Of Mercenaries In Africa : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/635046238/3-russian-journalists-killed-while-probing-reports-of-mercenaries-in-africa

Who Ordered The Car Bomb That Killed Maltese Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/22/630866527/mastermind-behind-malta-journalist-killing-remains-a-mystery

Prominent Mexican Journalist Joins A Long List Of Those Killed : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/16/611538497/prominent-mexican-journalist-joins-a-long-list-of-those-killed

Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/21/604497554/why-do-russian-journalists-keep-falling

Buchanan’s Trump

How The 1990s Paved The Way For Today’s Political Divide – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-10-04/the-red-the-blue

How Trump Really Got Rich – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/podcasts/the-daily/donald-trump-fred-trump-tax-money.html

[For a layman like me, a blue-collar tax-paying voter, this reinforces for me why I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, and will never vote for him.]

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire

[OPINION: Startling to realize how much Andrew Carnegie exploited his worker, apparently with the intention of becoming wealthy enough to become a philanthropist. Key: he didn’t trust the common worker’s sense or ability of how to use money, so he had no problem paying them low wages (relying on them being desperate for work), busting unions, and no bothering with workplace safety concerns.


Something very Adam Smith/”Wealth of Nations” about it, too, IMO.]

‘Winners Take All’: Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/642688220/generous-giving-or-phony-philanthropy-a-critique-of-well-meaning-winners

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-09-06/the-decisions-that-matter-most

What Gives | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/what-gives-2

California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045 : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646373423/california-sets-goal-of-100-percent-renewable-electric-power-by-2045

Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/11/646313648/climate-change-drives-bigger-wetter-storms-storms-like-florence

Number Of Hungry People Is Going Up By Millions According To New U.N. Report : Goats and Soda : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/09/11/646786468/the-fight-against-world-hunger-is-going-in-the-wrong-direction


‘Winners Take All’: Generous Giving Or Phony Philanthropy? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/642688220/generous-giving-or-phony-philanthropy-a-critique-of-well-meaning-winners

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-09-06/the-decisions-that-matter-most

What Gives | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/what-gives-2


[Exploring Human Behavior & Civilization, often via Economics & Socioeconomics.]

Hidden Brain : NPR: https://www.npr.org/series/423302056/hidden-brain

Code Switch : NPR: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

Goats and Soda : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/

Planet Money : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

Freakonomics – The hidden side of everything Freakonomics | The hidden side of everything: http://freakonomics.com

Marketplace: https://www.marketplace.org/

The On Being Project | The On Being Project: https://onbeing.org/

ImaginaryWorlds: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/

BBC World Service – HARDtalk, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security – Michael Chertoff: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswj4d

[OPINION: Good interview. HARDtalk is always good.

Agree with former Sec. Chertoff’s view that U.S. goverment and tech companies need to help re-assert and safeguard individual privacy and help individual citizens always know who is collecting thier data, why, and ways to block its use if necessary.

The thought of China’s development of a “social credit score” that they use to intimidate and coerce thier own citizens with is scary. Can’t let that happen here.]

NPR NEWS — Florida Sen. Rubio Takes Up The Cause Of Uighar Minority In China : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/07/645459741/florida-sen-rubio-takes-up-the-cause-of-uighar-minority-in-china

White House Rejects Anonymous ‘New York Times’ Op-Ed That Criticizes Trump : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/644974169/white-house-rejects-column-attributed-to-anonymous-official-that-faults-trump

(People on the politics forum I frequent daily were talking about this a lot. Actions “behind the scenes” by the President’s staff of this nature are being seen by many there as a breakdown in the systems of our republic. One guy who usually brings up the 25th amendment did so again. Luckily, NPR is “Johnny on the spot” with that today as well–)

What You Need To Know About The 25th Amendment : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/645021413/amid-another-wild-week-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-25th-amendment

(We are definitely “living in interesting times”.)


EDIT: As a layman, I’ve also found this useful over the past year or so:

Home – National Constitution Center: https://constitutioncenter.org/

Meanwhile, in this weird secular “kings & clergy” way, the Supreme Court is believed by some to be the most powerful branch of the government, in the most unconstitutional way:

‘The Most Dangerous Branch’ Asks Whether The Supreme Court Has Become Too Powerful : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/644824174/the-most-dangerous-branch-asks-whether-the-supreme-court-has-become-too-powerful

“Wardens & Wizards”: Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/save-the-planet/

As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/641606668/as-climate-warms-algae-blooms-in-drinking-water-supplies

Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants – The 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-08-29/deregulation-of-coal-fired-power-plants

What Does Shakespeare Have To Do With ‘Energy’? (Trust Us, There’s A Link) : Book Review: “ENERGY: A Human History” by Richard Rhodes NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/613155111/what-does-shakespeare-have-to-do-with-energy-trust-us-theres-a-link

Jared Diamond: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations : NPR: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4738014

A High School Reunion Reveals: When Steel Mills Fell Silent, Fates Got Flipped : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/640257956/opinion-a-high-school-reunion-reveals-when-steel-mills-fell-silent-fates-got-fli

In Brazil’s National Museum Fire, Officials Fear ‘Incalculable’ Loss Of Artifacts : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/644284093/in-brazils-national-museum-fire-officials-fear-incalculable-loss-of-artifacts

Centuries-Old Plant Collection Now Online — A Treasure Trove For Researchers : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/02/641310268/centuries-old-plant-collection-now-online-a-treasure-trove-for-researchers

‘Invention Of Air’ Explains Discovery Of Oxygen : NPR: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98947092

The Art of War. It’s Not For Everyone : Planet Money : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/08/24/641623813/the-art-of-war-its-not-for-everyone