Matthew 5:5 – Wikipedia

Matthew 5:5 – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Interesting to read the interpretations.

Especially fascinated by the possibilty of “meek” referring to either “the powerless” or to “wielding power without harshness”. [Hinges on how to interpret the original greek word that was used in the scriptures.]

“With great power comes great responsibility”?

Even though “power corrupts”?

Those seeking power often do so ruthlessly, seeking “Greatness”. Whatever good intentions they have are dirtied, undercut by the evils small and large they do, or get others to do for them, either on thier way to getting power, or when they are exercising what power they’ve gained.

IMO, anyway.

Worth a re-listen:

Faith in Fantasy [& Sci-Fi][Excellent “round table” involving discussion of religion, morality, and ethics and visions of Humanity in sci-fi and fantasy fiction, discussed by a Christian Pastor, Jewish Rabbi, and a Muslim Imam. : https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/faith-in-fantasy.html

How Can This Possibly Be True? (Ep. 236) [The “I, Pencil” episode. Global supply chains, Globalism, Capitalism.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/i-pencil/

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346) [The “Environmental-Conservationist “Prophets” versus the Techno-Optimist “Wizards” episode.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/save-the-planet/

Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348) [The episode reminding us that government programs involving defense, energy/communication/transportation infrastructure, and funding scientific research/education have been hugely beneficial to the private sector and the public.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/mariana-mazzucato/

Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk — But Not for the Reasons You Think (Ep. 240) [Good “thumbnails” covering the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd “Industrial Revolutions”, where we are now, where we might be headed.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/american-growth/

Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362) [Andrew Yang: a private sector entrepreneur I’d actually vote for if he ran for President.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/andrew-yang/

In Praise of Maintenance (Ep. 263 Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/in-praise-of-maintenance-rebroadcast/

Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It? (Ep. 307) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/thinking-expensive-who-pay/

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Green New Deal FINAL [a resolution, general guide] – Document Viewer : NPR: https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729033-Green-New-Deal-FINAL

Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/08/692508990/despite-few-details-and-much-doubt-the-green-new-deal-generates-enthusiasm

U.N. Climate Report Offers Grim New Forecast : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/08/655360909/grim-forecast-from-u-n-on-global-climate-change

Midwest Farmers Will Bear The Brunt Of Climate Change, Federal Report Says | Here & Now: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/11/28/climate-change-midwest-farmers

As Rates Rise, Cleveland Water And Sewer Grapples With Affordability | News | ideastream: https://www.ideastream.org/news/as-rates-rise-cleveland-water-and-sewer-grapples-with-affordability

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CRISPR And Human Embryo Experiments Underway In The U.S. : Shots – Health News : NPR

CRISPR And Human Embryo Experiments Underway In The U.S. : Shots – Health News : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/02/01/689623550/new-u-s-experiments-aim-to-create-gene-edited-human-embryos

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans : NPR

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/17/686169529/trump-unveils-ambitious-missile-defense-plans

Hi. I’m a lowly blue-collar tax-paying voter and self-identified “Purple Republican”.

I didn’t vote for Trump and never will.

I disagree with much of his shenanigans.

Do agree with: Space Force and Missile Defense. Pushes innovavtions in STEM here at home. “Trickle-Down Economics” has always been a hoax proliferated by wannabe-oligarchs, but human civilization has always benefited from “trickle-down effects” of STEM breakthroughs into business.

(Sidebar: fear of automation is overblown. We need it. Automation is a system of tools. Tools have no use without us.)

Block-Chain Markets & Environmental Solutions (??)

A Small Plastic Package Is A Big Culprit Of The Waste Filling Oceans : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/15/685252092/a-small-plastic-package-is-a-big-culprit-of-the-waste-filling-oceans

EXCERPT FROM THE ABOVE LINK:

So where did all this plastic come from? Well, let’s go back to the 1940s. …. Plastic for consumers was growing in popularity. Manufacturers raced to find ways to fashion it into things people would buy. Plastic was lightweight, inexpensive, flexible. …. But much of it could not be recycled, and people in the industry knew that. At the first National Conference on Packaging Waste held in San Francisco in 1969, some executives wondered, where is all this plastic going to end up? One marketing consultant said that wasn’t their problem. Difficulties with plastic waste, quote, “are not the responsibility of those who produce materials, fabricate packages or package goods” – unquote. Rather, he said, it’s the consumer’s responsibility. So manufacturers just urged people not to litter and kept pumping out new kinds of plastic with yet more uses.

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Personal blue-collar tax-paying voter opinions:

Was thinking about plastic waste. Was thinking about how amazing it is, modern technologies and manufacturing, how we can make all this.

Was thinking about how — in business thinking throughout Human History — “makers” and “job-creators” want to make and sell, and the responsibility of the waste or pollution produced is someone else’s problem. It has to be, in order to be profitable in the market.

Was thinking about some of the Freakonomics Radio episodes I like re-listening to.

The “environmentalist prophets versus the techno-wizards” is a favorite.

The recent one with Andrew Yang is another.

I don’t like BitCoin or other “crypto-currencies”, as they aren’t backed by the “full faith and credit” of We the People, or any People. Love the security possibilities of Block Chain, though.

And Andrew Yang’s twist of combining a crypto-currency with the “checks and balances”/power-sharing/”full faith and credit” of the goverment backing of a “time bank digital credit system”.

The Market ™ is usually only concerned with The Dollar and the profits it needs.

Human Civilization has more needs to fulfill, stuff the profit-seeking markets find no value in, but which need to be managed nonetheless.

Yang’s “time bank digital credits” tjing is one “currency system” that could help. Emphasis is on person-to-person, community-level needs.

Running parallel to that, maybe at the “state and national needs” level, another crypto-currency system could be set up? For companies and institutions? More robust than “simply” a carbon-credits system? One to set up a parallel economy to help not “simply” recycle, but to “unmake” that which was made, turning waste back into useable resources?

Worth thinking about? Worth experimenting with? Carefully?

We, the U.S. of A., pride ourselves on dynamic innovation. The States are supposedly Laboratories of Freedom and Innovation. Our Pioneering Spirit and sense of competition took us to the moon once.

Have we become so “conservative” that we can’t experiment anymore?

Seems like civilizations die, resting too comfortably on their laurels…..

SPACE, 2019, 2018, & 1968

China Becomes First Country To Land On Far Side Of Moon, State Media Announces : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/03/681825762/china-becomes-first-country-to-land-on-far-side-of-moon-state-media-announces

1968: When Apollo 8 First Orbited The Moon And Saw The Earth Rise In Space : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/21/679282476/1968-when-apollo-8-first-orbited-the-moon-and-saw-the-earth-rise-in-space

2018: A Big Year In Space : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/25/680079488/2018-a-big-year-in-space

From The Milky Way To ‘Oumuamua, 2018 Was A Busy Year In Space | Here & Now: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/12/28/2018-year-in-space

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Lucianne Walkowicz: Should We Be Using Mars As A Backup Planet? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/21/678642121/lucianne-walkowicz-should-we-be-using-mars-as-a-backup-planet

Chinese Space Lab Crashes To Earth : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/01/598665290/chinese-space-lab-expected-to-crash-to-earth-on-sunday-night

Google’s Space Race To The Moon Ends, And Nobody Wins Lunar X Prize : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/580191165/googles-space-race-to-the-moon-ends-and-nobody-wins-lunar-x-prize

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/11/569936446/president-trump-is-sending-nasa-back-to-the-moon

The Room of Requirement: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/

[Love Libraries. Remember hanging out as a kid in my elementary school library, then the junior high library, then the high school library, or at the city public library, what is currently the “main branch”, although I hear it may be torn down soon. I spent a lot of time when I was still single and living alone at one of the other branches of the city public library close to where I was living. My parents took me to church when Iwas a kid, and I’d even sing in the choir, but I had more profound experiences and thoughts on God at libraries. It was there, after bouts of agnosticism I tried to convince myself was atheism, that I read up on the “secularism” and “Deism” of some our country’s Founders, and decided I was a Modern Deist, and leaned in on my Constitutionally-protected inalienable rights of Freedom of Speech, Thought, and Expression to learn about what others thought, and figure out what I think, what I believe.]

[Sidebar: I love NPR, PBS, Online Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, and all manner of publicly available “life-long education resources”. A “lifeblood of democracy”.]

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The Public Library: The People’s University? on JSTOR: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41209251

Saving American History | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/saving-american-history

“Library/Stock Music”

Readymade soundtracks for imaginary films | Public Radio International: https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-12-27/readymade-soundtracks-imaginary-films

Unusual Sounds – Anthology: http://anthology.net/book/david-hollander-unusual-sounds/

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As Copyrights Expire In 2019, American Works Will Re-Enter The Public Domain : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/26/680260454/as-copyrights-expire-in-2019-american-works-will-re-enter-the-public-domain

The Revolutionary Doctor Who Made New York ‘New York’

The Revolutionary Doctor Who Made New York ‘New York’: https://www.sciencefriday.com/

The Doctor Who Saved Hamilton’s Son’s Life: https://www.sciencefriday.com/

Dr. David Hosack: we needto celebrate more “heroes of science”, IMO. He needs more than a plaque. Too bad Rockefeller Center and the surrounding area couldn’t be turned into a modern botanical research/education/garden facility.

Amazon.com: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic (9781631494192): Victoria Johnson: Books: https://www.amazon.com/American-Eden-Hosack-Medicine-Republic/dp/1631494198

“Technology Tree Yggdrasil”

Open Scientific Collaboration May Be Helping North Korea Cheat Nuclear Sanctions : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/19/675390104/open-scientific-collaboration-may-be-helping-north-korea-cheat-nuclear-sanctions

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘Accessory To War’ An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/17/648697495/accessory-to-war-an-uncomfortable-wake-up-call-for-some

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We — Humanity, Human Civilization — managed to land another probe on Mars last month:

NASA Probe Lands Safely On Martian Surface : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/25/667480118/look-out-mars-here-comes-insight

…. it’s been such an amazing year for Humanity in the areas of exploration and discovery and learning beyond our little planet. Hopefully, leads to reflection about where we are now in other areas of Humanity’s and Civilization’s existence. Where we’ve been, where we are now, where we’re heading.

Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics.

History/Arts/Language.

Ethics/Morality/Character.

Ohio: I love my state.

Term-Limited, Out-Going Governor John Kasich has been trying to woo Elon Musk and Tesla to the state, hopefully to take over automotive plants GM plans to shutdown.

I’m all for it.

Ohio, the U.S. in general, and Tesla have to realize something, though: the infrastructure isn’t “there” yet for all-electric vehicles.

Tesla: IMO: for now, we need plug-in hybrid “crossover” SUVs and trucks. Probably for the next 20-30 years.

Need private industry to work with government here in the state on infrastructure. Including building codes. Not unrealistic to me that by a certain date, say, statewide housing regulations might require that all new-build homes with attached garages also have a standardize power outlet with plug-in hybrids in mind. As a suggestion.

Ohio wants to lead the way in self-driving vehicle tech. We are in competition with not only California in that, but also Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, IIRC.

But that’s a good thing. Kind of “California term” comes to mind: “cooperative competition” or “cooper-tition”.

Private industry and state governments need to collaborate on advancing all these research and manufacturing areas. Figure out how to keep innovation moving forward without bankrupting the public. Need to keep civilization rolling forward.

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

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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