I’m blue-collar, working-class. Manufacturing. These days, tend to self-ID as a Moderate/Centrist, oscillating (vacillating?) between elements of conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism, progressivism.

Trump. Didn’t vote for him, didn’t/don’t trust him.

Tax cuts: like them in theory. Would have applauded them, if — *IF* — he’d kept “Obamacare” as it was and kept spending at current levels.

Now, he’s signed in massive tax cuts, and is trying to spool-up spending, getting us deeper into debt.

Something’s going to give.

Can private business and private sector research and development close the gap in time to negate the negatives of so much government debt?

Do we have enough infrastructure in place to facilitate growth? Not just talking about “infrastructure” in the sense of the roads and bridges slice of Transportation. I’m talking about ALL facets of infrastructure that civilization requires. Transportation, Energy, Water, Waste Processing/Recycling, Communication, Knowledge/Research/Skills Development, etc.


Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | Why Americans Pay More For Solar Panels: http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/3/2/why-americans-pay-more-solar-panels-andrew-birch/

Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | When ‘Useless’ Research Has Long-Term Benefits: http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/2/23/when-useless-research-has-long-term-benefits/

Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | Rodney Brooks Predicts The Future (Kinda): http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/3/2/rodney-brooks-predicts-future-kinda/

Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | Why The Next China Is Africa: http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2018/2/2/why-next-china-africa/


‘Rules of Life’ outlines path to predicting phenotype | NSF – National Science Foundation: https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242752

From NPR News: Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper http://n.pr/2y9R9kD

From NPR News: Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development http://n.pr/2y8B9j4

From NPR News: Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes http://n.pr/2yeOMgE

From NPR News: Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry http://n.pr/2y4hJf5

From NPR News: Cassini’s Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future http://n.pr/2ybgESE


The Vietnam War: A film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/

This has been eye-opening so far. 

Will need this one for the rewatchable dvd collection.