Category Archives: Other Topics

A new Photo Album

The new Album has a PPT presentation with with the title Amazing Photos. It is the first one in the first row and first column.

To view hover over the category Other Topics and click on Photo Albums.


Squid Video

A Video on Squid. It can be seen in the category Other Topics/Videos or you can click below.


Climate Change

A new approach that might work. A short TED video.


Senior Entrepreneur

For those facing retirement this is a very inspiring story. A short TED video.


Education – What’s wrong

One of the most knowledgeable people on the education system


Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, The Pitchforks Are Coming


A TED Video: A Plutocrat tells it like it is. The Pitchforks are coming


Book – Lights Out by Ted Koppel

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Below is Charlie Rose video on the new book Lights Out by Ted Koppel.
It provides a glaring example of how inept our government is.
I urge you to write your congressman on the subject and ask for a reply.


Political Correctness


Here is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

Dear Mr. Page:

I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but we must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to white folk. The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No!

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among.Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children.
The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. The Cincinnati Reds promote communism. The Milwaukee Brewers. Well, that goes without saying.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers.” (especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???)

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name, I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent the Washington community, paying tribute to the dickheads in government.



Old Golfers

For those who love Golf

Two 60 something-year-old men had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Frank was dying, Leonard visited him every day.

One day Leonard said, “Frank, we both loved playing golf all our lives, and we started playing soon after high school. Please do me one favor: when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s golf there.”

Frank looked up at Leonard from his deathbed and said, “Leonard, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.”

Shortly after that, Frank died.

A few weeks later, Leonard was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, “Leonard!”

“Who is it?” asked Leonard, sitting up suddenly. “Who is it?”

“Leonard — it’s me, Frank.”

“You’re not Frank. Frank just died.”

“I’m telling you, it’s me, Frank,” insisted the voice.

“Frank! Where are you?”

“In heaven,” replied Frank. “I have some really good news and a little bad news.”

“Tell me the good news first,” said Leonard.

“The good news,” Frank said with joy and enthusiasm, “is that there is golf in heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before me are here too. Even better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always Summertime and it never rains. And best of all, we can play golf al l we want, and we never get tired. And we get to play with all the Greats of the past.”Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

“That’s fantastic,” said Leonard. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?”

“You’re in my foursome this Saturday.”


Money & Debt


Economic Recovery
How the world is working

It is a slow day in the small Minnesota town of Marshall , and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

Biology – Batteries

An amazing young women who might be on to something revolutionary.


Charlie Rose Interview – Doris Kearns Goodwin on LBJ

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An interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the premier historians, on her time with Lyndon Johnson while writing his biography: Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.


College Education

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A short video by George Will describing the college education mess.


National Security

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A Charlie Rose Interview with Admiral Mike Rogers. Probably the most knowledgeable person on national security.



This video certainly describes the Muslim situation.


Bernanke at the Fed


The story of Bernanke
Long but very interesting.

On November 8, 2002, on the occasion of Milton Friedman’s 90th birthday, Ben Bernanke took a day off from his job as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board. Escaping the marble corridors of the Fed’s Washington redoubt, he journeyed to the University of Chicago to pay tribute to the great economist, and particularly to his work on the Depression. “You’re right,” Bernanke conceded, alluding to Friedman’s conclusion that the Fed’s foolishly tight policy had been responsible for the appalling hardships of the 1930s. “We did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”

Irish Humor

Irish Im Op

You have to love Irish humor

An Irishman is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he
comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds into
the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher. The preacher turns
around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon, he
asks the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk shouts,
“Yes, I am.

Banking – A Cultural Problem

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Can Bankers Behave?

Wall Street still has basically the same culture that led to the 2008 crash. But one big firm is trying to change—as government regulators begin to question whether financial institutions can be reformed at all.

The Atlantic article tells like it is. The article is too long to post here. To download cick Can Bankers Behave


Insider Trading – Congress At Work

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How the Congress works. Another example of how Wall street gets it’s contributions back. The problem is those using the inside information don’t go to jail if they get it from the Congress.

Inside the shadowy, poorly policed world of “political intelligence”

The article, from BusinessWeek Mar 23rd, is too long to post here. To download click Insider Trading

An excerpt…
On April 1, 2013, an hour before the markets closed, a congressional staffer named Brian Sutter passed along to a lobbyist the kind of tip that can make a savvy investor a quick fortune: Medicare was about to raise some reimbursement rates, which would be a windfall for big insurance companies. Ten minutes later the lobbyist, Mark Hayes of Greenberg Traurig, whose clients included Humana, notified an analyst at Height Securities, a small Washington investment research firm. And minutes after that, Height issued a “flash report” to 200 investor clients, including several large hedge funds and money managers, 44 of which traded on the information and profited when shares of large insurers jumped just before the close, according to court filings by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fifteen minutes after the bell, Medicare’s administrators announced to the public what this network of Washington insiders had long since ferreted out: Reimbursements were going up.


The Great War Of Our Time

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A Charlie Rose interview with Michael Morell on his new book The Great War Of Our Time.

Amazon Review:
Called the “Bob Gates of his generation” by Politico, Michael Morell was a top CIA officer who played a critical role in the most important counterterrorism events of the past two decades. Morell was by President Bush’s side on 9/11/01 when terrorists struck America and in the White House Situation Room advising President Obama on 5/1/11 when America struck back-killing Usama bin Ladin. From the subway bombings in London to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Morell always seemed to find himself on the cusp of history.