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  • All around the nation educationists are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of children and teenagers to illicit information and conspiracy theories, especially on the internet and social media. Already […]

  • As the gap between the well-to-do and the lower income groups widens ever more rapidly, a citizen might wonder why legislators aren’t aware of the strain the gap causes. One could look at the effect Putin and h […]

  • One of the many, many disruptions in today’s society is the new phenomenon of ‘work from home’. The traditional model leveraged the natural human behavior to associate in cliques, extended families and tribe […]

  • Axios reported on some surveys of Generation Z, the young generation aged 18 – 29. The charts speak for themselves, showing a significant shift toward the Democratic Party:

    Mariner often touts the t […]

    • Thank you! All good news appreciated!

    • I hope these survey results are correct. The young people (18-29) I deal with in my classes are either apathetic or easily led by misinformation on social media. I fear for our Republic. Every now and then I find one who thinks independently and can see more of the whole picture through their own diligence at finding the truth.

  • The red line on the map of Eastern Europe below shows the peak of USSR dominance in 1950. For decades the West has known that Vladimir Putin’s dream is to restore Russia to its largest expansion that was created b […]

    • Sorry to invoke your ire, Fred. Mariner gets his news from more than a dozen proven to be reliable news sites on the Internet and deliberately doesn’t watch broadcast news from Fox to Msnbc and everything in between.
      The difficulty here is that one must take into account several perspectives at once. For example, Russia’s economy is about the same size as Italy’s. Putin is loosing favor with Russian citizens. Russia has a lot of land that is useless so agriculture isn’t a strength. Putin needs the agricultural base that Eastern Europe provides. He is a dictator so he can prioritize national strategies as he wants. He may well invade Ukraine but the West cannot afford to put a global, internet-driven economy on the line for Ukraine.
      What the West can do is shut down Russia’s small and weak economy. As mentioned on the blog, this is difficult for the EU because of fuel dependency.
      Putin is an unsophisticated bully. In the long run, this confrontation will only hurt Russia, war or sanctions.
      Another perspective makes Putin a mere nuisance because he distracts the US from another nation whose economy is larger than Italy’s: China. The US and China are fighting a war that Putin can’t afford; Who will be this century’s leading economy? Who will control global communication? Who will create the dominant world-wide supply chain?
      In short, the US can’t afford to play Putin’s game. It is easier and cheaper to shut Putin down with sanctions so the US can focus on China and the Pacific.

  • Around the entire planet, presidents, prime ministers, dictators and monarchs struggle to maintain a positive image to their subjects while fighting nature’s infectious army. Science struggles to keep up with n […]

  • Since early last December online news services have begun reporting on the immoral circumstance and the economic impact of a rapidly self-enriching oligarchy, i.e., the super billionaire citizens and large, […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, Language 2 weeks ago

    Jever (Did you ever) hear someone use a many syllabled word for a one-syllable meaning? Mariner uses too many syllables sometimes but he means really big words like slubberdegullion, which means ‘unhappy p […]

  • Jesus continues by addressing the Greatest Commandments and demonstrating how to invoke the Holy Spirit with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

    IIIb  THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS

    Mark 12:28-31

    36 […]

  • Now that mariner has adopted the New Age, he has some ideas.

    Today there are game programs so realistic that the player actually controls the hero. It shouldn’t be too difficult to develop regular movies like c […]

  • He understands that within a decade or two a new age will have emerged. The Age of Humanism will be left to history, replaced by a more computer-managed reality. Mariner has made himself eager to participate in […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, Reality 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    {The Atlantic} The moment that broke Cassie Alexander came nine months into the pandemic. As an intensive-care-unit nurse of 14 years, Alexander had seen plenty of “Hellraiser stuff,” she told me. But when COV […]

  • Mariner just saw a frightening news clip on CBSN (ROKU). Robot puppies that look like the Paw Patrol cartoons are displacing real dog ownership. It reminds him of the perverts who live with sex dolls and people […]

  • It never fails to impress mariner how Non Sequitur can simplify so many complex issues into one comic frame. Here’s a great example:

    Facts are immutable. That is their strength. Truth is culture, also a s […]

  • (part of a pamphlet mariner is writing)
    The Constitution of the Christian Faith
    I  God

    There is but one God, the creator of all dimensions, all material living and inanimate. God and God’s creation are in […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, 2022 4 weeks ago

    We must be thankful, truly thankful, if we had a good, heartwarming, soul refreshing holiday season. To have been so blessed in these times is a privileged experience. Mariner had such a holiday. His son and […]

  • One day in May of 1894, a crate of peaches appeared on a sidewalk in East London, England. It looked to be a sturdy crate.

    The size was 18 inches long by 18 inches wide by 18 inches high – a cube. The wood w […]

    • You have exposed the conundrum. Peaches aren’t ripe in May, either. The puzzle reflects why I have had 38 jobs in my life. I am top down to my roots while the world is run by bottom up people. Whole corporations are infected by discombobulated premises for existence and labor away at what they’re doing, not why or how.

    • In a similar vein–I was the secretary for our church women’s group for the past three years. I kept the minutes diligently for all of our meetings and stored them in the historical file that goes back to the early 1900’s when the group started. We disbanded in December. What was the point of all those minutes? What would be the point of keeping them now? What is the point of any work in the end???

      I’m not sure if this is relevant to your peach conundrum or not–but it seemed like it when I started telling about it. And maybe that is the point of everything–things are relevant in their own time. The minutes were important until they weren’t, and corporate profit/loss concerns are relevant as long as the corporation exists. So you need workers (and secretaries) to do the daily work and you need top down thinkers to put it all in perspective when they are no longer in the work force!

      But nobody needs peaches that are 127 years old.

  • The weather is cold enough now to muster the red cheeks and nose required for the season. When mariner was growing up in Baltimore, his parents would take him to the downtown shopping district where there were a […]

    • This is a great glimpse into the life of a bygone era. Who would ever have thought that department stores would be bygone? It makes me wish that I had been a city child with hucksters (and Hutzlers!) and street cars and family all around. Thank you for sharing this!

    • I find your memories a lot like the movie,” A Christmas Story” with Ralphie. I am amazed at how different your Christmas was from mine growing up even though we had the same father. My memories of Dad are him buying the Christmas tree way too big. Dragging it home on the top of the car. Realizing after we were home that the tree was 3 feet too tall. Dad trying to trim 3 feet off the tree with a hacksaw because he didn’t own a wood saw, which never went well, and attempting to fit a 3 inch trunk in a two inch tree stand.
      What were you saying about only remembering the good memories and forgetting the bad? If you’re right, I’m glad I did.

  • This entire post intends deliberately to promote a new book: “The Age of AI and our Human Future” by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher, published 2021 by Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978 […]

  • On Friday Mariner’s household lost its connection to the outside world – that is, internet and landline service. We tried several times to reboot the router, pulled out old cheap indoor antennae to no avail and […]

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