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  • Brussels and Asunción

    Brussels, Belgium is the capital of the European Union. Asunción, Paraguay is the capital of (you guessed it) Paraguay. There is important news from both this week, one a note of caution; the other a sigh of relief.  
  • Fads are getting more dangerous
    Decisions that have long-term, potentially irreversible consequences, need a heavy dose of adult thinking. As a society, we are not protecting our children. After all, it takes a village to raise a child.
  • Possible scenarios for 2024
    This week (April 20, 2023), it will be 21 months until the next U.S. presidential inauguration. What are some possible scenarios between now and then?
  • Just stop it
    I thought adulthood would let me make choices as long as they were within my means.
  • Most of the news is noise, this is not
    AI development is at the point where researchers are not sure when its intelligence will surpass humanity’s and concede perhaps it already has. Earlier this week, an open letter containing names like Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) and others gained over 1,000 (latest count 2,137) signatures calling for at least a six-month pause in training the AI systems to be more powerful than Chat GPT-4. Others are saying the pause needs to be 30 years. Good luck with that.
  • Assessing people’s acceptance
    Our lack of acceptance of many issues on the table today is simply because no one has made the effort to explain them in a way we can understand. As long as they can be lazy and just implement such issues by government fiat, they will not attempt to explain them. Such an attitude is an insult to democracy and to our citizens.
  • PSA: Get your thinking straight – now!
    Most of us would say our life is more important than material goods. However, here in our neighborhood, two people have lost their lives in the last six months because, in a rapidly developing situation, they thought saving material goods was paramount. They didn’t have time to think it through.
  • The worm turns
    Finally, there is a new political party for those fed up with establishment Washington, both the Rs and Ds. It is called the No Label Party. No Label intends to present a presidential candidate next year who is a middle-of-the-road moderate, not extreme on either the right or left.
  • Social Security’s problems are simple arithmetic
    Social Security was on fairly stable fiscal ground when founded. But look what has happened since then. Families have gotten much smaller, reducing the number of future contributors to Social Security.
  • What will Putin do?
    When Vladimir Putin looks back a year, I suspect he is quite startled at how things have turned out.
  • Up in the air
    It is not going to get any better, folks, when it comes to gathering reliable information. The new AI software – already discussed in these pages – will cast further doubt on the veracity of publicly available information.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day
    Readers of this column know me and know God is an important part of my life. I’ve been given, so far, an extra 23 years. I wake up every morning asking the Lord what he wants me to do with these days. I didn’t beat cancer. He did, and I need to follow His leading on what to do with all this extra time.
  • Were you surprised?
    Humans want to think the world is steady and predictable. It never has been and never will be. A close-to-home example is when a loved one passes away. This event is often described as a shock, even though it is very predictable – we are all going to die.
  • Are we facing the Dark Ages II?
    It is not only television that is driving us mad, but also the 1,000 other channels of tripe being delivered to us daily through all sorts of media to our pot-soaked nostrils and our fentanyl-clogged lifeless veins. Our big city teachers’ unions have lost all sense of responsibility to teach. Many of our educators have become political tools.
  • You can’t have it both ways
    This column will build on what I said last week in, “Is this a tipping point?” Since that column, we have been blessed with shrill speeches at the World Economic Forum by John Kerry and Al Gore, where they called for taxing us to death to pay for the perceived climate change needs (Kerry) followed by phrases like “boiling oceans” and “rain bombs” by Gore.
  • Is this a tipping point?
    Today, it is very hard to determine what is real and what is a joke. My personal hope is that we have gone so near to the edge that sobriety will bring us back to a place of rational thinking.
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