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Monday, November 28, 2011

A disconnected US Congress

Congress is so disconnected (and artificially disconcerted) from the middle class and the struggling working person that they are not even aware there is a problem. They have isolated and insulated themselves with a high salary, superb health care and a golden parachute retirement package. They have exempted themselves from the law, becoming a legal professional criminal class. I’m not being harsh, cynical or even judgmental, just realistic. This link outlines the insider trading that would get you or I arrested, hopefully it will at least allow you to voice your disgust. http://stopinsidertradingincongress.com/

From all the speeches I hear, the debates I watch, the stories I read, Congress does not know or understand the basic issues being faced by the middle class. They have their sound bites carefully rehearsed having been crafted by professionals. When they do make a mistake they blame their “handlers”, it is just not their fault. Most of the politicians on the national stage have been practicing for years, they are smooth, glib, smiling, hitting their marks better than any professional actor. Your congress person does not have to worry. All possible harm will slide by unnoticed
It hurts to realize that our political system is operating so far below its potential.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blogging, Life with Science

Welcome!  Time for me to start blogging!

After blogging for a few weeks I thought I would go online and research how to successfully blog. Reading post with titles such as, “Ten worst mistakes in Blogging”, I have now committed 8 of the 10 worst mistakes. I want a perfect score.

It appears that my first blog must explain clearly what my blog is about. I should never underline or bold words. I have no idea who created these rules.

I have always had problems with rules. Guidelines are acceptable, advice I appreciate, constructive criticism is helpful.

Rules make a convenient lists of things I can use to agitate self important people.

Clearly explaining what I want to blog about is easy. I don’t know the answer. By education, experience and personality I prefer to use science and technology for problem solving and understanding the world. For now, I just wish to write. On any subject, any topic, any genre. As an engineer I have filled thousands of pages of technical writing, training manuals, and articles for trade magazines, specifications, patents, and blue prints. All of this material was directed at a very small, targeted audience. At college I was allowed to substitute technical writing for composition. My Techlish (technical writing) is pretty good. I would now like to learn how to write in English.

I’m not selling anything. I don’t want you to think like me.

Observe the world and wonder at what you see.