I am a raging progressive and a writer. I received Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Arts with a Secondary teaching certificate and a minor in Physics. I taught for about ten years, then did various jobs including welding,fabrication and traffic engineering, and am now retired.
I am interested in science, energy, the environment, and architecture.
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“Consider what happens inside us when we view the suffering of others. When we experience physical pain or emotional distress ourselves, a neural circuit becomes activated (anterior cingulate cortex—or ACC–and insula). Neuroscientific research shows this same circuit gets activated when we see others suffer pain or emotional distress. So seeing the suffering of others causes us to suffer as well.” Continue reading
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape. The big question is what is the best exercise program for us. As we get older, some types may not be advisable. We tend to break things and get sore easier than we did when younger. Walking is always a good exercise. Jean Carley at ninety likes dancing. I went to the Dollar Tree on River Rd today and they have exercise DVD’s for a dollar that look pretty good. There are Tai Chi classes which help with restoring balance. Chi Gong exercises restore health. Continue reading
Understanding gender identity involves concepts from biology, psychology, anthropology, legal, political and religious issues. All of these aspects are worth discussing.
Two major aspects of gender identity can be expressed as a person’s own personal gender identity Vs. the gender identity attributed to the individual by others. Gender identities may be defined as Male, Female, or Other (please explain*). As part of the definition of gender identity we need to include “Gender Role Related behavior” which varies across cultures and time and Sexual Orientation which can include preferences for males, females, both males and females, children, animals, and fetishes (such as shoes and other inanimate objects.) Continue reading
The world today is extremely divided. In the Middle East, people associate more with their religion, culture, and tribe more than they do with their nation. Most of the people in Iraq see themselves as Sunni, or Shiite, as Arab, or Persian, or Kurdish or Yazidi. The same is true in other countries there. Even in countries like Spain the Basque and Catalan associate more with their distinct cultures than they do with the nation. Continue reading
Trump has solidly aligned with Saudi Arabia, even though the official religion of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, is associated with most terrorist organizations. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-yousaf-butt-/saudi-wahhabism-islam-terrorism_b_6501916.html
Trump has opposed Iran and railed against the Iranian nuclear deal. That has intensified nationalism in Iran intensifying the power of the anti-American far right clerics there. http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/12/01/exp-gps-thomas-erdbrink-trump-stance-on-iran-strengthens-hardliners-there.cnn
Dead zones are so named because they are areas in the ocean without any oxygen. Any animals that cannot swim or move out of the area quickly enough will die. There are about 550 dead zones in the oceans today, including several off the Oregon coast. Some of these dead zones stretch for a hundred miles. Some scientists think that once a die off happened because of a dead zone, that it could take many years, perhaps hundreds before a healthy marine ecosystem can be re-established. Continue reading