Things change over time. About 55 years ago, my college required one semester of a foreign language for graduation. Since I was majoring in math and physics, I wanted a language besides English that most scientific papers were being written in. At that time, Russia was the most “scientific” country other than the United States. So I took a semester of Russian! Let’s face it, I got a C for the class. Я не говорю по-русски. Pronounced: YA ne govoryu po-russki. Meaning: I don’t speak Russian. Time marches on. These days, Russia is no longer a scientific powerhouse, even if they do help support the International Space Station. If I were to apply the same logic today, I would have to choose Mandarin Chinese! Russia has become a failed state. The future was theirs to have, and they blew it. What a shame. Let that be a lesson to folks in the USA. We too must learn to cooperate with our world neighbors. There is room for both Capitalism and Socialism. We should all de-militarize and spend all that saved money on climate change solutions. Otherwise, 55 years from now the world will be a different place for everyone!
Category Archives: Humanism
Shorter work week is a good idea
I just wanna live
By Keedran Bryant
He shouldn’t have to sing this song. But he did and we thank him.
Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough
The BBC set up an Skype interview between Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough.
It was late December, 2019. She was 16, he was 93. You can hear the respect each has for the other. This isn’t a super bang speech, instead it is just interesting to listen to two of the most influential people of our time “saying hello”.
Click the link for an 8 minute listen: Greta and Attenborough.m4a
Greta’s father was interviewed by BBC the same day.
Click the link for about 9 minutes: Gretas Father.m4a
States that Discriminate
I love my state — California. We have an Assembly Bill AB 1887 that prohibits state sponsored travel to 8 states that have passed laws discriminating against various classes of people. I think more states should follow suit, to put pressure on these backward, mean state governments.
This list is here to help me remember to not vacation in these states and to minimize travel time if we must travel through them on the way to somewhere else.
• North Carolina
• South Dakota
Some day, hopefully, these states will change their laws and support all people.
If you are at all interested in anthropology or the lives of your Neanderthal ancestors, this novel will be an enjoyable read. This reminds me somewhat of the old series called Clan of the Cave Bears, but it is much easier to read (and shorter). The author Claire Cameron acknowledges help from Yuval Harari and Ian Tattersall.
Perhaps this will be the first of a series. I hope so. I know I enjoyed it. Thought provoking. It is a “fast read” and holds your attention. But caution is required, this is either adults only or at least older teens.