The Hazards of Talking to Strangers

“So, guys, how did the trip to Japan go? Did you get the software installed?” “It was great! The clients loved us and are super happy about the installation! The boss even took us out for dinner the last night

The Paradox of Trust

“We have listened to the wisdom of an old Russian maxim, doveryai, no proveryai – trust, but verify.”   — Ronald Reagan Trust is the foundation of society. Without a basic level of trust regarding the intentions and expected behavior of other human beings, our modern civilization would very quickly disintegrate into total chaos. If you

Avoiding 21st Century Twaddle

“Man, as a social animal who has the gift of language, is born to prattle and to pour out twaddle that does much damage when serious work is being attempted. Some people produce copious amounts of twaddle and others very

A Silent Interlude

“My God, what did he tweet now?!?” One week ago, at exactly the hour that I am typing these words, I stood at the tallest summit in the contiguous United States. Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet, is the crown jewel

The Giles Resolutions: Scandal and Bailouts in the 1790s

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. –Ecclesiastes 1:9 Political intrigue, allegations of financial impropriety, vicious attacks in the media, intemperate politicians, and anonymous trolling. These

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