First…my sympathies to the families of those murdered while leaving a Jerusalem synagogue in a barbarous act of evil by a
On this day in 2001 the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants to win Super Bowl XXXV, or 35 for those of you who can’t read Roman numerals. At the time, I considered it to be the second greatest day of my life, only behind the day after my wonderful wife and I married, which was the day we arrived in Nevada for our honeymoon.
I was still working in professional sports and was much more vested in the outcomes than I am now. I have written this before, but after the Ravens won the game I made so much noise that one of our neighbors thought I was abusing my wife. We did not live in a townhouse.
However, and even though he is still a big Ravens fan and season-ticket holder, my long-time friend Dr. Hoss does not remember that day fondly. That was the day of his sister’s funeral. She died of complications from anorexia.
Just like five honest people can give five different accounts of the same incident, even people with similar backgrounds and abilities can have different perspectives on life events. Those who think their way is the only way are beyond misguided.
A couple of links to posts from Why Evolution Is True:
From this post:
“Here’s a dilemma I face constantly. A lot of material on this site is devoted to opposing “progressive liberal” (i.e., “woke”) initiatives, particularly in science. And I’m pretty much of an absolutist when it comes to freedom of speech on campus, which isn’t exactly an attitude that’s au courant or ubiquitous among progressives.
…Like all people who take my point of view, I have of course been called “alt-right,” “racist”, and even a white supremacist. I brush off those names because they’re just slurs that progressives who lack arguments use to tar their opponents.”
Remember that Jerry Coyne, author of this blog, self-identifies as a liberal.
Woke is a cult and its adherents are beyond misguided.
Here is a fact from The kerfuffle over “Latinx”—Three percent of US adults who identify as Latino or Hispanic refer to themselves as Latinx while 40 percent find the term irksome or offensive. Here’s another excerpt from the piece, “As you may know, “Latinx” was a term developed by academics and promulgated mainly by the self-styled “in the know” progressive Democrats as the plural for people of Latin-American extraction.”
I found this article on the promise of gene therapy to be very interesting. Here is the beginning of the piece:
“When Rylae-Ann Poulin was a year old, she didn’t crawl or babble like other kids her age. A rare genetic disorder kept her from even lifting her head. Her parents took turns holding her upright at night just so she could breathe comfortably and sleep.
Then, months later, doctors delivered gene therapy directly to her brain.
Now the 4-year-old is walking, running, swimming, reading and riding horses — “just doing so many amazing things that doctors once said were impossible,” said her mother, Judy Wei.”
This is one of many areas where I part company with those on the Ridiculous Right. Science has brought unmeasurable progress to our lives. When it comes to matters of science, I defer to scientists and not to politicians or entertainers.
OK, if you insist; here are a few more pictures of cars consigned to the current Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
When I was a teenager I loved the looks of the Jensen Interceptor. I still like the car, but the rear doesn’t look that great to me, anymore.
I thought this 2008 Aston Martin Vantage convertible was just stunning. I told my wonderful wife, who is a huge fan of the make, that she could have bought this car for many thousands less than she paid for her 2018 Corvette convertible. The Aston sold, all in, for $44,000. Of course, if the deal for the “Goose Bumps” house is consummated, then she can have both.
Here are pictures of two idiosyncratic favorites of mine:
No, I do not suffer from multiple personality disorder. (At least I don’t think so. 😉) Yes, I like the 1977 Pontiac Can-Am and the Nissan Figaro. Even though many segments of the collector vehicle market do not appeal to me, I think I have eclectic tastes in cars.
We will not be attending the auction any more this year. I have become averse to large crowds, so today is out, and I do want to watch the NFL conference championship games live on Sunday.
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2 thoughts on “It’s All About Perspective”
“When it comes to matters of science, I defer to scientists and not to politicians or entertainers.”
Sadly, there are more than a few scientists who will shill for one side of the political spectrum or the other, depending on their own political beliefs, or in many cases for fame and fortune. Rare these days are an apolitical view, with the facts just left naked for examination. The days of an Einstein, an Edison or a Tesla, where the results were what they were, are long past.
Am I jaded? Perhaps. There are only so many times you can handle being given a shit sandwich, before you decide to ignore the ones offering that sandwich. With the flow of BS info. from both sides, it’s hard to decide what is real and what is the shit sandwich. One measure I use is that if one view is being pushed HARD by everyone, I’m suspicious. More often than not, that proves to be prudent down the road, when other info that was hidden becomes available.
And you kids get off my dang lawn. 🙂
Thanks, DDM. I understand your skepticism and share it to some degree. However, when it comes to science and medicine I prefer the views of a scientist or doctor over those of an ass clown like Roe Jogan or the idiots in Congress.
“One measure I use is that if one view is being pushed HARD by everyone, I’m suspicious.” This, sir, is a very insightful observation and one with which I concur. I infer you meant if one view is being pushed HARD primarily by one side.
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