The More Things Change…

Received an interesting email forwarded by a friend:

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

(Cicero, 55 B.C.)
So, what have we learned in two millennia?” 

Are we really that badly off?




Of the two marmalades I made this weekend, the grapefruit was the more bitter.  The clementine marmalade was lovely to the nose and succulent on the tongue, but the grapefruit felt good in my tummy — it was refreshing and cleansing.

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How Young is Young?

Was witness to a very interesting and animated discussion between fellow travellers a few days ago. They were in their mid/late 20s, obviously known to each other and returning after having appeared for some sort of interview with an NGO – seemed to be somehow involved with some govt. project or other. Their refrain was an age old one, experience vs inexperience. Almost all had the same grouse. Do you have to be past your prime before anyone seriously considers you to be worth your salt?

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Green Waves of Revolution

There’s a green revolution, like a tsunami, coming.
Wave after wave of green technology that has been pent up for many years, hiding behind Bushes, well more like hiding from the Bushes.
The flood gates are open, the garage scientists bent on saving our planetary lives can come out of the closet and mass produce their passionate dreamy techno greeny products.

I have been asking around to see if any of these green jobs are on the grow, retrofitting our cribs to the new green grid. Maybe installing solar systems on your roof or twisty turbines, with two way power play and checks from utility shmecks.