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Share Follow up to My "Observation" Articles - Then a Question to the Reader
2017-5-22 01:46
Follow up to My "Observation" Articles - Then a Question to the Reader
As you can see from the attached graphic below - the official election results for the County of Cook for the April 7, 2017 elections (http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/results/Documents/SummaryReport40417.pdf )have recordedthat the 4th position for the Hinsdale Library Board was elected with only23 Votes. While I did predict that the position would be had for less that 400 votes in my previous article - I am not too happy to see the threshold t ...
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Share Observation – the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship, Part 5
2017-4-10 01:02
Observation – the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship, Part 5
If there are two things that can be the bane of any form of government, or two of the leading causes for its destruction, they are citizen apathy and government bureaucracy. It does not matter if the government type is a democracy, a republic, a people’s republic, an oligarchy, a monarchy, or a simply a “strongman” – if the day to day operations are too confusing, and citizens no longer fell bothered to participate/interact – then that government that is supposed to serve is go ...
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Share Possible to Nominate Gabor Fekete for an IgNoble Prize?
2017-4-3 01:08
Possible to Nominate Gabor Fekete for an IgNoble Prize?
Working in my current position these last few years – it has been interesting to see how the see the internal processes that international science projects have to go through to achieve a goal of proving scientific theories that go to understand how the Universe works, and how we work within it. To say that it is its own community and culture is an understatement – with pop culture giving it just it brief attention in movies and television (usually to attempt justify the CGI festi ...
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Share Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Four
2017-3-27 01:19
Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Four
Over the last few months, I have been regaling my readers about my activities getting four candidates to run for the Hinsdale Library Board – an organization that is responsible for running the Hinsdale Library – which is open as close as it can for 365 days a year with a full time/part time staff of about 40 to 50 people (depending on time of the year). This entity operates with a budget (raised from yearly municipal property taxes) of about 3 to 4 million dollars a year. ...
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Share A Candid View of the Growing Western Emulation of the Great Firewall
2017-3-6 01:42
For more than a few years now, there has been the ever present spectacle on the international stage about China’s “Great Firewall”. Much like the original fortification, it was set up to be a defense against the hordes of barbarians that roam the length and breath of the Internet. And much like the original, it has seen its issues with maintenance and overall effectiveness. To some around the world, it is held up in regards of being as much as “Technological Wond ...
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Share A Recommended Film – Disco and Atomic War
2017-2-27 01:54
A Recommended Film – Disco and Atomic War
It was been a lively couple of months to the new year that is 2017 around the world. In my neck of the woods that is the U.S. – President Donald Trump has been the source of a good deal of humor and/or dread, no matter which part of the political spectrum. Europe is a buzz with the idea that the E.U. will reeling with changes in France, the Netherlands, and elsewhere that will be greater than the ‘Brexit’ of last year. P.R. China, much like Japan and Russia, are s ...
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Share May We Live in Un-Interesting Times?
2017-1-30 01:51
May We Live in Un-Interesting Times?
It was been interesting to watch the world in the wake of Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential Election, from the ‘Macro’ to ‘Micro’ Level. More often than naught, I am reminded of the old Chinese Curse, “May you live in Interesting Times,” with the amount of ‘wailing and gnashing of teeth’ that has been displayed by various individuals and groups in and out of the United States. However, pose a simple question: What Qualifies as “Un-Interesting T ...
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Share Hamtramck Traditions in Action in P.R. China
2017-1-16 01:51
Hamtramck Traditions in Action in P.R. China
Over the holiday season here in the U.S., my family and I traveled took in part in the ‘U.S. Migrant Worker’ tradition of ‘Heading Home for the Holidays’. As my wife and I have been doing for over a decade now, we traveled from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan to celebrate Christmas at my Mother’s house. We spent time catching up with the relatives, talking about the various events of the year, watching my children and their American cousins having fun with e ...
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Share PizzaGate and the Ghost of Darrell Coleman (Chairman)
2016-12-25 09:03
PizzaGate and the Ghost of Darrell Coleman (Chairman)
As 2016 winds down, as I sit in my kitchen looking out at my neighborhood this snowy Christmas Eve morning, it is a bit hard to collect my thoughts on what has been a very interesting year – for myself, my family, and the world in general. From a personal standpoint, life has been good – my kids are relatively healthy and happy as they have settled into their new lives here in Hinsdale, Illinois. My wife has been able to reach out better to the extended Chicago Chinese ...
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Share Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Three
2016-12-5 01:59
Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Three
It has been a very grueling year for this writer – juggling the needs of home, work, and the local political activities. Nothing better than making the time to sit with total strangers, trying to tease out of them answers that will settle if they will be ‘good candidates’ for the position of the Hinsdale Library Board – in terms of running the Library itself, not overly raising local property taxes, and most of all ‘not having an agenda’ as the folks running the Hinsdale Caucu ...
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