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Notice that after I type this, the individual letters stand very still and form words and thoughts. Letters have been doing this for thousands of years. That’s what letters do best. It is not a challenge for letters. They don’t need a videographer to take their picture as they stand still. They don’t need an entire internet to celebrate the fact that they just stand still. That’s what differentiates letters from people.



by Nan Klee

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They had ordered, rather than requested her presence, then left her waiting in a small anti-chamber for well over an hour. Now slightly miffed, Doctor Samantha Alexander considered leaving for a bite of lunch, when a massive blond jack of a man in a black security uniform opened the tall polysteel door and silently gestured her into the Board of Directors’ chamber. She followed him into the spacious room, feeling an unusual suspicion. The inner chamber felt even more sterile than the majority of the artificial, underground environment in the city of Proteus. Thin sheets of polished gray moon rock decorated the always-present, dull polysteel walls that sealed in the atmosphere. Lighting, as always indirect and psychologically effective, directed Samantha to the long slate-blue table at the other end of the cold room. Seated behind the blue lacquered, crescent-shaped table waited Dreagan Corporation’s Board of Directors, who, along with the colony’s Founder, Doctor Jonathan Dreagan, made up this ruling body of this pseudo-socialistic lunar colony.

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From a Facebook Friend: I don’t hate Obama, I simply believe he is destroying what made the US great. In that regard, he has, unfortunately, been somewhat successful…now we need to rebuild what will make us great again…Again, unfortunately, neither presidential candidate seems up to the task.

So, what was it that made America Great?

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I believe it was the immigrants who took advantage of the educational system and the entrepreneurial opportunities and created new avenues to growth. You know, the educational system that your Republican Party is trying to defund and destroy.
I believe it was the unions that my father and I were members of that allowed workers to earn a living wage and move into the middle class. You know, the ones that the Republican Party is trying to destroy.
I believe that it is the Constitution that guarantees the right to vote, the right to fair representation, the right to be treated equally and fairly and the right to control your own body. You know, the one that your Republican Party is trying to pervert with voter suppression, gerrymandering, institutional discrimination, and oppression of women.
When I served my country as a sailor and a teacher, I did it for every man, woman and child of every religion and color to have a future. Not so that the same old groups from the past could have their power, their money, their prejudices, and, of course, their guns.
I believe that my America is still great and my President is one of the reasons why.
Happy Independence Day, the day that we remember that America is Still Great.



Muhammad Ali

He was the prototypical angry black man.  He wanted something that people of his color thought they deserved.  He wanted more than what the white culture of the time was willing to give him.  Respect.  Respect for his religion. Respect for his view that war was unjust.  Respect for his humanity.  Respect for his race.  Respect for his chosen name.  At no small sacrifice, he earned that respect for himself and for more than just himself.

More than 20 years ago, I was working an evening basketball game following an afternoon fight shown on ABC Sports.  We were just coming into the arena.  The fights had been over for almost an hour.  At that moment, The Greatest, then hobbled by Parkinson’s disease was slowly shuffling out of the arena.   The remaining crowd stood waiting for just this moment in quiet reverence as my fellow crew members and I did.  It was a mark of respect earned at great cost by an athlete who had no equal and a man whose greatness outside the ring earned respect and equality for so many.

A few years ago, I created an audio transcription of Admiral Rickover’s Speech Energy Resources and Our Future

I posted this in memory of Theodore Rockwell, author of The Rickover Effect, who passed away in 2013.  He searched his files and provided me with the hard copy that I worked from.
Text of the Speech from Resilience.org
Original Audio Transcription at Resilience.org


That’s only true because it’s true.
When your client’s hopping mad; put his picture in the ad. If he still should prove refractory, add a picture of his factory.
The Banana Principle: Heuristic devices don’t tell you when to stop.
The Brain-Eye Law; To a certain extent, observational power can compensate for mental weakness.
The Diddle Factor changes things so that the equation and the universe appear to fit, without requiring any real change in either. This has the characteristic of eliminating differences by dropping the subject under discussion to zero importance.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
The Brain-Eye Law: To a certain extent, brainpower can make up for the lack of observational ability.
The First Commandment of Frisbee: The most powerful force in the world is that of a disk straining to land under a car, just beyond reach. This force is technically called “car sick”.
—Dan Roddick
The How Come It All Landed On Me Law: Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
The Law of Fashion: the same dress is: indecent 10 years before its time, daring
1 year before its time, chic in its time, dowdy 3 years after its time, hideous 20 years after its time, amusing 30 years after its time, romantic 50 years after its time, and beautiful 100 years after its time. —James Laver
The Law of Too, Too, Solid Point: In any collection of data, the figure that is most obviously correct–beyond all checking–is the mistake.
The Lord giveth, Uncle Sam taketh away.
The Lump Law: If we want to learn anything, we mustn’t try to learn everything.
The Ninth Commandment of Frisbee: The higher your need to make a good catch, the greater probability your partner will deliver his worst throw. (If you can’t touch it, you can’t trick it.)
Dan Roddick
The Principal of Indifference: Laws should not depend on a particular choice of notation.
The absent are always in the wrong.
The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves
—Charles Read
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
—Benjamin Franklin
The amount of flak on any subject is inversely proportional to the subjects true value.
The ancient sage who concocted the maxim, “Know thyself,” might have added, “Don’t tell anyone.”
—H.F. Henricks
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
–Russell Lynes
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook
—William James
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
—Alfred North Whitehead
The ass is still an ass, e’en though he wears a lion’s hide.
The attacker must vanquish; the defender need only survive.
The average woman would rather have beauty than brains because the average man can see better than he can think.
The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back
—Abigail Van Buren
The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
The best substitute for experience is being sixteen.
The best time to look for work is after you get the job.
The best way out of a problem is through it.
The best way to get and keep good people is to give them room to grow.
The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant–and to let the air out of the tires. —Dorothy Parker
The best way to keep your friends is to not give them away.
The biggest step you can take is the one you take when you meet the other person halfway.
The Bitter part of discretion is valor.
—Henry W. Nevinson
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
—Samuel Johnson
The chance of the bread falling buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
The chief defect of a democracy is that only the political party out of office knows how to run the government.
The cigarette smoke always drifts in the direction of the non-smoker, regardless of the direction of the breeze.
—Raj K. Dhawan
The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affection.
The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
—Daniel Webster
The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: “Of course it’s none of my business, but…” is to place, period after the word “but.” Don’t use excessive force in supp1ying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.
—Lazarus Long
The cynic who doesn’t believe in anything still wants you to believe him.
The deficiency will never show itself during the dry runs
—Charles P. Boyle
The degree of failure is in direct proportion to the effort expended and to the need for success.
The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts; the less you know the hotter you get.
—Bertrand Russell
The desire for knowledge, 1ike, the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
The devil knew not what he did when he made man politic.
The difference between a chef end a cook seems to be in who cleans up the kitchen.
I —Paul Sweeney
The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and exactly right.
—Edward Simmons
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.
The best security from a revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
—Richard Whately
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship
—Lazarus Long
The dossier is not the person.
—Dr. John Gall
The easiest way way to figure cost of living is to take your income and add ten percent.
The easiest way Ito find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
—Jack Rosenbaum
The excesses of ‘ our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date.
The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is the most likely to be correct.
The faith in which I was brought up assured me that I was better than other people; I was saved, they were damned…Our hymns were loaded with arrogance–self-congratulation on how cozy we were with the Almighty and what a high opinion He had of us, what hell everybody else would catch come judgment day.
—Robert A. Heinlein
The final answer will exceed the magnitude or precision or both of the calculator.
The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly welded by the fiercest fire.
The first 90 percent of the task takes 90 percent of the time, while the last 10 percent takes the other 90 percent.
The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. —Robert Heller
The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.
Do not handicap your children by making their 1ives easy.
–Lazarus Long
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Do whatever your enemies don’t want you to do.
—Gary Novak
Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut.
—Daniel S. Greenberg
Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
Don’t care if you are rich or not, as long as you can live comfortably and have everything you want.
Don’t look back, something might be following you.
—Satchel Page
Don’t malign the bug-eyed monster–Oh, he kidnaps girls, it’s true, but bear in mind that all he wants to do is what YOU’RE trying to do.
Don’t permit yourself to get between a dog and a lamp-post.
Don’t stop to stomp ants when the elephants are stampeding.
Don’t worry about avoiding temptation–as you grow o1der, it starts avoiding you.
—Old Farmers’ Almanac
Don’t worry if you’re a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it.
Draw your salary before spending it.
Drink Canada Dry! You might not be able to, but it IS fun trying.
Dust breeds. \
Eat a live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. (On second thought, a bird in the hand is finger-licking good.
—Stanley C. Pearson
Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor.
Edgar R. Fiedler
Electrician’s breakfast–ohmlettes. —Raymond D. Love
Enjoy your life. If you don’t, no one else will.

Peters Inversion: Internal consistency’s valued more highly than efficiency.
—Laurence J. Peter
Peters Paradox: Employees in a hierarchy do not really object to incompetence in their colleagues. —Laurence J. Peter
Peters Placebo: An ounce of image is worth a pound of performance.
—Laurence J. Peter
Phases of a project: 1. Exultation. 2. Disenchantment. 3. Confusion. 4. Search for the guilty. 5. Punishment of the innocent. 6. Distinction for the uninvolved.
Pity the meek for they shall inherit the earth. —Don Marquis
Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.
–Lazarus Long
Platonic friendship: The interval between the introduction and the first kiss.
—Sophie Irene Loeb
Pleasure that comes unlooked for is thrice welcome. —Rogers.
Policemen’s barbecue: steak-out —Raymond D. Love
Political economy: Two words that should be divorced–on the grounds of incompatibility.
—The Wall Street Journal
Politicians will always inflate when given the opportunity.
Politics isn’t too bad a profession, if you succeed, there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
— Elbert Hubbard
Positive: Being mistaken at the top of ones voice. —Ambrose Bierce
Poster in Belgrade tourist office: Visit the Soviet Union before it Visits you.
Practice does not make perfect: perfect practice makes perfect.
—Vince Lombardi
Preserve the old, but know the new.
Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt. — Benjamin Franklin
Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back.
— Pat Hein
Put your brain in gear before starting your mouth.
Put your trust in those who are, trustworthy.
Quit while you’re ahead. You may not get another chance.
RANDOMIZATION: The assignment of subjects to conditions in an experiment according to some preconceived plan. Randomness, llke chastity, is more often claimed than maintained.
REDESIGNED: previous faults corrected, we hope.
RELIABLE: Sometimes capable of giving the same results.
RELIGION: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the unknown.
REPUTATION: What others are not thinking about you.
REVIEWER’S NOTE! A rejection slip based upon literature and theories in vogue during the period the reviewer was studying for his or her Ph.D.
REVOLUTIONARY: it’s different from our competitors.
RUGGED: too heavy to lift.
Raising pet electric eels is gaining a lot of current popularity.
Randomness: The property required to make statistical calculation come out right.
Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
—Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Reality is for people who can’t take science fiction.
Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal
—John F. Parker
Remember: LSD absorbs 47 times its own weight in excess reality.
Republican boys date Democratic girls. They plan to marry Republican girls, but feel they’re entitled to a little fun first.
Rowe’s Rule: The odds are 6 to 5 that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming express train.
Rule of Parenthood: Enough is never enough. —Phyllis C. Richman
Rules: 1. The boss is always right. 2. When the boss is wrong, refer to rule 1.
Ryan’s Law: Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish yourself as an expert.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: manufacturer’s, upon receipt of check.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Mysterious, sometimes bizarre, manipulations performed upon the collected data of an experiment in order to obscure the fact that the results have no generalizable meaning for humanity. Commonly computers are used, lending an additional aura of unreality to the proceedings.
SUCCESS: Living long enough to be a burden on your children.
Sanity and insanity overlap a fine gray line. —Charles van Kriedt
Sattingler’s Law: It works better if you plug it in.
Say’s Law: Supply creates its own demand.
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
—Thomas Henry Huxley
Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife; if you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently. —Werner von Braun
Science is a flickering light in our darkness, it is but the only one we have and woe to him who would put it out. —Morris Cohen
Scientific and humanistic approaches are not competitive but supportive, and both are ultimately necessary. —Robert C. Wood
Scientists who dislike the restraints of highly organized research like to remark that a truly great research worker needs only three pieces of equipment: a pencil, a piece of paper, and a brain. But they quote this maxim more often at academic banquets than at budget hearings.
—Don Price
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.
Secretary’s Lament: Around here I’m a very responsible person. If anything goes wrong, I’m responsible. ,
Self-centered people are those who spend so much time talking about themselves we never get a chance to talk about ourselves.
Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you won’t either.
—Joseph Fischer
Share your happiness with others today.
She has as much originality as a Xerox machine. —Lawrence J. Peter
She’s learned to say things with her eyes that others waste time putting into words.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I’ll show you a failure.
—Thomas A. Edison
Show your affection, which will probably meet a pleasant response.
Now you can borrow enough money to get completely out of debt.
Simplicity is the true test. —Ron Randall
Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is NOT a sin–just stupid.)
–Lazarus Long
Since no matter can be created or destroyed (Excluding nuclear and cafeteria substances), as one attempts to remove unwanted material (i.e., trash) from one’s living space, the remaining material mutates so as to occupy 30 to 50 percent more than its original volume.
Since we have to speak well of the dead, It’s best to knock them while they’re alive.
—John Sloan
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. —Will Durant
Skiing is so much fun. The bright blue above you … AND THE BRIGHT BLUE BELOW YOUl!
Skinner’s Constant: That quantity, which, when multiplied by, divided by, added to, or subtracted from the answer you get, gives you the answer you should have gotten.
Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great achievements.
Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
So sure are you! Tried have you? Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing I say? Try not. Do! Do! Or do not. there is no try. —Yoda
Social legislation cannot repeal physical laws. —Dalin B. Oaks
Society heaps honors on the unique, creative personality, but not until he has been dead for fifty years.
—Charles Merrill Smith
Some people are quick to criticize clichés, but what is a cliché? It is a truth that has retained its validity through time. Mankind would lose half its hard-earned wisdom, built up patiently over the ages, if it ever lost its clichés.
–Marvin G. Gregory
Some people who slap you on the back are trying to help you swallow what they just told you.
Someone whom you reject today will reject you tomorrow.
Sometimes the best law of all is no law at all. Not all the world’s ills are susceptible to legislative correction. —Pierre S. du Pont
Sometimes the crowd is right.
Space expands to house the people to perform the work that Congress creates.
Speak little and well, if you would be esteemed as a man of merit.
Speed bumps are of negligible effect when the vehicle exceeds triple the desired restraining speed.
Sprinkle’s Law: Things fall at right angles.
Statistics are a highly logical and precise method for saying a half-truth inaccurately.
Stockbroker’s Declaration: The market will rally from this or lower levels.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Student’s snack–cramberries. —Raymond D. Love
Success goes to your head, failure to your heart.
Success is doing what you like to do and making a living at it.
Success seems to be that which forms the distinction between confidence and conceit.
Nelson, when young, was piqued at not being noticed in a certain paragraph of the newspapers, which detailed an action wherein he had assisted. “But never mind,” said he, “I will one day have a gazette of my own.” —Colton
Sufficient monies to do the job correctly the first time are usually not available; however, ample funds are much easily obtained for repeated major redesigns.
TANK: A means of transportation the Soviet army uses to visit its friends.
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
Talent in staff work or sales will recurrently be interpreted as managerial ability.
—Charles P. Boyle
Talk of revolution is one way of avoiding reality
—John Kenneth Galbraith
Taxes are going up so fast, the government is likely to price itself out of the market.
Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
That must be wonderful! I don’t understand it at all.
That which is good to be done, cannot be done too soon; and if it is neglected to be done early, it will frequently happen that it will not be done at all.
—Bishop Richard Mant
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
—Adlai Stevenson.