My grand mother told me "son don't let the grass grow under your feet." I took these words to heart and have spent a life traveling six of the seven continents with great adventures everywhere. People describe me as interesting.
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Pacifican Wayne Boykin Died After The Bike He Was Riding Go Hit By A Car
on 17 Feb 2020
, latest 13 hours ago #wayneboykinPacifican Wayne Boykin died after a car hit him while he was riding his bike. A swim friend of mine is permanently disabled after a car hit him while he...
Hitler Had A Much Higher IQ Than Trump
on 15 Feb 2020
, latest 12 hours ago #trumpiqWho was the smartest Nazi?Paul Hosse, Post Graduate Certificate Change Leadership, Cornell University (2012)Updated May 19, 2019Actually, there were several Nazis who, despite the stereotype, were quite intelligent. Famed author,...
The Curious Case Of The Roger Stone Sentencing
on 14 Feb 2020
, latest a day ago #rogerstonesentencingNow let us talk about the curious case of Roger Stone. In six days he gets sentenced in US District Court in Washington,D.C. for nine criminal charges. The judge to...
A Chance Meeting With George Whitesides, CEO Of Virgin Galactic Six Years ago
on 6 Feb 2020
Posted 11 days ago #georgewhitesidesI was at a cocktail party on Sunset Strip in February of 2014. I found myself next to George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic. We were not introduced. George is...
A Gut Feeling
on 3 Feb 2020
, latest 14 days ago #stomachmicrobesA Gut FeelingSometimes that feeling in the gut is more than just an intuition.Two studies published last month found that microbes in human guts can tell a lot about a...
A Chance Meeting With Two Russian Men
on 2 Feb 2020
, latest 15 days ago #stalin/churchillDear: Your Sunday newspaper...yesterday morning I drove to the pool for my 08:00 workout. I parked next to a Tesla. I walked to the entrance door for the pool. Two...
Sixteen Years In Our Home
on 21 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #ourhomeinPacifica16 years ago today we started living in this house. Escrow had closed and I go the keys. Elena came with a sleeping bag and started living in the house....
Some Startling New Insights On Homelessness
on 13 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #causes ofhomelessnessGood morning.(If you don’t already get California Today by email, here’s the sign-up.)For today, my colleague Conor Dougherty spoke with Dr. Margot Kushel, a leading homelessness researcher:Margot Kushel is...
A Suspicious Airliner Crash Near Tehran
on 10 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #tehranairlinercrash Today is a very sad day for our Canadian readers. They are mourning the deaths of 62 of their citizens who died when a Ukrainian airliners crashed after taking...
The Iran Missile Attack On US Bases In Iraq
on 9 Jan 2020
Posted a month ago #iranmissileattackonusbasesI got it right about the Iran attack. It was done with the intent of causing no injuries. This was the consensus and Iran said much of the same indirectly....
Moscow: An Artificial White Christmas
on 6 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #moscowwhitechristmasKeeping the Holiday SpiritDecembers in Russia are generally cold and snowy, but last month the capital, Moscow, experienced one of its warmest Decembers since 1886.The lack of snow during the...
Iran's Retaliation For The Loss Of Its Beloved General
on 4 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #iranretaliationIran’s Retaliation For The Loss Of Is Beloved General My readers I am not going to make a specific prediction on how Iran will retaliate. Rest assured that payback is...
The Secret War Between Iran and The US Just Became "A Hot War"
on 3 Jan 2020
, latest a month ago #iranuswarNow we have the big news event of the day. The US military got very lucky and killed Quesam Soleimani. He is the commander of the Quds forces. This is...
Was Carlos Ghosn Rescued From Japan By A Private Security Agency?
on 2 Jan 2020
, latest 2 months ago #carlosghosnjapanescapeThe other story that caught my eye was the allegation that Carlos Ghosn used an elite private security firm to rescue him from Japan. I have already outlined the security...
The Curious Case Of Carlos Ghosn's Escape From Japan
on 31 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #carlosghosnjapanescapeThen came the bizarre story of Carlos Ghosn. To my Brasilian readers, he is a Brasilian who made good on a grand scale. If you are curious, here is his...
In Praise Of General David H. Berger, Commandant of the US Marine Corps
on 27 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #generaldavidhbergerI am so proud of the fact that a graduate of Tulane, General David H. Berger, is now Commandant of the US Marine Corps. He is the commanding officer of...
My Incredible Cousin Robert N. Bruce, Jr, PhD
on 26 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #robertnbrucejrMy cousin Robert Bruce used to be professor of civil engineering at Tulane. His former students include:1) General David H Berger, Commandant of the USMC and the highest- ranking officer...
A Short History Of The Christmas Tree
on 25 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #christmastreesO TannenbaumIt’s not Christmas without the defining Christmas tree.The ornately decorated conifer is a tradition in many households during the Christmas period, and it’s a very old one, Time magazine...
The Humane Way Greeks Often Treat Migrant Children
on 25 Dec 2019
, latest 24 days ago #greecemigrantchildrenTHE HOME PROJECTSaving Thursday’s ChildATHENS – In 2016, 15-year-old Asma from Afghanistan boarded one of the thousands of dinghies leaving the Turkish shores for Greece.She was six months pregnant.Asma’s family...
An Act Of Christmas Kindness 36 Years Ago
on 24 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #christmaskindnessAfter surviving over seven decades over seven decades, it is good to stop and reflect on what one has learned. We all have had people who broke out hearts, took...
Memories Of Christmases Past
on 24 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #christmasespastYour Christmas eve briefing...let me talk about what Christmas eve and Christmases were like when I was a child. Dad had spent a lot of time in Germany and France,...
The World Fails To Notice The Level Of Unrest And Violence In Chile
on 23 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #chileunrestandeconomicollapse us contrast this with a most-disturbing phone call that I got from Santiago, Chile yesterday afternoon. One of our readers Pablo Gallyas gave me a most-disturbing report on what...
A Missed Church Service 30 Years Ago Today
on 22 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #jimmystewart30 years ago I was supposed to be in a Presbyterian church in Beverly Hills. My domestic partner Antonieta and I were to be in the service with the famous...
In Praise Of Space-X
on 21 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #boeingcapsulefailureDear: Your Saturday morning newspaper...I'm always mentioning those very important words: "The devil is in the detail." Boeing has been paid some $4,200,000,000 US by NASA to develop a space...
The India Rape Epidemic
on 19 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #indiarapeepidemicINDIAMade In IndiaIndian opposition politician Rahul Gandhi is facing sedition charges for a small rhyme that refers to a big problem.Speaking at a campaign event, the Congress Party honcho said...
Some Thoughts On The Battle Of The Bulge 75 Years Later
on 16 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #battleofthebulgeThis week 75 years ago the Battle of the Bulge began on the German border. It was Hitler's last attempt to stop the Americans and British from crashing into West...
Please Take The Boris Johnson Victory Seriously
on 14 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #trumpreelectionDear: Your Saturday newspaper. Boris Johnson won in the British elections. Donald Trump sees this as an indication that he will be swept back into office for a second term....
on 13 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #fogharvestingFoggy HarvestAccess to water isn’t easy for people living in arid climates.Despite the water scarcity, some of these regions – including Morocco and parts of southern and east Africa –...
A Nice Surprise On A Cold And A Rainy Afternoon
on 7 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #newgeneratorAs some of you know, a 385 lb generator sits in front of our house. Its final resting place will be in the back yard near the kitchen. A 100-foot...
A Wonderful Surprise After 21 Years
on 7 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #clothesstillfit21 years ago in 1998 I was broke and homeless. I slept on a concrete floor in a church each night. In those dark days, a non-profit agency helping the...
A Cautionary Tale About Global Warming-You Can Spend Billions And Not Stop Sea Level Rise
on 4 Dec 2019
, latest 2 months ago #sealevelriseITALYSelfies and TearsThere was a poignant irony to a viral video of a tourist falling into the water in Venice while taking a selfie.The “Queen of the Adriatic” – one...
Russia And China Sign The Contract Of The Century
on 3 Dec 2019
Posted 2 months ago #russiachinanaturalgasRUSSIATh Contract of the CenturyRussian and Chinese leaders oversaw the launch of the Power of Siberia pipeline on Monday, Russia’s most significant energy project in almost three decades and a...
Life's Simple Pleasures
on 1 Dec 2019
, latest 3 months ago #tablewinecompanypacificaSomet the small things give us so much pleasure. Elena and I braved the cold to go to Table Wine Company in Pacifica. Wineries ,brewers and cheese makers were there....
A Special Thanks To The Cove Restaurant In Half Moon Bay, California
on 28 Nov 2019
, latest 3 months ago #thecoverestaurantA special thanks to Jettav DeFilippis and the team at The Cove. Tuesday afternoon I drove to The Cove to pick up things for our Thanksgiving dinner. One item was...
Thanksgiving: The Invention Of A Tradition
on 28 Nov 2019
, latest 3 months ago #thanksgivinghistoryThe Invention of TraditionModern Thanksgiving in the US is mostly cozy and calm, with families coming together, turkey and stuffing on tables, and lines forming at stores for Black Friday...
Some Final Thoughts On The Internment Of 120,000 Japanese Americans In World War II
on 26 Nov 2019
, latest 3 months ago #japaneseamerican internment Let us return to the internment of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. The people taken into custody lost their farms, their homes, their cars and...