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When I hear the word elimination, I think of Russians. One Russian in particular Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaitsev, aka Saytseff. I also think of substitution, addition, elimination, nucleophiles, bases, and leaving groups. Before I was a safety professional, I truly loved Organic Chemistry. (Trigger Warning for former pre-meds) More

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Advertising for products dealing with our bodily functions predates radio and television, as Kellogg’s built an eventual corporate empire on “healthy” food centered on bowel regularity. Indeed, Kellogg’s followed the success of Cascaret’s sweet-flavored lozenge, advertised as a palatable alternative to castor oil.

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As the 2018 college football season nears completion, with only conference championships and bowl games remaining, the head coaching carousel is in full swing with a couple of big moves having already been made. The Kansas Jayhawks have hired Les Miles and the North Carolina Tar Heels have hired Mack Brown, both of whom won […]

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Image result for canariesIn Israel, when prospects for peace are discussed, you sometimes hear the following appraisal of reality: “If the Arabs laid down their arms, there would be no more wars. If the Jews laid down their arms, there would be no more Jews.”

By extension, it is not a stretch to say that if the Western world retreated in its war against Islamic terror, the Western world would soon cease to exist.

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Fifty five years ago, 24 November 1963, Jack Ruby gunned down Lee Harvey Oswald, in the Dallas Police Department garage. With his revolver, Ruby eliminated the last obstacle to Jackie [soon to be O], and the left wing of the Democratic Party, inverting the Cold Warrior President Kennedy into the liberal secular saint JFK. The […]

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Two of my favorite pieces of literature are Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Only recently have I discovered similarities in one of the “big themes” present in both. Both involve some sort of time travel, where characters move between times. Winter’s Tale protagonist, Peter Lake, is an Irish mechanic/burglar […]

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We have several open days left this month. You need only spin off the word “elimination.” Shall I roll out some boring political bit about eliminating electoral fraud, or eliminating rude reporters, or would someone else like to opine on some eclectic, earthy, or essential form of elimination? Hey, it is that time of year […]

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For many years, when an American child was resisting eating all the food on their dinner plate, their mother would admonish them: “Think of the starving children in Africa.” More

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For all of our supposed drift into “two Americas”, living abroad for many years has taught me that Americans are still more similar than we are different. Sitting at a streetside cafe in my cute medieval European adopted hometown, I can sense an American visitor from two blocks away, regardless of whether they’re from Nebraska, […]

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Noise is always around us. We need sounds to warn us of danger, so plugging our ears with uncomfortable earplugs is not always practical. Traditional passive techniques for noise control include isolation, such as done in recording studios, and shields around noise sources. Industrial equipment is a prime source of unwanted noise, and new designs can reduce fan noise without heavy shielding. We are always looking at ways to reduce noise, such as with jet aircraft designs and barrier walls for road noise. As discussed later, noise reduction techniques even increase auto fuel economy!

Many times unwanted sounds are generated inside machinery such as a heating system. Using trial-and-error techniques to isolate the sound source can take months to find. A new method, called a Sound Camera, analyses all sounds emanating from the device. The original method used one microphone as a fixed reference, while another microphone scanned the object using a robotic system, but the scan time was too long. Adding more microphones reduced the scan time, but a full system of microphones would cost well over one million dollars! By using an array of 1,024 low cost hearing aid microphones, the Sound Camera quickly finds noise sources when tested in an anechoic chamber.

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A few weeks back, I threatened promised to tell you the one about the BDAN baño. Due to a clerical error, I find myself needing able to roll out this tale, for your enlightenment this fine fall weekend. It is a tale of three governments, earnest bureaucrats, a rich U.S. NGO, an innovative Arizona policy center, and outside […]

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November’s theme of Elimination somehow brought to mind a tale I heard from an old guy I met in the gym many years ago. I only met him the once, and he didn’t seem to want to dwell too much on his part in the story. I remember him as seeming like a liberal agrarian […]

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Image result for mir yeshivaOccasionally, you read something so strong, so close to you, so transformative, that it stays with you forever. You find yourself referring back to it time and again as you warm to its truth, passing it along to others with a growing sense of urgency as the years go by.

Thirty odd years ago, while living in northern California, I picked up a San Francisco Chronicle one day and stumbled upon Herb Caen (as in candy cane). Herb Caen wrote a gossipy, but never snarky, daily column (for fifty-eight years!) that was a conglomeration of everything going on, especially in San Francisco but also in the world at large, together with observations, sprinkled liberally throughout, on the passing political and cultural scene. Among Caen’s claims to fame were the introduction of “beatnik” into the lexicon and a Pulitzer Prize. Caen had a goofy sense of humor and you never knew when it might make its presence felt, often by separating completely unrelated items solely by means of three dot ellipses.

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The reminder for this post came from this comment, although the idea’s been an idle dream for at least a couple years now, and with the election, now seems an appropriate time to bring it up. For those who don’t want to click the link, the plan is that given the power to redraw state borders, Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee and the surrounding area would become a state, and Wisconsin would take the Upper Peninsula from Michigan.* There are a couple variants on that plan, but that’s the basic idea. As far as names go, I’m thinking that the new state would be known as Superior, or that it would stay Wisconsin and that the C-M-M combination would come to be known as Megacity One.

That got me thinking: I know about the movement to break up California into several states, in some cases with the addition of land from Oregon, but I’m sure that there must be other proposals that I haven’t heard about, or that people in different areas might have thoughts on how they would like to get rid of annoying parts of their state.

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On a gloomy day, I sometimes find myself caught up in the “what ifs” or “If onlys.” I get so tired of seeing people make foolish decisions, say stupid things, hurt the people they love, refuse to take care of themselves—well, as you can see, it’s easy to get on roll! Just today I can […]

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Mrs. Tabby and I are moving into a new house this week. As empty-nesters seeking reduced house maintenance, our new house is about half the size of our prior house, in which we lived in for 18 years. So, major “stuff” elimination was called for. My concern – By eliminating stuff am I eliminating the […]

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the armistice, ending fighting in the Great War. It is the concluding centennial observance of a war that started in 1914, with the United States of American entering the war in 1917. Entering the war, there was talk of ending the threat of German militarism, ascendent since the Franco-Prussian War. In the face of the industrialized slaughter, the horror of the trenches, and with faith in man’s ability to mold more perfect institutions not yet confronted with the far larger horrors to come, people dreamed of a lasting peace. The phrase capturing these aspirations was “the war to end all wars.”

We see now, as the people, who first heard those words, knew by the 1930s, that the phase is as mockingly empty as the ancient cry, recorded in Genesis 11:4

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Friday, funday? Shall I roll out some boring political bit about eliminating electoral fraud, or eliminating rude reporters, or would someone else like to opine on some eclectic, earthy, or essential form of elimination? Do drop by, and post a link to your witticism, wile, or wisdom. More

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A few years ago, I realized I had nothing to do in the downtime between art deadlines. Since idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, I looked around the internet and happened upon digital photography, which led me to stock photography and illustration. It has turned out to be a good source of passive income. More

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I am in a reflective mood today. I lost my race for the Superior Court six years ago on Election Day 2012, and I arrived in Chicago for my girlfriend’s funeral twelve years ago on Election Day 2006. So, on the issue of Elimination, I decided to review every election day on the six-year cycles […]

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