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Book Review: Probably Approximately Correct by Leslie Valiant

How does life prosper in a complex and erratic world? We know that it does, but how, exactly? In this book Dr. Valiant attempts to sketch out an answer to this question.

Is There no Limit to Government Stupidity (or Malice)?

I wanted to capture some of the all too common examples of really stupid government action - here are some of my favorites.

To honor the current partial slowdown of the federal leviathan, I have expanded to scope of these articles to include examples of the malice of governemnt.

Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

"Why does my foot hurt?" - a question that McDougall asks which leads into the hidden world of the Tarahumara Indians and the bizarre world of Ultra Running.

Book Review: Regenesis by George Church and Ed Regis

ISBN: 978-0-465-02175-8 Published in 2012

Subtitle: "How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves"

At little audacious, don't you think?

Government Surveillance

Background:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
--Constitution of the United States

Book Review: Walking by Casey Meyers

Walking, by Casey Meyers, published in 2007.

Walking is an update to his earlier book Aerobic Walking. Being a walker I appreciated this book for the information and the encouragement it provides.

Meyers was 79 years old when he wrote the book, and has had his share of physical problems during his life - including two knee replacements and, 10 years before he wrote the book, a nearly fatal massive blockage in his heart.

Through all his health issues he has continued to walk, and is certain that he has reached his current age only because of it.

Book Review: Exploding the Phone by Phil Lapsley

Exploding the Phone, written by Phil Lapsley, (c) 2013
ISBN13: 9780802120618; Amazon Listing

You may enjoy this book. From the cover: "The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell."

And Ron Wins Another

Ron Paul took 1907 (52%) of the votes cast this weekend in the Illinois GOP Straw Poll. Cain was a distant second with 670 votes (18%) and Romney had 515 (14%).

The Chicago Tribne actually reported the results.

The StLToday.com web site (St. Louis) reported that "The Illinois straw poll _ at 3,649 votes _ surpassed such large states as Ohio, Florida and California that held straw polls earlier this year."

Republican Staw Poll Results

The main stream media would have us believe that Mitt Romney, or perhaps Herman Cain, are the front runners in the quest for the Republican presidential nomination. I beg to differ. As of October 22, 2011, here are the vote totals for Hermain Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney from 33 Republican Straw Polls (see: Wikipedia):

As of October 22, 2011 (33 polls)

Imagine - No Politicians!

Career politicians are destroying our country. Career politicians are focused on the next election and how they can fund their campaign. This focus leads them to pander to special interests and to vote for issues supported by their political party to gain its support.

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