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Really interesting documentary that humanized and made me admire both of these great Americans. You can watch it online…

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I  urge you to watch this special Frontline episode. They do it every four years in October, and it is excellent.

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The Choice 2012 | FRONTLINE

I  urge you to watch this special Frontline episode. They do it every four years in October, and it is excellent.

Nuggets from the World of Ideas

Once upon a time

There was a place where you could walk into a flowing stream, and if you knew what to look for, you could reach right down and pick up a piece of gold. I can imagine that copper, tin and iron once laid around in lumps.

In ancient Babylon and Sumer (and elsewhere) crude oil and tar flowed like springs up out of the ground.

Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opals, turquoise, were all just pretty rocks…

…once upon a time.

Those days are pretty much all gone now, unless you count finding buried or sunken treasure.

…or are they?

The World of Ideas

Often in conversation, new friends will get around to asking me what I do. Or, knowing what I do, they will ask me how I do it. I have learned to pause for a second –or two– and look as if through an invisible door. In my imagination a metaphorical doorway from ‘our’ world to the world of ideas opens before me. Stepping through the doorway in my mind, I describe to them what I see.

Imagine a world where ideas lay around on the surface of the ground like rocks in a stream. You don’t even have to dig for them; you just have to meander around and notice.

“And I am not the only human being in that world,” I tell them, “Other people are there too, picking up ideas.

“Sometimes, I see people fighting over ‘big ideas’. I try to avoid those places. When somebody comes over and gets interested in taking over what I’m doing, I just give it to them and move on. I don’t want to get involved in a fight over one idea when so many of them are out there.”

Source: DC Animated Universe Wiki

Why Aren’t You Rich?

This is a natural question, I suppose, but one I didn’t think about before someone asked it the first time. It comes up a lot, though, apparently…

(Nygma discovers his office is locked and his nameplate is missing)
Edward Nygma: What’s going on here? Where’s my office? My door was right here.
Janitor: “Was” is right.
(Holds Nygma’s nameplate up and dumps it in the bin)
Edward Nygma: What’s the meaning of this?
Daniel Mockridge: What does it look like, Eddie? You’re out of here. You’re history. You’re fired. Comprende?
Edward Nygma: Have you lost what passes for your mind!? You can’t afford to do without me, Mockridge!
Daniel Mockridge: I can if you’re going to sue me for royalties.
Edward Nygma: I created the “Riddle of the Minotaur” game! This company’s making millions for my genius!
Daniel Mockridge: Competitron Software’s success didn’t come from the product, Nygma. Competitron has a corporate attitude. It’s strength is in the boardroom. The deal. The contract. Specifically the “Work for Hire” contract you signed.
(Shows Nygma a contract he tricked him into signing long ago)
Edward Nygma: You are a fool, Mockridge, if you think you can get away with this. Your amoral greed is no match for an intellect like mine!
Daniel Mockridge: Oh, yeah? Then tell me something, Eddie: if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?

DC Animated Universe Wiki

… so people ‘get’ the idea that cash follows creativity, but not necessarily in the same person. I feel like this– If I had to choose between pursuing ‘success’ or being able to go to that place, which would I choose? I guess the answer is obvious by now.

I’ve found myself feeling Edward Nygma’s pain a time or two, I won’t lie. But I learned there is more joy in going into that world than in fighting over who gets to bring an idea back from there.

Moderate Mitt Makes his Move

I keep asking myself, “How did Mr. Romney get to be a Republican governor of Massachusetts?”

Just to make sure I was working with the right numbers, I went to the web page of William F. Galvin, Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the home state of the Kennedy Clan, Tip O’Neill, Michael Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John Kerry. Sure enough, Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a 3:1 margin. They have in the Commonwealth ever since we’ve had Democrats and Republicans.

So how did those four years as governor go for Mr. Romney? He issued 844 vetoes.

That might mean he didn’t abandon his convictions, but it also definitely means he didn’t exactly persuade the legislative branch to see things his way, either. By the way, Mr. Romney appears to have devoted much thought to the hot-button issue of abortion…

In 2005, Romney revealed a change of view regarding abortion, moving from the “unequivocal” pro-choice position expressed during his 2002 campaign to a pro-life one in opposition to Roe v. Wade. Romney attributed his conversion to an interaction with Harvard University biologist Douglas Melton, an expert on embryonic stem cell biology, although Melton vehemently disputes Romney’s recollection of their conversation. Romney subsequently vetoed a bill on pro-life grounds that expanded access to emergency contraception in hospitals and pharmacies (the legislature overrode the veto).

Wikipedia

Edit: So, Mitt got elected Governor of Massachusetts by convincing the voters he was a moderate Republican.

Politicians who change their views to match their constituents’ do not worry me– it is politicians who ignore their constituents’ views that worry me.

Fact Check

Dubious Denver Debate Declarations

I caught only the last half of the first presidential debate last night. What I found was that, except for their presentations, both presidential hopefuls pretty much delivered the same message. What was the message?

“As a matter of fact, ‘Facts don’t matter.'”

That’s too bad.

In terms of presentation, Willard, who isn’t (yet) president, looked more presidential than Barack, who is.

My takeaway? The course of the federal government will not be even slightly changed by our choice of president. These two candidates just aren’t different enough.

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