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Eschatology and the people who have a terrifying lust for the End of Times

Eschatology and the people who have a terrifying lust for the End of Times

Since the beginning of recorded history, humanity has been fascinated with the concept of the end times. This fascination, and for some, preoccupation, is known as eschatology—the doctrines and theology concerning the final events of the world. For Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Israel is at the epicenter of these beliefs. Though many consider end-times enthusiasts to be fringe, their influence and actions have the potential to spark the very apocalyptic events they foresee

Debt, Inflation, and Debasement

Debt, Inflation, and Debasement

The United States spends more than it produces and pays for the difference with debt. This causes inflation. Historically, countries take on debt to fight wars and sometimes to ease the effects of a recession. Today, as a nation, we seem addicted to debt in bad times...

Chetna Meets a Feral AI

Chetna Meets a Feral AI

“Knock, knock. Please don’t kill me.” came the single-packet data squirt from MAC address 3c:22:fb:45:78:5d. The AI located the sender in an Ohio nursing home.

Places to visit in the San Jose – San Francisco Bay Area.

Places to visit in the San Jose – San Francisco Bay Area.

You could spend months visiting attractions around San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is my take on dozens of attractions that are worth your time and several that are must sees because they are fabulous and unique. Enjoy!

Thank you Japan

Thank you Japan

Almost two decades after my Japan adventure, one lesson stands out from the rest. In the United States and in Japan we both value accomplishment and both value the process by which we achieved that accomplishment, but the balance is dramatically different. This made a big difference in my life. Thank you Japan.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

Pay it forward to repair the world. Over my career I have been blessed by the many people have coached me, helped me, and given me a break here or there.  In the vast majority of these cases, reciprocity is impossible because of our unsymmetrical positions and these angels have helped me out without any realistic expectation that I could return the favor. So, pay it forward.

Yet another year of the black swan

Yet another year of the black swan

Whenever I lose more than a million dollars I feel compelled to sit down and think about what lessons I learned. I paid for them. The year of 2008 was, alas, highly educational. I remember the story about Solomon to whom God offered the choice of either great wisdom...