Category Archives: Progress

Tiger Moms and the National Interest

Sean has asked me to make an occasional contribution to his blog so he can devote more time to thinking about the Red Sox.   So here goes… My initial assignment is to comment on the “Battle Hymn of the Chinese … Continue reading

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Early Detection May Be The Answer

I’d like to begin with a story.  While I was pregnant with my son, I had weekly phone calls with a dear friend.  I would give her updates on my belly profile and ultrasound pictures and she would tell me … Continue reading

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A Trend Will Continue Until It Doesn’t

In the late 1800’s, during Walter Breuning’s youth, there were 200,000 horses living in New York City.  Each horse produced 24 pounds of manure a day.  New York City had a serious horse shit problem. the streets were “literaly carpeted with … Continue reading

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Aging Well

Walter Breuning is 114 years old. His life has spanned 3 centuries. He is the oldest man in the world. Take a look at this video and listen to Walter. He is wise, clear, and vibrant. I can’t decide if … Continue reading

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Time Capsule: 13,998,000 BC

Do you remember the scene in Back to the Future where the town opens its time capsule? Trinkets and memorabilia from a time past that show how bad our pop cultural tastes were and how far society has progressed. Maybe … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: Transportation in a Post Carbon Age

Back in August 2008, when oil was at $140 per barrel and $4 a gallon, I bought a used hybrid Toyota Camry.  I did all the math – with the added fuel mileage I would recover the cost premium in 3 years.  … Continue reading

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If Left to Its Own Devices

In response to the Going Green on Accident post Aaron Gallagher, A But if Nots reader and engineer, excellently commented The fact remains that the oil companies still have a huge influence on Washington DC and their agenda is contrary … Continue reading

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