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"How did we get into this mess?"



Problem solving is often an exercise that displays differences in individual personality styles.


We are formed from early in our childhood, to witness, study, and incorporate problem solving.


Chimpanzees do this as well.


Here's an example from those earlier days ...


There may be several lessons to be learned in this little video.

(Watching full screen is best).




Walt Disney at his best, forming the hearts and minds of America.



And of course, problem solving began even before Walt was born.







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Trip to the USA - thinking in that direction


This is not the first trip back to the United States for Christiane or me.


But since it has been several years since the last session of travel in that direction,

some review of the process & planning seems indicated.


It is no longer simply packing a suitcase and getting on the plane before it takes off.


Some in our family are true experts at this process of moving around the globe.


Seeking their input and feedback seems more than convenient, and probably essential.


To begin, I have pasted on this page my current (March 9) outline to get this process underway.


All reactions to any of the the following line items are more than welcome.


Most recent trips of the past were for illnesses and funerals.

This trip for a son's wedding, promises to be a source of joy.


Trip process outline - 9 March, 2022



Even if WW-III is now underway, packing a gas mask may not yet be necessary.


Napoleon & Vladimir


"Birds of a feather, flock together."

(1545 - "The Rescuing of Romish Fox" - William Turner)

("Qui se ressemble, s'assemble.")


Packing a few surgical masks probably still is. I will also bring some material to do some

testing for SARS-CoV-2 should that become necessary.


Didn't need to bring those items when travelling on the Queen Mary.


"All things are difficult before they are easy." (Thomas Fuller)

For example, doing an appendectomy.



With a little luck, Nick will be able to take a few minutes off from his NFT market commentary activities to communicate a bit before our arrival for the Big Day.


So. Who has some travel essentials to share in pandemic year 2022?



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Kennedy, Khrushchev, Cuban Missile Crisis


And of course..., BRITT Shelters.


For those who can remember the early '60's, people got quite worked up over the

threat of nuclear war and annihilation.


The following brief TED talk by Brian Toon, seems to be reopening a door towards rediscovering today what that period felt like.


JFK and NK



Back then, as JFK won the game and Nikita K called back the missiles that were getting set up a few miles from Florida (about 90), the result had something of the feel of an Ivy League football game, rather than an escape from Armageddon. That battle is not only a Biblical battle between good and evil: it's the last battle ever.



Remember seeing U-2 images (Pilot: F. Gary Powers) on T.V.?



U2 images



So have a listen, and see if you find yourself moving away just a bit, from wherever you were just before Brian Toon's presentation.


Is it a coincidence that this topic is showing up now?


And who is (Owen) Brian Toon? Isn't he a climate scientist?


Have a listen ...






And as he said, this doesn't seem to leave one with a "warm and fuzzy feeling."



Not a BRITT Shelter


NOT a BRITT Shelter

(Much more spacious).





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Just how much genetics does one need to know to get by ?


Impossible to change one's parents after all.


Nevertheless, "The Past is Prologue" (Shakespeare, The Tempest) may once again be true here as well.









Link to this video:




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At a time when uncertainty looms large

"The Past Is Prologue" - Wm. Shakespeare


Some of the faces in the video that follows were somehow not quite real in our daily thoughts when we were younger, since they came from a time not personally lived.


Recent activity in DC by "Patriots" and others, seems to suggest that craziness is never at as great a distance as we would hope.


And what we are living through now also makes it clear that maintaining full control of one's existence is a sometimes thing. And as the lives recalled in this video remind, there are deciding moments.


I nevertheless like to find the edge of a rainbow where others see only clouds.


(Click the square box at the bottom right to watch this fullscreen).




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