We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It has become apparent over the past ten/twelve years or so that the facts aren't as important as the hyperbolic narrative presented by our ever so smug media masters and political elite.
It is becoming more apparent that the Obama Administation is very hostile to Isreal's existence if only because the Isrealis are standing in the way of "peace" by protecting themselves and their interests. Which they should.
Then again, look at the Deepwater Horizon spill - "The Worst Environmental Diaster EVAH!!". Er...no? The Exxon Valdez is still the worst as it remains to be seen if the Deepwater Horizon spill will be as bad. Same with climate change. Same with health care. It is all about the now and the narrative - facts aren't even background noise in this brave new world because they are inconvenient.
I really hope that Isreal goes ballistic on Iran, the Palestinians, Hamas and anybody else who gets in the way of true peace that can only be maintained by military strength of a free society.
The odd thing is I can sight read music and mathematical equations are a piece of cake, but I have a real problem with words and letters. Just in that sentence I had to use the dictionary twice - equations and mathematical. Do you know how many times I've used those words? :>)
Sometimes the word looks right to me and I don't question it.
I will strive to be more carefull in the future though.
Don't worry about dyslexia Tom, my friend. Albert Einstein was dyslexic, and had the same facility with mathematical equations and music that you have. He told me so himself, back in 1952, when I worked at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Who knows? You too may solve the secrets of the universe.
P. S. to comment above. As you probably know already, Tom, the Institute for Advanced Study is an adjunct to Princeton University. And I wasn't part of the think tankers ... I was a Purchasing Assistant for the Electronic Computer project, which was developing the first fast digital computers. [There were only four in the country at that point, and they were all called The MANIAC -- Mathematical and Numerical Integrating Analytical Computer] So I only talked to Einstein once or twice briefly when I went 'up the hill' to the main building and encountered him in the lunch room. Actually, it was hardly a deep friendship -- more like a "hi there, how are you" thing. But I ever and always have a deep respect for him, as one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century.