4 a.m. questions that keep me from going back to sleep

Why don’t palm trees blow over in hurricanes?

How do hurricanes affect underwater currents compared to surface currents?

How much wind does it take to move a NATIONAL OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION buoy?

Which type of windmill is more efficient?  Vertical or horizontal?

At how many feet does water reach 55 degrees f.?

Does junk on the waters surface affect wave heights or force?

Could tidal action turn turbines like water wheels.  And would they affect wave hight and force?

Could artificial grasses and bamboo protect coastlines from storm surge like wetlands?




The Chair


There will come a time in your life when your significant other will ask you to go shopping with her.  Do not bring up the game you wanted to watch or mowing the lawn.  You are not being offered a choice. 

You will eventually end up in the woman’s section of a department store.  Once there a clerk will kindly offer a chair to enjoy while your partner shops.  Quietly, but firmly decline because if you sit, you will be in the department for hours on end while the clerk helps the shopper.

Instead, ask your significant other what she is looking for, size, color, etc.  she will look at you with new respect and love for being so interested and helpful.  Once she has selected something she will want to take it to the changing room to try it on.

Once she is in the fitting room, go to the clothing racks and select three other items in her size.  When she comes out to show you how the article looks on her, she will ask your opinion.   say something safe like “it’s a nice color for you.” or “it looks good on you.”  Then say “I thought you might like to try on these three.”

Repeat until she is so tired from trying on clothes that she offers to take you for a drink.  There is also a chance that it will be the last time you are invited to go shopping.


The Opioid Crisis, Addiction or Despair

(The real crisis)

Addiction is the effect; despair is the cause. The government, no matter at which level, prefers to consider addiction as the problem because they can blame everyone else for the problem thereby avoiding their responsibilities. Governments blame the parents, the doctors, big pharmaceuticals while the local governments blame the states and the states blame the federal government.

If it is despair that causes addiction, overdoses and death, the blame falls squarely on government. The government has failed to address jobs with a living wage, education, healthcare, protection of workers, the wealth gap etc.

The fact that no one sees it as “death from despair” rests squarely with the media. Whether it is Wolf Blitzer, Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddox, or any other talking head; the buck stops there. They literally could start each news story with “because of their despair….”. Until the media CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR AND FOX start looking into and reporting on this “causal” relationship, the public will remain ignorant.

It is not an ignorance by choice. They are, whether they are farmers, teachers, shop keepers, or auto workers, too busy trying to get by to be focused on the problem. What they do know is that something is not right. They know that they will not have the same lifestyle of their parents. They know that the “middle class” is no longer achievable for themselves, their children or their grand children. They are stuck on the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid of needs. Self actualization will never be achievable for them. There is no future for them, their children or their grandchildren.

If you want a clue as to why adults turn to drugs to solve their problems, I suggest that as you watch TV tonight you jot down a list of medications being hawked by the pharmaceuticals. Think about it. What they are saying is that if you have a perceived condition, you should insist that your doctor prescribe the pitched medication for you. Drugs are touted as the answer for everything from “shaking leg” to erectile dysfunction.

Death by addiction or death by despair?

Death from an overdose or death from lack of care?