Archive for February, 2009

Talk About a Shot Heard ‘Round the World

I just read this Wikipedia article regarding the scuttling of the German fleet of WWI at Gutter Sound. Interesting article in many ways, but the thing I found most remarkable was that the wreck of the Kronprinz Wilhelm was used as a source of radiation-free steel for the construction of delicate radaition-sensitive instruments. Apparently these require metals to be used that were forged prior to Earth’s  first atomic explosion in 1945 because all metal forged on Earth since 1945 contains radioactive isotopes that will harm these instruments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership, Decisionmaking and Trust

Bush and Paulson confidence and authority, or not?

As policy-makers navigate the financial crisis, the leadership styles on display are interesting. The predominant style is a single-solution approach. One idea (TARP or the Bad-Bank) is selected at a time and incremental changes are made as new information and ideas emerge. Contrast this with a more multi-solution approach where several possible solutions are put forward, strengths and weaknesses are discussed, adjustments are made and finally, one solution is chosen from among many. For example, suggestions could include TARP-style cash infusions, creation of a Bad-Bank, creation of a Good-Bank, do nothing, etc.

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What do I Know Anyhow?

In the shower just now to think. (I do that a lot.) And after a moment I said out loud to myself, quite surprised at what I had realized,  “Why should I believe anything I’m thinking? My heart is a spiritual cesspool right now.” And immediately after that I said with equal surprise, “Why should I believe that then?” And this led to the point of this post. Alien righteousness.

This is Tim Hoelzel’s favorite topic. I think he got it from the Westminster Standards. The righteousness offered us in the gospel is one from outside ourselves, Read the rest of this entry »

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