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Roger O'Daniel's Blog – March 2012 Archive (12)

Peace Through Strength - Is It Enough?

By Roger O'Daniel

Picture in your mind two people tossing identical coins.  One side reads "War"; the other side reads "Peace."  What are the odds that both coins will read "Peace" when they reach the floor?  The answer is one chance in four.  Add a third coin tosser.  Now what are the odds that…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 31, 2012 at 11:00am — 35 Comments

Energy Basics that People Need to Know

Energy is a complicated subject because we made it so. We do not have a shortage of energy in this country . . . we used to have a critical shortage of PORTABLE energy in this country until we learned how to extract petroleum locked in oil shale. Now our problem is moving it from…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 26, 2012 at 8:00pm — 41 Comments

Energy Reform - An Attitude Adjustment Problem?

As long as the "human nature" factor is overlooked or ignored, we will not solve our portable energy transportation problems. I propose that four root causes of this predicament are:

  1. Political interference motivated by their insatiable quest for power and control,
  2. Aversion to change,
  3. Personal convenience, and…

Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Gasoline Prices and the Blame Game


We have two major categories of energy needs throughout this planet: portable and fixed.  Within each category we have two sub-categories: renewable and non-renewable.  Within those sub-categories, we have two sub-sub-categories: toxic and non-toxic.  Instead of defining the problem correctly and seeking a solution that works, we search for someone to blame for not fixing a problem we fail to define with consensus.  I leave it to you to place each energy…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 26, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments


This came to me from a friend. I updated it to reflect edits made in PAN-2.  Be sure to pay attention to the last paragraph of this post.

The group "Americans for Freedom of Information" released copies of President Obama's college transcripts from Occidental College on March 2, 2012.   That action is certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States.

The transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 20, 2012 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Presidential Campaigns Are A Messy Process

Most voters only witness a part of the candidate’s journey to elected office.  This is especially true for the most powerful and strategic elected office, The President of the United States of America.  This post attempts to explain the part of the process that the voters seldom notice.…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 19, 2012 at 5:25pm — 9 Comments

US Government and the Constitution - Basics Everyone Should Know

Myths vs. Reality

By Roger O'Daniel

The United States of America is NOT a democracy.  It is a representative republic bonded by a confederation of States.  A pure democracy is ruled by a majority of popular vote.  A republic is ruled by people who represent the voters, but are not…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 18, 2012 at 5:30pm — 21 Comments

Alternative to the F35 Fighter

Why don’t we start making Sopwith Camels armed with potato guns? They are sort of stealthy because they are mostly made of wood and canvas. They do not use as much fuel to travel as jet fighters and they are much more maneuverable. The design is well established and performance is predictable with a history of prior combat experience. Potatoes that miss their mark do not harm the environment like bullets and rockets do. Think green warfare.

An enemy pilot might think we…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 14, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Coyote Attack

This came to me from a friend.  Author unknown.


The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail.  A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.


 1.  The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 12, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

US Navy forced to buy Bio-jet fuel

The US Navy powers a lot of its modern ships with nuclear reactors. However, the aircraft on board their ships (helicopters, fighters, etc.) require portable energy on a much smaller scale, mostly jet fuel. The composition of this jet fuel must be pure of particulates and compounds that can clog the engines. The US Air Force pioneered a synthetic fuel using paraffin and methane as its starter chemicals.  This synthetic fuel could be blended equally with refined jet fuel to reduce dependence…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 8, 2012 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

Insurance - What it IS and IS NOT

Insurance is more like a shared ministry than a bet against loss.  People that share a common risk of an unpredictable and unaffordable financial loss, can pool their risk.  They agree to sponsor a part of an unaffordable loss for anyone else that experiences this loss.

Technically speaking, insurance is a way for people to share a risk of financial loss.  This implies that it must be a risk, not a certainty.  It also must be a risk that is common to a large group…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 2, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Shortest Commencement Speech

Many years ago, an alumnus of a major Ivy League university gave the shortest Commencement speech on record.  It went something like this.


I know that the one thing uppermost in your minds is to get your diploma and get out of here, so I will be brief.  I offer you three bits of advice.

1.  Always do what is right.  What is wrong is wrong, no matter how compelling and practical it may seem.  It invariably comes back to haunt you.

2.  Never lie.  The truth always…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 2, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

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