Tuesday, October 22, 2013

editors and reporters

An editor and a reporter are lost in the desert, weak and thirsty. Finally, they see an oasis with a palm tree, greenery and a pool of cool water. The two start running, the editor gets there first. The reporter finally comes over the sand dune to see the editor standing knee deep in the pond --- pissing. "What the hell are you doing?" the dumbfounded reporter asks?...."Making it better!" replies the editor

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I am an atheist...

Dear Abby:
I am an atheist. I keep this to myself most of the time because of people's misunderstanding and fear. Over the years, a number of people I cared about drifted away once I told them about my beliefs.
I'd like to share with you and your readers what I do and do not believe me:
1. I believe in the golden rule.
2. I believe each human life is precious; indeed, all life is precious.
3. Terrible things have been done in the name of religion, but in the end, I believe much good has come to the world because of religious beliefs.
4. I don't believe in God or any other supernatural being, including the devil.
5. I believe that with death we cease to exist. Therefore, while we are here it is our job to treat each other and ourselves with care and do as little damage as possible.
America is based on freedom of — or freedom from — religion. It's uncomfortable feeling that I continually need to conceal my true beliefs from others.
Signed, Still a Good Person

Abby's Response
As recent events have proved, many evil acts have been done in the name of religion. While atheists are in the minority, you owe no one an apology for your feelings; they are your own.

This is how I feel, too. I'm not the 'good person' who wrote this. But I'm glad a dear aunt, now 90, found it and gave it to me.

Friday, March 8, 2013

fortune cookie...rare good one

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Thomas Jefferson suggested dividing newspapers into four sections: Truths, probabilities, possibilities and lies.

Slogan of the Work Progress Administration
"Two coming, two going, two shitting, two mowing."

Milton Friedman, talking about how averages and indexes can be misleading...said if you're standing in two buckets of water, one freezing and the other boiling, the average temperature doesn't mean much. The average simply doesn't tell the whole story, and in fact, it's nowhere near the truth.

Winners curse - refers to the probability that if you are the highest bidder in an auction where some common valuation for the property exists, then you paid too much for it.