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- 03:58pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2986
Personally, I want to establish facts well enough that I can, and
do, get a fair resolution of the matters treated in "Verbal deal
between M. Robert Showalter and William J. Casey for Showalter's
work situation . . ." MD2770 rshow55
6/29/02 7:59am . . . especially a resolution that pays
off the A.E.A. investors, who were innocent bystanders.
My interests in doing this are clear, but there are public
interests, too. Doing this would illustrate, on a tangible basis -
"with real chips" what evidence and logic are and are not good for,
and what "proof" is, within the real limitations of the human
condition. Everything important about human logic, as it works when
it works well for individuals or groups - would have to be made
reasonably clear in this process - - - the "collection, connection,
and correction of "the dots."
People have been doing all these things for millions of years --
but they can do them somewhat more clearly, more safely, and more
reliably. It is worthwhile getting clear how well "connecting the
dots" works. It works well enough that a great deal of predatory and
evasive behavior now not reasonably controlled should become more
50K might not get things to a settlement here -- but if it didn't
-- it would get things to a point where a lawsuit could and would be
There are many ways this matter could be resolved that would work
well - subject to the stability constraints set out in
Berle's Laws of Power, Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, and the Golden
Rule - - I think the effort would be a good example, and would go
some way towards working out what ought to be done to deal with the
concerns expressed by Eisenhower in his Farewell Address http://www.geocities.com/~newgeneration/ikefw.htm
- 04:14pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2987
I think that real rates of economic growth could be much higher
than today, and human and environmental costs less - - but perhaps
I'm wrong about that. If my debriefing went well enough that
lchic felt comfortable - I think that this could be worked
out if a Harvard professor, married to a Phud, and Krugman got
people together who could corner me. My idea is that we'd hashed out
what sustainable growth would actually take. In spots, some people
would have to do some innovation - that they could then get put into
place in the economy in a coordinated and planned way.
Maybe market chaos is better than planning most of the time, but
Maybe we couldn't "sell" this approach to the Bush administration
- but Putin, and some European leaders might take an interest.
- 04:17pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2988
I'd like to work on the question . . . "How is it possible to
make investors more comfortable on a rational basis
that the people involved can understand and explain?"
Edison always hoped that, with hard thought and labor, he'd
finally come up with the "perfectly obvious" solution to his
problems. We need something like that here.
- 04:42pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2989
Showalter you refer to Edison often - did his work impress?
- 04:47pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2990
Edison wanted to make breakthrough invention routine - -
and in large part was able to do that - in his place and time. I've
tried to build on that.
- 04:52pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2991
I feel like taking a walk, around the U.W. Madison area, and see
if I can talk with my best U.W. contact. It seems to me that if I
could get some simple, reasonable things worked out with UW, as far
as contact goes - a lot might happen safely and comfortably.
If the UW was really comfortable that I was proceeding in a
reasonable, fair way, consistent with the interest of the UW as well
as my own - and a few other people I know were, too -- my guess is
that I could get the money for a good debriefing. A distinguished
man with great achievements in the movie and food business runs the
foundation I'd contact first - but there are others.
It seems to me that with just a little flexibility in a few spots
(not basic changes of the rules, just a little exception handling) -
- some problems that I've been bothering this board about might be
- 07:39pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2992
Pretty good day. Knocking off, and having a beer. This board is
windy and long sometimes. But it seems to me that sometimes, after a
lot of words, simple things jell that are worthwhile.
I hope the market goes up tomorrow, and think maybe it ought to.
- 08:38pm Jul 10, 2002 EST (#2993
Holding back the tide
Turning back time
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