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Source: xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline
I posted an earlier version of this on July 19, 2013
I think the vast majority of highly successful people have talent and grit. But not everybody with talent and grit succeeds.
Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Somebody else said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Both sayings are true. Both sayings also recognize the element of chance.
We Americans admire successful risk-takers and think they should be rewarded. The reason we do that is that, by definition, most risk-takers fail.
Why Americans Ignore How Luck Affects Everything by Jesse Singal for Science of Everything.
I set out ant and roach traps, but I never interfere with spiders, except maybe to brush away an overly conspicuous cobweb. Spiders catch and eat bugs I want to get rid of, so why should I treat them as nuisances. It would be as foolish the United States government picking fights with countries that are fighting ISIS and Al Qaeda.
So I enjoyed reading An Open Letter From a Spider to All Humans Everywhere and maybe you will, too. (Hat tip for the link to Mike the Mad Biologist)
I thank my old high school classmate Joyce Mummert Ireland for sharing this bit of philosophy from Charles Schultz.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies .. Awards tarnish … Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
I confess that I never thought Donald Trump would get as far as he has. I thought he would crash and burn, like so many of the Republican candidates in 2012. I thought Hillary Clinton was the inevitable Democratic candidate, and that Scott Walker might take the Republican nomination away from Jeb Bush.
I kept waiting for Donald Trump to say something so outrageous and stupid that his candidacy would fail. But here he is, stronger than ever – as Thoreau of Unqualified Offerings says, something like The Mule in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.
I still don’t think Trump will be nominated, and, if he is, I don’t think he will be elected. I most certainly wouldn’t vote for him.
But I don’t see that he is that much crazier than the mainstream Republican candidates or Hillary Clinton.
Muslim-bashing is bad, immigrant-bashing is bad, and “roughing up” black protesters is truly vicious. But it is
just as badworse to accept perpetual war as normal, economic decline as inevitable, and financial fraud as something you can’t do anything about, which is what almost all the so-called mainstream candidates do.
Eight Things About Donald Trump by John Scalzi on his Whatever blog.
How Republicans and Polls Enable Donald Trump by Nate Silver for FiveThirtyEight.
Six Crazy Things Trump Says That Are Spot On by Ted Rall for Japan Times.
A courageous Malaysian cartoonist, Zulkifee Sm Anwar Ulhaque, who draws using the name Zumar, faces a possible 43 years in prison for sedition.
His offense was to charge that Malaysia’s judiciary is controlled by the government, and that Malaysia is ruled not by Prime Minister Najib Razak, but his wife Rusmah Mansur.
He is in Britain for an exhibition of his cartoons, but he will return to Malaysia to face charges. That takes a lot of guts.
Hat tip for these links to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack.
Zunar: Cartoonist arrives in Britain as he faces 43 years in Malaysian prison for ‘sedition’ by Ian Burrell for The Independent.
Malaysian cartoonist faces 43 years in prison by Index on Censorship.