this week i

analyzed the same trend across five surveys: american corporations have put the brakes on retirement health programs.

define wealth as the measure of distance that we can put between ourselves, one another, and the untamed earth.

met a rare person under circumstances that i will not disclose.  in other news: kneel before your god.  uh huh.


(1) death by cancer

i'd never been envious of those who believe in an afterlife until now.  it would be so much cosier than dissolution

(2) these monthly essays

who knows when they will finish, but in the meantime they give me some thinking and writing to do.  enough, but not too much.  should i find myself hanging by my teeth i'll just declare the end the winner and bow out gratefully.  if that pneumonia gets me unexpectedly, i'm sure someone will let you know.  no hymns, please.  except, maybe, janis joplin's 'ball and chain'

(3) entrepreneur space ship

'i would like to die on mars..just not on impact'

(4) american aims abroad

containment of the soviet union could justify everything from going to vietnam to going to the moon

the ratio of defense spending to all other foreign operations has stayed pretty constant at sixteen to one