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I was raised in a small town in Kansas. My parents were devout Mennonites who instilled in me a strong sense of the importance of being a moral, ethical, caring person. I was a good student, loved math and science, and in college discovered a science that analyzes human relationships and might produce knowledge that could ameliorate human problems. So I pursued a career in sociology. I first learned to program computers in support of sociological research projects. I studied institutionalized discrimination, urban sociology, and mathematical demography. I earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

After teaching sociology for several years, I was invited to direct an urban research project in Kansas City – the Mid-America Urban Observatory. I gradually transitioned from academia, through not-for-profit opportunities, eventually to for-profit companies. Before I retired in 2003 I designed computer systems for hospitals and doctors offices. A number of designs that I helped to implement were patented by my last employer, Siemens Corporation.

I have been married for more than 35 years. My wife and I enjoy reading, movies, gardening, birding, and local democratic politics. She is a retired research psychologist and a very talented artist.

Today I feel that our country is facing multiple serious crises, and that informed educated citizens have a responsibility to speak out and work for positive change. From time to time I wish that our government, our economy, and our world were all running smoothly and peacefully, and I could relax and enjoy my retirement. But I feel the attacks of the Bush Administration on our rights are as serious as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Like millions of young Americans then, I feel a moral obligation to fight for my country now, by exposing and publicizing the dangers threatening our democracy – dangers that originate within our own corrupt government.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Flanagan South Pipeline, the new Keystone XL?
(3 comments) An alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline appears to be moving toward approval. We should think twice (at least) about doing this.

Saturday, March 12, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
My Letter to Senator Claire McCaskill About the Budget Battle
(1 comments) I fear that government spending cuts will kill the still delicate economic recovery. I recently wrote to Senator McCaskill to express my fears and an alternative strategy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama's Covert Contracts and the Party of "No"
(2 comments) Covert Contracts give away crucial agenda items and get nothing in return. Covert contracts are training the Republicans to keep on saying "No." Each time they say "No," they get a better offer.

Monday, October 25, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Capitalism and Freedom: a Critical Review
(2 comments) After I read The Shock Doctrine (thanks to your reviews, Rob) I searched for the Chicago School's defense. I find them indefensible.

Monday, October 6, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Incomprehensible!
(2 comments) Palin keeps getting her talking point on global warming backwards1