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08 January 2023

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fish

Not in your demographic yet George but having had my share of health problems already I've come to believe that the sudden massive heart attack is really a gift from god!

Bill Tozer

Excellent piece from the mind and heart. As I conversed with the seasoned citizens decades ago (and was richly rewarded for doing so), they, in their wisdom told me to never grow old. Yet, in their wisdom, they never told me how not to grow old.

Nice post, Dr. Rebane

Bill Tozer

Finding the Value in Hard Work

“In his excellent book Coming Apart, social scientist Charles Murray explores, among other things, the decline of industriousness in America. Drawing from many sources, including the illustrious General Social Survey (GSS), Murray convincingly demonstrates that, since the ’60s, Americans have on average grown averse to hard work.
The GSS in 1973 began asking respondents which of the following traits they would most prefer in a job: high income, no danger of being fired, chances for advancement, short working hours (and lots of free time), or the work being important and giving a feeling of accomplishment.
Respondents were asked this question from 1973 to 1994. Among prime-age white males, that last trait was most common, with 58 percent of survey respondents selecting it above the others. The GSS dropped the question for twelve years, likely due to the fixed nature of the responses.
The GSS included the question again in 2006. Surprisingly, only 43 percent of respondents primarily sought a job which offered a feeling of accomplishment. And those who voted for short working hours rose to 9 percent.“

https://intellectualtakeout.org/2023/01/finding-the-value-in-hard-work/


Bill Tozer

Dr. Rebane. Is this what you are saying in part?

https://twitter.com/thomassowell/status/1396882099798306817?lang=en

Dr. Richard Conant (Opera singer/choral conductor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus U.of SC

George, as always, brilliantly thought-out and just as brilliantly expressed!
I was privileged to have you as my College Roomate at UCLA when I was only 17 years old. You tought me a great deal and I'm sorry our careers and locations caused us to lose track of each other for several years.

Through your unmatched genius you have made incredible advances in the the safety of our country and the prowess of our military!

I wish you the best and hope you are one of those that make it to their 90's.

Gregory

So George... you've been negative regarding music performance being taught in k12... am guessing Richard Conant and I could make a dent in your resolve in the matter.

Barry Pruett

Do you have one more lecture in you? Lol. Give me a call.

scenes

fish: "Not in your demographic yet George but having had my share of health problems already I've come to believe that the sudden massive heart attack is really a gift from god!"

I'd say that the primary feature of ageing is increasingly frequent tragedy.

Gregory: "So George... you've been negative regarding music performance being taught in k12."

Has he said that? Oh well. I do think they could stand to update the repertoire and instruments taught though.

Gregory

"Has he said that?"

Indeed.

"Oh well. I do think they could stand to update the repertoire and instruments taught though."

Please, no accordion. Standard band and orchestra instruments remain fundamental... as does voice... and remain a part of a balanced instruction leading to being ready to join folks who think for a living. Liberal arts, as opposed to vocational or manual arts.

Scott O

I just got off the phone talking with JoAnn. George has been in the hospital for a while and is not doing well. He has been on dialysis for a few days now and apparently is not getting much better. He was fine at Christmas time - this has just come out of nowhere.
Caroline and I are praying for George to pull through this as well as for JoAnn to have the strength and peace of mind to deal with all of the worry and upset. We know that all of George's loyal readers will do the same.

Don Bessee

Just when i think i am out they pull me back in!

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-democrats-consider-wealth-tax-people-moved-out-state

;-)

Don Bessee

Ellen and my prayers are with JoAnn and Dr. R.

;-(

Gregory

Nothing but good wishes and good cheer to the Rebanes.

fish

Nothing but good wishes and good cheer to the Rebanes.


Seconded!

The Estonian Fox

Best of luck George. I haven't found a site close to yours for insight and practical experience on a wide range of subjects. You state and project the values that the nation's founders used to first establish this place as a haven from British authoritarian rule.

Few modern folks seem to value the unique circumstances and events allowing U.S. citizens to build a life everyone else is striving to attain.

Good fortune doesn't fall from the sky - there must be a contributive effort to sustain that fortune. Distributive justice doesn't work long-term. The producers are running out of material and mental ideas to distribute to the non-producers. We keep getting more non-producers every day, in spite of the fact that the media advertises us as a white-dominated, racist country. Go figure.

Bill Tozer

Best thoughts and calmness to the Rebane family in this hour.

Bob Hobert

Prayers for George and his family.

fish

Have we heard any updates regarding our long suffering (due to this blog I'm quite sure) yet genial blog host?

(Cross posted in most recent "Sandbox" thread)

Scott O

re fish 8:36 - I haven't heard anything since the 23rd.

fish

Posted by: Scott O | 26 January 2023 at 09:05 AM


Thanks Scott! Hoping for a complete and speedy recovery!

Bill Tozer

More prayers for George and Jo Ann.

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