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About Norbrook

I'm a pragmatic liberal, registered Democrat, with a science and technology background. I also have a warped sense of humor, and do not tolerate fools gladly.

Take It For Granted? You Lose.

I recently had a series of conversations with one of the younger generation about health insurance.  He and his family have a good insurance plan, which in addition to covering the usual things a young family has, also covers his diabetes medication.  He got it through the insurance exchange, and it’s affordable for him.  The reason I mention this, is that he assumed this was “normal,” and he takes it for granted.  Which I pointed out to him was anything but.

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Conservatives Have A Memory Problem

Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House.  More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.”   Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.

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One More Time. “Freedom of speech” Does Not Mean “Consequence free.”

Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference.  It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors.  In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired.  What did they do?  They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story.  Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page.  On which, they prominently had their job title and employer.  The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.

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The Adirondack Population Crunch

One of the longer-standing issues in this area of New York state is the demographic shift that’s been happening over the past thirty years.  The absolute population numbers have been declining, and the remaining population is trending older.  My county is a good example, with median age of 53, and our school population, if put into one district, would still be considered a small school district.  Those figures, along with some other factors, have led to a serious problem for the local economy.

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Trump Never Learned What I Did – But Should Have

Over the years, I’ve had a number of bosses, both good and bad, as well as a lot of time being the boss.  Anyone who has listened to President Trump over the past few years has seen the chaos in his administration.     From just an overview in the recent Mueller report, it’s apparent that the White House is more like a version of some fictional royal courts, with courtiers vying to see who can gain influence, or avoid falling afoul of Trump’s displeasure.   He mirrors the traits of the worst bosses I’ve had, with none of the traits of my good bosses. What’s apparent to me is that Trump never learned the lessons I did along the way.  Like what?

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