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Sweden and Covid-19

August 24, 2020


This is simply an update on the Covid-19 situation with respect to Sweden. In any experiment, there needs to be some kind of a control subject. That is, there needs to be a specimen that had nothing done to it at all, so as to see what would happen naturally, with no intervention.

The country of Sweden is as close to a control specimen as we have. They did not shut down their entire country the way most others have. They did not mandate that people were face masks. They simply educated their population on the disease and took some steps to isolate their more vulnerable elderly population...

Going Too Far

June 19, 2020

Delayed Gratification

How do you know when your own philisophy has gone too far? There is increased political tension in America now between the Right and the Left.

For those reading in the future, the Right is defined as conservatives. Primary conservative issues today are immigration, border security, free speech, deregulation, and gun ownership rights. The primary issues on the Left are currently ensuring an equality of opportunity for anyone regardless of ethnicity, religion, etc. (something that conservatives agree with). The Left also creates an endless list of government programs to give various types of aid to those that they see as in need of it.

Both sides have legitimate virtuous goals. But how does one know when you are taking your ideology too far? On the right there are very clear markers that indicate when things are taken too far...

Current Perspective on Covid-19

April 1, 2020

Delayed Gratification

Some people are saying that in our hospitals there are decisions being made to take some patients off of ventilators because they are too old or were previously ill and are unlikely to survive. I have seen no evidence of this and doctors in our federal government reporting to President Trump have repeatedly stated that this is absolutely not happening. There are many such reports that seem plausible, but weather or not they are true is another matter.

Hundreds of years ago, diseases worse than this would strike every five years. Something like this hasn't really happened since the 1950's. So this is somewhat of a new phenomenon that our culture is trying to understand. We are now hearing that it is likely that between 100,000 and 250,000 Americans will die from this disease (about 0.006% of our population)...

21 Days Until Peak Infections

March 24, 2020

Delayed Gratification

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo states that experts are telling him that the peak of infections will be 14 to 21 days from now. NYC will need around 140,000 hospital beds to make sure the healthcare system is not overloaded. Cases across the state of New York are doubling about every three days, standing at 25,665 as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the entire country of India to go under mandatory lockdown...

What Will the World be Like in 1 Month?

March 23, 2020

Delayed Gratification

We don't know what the world will be like in 1 month. Everything could be back to normal and this disease mostly stabilized. Or we could have 25% unemployment and hundreds of thousands of people dead. There is no telling. My instinct is that we are overreacting to the infection. But it appears that I am likely wrong. In either case the damage to our economy is going to be immense. The fiscal deficit to our federal government will be around 3 trillion dollars for this year, perhaps more. The total size of the American economy is 20 trillion dollars per year.

We already have plenty of people that are out of a job and this will go on for at least one more month...

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Global Pandemic

March 19, 2020

Delayed Gratification

This article is written as an account from an average person alive in the Spring of 2020 during the Coronavirus global pandemic. If anyone would like to add your own feelings or perspectives please do so in the comments section below. Accounts from everyday people will be extremely valuable to anyone reading this in the future.

The Virus originated in Wuhan, China, sometime during the Winter of 2019. The government of China quarantined the city of over 8 million and its acomanying province but not before it spread to the rest of China and the rest of the world. We are being told that the virus possibly originated in a bioresearch laboratory or perhaps from people eating bats. ...

Delayed Gratification

January 2, 2020

Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification is a concept frequently applied to personal finance, physical health, and relationships. It means giving up something today in exchange for something more meaningful or greater in the future. The idea goes that successful people think of how today's decisions affect their lives 5 years into the future.

But the ultimate form of delayed gratification is structuring your entire life to benefit your children's lives or the lives of those in the generation following yours. I can see the effects of this in my own time in history. Many great people before my time made inventions, created new idea or perspectives, and fought and some have died to give me the freedoms I currently take for granted...

How Will the Modern Era Come to an End?

October 28, 2019

Modern Era

How is the modern era going to end? What will the transition to the next era in history be like? And what will the next era in history be?

We are currently over 100 years into the modern era at this point and I believe that whatever is going to end it can only be delayed at this point. I wonder if we will just experience the consequences of all the decision making over the past 100 years no matter what we do. In other words, we are caught up in the gears of history and are mostly at their mercy.

In the world that I live in, I see nothing but good people all around me. So how could anything bad ever happen? Yet there are whole societies out there that I have no idea about. It would take a tremendous effort for me to learn about all of the cultures in the world, or even in my own country of America. So the truth is that maybe I just don’t know what kinds of decisions people are capable of...

Growing Up

September 25, 2019

Summit Cross

Its not just nostalgia, every day was like Christmas in the neighborhood I grew up in on the edge of a small town in America. Its not easy to describe the feeling of all of us playing street hockey, building things in the woods, and hanging out in someone's bedroom listening to all the new music together as soon as it came out. It was a strong sense of community and fun, a feeling that nothing truly bad was going to happen in the foreseeable future.

There were a million new things to try or do and we would all experience them together. When I went out in the woods to work on our forts, I never went alone. Every evening me and my friends would ride our bikes or roller blades around the neighborhood. In the summer we would visit our homes one by one and eat ice cream at each one. Most everyone else who lived there walked in the evenings as well, so almost everyone knew each other...

Climate Change

September 11, 2019

Summit Cross

I wanted to briefly write some of my ideas regarding what is today a heavily debated issue worldwide. When I was a kid it was called Global Warming, today it is referred to as Climate Change. The idea is that human activity is responsible for changes in the Earth's average temperature over time.

There is an enormous amount of research on this subject to learn from. I will summarize what I have learned thus far. Since the time we began to take accurate measurements of temperature, the 1800's, the Earth's temperature has been rising. But archeological evidence shows that 2000 years ago the Romans built coastal towns and sea ports at a higher elevation than the current ocean level...

Star Hopper

August 28, 2019

Summit Cross

This morning I watched video from southern Texas of a SpaceX prototype spacecraft, called Starhopper, making a successful testflight. The flight was about 1 minute long. It flew to an altitude of about 400' and traversed horizontally about 200' to a secondary landing pad.

The system being developed will likely be able to deliver cargo to orbit for about 1/10th of the cost of current vehicles. At the rate they are developing, the system could be operational by 2022...

Conversation with a WWII Veteran

August 23, 2019

Summit Cross

I was recently walking through a normal American neighborhood when a man walked out from his home to speak with me briefly. He asked what type of work I did and how many children I had. I asked about his life, he said his wife had passed years ago and he was now 94 years old. He grew up on a small farm near Murphy, North Carolina and was drafted into the US Army and sent to Europe to serve in World War II...


August 22, 2019

Summit Cross

Thus begins a personal blog for Classic History. I thought it would be good to include short whimsical blog posts so that anyone reading my articles could better understand what kind of person is writing them.

Writing is also a healthy exercise in that it helps to open up your mind and release ideas. So I'm sure that in writing about more benign things I will come up with ideas for new articles...


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