Minnesota “nice”

It might be nicer not to say “sorry”: A study of more then 1,000 people in Frontiers of Psychology found that people reported feeling more hurt about a social rejection when it contained an apology and that the words “I’m sorry” made people feel obligated to offer forgiveness when they didn’t want to.

Time, 2017-10-02 [edited]

Finishing School

We’re not the top species on the planet because we’re nice.  We are a very aggressive species.  It is in us.  And people talk a lot about how well the military turns kids into killing machines and stuff; and I’ll always argue that it’s just finishing school.

Karl Marlantes, USMC on Vietnam Episode 5 by Ken Burns


We were probably the last kids of any generation that actually believed our government would never lie to us.

John Musgrave, USMC on Vietnam Episode 2 by Ken Burns


We as Americans should have understood the desire of the Vietnamese people to have their own country.  I mean we did the same thing to the Brits.

Robert Theault, Special Forces on Vietnam Episode 2 by Ken Burns

Dien Bien Phu, 1954-05-07

On the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu, 1954-05-07: We should have seen it at the end of colonial era in Southeast Asia, which it really was.  But, instead we saw it in Cold War terms, and we saw it as a defeat for the free world which was related to the rise of China, and it was a total misreading of a pivotal event which cost us very dearly.

Donald Gregg, CIA on Vietnam Episode 1 by Ken Burns

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast matey, it’s that time again, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, arrrrrgggg.  Although this year, we have intruders off our port bow claiming that today is also National Information Technology Professionals Day.  This will not be tolerated as those geeks have a couple of days to themselves already, Towel Day on March 25, also know as Geek Day, for Douglas Adams’ birthday; and, SysAdmin day on the last Friday in July.

PS: It’s also my 5th anniversary at DNR today, yea!

Standard Operating Procedure

  1. Admit nothing.
  2. Deny everything.
  3. Demand proof.
  4. Make outrageous counter accusations.
  5. Declare victory and move on.

Apparently this line variously attributed to Shelly Laurenston’s The Mane Event, the CIA, and the FBI has origins unknown, and morphs at every retelling.  I heard the first three points at aForestry Supervisors Meeting on 2017-08-08, but found many variations on the web.