On Mob Mentality vs Personal Responsibility and Civility

December 27th, 2015

I've been deeply troubled by recent events, specifically those acts by people who feel empowered to verbally attack or even virtually destroy others who differ from them in beliefs and opinions. 

No matter who you are, you are not absolved of your responsibility to be a decent human being just because "your team" is celebrating bad behavior against opponents. 
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Friendsgiving, Time, Time Machines (sort of), Anesthesia and Safety, Seasonal Affective Disorder

December 20th, 2015

A short post after a weekend with dear friends. I touch briefly on several subjects of interest to me, and possibly to my listeners. 

I am happy to welcome some new listeners. I intend for this to be listener-driven, but for that to happen, I need listeners to send in questions. Please send your emails to renaissanceonlineradio@gmail.com.
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Music, From the Mouths of Babes, Debates, NYC, Farming, and Friends

December 17th, 2015

It's funny what surprising comments come from our children. You never know when they're listening, until you realize that they were...
Why aren't the Democrat debates as difficult as the GOP debates?
No, I didn't hate everything about my visit to NYC.
Farming. It's awesome. But it isn't easy.
And without friends, what do we have?

We added new intro and outro music. The song is Big Moon Rising from Grant Andrew's album Deep Brewed Life.  You can listen to it on Spotify. Thanks to Mark for the voice work.

We need more questions from listeners. What would you like to hear about? 
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New York, Mandatory Interdependence, Specialization, and War

December 15th, 2015

Having just returned from my first trip to NYC, I have lots of thoughts for this and future podcasts. I've never felt so out-of-place, so far from home. I felt more at home in Nepal than I did in NYC.

At the same time, I had a visceral reaction when I visited the WTC memorial pools. I can't describe it well, but I remembered very clearly that our nation was attacked.
While I was there, I read an article about Wendell Berry's book The Unsettling of America that really made some interesting points about part of what was bothering me about being in NYC.
There is also the "what if the life support systems fail" questions, when in the City.
I want to speak clearly in opposition to attacks on people simply for being Muslim. Fighting words lead to fighting. And killing.
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On EMPs, Self-ownership, and the Overton Window

December 9th, 2015

Always a little ahead of myself, I managed to invite the whole world to listen before I knew what I was doing. Well, I still don't know what I'm doing (with the podcast), so here's 23 minutes of my talking about a few topics of interest to myself and maybe to you. 

First, I address EMPs, or Electromagnetic Pulses. To learn more, I invite you to read the book "One Second After" by Dr William Forstchen. Also, you can read about EMP tests here.  Several corrections I need to make: First, the majority of EMP testing occurred in the late 1950s and early 1960s, not a decade earlier, as I stated in the podcast. Second, when I talk about the "electronic grid" going down, I meant to say the "electrical grid." The difference may seem minor, but I do wish to be accurate.
Then I address a listener's question about drug legalization, not thoroughly, but enough to stimulate thought, I hope. I also briefly touch on how some choices impact the lives of others.
I end with a discussion of recent talk on the campaign trail, specifically about Trump's pot-stirring.
I hope you enjoy what I'm doing with this, and I welcome your feedback.
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Breaking The Ice

December 7th, 2015

A podcast. Sure, why not? I've been blogging in one form or another since before medical school, so putting my ideas out for others to evaluate isn't something new to me. But putting my voice out there is a bit more unsettling.

What to call it? Well, for better or for worse, I've been called a "renaissance man" for years. It's the result of not being limited to one particular field of interest. I remember my mother, when I was small, describing my grandfather (who died when I was young), as able to talk about anything with anybody. So, somehow, that idea, the value of having a wide body of knowledge, stuck. I'm not bragging, just stating facts. 
So, rather than letting it annoy me, I've decided to put on the mantle, and to incorporate the title into the name of this "station." 
Thanks for listening!
Recorded 12/6/2015
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