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GUN CONTROL -- THOUGHTS ABOUT US

This is a short note I wrote to a FB group that was having the normal, but senseless, discussion about gun control. It's surely not extensive and not even profound, but it's real -- the way people act and think.

While I continue trying to instill the concept of analytical problem-solving, finding root cause and segmenting problems into component parts, people just cling to the same old simplicity -- don't seek cause, treat the symptom, confiscate the weapon, the one currently used...… !! Bury head in sand, or somewhere and ignore that a gun isn't the only instrument of death to one who wants to kill. If you haven't heard of explosives, look up the term and numbers of same, More!! If one choses to ignore the human conditions that cause some to commit murder while others with the same experiences in life do not, then foolish is but one term, of several, that defines you. Why do we continue to elect to offices that execute, legislate, adjudicate etc those who are inte…

SEPTMBER 11, 2001 -- MEMORIES FACTS LEARNED FROM MEXICO

        REFLECTIONS AND IMPORTANT FACTS LEARNED WHILE STRANDED OUT OF  THE USA ON 9/11/2001 
It was a beautiful September morning in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, as it was in New York. I had enjoyed my favorite Mexican breakfast, machaca nortena (eggs & dried beef, jalapenos, more) and papaya. I bade adios to the smiling breakfast cook and waiter, both of whom always made me feel it was very important to serve me. I checked out of the hotel, chatted with the friendly manager, who asked me if I'd return in one week as usual. No, maybe two to three weeks. After going home, I had to go to Scotland to negotiate a contract with SGL Carbon to convert Mann Industries-Grupo Cydsa carbon fiber precursor into carbon fiber for aircraft brakes. Our recent work had been very successful, the outlook positive. The day was good! Until I entered the waiting car and my driver/engineer said a “small plane had hit a New York Trade Center tower”. Soon, as we drove the 25 minutes to our office and…