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New Quotes Page

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I do not say with Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living–that would be
unnecessarily harsh. However, when we guide our lives by our own pondered thoughts, it is then our life that we are living, not someone else’s. In this sense the unexamined life is not lived as fully.
~ Robert Nozick

My wife has made my quotes page easier to navigate. At the top of the page, all quote topics are listed and linked to. That way readers can know the quote topics and easily navigate to them. Continue reading New Quotes Page

Seattle Heat Wave

Worldwide temperature anomalies, March to May 2007.

(Update. It was 102 in Seattle Saturday, 1 degree short of the highest temperature ever recorded here. Normal high for this date in Seattle is 73. Forecast for 110 by Monday.)

I’m currently living in the great Seattle heatwave. Seattle averages only 3 days a year over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and even then it typically goes down into the 60s at night. Continue reading Seattle Heat Wave

Freedom House

Eleanor Roosevelt with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949

A number of readers have asked me to update my Best Countries to Live In list. While I haven’t been able to update every index, I have added the Global Freedom Scores produced by Freedom House and incorporated those scores into the overall rankings. The Global Freedom Scores rate people’s access to political rights and civil liberties Continue reading Freedom House