1. John Morales says

    Good on ya, Mano.

    I’m Australian from Spain, you’re American from Sri Lanka, and I think you’re a mensch.

    I really appreciate your blog.

    Best wishes for 2022.

  2. billseymour says

    I agree.  I check this blog several time a day.  Not only the posts themselves, but also most of the comments (except maybe my own), are interesting and insightful.

    Is my hope for the future reasonable?

    I was born in the summer of 1946, and so I have actual memories (probably including some false memories) of a time when the US really was great — for white male Protestants at least.  It was a time of high marginal tax rates, strong unions, and the largest and most prosperous middle class ever.  Wealth disparity, though still great, was an order of magnitude less than what it is today.  Magazines like Motor Trend and Popular Mechanics would have articles with titles like “Car of the Future” and “Home of the Future”.  Parents had the totally reasonable expectation that their kids would have it better than they did.  If we could “make America [economically] great again” — but without the racism, misogyny, and similar forms of pridefullness and hatefullness — I’d be all for it.

    But the first order of business is getting COVID under control.  Nothing else good can happen until that does.  Will the anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers eventually allow it?

  3. steve oberski says

    Hi Mano,

    Wishing you a happy(ier), healthy and safe 2022.

    Your blog is an oasis of calm, reasoned and insightful commentary on the current condition.

    The physics is beyond my pay grade but I enjoy learning what I can none the less.

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