I hope you’ve stumbled upon the podcast series – Slow Burn. It’s a series put out from Slate that digs deeply into historic events in a 7 0r 8 part long-form interview. The production and research value is impeccable. The first series was on Nixon and Watergate and the latest series is on Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
The series brings you back to the time of Bill Clinton and paints the picture of how lust overtook his life and almost toppled the Presidency. Clearly, Clinton had ambition and a hunt for power but it was his inability to control the lust that haunted him from an early age. His charisma and pure ability to sway a room and a country propelled him to the highest position on earth, the US Presidency. His lust almost took him down.
I remember the news articles and some of the details while they were happening but this in-depth, play by play showed me just how out of control Clinton really was. Should we care is the bigger question. Kennedy was a known philanderer and he didn’t have the same scrutiny. His short 3-year term was focused on his policies and not his personal lives. Clinton hit the history books when the media was evolving into a 24 hour a day news cycle. The 1990’s were the beginning of the internet and America’s hunger for all types of stories. Clinton was caught by the times he lived.
The leap from the independent investigation into Whitewater by Ken Starr to the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the blue dress and the definition of is ..is, has parallels with the Mueller investigation of Trump today. The irony that a young and hungry attorney, Brett Kavanaugh served on the Starr investigative team is not lost on his Supreme Court confirmation hearings of today.
Give Slow Burn a shot, you won’t be sorry.
Find the series HERE or on you podcast feed of choice.
Farming is in my blood. I grew up in a farming community in Wisconsin just outside of Minneapolis. My grandparents ran a beef farm and butcher shop about 3 miles outside of town. Back in the days before the mega grocery store, it was customary to travel to your local butcher shop to stock up on meats and cheeses for the family. That small farm supported 8 kids and over 50 grandkids got the chance to learn what rural America was all about. I’ve dug into this topic before – HERE.
Our small town, New Richmond, had 3000 people and when I was growing up, one stop light. We always lived in town but afternoons and summers were filled with working and exploring on the farm. Even when we moved to Arizona, my sister and I would fly to Wisconsin and live the farmer’s life each summer until my sophomore year of high school. I can’t think of a better way to grow up and that work ethic and willing to chart my own course was instilled in me by my grandparents and uncles on that beef farm.
I’m being pulled back to that life now more than ever. As I get older and reflect on what makes a happy life, I harken back to the long hours and hard work on the farm. In my theory of the 12 negative trends challenging America, chapter/argument #5 deals with the flight to the cities. As America moved into cities an important community fabric was unwoven. We lost the culture of knowing and helping our neighbors. We went further and further away from the family farm down the road that grew our sweet corn or provided our hamburger. My thesis on this argument is that we are social beings by our nature and the move to cities made walling off into our apartments or suburbs easier than ever. As we walled off we disconnected and turned to our government for food, shelter and medical support. We moved away from our neighbors and became dependent on a nameless faceless government. Our war on poverty that was started by LBJ and where we spent $1 trillion dollars has left us 50 years later at the same spot in the number of poor in our society.
I am working to recreate that lifestyle in my hectic world. If it’s only on weekends that I can pretend to have the farmers life of my yesterday I’ll be a happy man.
To give you a sense of the lifestyle and what is lost I recommend the following documentaries found on Netflix or Amazon Prime;
The First Season – Follows a family that just started a dairy farm in upstate NY.
Farmland – shows the transfer of a generational farm told through 4 young adults taking over.
Hannah Ranch – covers the encroachment on ranching in Colorado
Milk Men -The Life And Times of Dairy Farmers
Troublesome Creek – Follows a family struggle and liquidation
Take some time to immerse yourself in these powerful stories. Think about what our society is like with and without these lifestyle businesses. Is bigger better? Is it the government’s job to protect this way of life? These are big questions that I wrestle with and I hope you do as well.
The First Season – Promo
Hannay Ranch Promo
Farmland – Full Documentary
Milk Men – Promo
Troublesome Creek – Promo
What farming was to me:
An American Cardinal rises through the ranks of the clergy, admits to visiting seminaries for homosexual sex, gets removed from all powers by Pope Benedict, ends up in good favor under Pope Francis and gets his power restored. An American Bishop Vigano writes a manifesto that names high ranking bishops involved in the conspiracy publicly exposes all the mess to the world. The sins of LUST, PRIDE and WRATH on full display in the global Catholic faith.
So to give you some context, Cardinal McCarrick of Washington (Cardinal is like a 4 or 5 Star General, the Pope is like the President and Bishops are like Colonels in the military if this helps you better understand Catholic hierarchy), was known to have visited seminaries (priest schools) and engaging in homosexual sexual relationships. McCarrick is the Catholic face in America to the media and to Presidents.
It was known within the ranks of the American and Vatican clergy.
In 2009 or 2010, according to Archbishop Vigano;
But finally, I learned with certainty, …… Pope Benedict (the Pope before the current Pope) had imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposedon him by Pope Francis: the Cardinal was to leave the seminary where he was living, he was forbidden to celebrate [Mass] in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lectures, to travel,with the obligation of dedicating himself to a life of prayer and penance. (That saction is a big deal for a sitting Cardinal)....
In turn, I repeated them to Cardinal McCarrick at my first meeting with him at the Nunciature. TheCardinal, muttering in a barely comprehensible way, admitted that he had perhaps made the mistake ofsleeping in the same bed with some seminarians at his beach house, but he said this as if it had noimportance. (Wow)The faithful insistently wonder how it was possible for him to be appointed to Washington, and asCardinal, and they have every right to know who knew, and who covered up his grave misdeeds. It istherefore my duty to reveal what I know about this, beginning with the Roman Curia…Immediately after, the Pope asked me in a deceitful way:“What is Cardinal McCarrick like?” I answered him with complete frankness and, if you want, with great naiveté:“Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thickabout him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”The Pope did not make the slightest comment about those very grave words of mine and did not show any expression of surprise on his face, as if he had already known the matter for some time, and he immediately changed the subject. But then, what was the Pope’s purpose in asking me that question:“What is Cardinal McCarrick like?” He clearly wanted to find out if I was an ally of McCarrick or not.
So lots of commentators — left, center, and right — have chimed in to say that the real cause of the McCarrick disaster is, take your pick, the ignoring of “Humanae vitae,” priestly celibacy, rampant homosexuality in the Church, the mistreatment of homosexuals, the sexual revolution, etc. Mind you, I’m not saying for a moment that these aren’t important considerations and that some of the suggestions might not have real merit. But I am saying that launching into a consideration of these matters that we have been debating for decades and that will certainly not admit of an easy adjudication amounts right now to a distraction.
From: Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Everlasting life is offered to us sacramentally at every Mass. That is what we believe; that is why we remain in the Church; and that is why we must all bend every effort, from our distinct states of life in the Mystical Body of Christ, to reform what must be reformed so that others may know and love the Lord Jesus and experience the life-giving fruits of friendship with him. The Church’s current crisis is a crisis of fidelity and a crisis of holiness, a crisis of infidelity and a crisis of sin. It is also a crisis of evangelization, for shepherds without credibility impede the proclamation of the Gospel—which, as the other headlines of the day suggest, the world badly needs….
Third, Archbishop Viganò is a loyal churchman of a certain generation and formation, bred to a genuine piety about the papacy. His training in the papal diplomatic service would instinctively lead him to make the defense of the pope his first, second, third, and hundredth priority. If he believes that what he has now said is true, and that the Church needs to learn that truth in order to cleanse itself of what is impeding its evangelical mission, then he is overriding his ingrained instincts for the gravest of reasons.
Let’s be clear: This is an accusation that a pope was personally involved in a sex abuse cover-up, from a former Vatican official who was in a position to know. If anyone thinks media outlets around the world aren’t going to pursue that story with maximum aggressiveness – knowing that bringing down a pope would be infinitely bigger than what the Boston Globe did in 2003 by bringing down Cardinal Bernard Law, winning a Pulitzer Prize and inspiring a Hollywood movie in the process – they’re delusional.
Bishop Vigano has gone into hiding. Power, intrigue, politics, and danger, right out of a novel.
Healthcare – Hospitals are Learning What Doctors, HMO’s and Insurance Companies Already Figured Out. You Lose!
I spent 7 years in the medical industry and according to the Malcolm Gladwell, 10,000 Hour Theory, that makes me someone who can weigh in on the complexity and politics of the healthcare industry. As an entrepreneur, I entered the industry looking for edges, opportunities, and ways to make money in one of America’s largest industries, healthcare.
I did a turn around on a high complexity lab, I built a multispecialty practice from 4 to 14 providers, I started a medical weight loss business and a service company (Rainmaker Medical) that had employees in Phoenix and Tucson and serviced a dozen medical practices. I lobbied and passed bills, I served on hospital merger committees, did a podcast on healthcare policy and started and lead research associations. I was IN the business of medicine. After all my time and experimenting, I learned two important skills;
- How to function in a highly competitive and complex market. American medicine isn’t about Doctors and Patients. It’s about codes and contracts. As a C level business leader in that industry, my business skills were put to the test. I learned a lot about a super complex industry.
- When to hand up the saddle and move on. I could see the end of my run in medicine coming when regulatory blocks kept coming as fast as I could come up with a new idea.
When I was in the industry from 2008 t0 2017 the big player that controlled everything was the hospitals. The power structure had shifted in America from the Doctors to the Executives and the HMO’s in the 1990’s (remember $5 co-pays?), then over to the evil insurance companies who got their lunch handed to them with the passage of Obamacare. After 2010, the hospitals held all the cards and now it looks like they will be the next losers in politics of healthcare. Notice, in this long list of power brokers, the consumer is nowhere in site.
The solution? Stay healthy. As long as the power structure exists between the government and the industry the service will suck. Not until the power is between patient and doctor returns will anyone like what’s happening to them when they need help.
In a phone interview with Bloomberg, Malhotra warned about the next wave of hospital closings that could be triggered in the next 6 to 18 months.
They “are getting eaten alive from these market trends,” Perlman cautioned.
“Future M&A options could be too late – buyers may hesitate as debt-laden operators like Community Health Systems Inc. and Tenet Healthcare Corp. focus on selling underperforming sites to reduce leverage,” Morgan Stanley’s Zachary Sopcak said.
Some facilities are restructuring as outpatient emergency clinics with free-standing emergency departments. “Microhospitals,” or facilities with ten beds or less, seems to be gaining a foothold across the country. They have been springing up as of late in multiple states, including Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona. Dignity Health, a health system with facilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California, is also considering the possibility of testing the model in California, Kaiser Health News reports.
As for the incoming wave of hospital closures that Morgan Stanley expects to hit in the near term, well, it is more bad news for rural America that seems to have been left out of the “greatest economy ever.”
I saw this one coming when Elon Musk tried to grab the world’s attention during the cave rescue in Thailand. I remember watching the twitter war with one of the rescue teams and thinking, ‘why doesn’t this guy just focus on delivering his cars?’. Forbes nails the core of the Musk and Tesla issue. As I thought of the unravel of Musk I contrast him with Richard Branson or Bill Gates. Both men that have danced close to the sun. Branson using earned publicity and Gates because he’s held the title of Worlds Richest Man for 20 years. Both appear to me to have spent a lot of time focusing on their egos, gaining wisdom and not buying into their press clippings.
America loves a hero story and we love to tear them down. Musk looks like he’s in tear down mode right now but he’ll overcome. I’m actually rooting for him and I’m hoping he’ll learn a valuable lesson about ego and vulnerability. As a CEO and Entrepreneur, I’ve learned that I’m no more than one ego step away from a similar mistake. I’ve fallen and I keep getting up and always keeping the lessons of the fall, front and center.
What Visionaries, Entrepreneurs, CEOs And All The Rest Of Us Need To Learn From Elon Musk
There are two big lessons from the vulnerabilities Elon Musk revealed in today’s remarkable New York Times interview:
- We all need to grow up (and I’m not talking about Musk here).
- Everyone, including visionaries, heroes, entrepreneurs and CEOs, needs to be aware of his vulnerabilities (which everyone has) and, with that knowledge, take specific, relevant, concrete actions that protect both himself and his business.
Musk was extraordinarily emotional and vulnerable in the Times’ interview. He described the past year as emotionally excruciating. He talked about an almost inconceivably grueling schedule of overworking and under-sleeping. His judgment and self-control have been questioned after he insulted analysts for their “boring and bone-headed questions” and especially after he posted an enormously consequential tweet on August 7 that rocked the market—referring to the possibility that he would take Tesla private. I agree with the Times’ assessment that he showed an “extraordinary level of self-reflection and vulnerability” in the interview.
We all need to grow up
There’s another reason too. Musk is larger than life. He believes in the miraculous and sometimes delivers it. In a recent insightful and compassionate opinion piece, Kara Swisher wrote that “Silicon Valley needs its complicated gods.” That role, she says, was filled by Steve Jobs for a long time and, with his death, Elon Musk was cast into that void. Swisher writes that all legendary makers of important things share a proclivity for “creative destruction.”
It’s not just Silicon Valley that needs gods and heroes. We all do. And we all engage in creative destruction, punishing them for being merely human, for being arrogant, or confused, or disappointing us, or failing or not being sufficiently god-like.
This response to heroic figures reflects a universal process that occurs in human psychological development. As children, we start out seeing our parents as omnipotent and omniscient. We need that illusion in order to feel safe in the world because, since we are still kids, we’re not yet able to feel secure in our ability to shape events. Gradually, we’re disillusioned, as we painfully become aware of their flaws and inadequacies. Any parent of an adolescent has been the brunt of the anger that this disillusionment evokes. Teenagers replace their now de-idealized parents with other heroes—rock stars, sports stars, remote figures whose human flaws can be overlooked.
Maturity requires building the capacity to recover from that angry disillusionment and regain the capacity to admire people but accept that even the most remarkable and competent are also human.
Another universal psychological phenomenon becomes relevant here. As humans, we all have the capacity to regress—that is, to slide back, temporarily, to earlier stages of psychological development and functioning. And regression is most likely to occur under times of stress or fatigue. I’d argue that there’s a group psychology phenomenon going on. We live in a time of intensified stress and terrible uncertainty. We often have a diminished sense of our ability to shape events. So, we are more in need of heroes and saviors, as we were as children, and we’re also more likely to attack them when they disappoint, as we did as adolescents.
Musk is the omnipotent-seeming hero. I live in Chicago. He came here two months ago and promised to build a super high-speed tunnel to get us all to the airport! It was thrilling. No more slogging through crushes of traffic on I-90! No more planning an extra hour in case things really just stop moving! Musk magic will zip us painlessly and reliably at 100 miles per hour under the city to catch our flights!
Let’s all grow up and try to accept that our heroes are human. Maybe that tunnel will never be built, but I sure love the idea that visionary provided.
Even heroes and CEOs need to attend to their human needs
Reading the Musk interview didn’t make me want to put on my psychiatrist hat. As Swisher wrote, “Mr. Musk’s mind and ideas are big ones.” And he’s not crazy, but he sure seems human. The interview, however, did make me want to put on my mom and doctor hats, and insist on these cautions for even the greatest leader and visionary:
- You can’t function without sleep.
- You can’t function without breaks.
- Trust a couple of people. You have to find someone you can trust to step in for you and do your job well enough, so you can sleep and take breaks and see your kids and take vacations. You also need to have a trusted advisor to talk to when you’re uncertain or overwhelmed. And you need someone you trust who can tell you to stop when you should stop. That’s at least three people to trust.
- There will be times you can’t function at your best—these come for everyone. Learn to recognize them and find the discipline to not make critical decisions or take consequential actions until you’re back to your usual excellent baseline of functioning.
- Have a primary care doctor and see her at least once a year. And listen to her advice.
- Protect yourself from an overload of information, especially meaningless negative and cruel comments about you from strangers.
- Don’t forget to eat and hydrate.
Prudy Gourguechon is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who advises leaders in business and finance on the underlying psychology of critical decisions. For more visit www.invantageadvising.com.
One of the chapters on my 12 Arguments For The Decline of America, is the decline of religion. In the work, I put forth a dozen arguments that point to a disappointing trend in America. I started working on the thesis in 2012 after five years of the daily analysis from my perch as a morning talk show host. Over and over, I’d read a bit of news or economic data and tell the listeners, ‘this doesn’t look good’. I compiled these trends into 12 categories and started researching my theory.
With the decline of religion argument, I’m not advocating for a particular type of religion. I’m a Catholic and committed. Modern-day scandals and historic failures and all, I appreciate the rituals, the formality, and the foundations. I’ve been able to separate the politics, which I’ve seen my share of in leadership positions within my faith. I am smart enough to know that people are fallible and no matter what position they are in mistakes will happen.
In my argument faith arguments, I point out that spiritual connection and its role in Western society has been an important part of advancing our societies. No matter if you worship in a Mosque or a Synagog, the very act of gathering together to realize that there is something bigger than our selves is an important part of a functioning society. Religion is most often followed by morality and personal accountability. Organized religion helps provide society with a roadmap and a sense that we are in this together. The Golden Rule is the foundation of most organized religions and a pretty good way to live your life.
The decline of religion argument, coupled with the flight from an agriculture/rural-based society to service-based cities and the decline of the family unit all combined add up to a bad trend for America. We’ve had a series of Great Awakenings in the past and I believe we are open for one right now. As we get lost in our social media, shut off from the world and disconnect from other people, an economic jolt could bring about another Great Awakening;
The First Great Awakening (sometimes Great Awakening) or the Evangelical Revival was a series of Christian revivals that swept Britain and its Thirteen Colonies between the 1730s and 1740s.
The Second Great Awakening was a Protestant religious revival during the early 19th century in the United States. The movement began around 1790, gained momentum by 1800 and, after 1820, membership rose rapidly among Baptist and Methodist congregations whose preachers led the movement.
The Third Great Awakening refers to a hypothetical historical period proposed by William G. McLoughlin that was marked by religious activism in American history and spans the late 1850s to the early 20th century. It affected pietistic Protestant denominations and had a strong element of social activism.
The Fourth Great Awakening was a Christian awakening that some scholars — most notably economic historian Robert Fogel — say took place in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while others look at the era following World War II.
We are social beings and wired to connect. As we drift apart we are going against thousands of years of evolution. Check out my favorite lectures from Jonathan Haidt and Dr. Joseph Henrich on my SOCIETY Page for more background on evolutionary sociology. Check out my RELIGION Page for a deeper dive into faith.
Losing My Religion
Trends suggest that organized religion is “on the wrong side of history.”
Posted Aug 17, 2018 – From PsychologyToday.comThe latest research on worldwide trends shows that religious beliefs are deteriorating,” reports onenewsnow.com, adding that at the same time “those adhering to a secular belief system devoid of God are on the rise.” Various recent studies have also shown that secularism—literally the separation of religion from government—is proliferating, a function of the decline of both church and state. Churches all over the world are shutting down as more people lose their religion and, in its place, acquire a moral compass grounded in humanist values. (Humanism is a philosophy that does not incorporate a divine entity or supernatural beliefs, and assigns people the responsibility of living ethical lives.) Atheism and agnosticism are thus growing, so much so that in some countries (notably Great Britain and Norway), there are more non-believers than believers.
Even in the United States, a profoundly religious nation, more citizens are adopting secular humanism as their creed of choice. About 80% of Americans have consistently claimed to be members of a particular religion, but that figure is gradually dropping due to a generational effect. Baby boomers have turned out to be significantly less religious (but more spiritual) than their “greatest generation” parents, and millennials are showing signs of continuing this pattern. As older churchgoers die off, houses of worship are having trouble filling their seats, with no great awakening on the horizon to reverse the drift. In fact, it’s now atheists and agnostics who are increasingly banding together either online or at Meetups to share their beliefs (or lack thereof) with like-minded people. Growing up in a predominantly Christian community may have been tough for the non-religious, but that is fast changing in America and elsewhere.
While in some areas of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa, religion (Christianity, to be specific) is gaining ground, that is more the exception than the rule. With its 1.4 billion population, China is highly secular, a function of the Communist government’s successful efforts to steer people away from religion. Secularization is also rising in nations with official state religions because of anti-government sentiment. In the West, Islamophobia appears to be fueling what has been termed the New Atheism, as many come to see religion as a whole as more of a problem than anything else. Both financial security and education are tied to secularization, making it not surprising that religion is on the wane in developing nations with a growing middle class. The increase of women in the workplace and of households with fewer children also correlate with a decline in religious values, and the aging of the global population is likely another contributing factor. The Internet too is promoting secularization by exposing people to alternative forms of spirituality and by allowing non-believers to connect.
Despite the growing numbers of Muslims in the world (Pew Research estimates that their numbers will increase from roughly 23% of the global population in 2010 to around 30% in 2050), it’s difficult to make the case that fundamental religion will play a greater role in most of our lives in the future. Ever since the Renaissance, in fact, the philosophy of secular humanism has spread throughout much of the world, along with a growing faith in the promise of science versus religion. (“Science and religion are incompatible because they have different methods for getting knowledge about reality,” Jerry A. Coyne wrote is his 2015 book Faith Versus Fact.) A long view suggests that official forms of religion are, as the saying goes, “on the wrong side of history,” and that humanism will seed further secularization in the 21st century.
Worth a read;
….That’s the ground level of the crisis we’re facing. This is what we have to deal with to learn again that we are not merely individuals but are also relational beings, in need of the love and friendship of others. We’re not social in an abstract sense. We’re not about “relationships” but about relationships you can put a name to, as with family, friends, love, marriage, etc. Real people are the only real opposition to our twin temptations, to chase after change and success almost worshipfully — or to withdraw from society, in fear of humiliation or just exhausted by the uncertainty and the hustle and the hypocrisy.
Poulos deals with these subjects in his book — not just change, but also the role of money in our lives, sex, play, love and faith, and even death, the perpetually unconfessed object of our fear. He works hard to bridge the gap between the esoteric level of political philosophy, where Tocqueville is at home, and the level of pop culture, where we have stories about what troubles us, but never reflections that are honest and thoughtful. He shares our agonies and has also thought through them — and his book is a rare example of the benefits of a liberal-arts education. Humanistic study actually in service of our humanity!
Just when you think everything is figured out, a technological breakthrough has the ability to disrupt everything. From KMart to Amazon, to energy generation and storage (which I cover a lot in this blog), the impact of technological breakthroughs on our daily lives is constant. Being able to read trends and adapt to the changes is what separates most companies from oblivion and success.
Think of how; penicillin, steel, combustion engines, radio/TV/Internet, gunpowder, printing, the personal computer and so many other technilogical advancements have changed the world.
In 1998, author and media critic Neil Postman gave a talk he called Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change. Here are the five ideas Postman shared that day, which are all still highly relevant today:
1. All technological change is a trade-off. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.
2. The advantages and disadvantages of new technologies are never distributed evenly among the population. This means that every new technology benefits some and harms others.
3. Embedded in every technology there is a powerful idea, sometimes two or three powerful ideas. Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in what it makes us do with our bodies, in how it codifies the world, in which of our senses it amplifies, in which of our emotional and intellectual tendencies it disregards.
4. Technological change is not additive; it is ecological. The consequences of technological change are always vast, often unpredictable and largely irreversible.
5. Media tend to become mythic. Cars, planes, TV, movies, newspapers — they have achieved mythic status because they are perceived as gifts of nature, not as artifacts produced in a specific political and historical context.
What can we expect over the next 110 years?
Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage – Phys.org
August 14, 2018, University of Glasgow
In a new paper published today in the journal Nature Chemistry, chemists from the University of Glasgow discuss how they developed a flow battery system using a nano-molecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas giving a new type of hybrid energy storage system that can be used as a flow battery or for hydrogen storage.
Their ‘hybrid-electric-hydrogen’ flow battery, based upon the design of a nanoscale battery molecule can store energy, releasing the power on demand as electric power or hydrogen gas that can be used a fuel. When a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases by almost 10 times. The energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas meaning that the system could be used flexibly in situations that might need either a fuel or electric power.
One potential benefit of this system is that electric cars could be charged in seconds, as the material is a pumpable liquid. This could mean that the battery of an electric car could be “recharged” in roughly the same length of time as petrol cars can be filled up. The old battery liquid would be removed at the same time and recharged ready to be used again.
Former Massachusetts prosecutor, 63, dies after a crowbar crashes through his windshield and strikes him in the head
- John F. Madaio, a 63-year-old attorney from Paxton, died at Harrington Hospital after the piercing object ‘was kicked up or fell from another vehicle’ on Route 9
As I run across these types of stories it’s a reminder to enjoy the moments. Madaio seems like a great guy who lived a long life. At 63, he had a lot of life left to live. He obviously educated himself, worked hard and distinguished himself in the courtroom. Who knows about family or if in fact, he lived a happy life. I’m sure as John was driving down Route 9 at 10am he had no idea that his last moments on earth were upon him.
Am I living life like every moment counts? Can I look back and say I’ve laughed, loved, learned and experienced more joy than sorrow? Remember, the next time you’re down or feeling blue, at any moment a crowbar can bounce off a truck and kill you instantly.