Sunday, March 28, 2021


 One of my email accounts runs about 20 to 1 spam to desired mail, reminding me of Gresham’s Law, which goes back to Elizabethan days and her great financial wizard Thomas Gresham.

Express his "law" in various ways, such as:

-        “cheap money drives out dear;”

-        “bad money drives out good.”

It means that equal denomination coins of unequal metallic worth will circulate in the economy such that the precious metal coins are hoarded, and the others remain in circulation.

We saw this decades ago during the introduction of copper-nickel quarters that gradually replaced silver quarters in US circulation.

Similarly, when it comes to my email, junk or near-junk grossly predominates, to the point that it is hard to find the email I value.

Fortunately, I have a second, nearly secret, email account to “hoard” the more precious communications. I’m sure many other people do the same.


A recent book on Gresham and his times and his law is at:

My friend William Bauer has today instructed me on using the filter option on my email account to send email from certain accounts to designated categories, including Trash.






Friday, March 19, 2021

Tina Su Cooper Readmitted to Hospital, 16 Mar 21

Friends and Family, 

During an office visit with our new primary care physician on the 11th, Tina was minimally responsive,
and it appeared that she might be over-medicated with seizure-suppressing medication,
Keppra and Dilantin. We were able to get an office visit with a neurologist
on the 16th, and he said she was exhibiting seizure activity (though it was different
from what we had observed before) and he had her taken to the Garnet Medical
Center Emergency Room.

She was admitted to the hospital, is undergoing a 72-hour EEG observation, and has had one
or two MRIs of her brain, where "minor bleeding" has been observed. Had it been more, I
was told, they were ready to send her to Westchester Medical Center.

Yesterday, one of her doctors called to get more information about her and to tell me
what they were doing on her behalf.. She was said to be almost unresponsive, though
she did smile when her name was called.

Tonight the nurse caring for her told me that Tina's vital signs were normal, no sign of
infection (a continuing problem recently), but she did not respond to her name. They
changed her Foley catheter and are giving her an antibiotic (Fortaz) she has had
before. They understand they are to do whatever they can to preserve her life.

Tina has come through some very difficult medical situations in the past, so we
must not count her out, but this seems the most dire thus far. 

We appreciate your hopes and prayers for our heroic Tina.


Friday, March 12, 2021


REVIEW of THE DEEP RIG: How Election Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump the White House

Author: Patrick M. Byrne


Yes, it’s President Joe Biden.

For now, anyway. If the Creek don’t rise, and if the Chinese don’t gain control of the US, weakened as we are by the Chinese coronavirus, a form of biological warfare, and by our political intrigues.

In the first half or so of The Deep Rig, former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Patrick M. Byrne, supports the view that the presidential election was stolen, was rigged, or that at least this is plausibly believed by about half the US population, a belief whose truth or falsity could have been ascertained by court-ordered counting of the back-up paper ballot records in the six major Democrat cities that swung the election for Biden.

In the second half of the book, the fingerprints of the Chinese Communist Party are shown to be in some areas they shouldn’t be. Here, Byrne acknowledges the evidence is less strong.

Dr. Byrne and General Flynn and the indomitable lawyer Sydney Powell and a myriad of like-minded skeptics presented pre-inauguration a case for ballot malfeasance that followed a pattern: an unusual stop to the counting, followed by a Biden-rich influx of new votes that exhibited statistical improbabilities.

I have been awaiting such a book from Sydney Powell, but this one goes a long way to satisfy my need for summarizing the quantitative analysis. Being a Kindle book with active links means it allows one to dive into the controversies and see the talks and arguments of the major figures.

Libertarian Byrne started out quite negative about Trump, and Byrne had not ever voted for a Republican (or a Democrat) for president. At the end of his experience, he liked Trump more…and Democrats and Republicans less.

Rudy Giuliani, America’s Mayor and a man I have admired, Byrne criticizes as being too old, too fond of his alcohol, and too distracted with his broadcasting activities to do his best work and to recognize that the quantitative approach being taken by Powell and Byrne and allies might be so clear-cut in its analysis that the population and the courts would be convinced the results needed correcting or, at least, called for a limited “do-over” in six states. Trump did not seem to realize the power of that analysis until too late, and at least one of the mathematical demonstrations in the book would puzzle all but the “quants” among us. Giuliani's arguments against the non-legislative changing of the voting rules seemed strong but could not get traction in the courts.

Cheekily, Dr. Byrne ends his well-written and extensively documented book with this comment about the oligarchs who rigged the election, “he believes the oligarchy has two wings, Wall Street and the Deep State, and that he has them cornered.”

Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD


Friday, March 5, 2021


 Two former Amazon executives have summarized and illustrated the tenets that have made Amazon a world-class company and elevated brilliant Jeff Bezos to be one of the world's richest men. The authors state the heart of “being Amazonian” are the following 14 characteristics of excellent leaders:

·       Customer Obsession. Put your customer first. A bit like Covey’s “Begin with the end in mind,” Amazonians are urged to work backwards: to start with what it is the consumer wants, not what they want to sell.

·       Ownership. A fine leader owns the project, wants it to prosper over the long run, not just for the coming quarter.

·       Invent and Simplify. Be smart, clever, ground-breaking, but aim for the virtue of simplicity.

·       Are Right, A Lot. Smart, thorough, careful people make fewer mistakes. They listen and observe a lot. And argue.

·       Learn and Be Curious. It’s a big world. Explore.

·       Hire and Develop the Best. Recruit well, then train.

·       Insist on the Highest Standards. Is there a “close enough”? Probably not to Jeff Bezos.

·       Think big. That’s THINK BIG!

·       Bias for Action. Make sure you are right, then go ahead, hard, fast.

·       Frugality. Waste not, want not. Do more with less.

·       Earn Trust. Truth and candor and reliability are keys.

·       Dive Deep. Get to the bottom of things, quickly.

·       Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit. Fight for your views, then support the team wholeheartedly.

·       Deliver Results. Never settle.


The authors tell of Amazon victories, like the Kindle, and failures, like the Unbox TV-film-streaming application.

We meet briefly many talented Amazonians. “Jeff” is everywhere, or more precisely, his spirit is. He examines the memos he receives by interrogating every sentence. He emphasizes over and over the importance of putting the customer first and believes that Amazon’s interests and their customers’ interests are, properly viewed, identical.

There are handy tips: PowerPoint is not just passe but an inhibitor of thought in business meetings, replaced at Amazon by six-page treatises read by all attendees before the discussion gets underway at their meetings. Hirees impress less with credentials, more with past project achievements. Execs get modest salaries and major stock participation, to align their incentives with the company’s long-term growth.

One of my sons gave me the Kindle 2 a decade ago, and I loved it. Then, it fell off the kitchen table onto the tile floor and it broke. I mourned, briefly, then wrote Amazon and told them the story, noting that a book would not have broken, though admittedly a computer would have. They sent me a new Kindle, cementing our metaphorical marriage. I’ve had a couple more Kindles and was gifted a Fire HD 8 last year, and it does almost everything but walk the dog.

I’m less enamored of Amazon right now because of its recent political activities. I still love my Fire e-reader, which now reads to me (Alexa does) when I want to rest and be informed and entertained.

Alexa read much of Working Backwards to me. I occasionally thanked her, as though she were human. She isn’t, is she?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

"Identifying" As a 130-pound Boxer

 In the distant past at Cornell as a freshman, I boxed at the 150-pound level, winning one, tying one, and retiring.

If I could have, back then, gotten away with “identifying” at 130 pounds, I probably could have been undefeated, a middleweight beating up lightweights.

Much the same thing happens when a biological male “identifies” as a female, enters a female athletic competition, and wins. Unfair. Could mean the eventual destruction of real women’s sports.

Solutions? You are what your chromosomes/genes say (XY or XX), not what you say. Alternatively, have separate competitions for males, for females, and for those who are modified to be somewhere in-between.