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Thursday, October 8, 2015

what Putin wants.

Putin wants:
1. Oil prices higher
2. To give his army experience.
3. To show the world that his military hardware works thus making it more salable
4. To demonstrate that he is a true friend who does not desert fellow despots when they are in trouble.
5.  To embarrass those who have shunned him on the international stage.
6.  To divert attention away from the Ukraine. 
7,  To do something cool to impress his young
8.  To do something imperial to impress the old guard.
9.  To show Muslims living in Russia that he is to be feared.

But what he does NOT care about it ISIS or the threat they pose.  He is using them and the USA.

What an amazing play.  What a mind.  

Trump thinks he is this smart.  But he is not.

Monday, October 5, 2015

My pointed comments in the WSJ regarding Ben Bernanke's handing of the financial crisis.

The Chairman of the Fed's ONLY job is to do whatever it takes to give firm confidence to our middle class that the paycheck they get every two weeks is going to enable them to survive and maybe go to a movie now and then.  Simple.   Without those poor souls toiling faithfully away everyday, we have nothing.  You failed.  This whole country is still shell shocked seven years later.  There is no confidence in the future whatsoever.  How else could a flim flam man like Donald Trump get to where he is right now?  How else could a man with no visible managerial skills be President of the United States today.  

This is all your doing.  100%

Instead your legacy is that you stood by and watched the Secretary of Treasury take a scythe to his competition to sate numerous, intense personal vendettas.   Now the world knows you were gamed.

The best that can be said about you is that you had no idea what was happening.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

University of Tennessee Museum Director Jefferson Chapman Reaches out to the Department of Ecology to use my Gifts for her Students

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chapman, Jefferson 
Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM
Subject: botanical prints
To: grahamarader@gmail.com
Cc: "Kalisz, Susan"

Graham I just met with Susan Kalisz, Head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and showed her the framed prints.  She was very excited and in fact, has done research on two of the illustrated plants.  We will be moving ahead in the coming weeks to get them installed in the Herbarium and EEB.
Thanks, Jeff

Jeff Chapman, PhD
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Wonderful Letter from Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Associate Department Head of Geography at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graham and Jeff,

I just wanted to alert you that the books arrived yesterday afternoon and I’ve spent this morning already placing the books donated to geography on the bookshelves in our conference room! Once I started unpacking the boxes, I couldn’t put the damned books down after I started reading them. They are truly fascinating, Graham! Some books are very large so I had to be creative in my positioning of them in the bookshelf!

But then I got to the box with the two volumes on conifers, and in all my years as a tree “expert,” I’ve never seen anything like them. For over 30 years, I’ve been collecting reference books about trees, but these two volumes are in a class by themselves. It has conifer genera listed and described that I’ve never even heard of before! It has range maps, Latin binomials (with authors) and synonymy, photos of cones, needles, bark, trees, and habitats, over 3,700 total color photos, and detailed descriptions on every damned conifer out there, all across over 1,000 pages of text. What an amazing work. And it included an ex libris plate signed by the authors! Thank you!

Graham, I can’t thank you enough! Literally, I cannot find words to express my thanks for the conifer books and our thanks as a geography department for the reference collection about maps.


Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer
Associate Department Head
Department of Geography
1000 Philip Fulmer Way
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0925 USA