Monthly Archives: May 2017

Shangri-La Exposed

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Even though such a place is imaginary, an idyllic paradise from the scene of James Hilton’s 1933, novel Lost Horizon, for millennia misguided dreamers have longed for such a place on earth. The movie sequel depicted a place hidden in a Nepalese mountain valley, where greed and avarice were nearly non-existent, and a century old mystic ruled a palace with near peace and harmony. In the end some malcontents revolt against this idyllic setting. Most romanticism, like that naive mystic, overlook or ignore the one element that makes such a place impossible. It’s man himself. That corruptive agent that is part of the equation which always spells doom to such misguided pursuits. read more

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Off Into the Wild Blue Yonder

By Bradley Harrington 

Brad Harrington

“Cyberspace … Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding …” — William Gibson, “Neuromancer,” 1984 —

Every now and then, back when I was a young child, our family would head out of the city to go someplace special on a Sunday.

“Where are we going, Daddy?” I’d always ask.

“Off into the wild blue yonder,” he’d always tell me, and we’d never find out where until we got there. Consequently that phrase has always had a special meaning for me: Of a journey to some magical place we’d never discover until we actually arrived. read more

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ENDOW: Kiss Your Job Goodbye

By Bradley Harrington 

Brad Harrington

“A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain.” — Robert Heinlein, “Methuselah’s Children,” 1958 —

Wyoming’s “Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming” (ENDOW) bill was signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead back on March 3, and — now, as its first step of operation — its 25-member Council has recently been turned loose to solve our “economic diversity” issues:

“As part of the ENDOW Initiative Executive Council’s first meetings Thursday and Friday at Laramie County Community College, the group identified a number of those potential impediments to growth. It also assigned committees to tackle the problems.” (“ENDOW council identifies impediments to economic diversification,” WTE, May 13.) read more

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No Fond Farewell in Wyoming

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Wyoming’s sagging economy sent some of the best companies packing. There’re signs of some reversal. Rig counts have risen. Rail traffic out of Bill is still relatively anemic. Fortunately tourism is the bright spot in our economy. For the first time since 1918, the Total Solar Eclipse will traverse Wyoming from Torrington to Jackson. The Cowboy State is the perfect destination for travelers to congregate from around the globe. Natrona County residents are demanding high dollars to rent homes, driveways and open spaces. Man camps will be in vogue on August 21, 2017. Not everyone leaving our border will be missed. read more

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“The WHYS Way”: Buy It Now

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harringto

“Living a successful and happy life depends on understanding the WHYS: The causes and reasons why things are what they are and do what they do.” — Betsy Speicher, “The WHYS Way to Success and Happiness,” 2015 —

Studying journalism back in the day, I was taught that a properly-written news story must address the following points in as objective a manner as possible: “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.”

And, of those six items, the most important one is the “Why.” read more

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