Tit-For-Tat Strategy

Never be the first to attack.

Retaliate only after the other party has attack.

Be prepared to forgive after carrying out an act of retaliation.

Tit for Tat is not a spiritual path but may in fact be the best strategy available for those who wish to survive in our imperfect world.

Benefits of Tit for Tat

Niceness. It never pursues the aggressive or negative strategy first.

Clarity. It is uncomplicated, and so the other player can figure out what the tit-for-tat player is doing easily.

Provocability. It can be provoked into retaliating, and so cannot be taken advantage of cheaply.

Forgivingness. If the other player goes back to being cooperative, so will the tit-for-tat player.

Ann’s garden on cover of ‘Home & Garden’ section, Atlanta Journal Constitution (Aug 21, 2003)

Ann’s garden was pictured on the cover of the ‘Home & Garden‘ section of Atlanta Journal Constitution (Aug 21, 2003) .

The accompanying article included pictures from several gardens and interviews with several gardeners. While the ‘Home & Garden’ section included a number of great photos from Ann’s garden, the online version only had two photos (one in the link above and this one).

If you can’t click on the links above, here are the urls.

http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/homeandgarden/0803/21vegetables.html

http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/homeandgarden/index.html

The House of Saud

Excerpt from The fall of the House of Saud, By Robert Baer, The Atlantic Monthly, May 2003

Robert Baer served for twenty-one years with the CIA, primarily as a field officer in the Middle East. He resigned from the agency in 1997 and was awarded its Career Intelligence Medal in 1998. This article is adapted from his book Sleeping With the Devil (June, 2003, Crown Publishers), Saudi Arabia today is a mess, and it is our mess. We made it the private storage tank for our oil reserves. We reaped the benefits of a steady petroleum supply at a discounted price, and we grabbed at every available Saudi petrodollar. We taught the Saudis exactly what was expected of them. We cannot walk away morally from the consequences of this behavior–and we really can’t walk away economically. So we crow about democracy and talk about someday weaning ourselves from our dependence on foreign oil, despite the fact that as long as America has been dependent on foreign oil there has never been an honest, sustained effort at the senior governmental level to reduce long-term U.S. petroleum consumption. Not all the wishing in the world will change the basic reality of the situation.

Saudi Arabia controls the largest share of the world’s oil and serves as the market regulator for the global petroleum industry. No country consumes more oil, and is more dependent on Saudi oil, than the United States. The United States and the rest of the industrialized world are therefore absolutely dependent on Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves, and will be for decades to come. If the Saudi oil spigot is shut off, by terrorism or by political revolution, the effect on the global economy, and particularly on the economy of the United States, will be devastating.

Link The fall of the House of Saud, By Robert Baer, The Atlantic Monthly

Fresh from the Garden

Cherokee Tribune article Fresh from the Garden

Woodstock woman to showcase green thumb on gardening show

Sunday, August 10, 2003

By Donna Harris

Cherokee Tribune Staff Writer

For Ann Myers, the spiritual therapy she receives from gardening is every bit as important to her as the vegetables she grows.

The Woodstock resident finds the grounding and peace she needs between the rows of tomatoes and green beans that grow in the well-kept garden beside her driveway…

Caught in a thunderstorm/downpour while biking

Yesterday I got caught in a thunderstorm/downpour while riding my mountain bike. I was about a mile from my car when the fireworks started. I had to climb a long, steep, lung-busting hill with lightning cracking all around and my shoes filling with water. After I pushed hard to the top of the hill I was huffing and puffing and my legs were dead. Even though I was a mess when I got to the car, I have to admit it was exciting and fun.

I spend most of my time in the virtual world of software and the Internet, so experiencing nature first-hand was a welcome change.