Larry Susanka's Personal Pages

Welcome! Local time in Bellevue Washington is 08:21:18 and the date is 12/3/21. For those who need to target an ICBM, I spend a considerable amount of time near N=47.56° E=-122.13° and much of the rest near N=47.16° E=-120.94°. We are -8:00 in relation to GMT.

The various pages that comprise this site have been accessed 14839 times since the counter was created in March 1998.

Currently I have an active interest in physics, rock and ice climbing, mathematics, horses and running mountain trails.

I am a supporter of The Planetary Society, various skeptical organizations such as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and am a fan of science fiction, in its myriad forms.

I also pretend to study Spanish and guitar. We'll see.


We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

"There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."


This quote is attributed to Hermann Goering on 18 April, 1946 as reported by his interviewer,
Gustave Gilbert, and published in Gilbert's book Nuremberg Diary.

The following items strike me as interesting, funny or valuable in some way. I will add or change content from time to time. Enjoy!

  • Math Notes of Various Kinds ...
    Last modified on 11/19/21 at 07:49.

  • A Collection of Photos ...
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:03.

  • Macintosh Links
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:02.

  • Math and Science Links
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:00.

  • Science Fiction Links
    Last modified on 09/1/20 at 18:01.

  • Favorite Climbing Sites
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 17:32.

  • Skeptical Thoughts ...
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:01.

  • Oddities and Unclassified Miscellany
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:04.

  • Seattle Sites and Information
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:02.

  • Bay Area Sites and Information
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 17:31.

  • A Few Web Resources:
    A Remnant of the Original Web Pages at BC.
    (Some of these pages date from 1996.)

  • The Mount Si Race
    Last modified on 06/13/19 at 19:05.

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