My name is Bernie LaForest. I am a retired Navy Chief and work in a coal fired powwer plant. I too have read a lot of books from the faculty here and look forward to learning more here.
Heck, this is what you do when you are living through the end of an empire. If they step on the gas and hasten the conclusion, I am willing to apply what I have learned in the later years in my life to help rebuild it.