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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

a curmudgeon speaks...

Okay... Can you tell that Rupert Murdoch now owns the National Geographic Magazine? "...galloping..." "...stumbling..." "...staggering..." Colorful language creates maybe a more arousing impression to general readers, but hardly makes clear that all this is about a geologic time scale, not our... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Oh, come on, people!

About the governor whose college yearbook photo has stimulated screams and moans and demands he step down as governor. Kids are not known for being culturally smart or sensitive. The real question should be, what does he believe now, what do his adult actions indicate? If he has not grown past the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Measles in Oregon and Climate Change

Right now there is a serious outbreak of measles happening in southwestern Washington State, with 35 cases among a population of 22% non-immunized school kids. Some of these kids may die because their parents opted to disbelieve the doctors who long ago discredited that first claim linking vaccines... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Staying alive

Another of my Canadian friends is working his way slowly through the 'free' medical system up in the Great White North. He had a stroke a few months ago, and is now having headaches that last days while his clinic nurse consultant tells him, that's normal, not to worry. This is someone trained to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 25, 2019

discussion happening on Facebook...

The discussion began with the headline about Ireland voting to boycott goods from Israeli settlements. It went pretty directly to whether being anti-Israel is the same as being anti-semitic. I jumped in to say they are not the same. Most people responding seem to agree with me. A few don't, and by... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Cursive, foiled again!

There are those who would cease to teach penmanship--specifically cursive writing--in today's school curriculum. Their argument is that cursive writing is not necessary, and that instead the fine art of keyboarding has supplanted it. They say, too, that it is difficult to learn, a hardship for kids.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The latest tempest

This whole event of the kids in the MAGA hats, the Indian elder with the drum, and the Black Israel community reps is a study in the emotional hair triggers that are so prevalent in the US these days, and how social media amplifies the knee-jerk/panic/feat-to-anger reaction in a 'viral' way that... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Spectrums and bell-curves.

Not all billionaires are the same, nor Libertarians, nor any other labeled group. In fact, in any such group are likely to be both the high- and low-energy extremes, high- and low-functioning--and most will be in the middle.. High level Libertarians pick up the garbage that low level Libertarians... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Fear of the Unknown

Thinking of those who praise Trump, his agenda & administration--It must be terribly frightening to live in a world where there is no stability of truth, where any day Reality can flip-flop to whatever suits one man's caprice, one man's paranoia, ignorance, mood, or pique. Only children believe that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 30, 2018


Key to resolving troublesome and conflicting beliefs is to delve compassionately into the origins of the beliefs. This is true for an individual, it is true for a culture. When the origins are discovered, and their inspiration understood, when the misunderstandings that underpin them are clarified,... Sign in to see full entry.

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