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Friday, September 18, 2015

Bernie Sanders: What I like, and don't like

What I like about Bernie: He is vocally, adamantly, furiously the champion of Americans who are not the Upper 1%, possibly even the Upper 5% or 10%. He understands who We, the People are, and sees very clearly who is using Us for their own power and wealth accumulation. He has swum for years among... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hillary: What I like and what I don't like

What I like about Hillary: She knows her way around the Establishment of American politics, and she is herself established around the world. What I don't like about Hillary: She is part of the Washington Establishment, plays by the same old rules; She also is one of a self-entitling segment of a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

It's now.

Personally, I don't care how much of the evident, data-supported global climate changes are caused by human activity. Change is upon us, and we need to be planning how we will live when the world we got used to is not the one we have now. If we don't or won't, then we are done. We will need to know... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Forget it.

Forget it. Really. Whatever awful thing happened, forget it. Forget the Alamo, forget the Maine. If it was over and done a hundred years ago, if all the participants are long dead and dust, let it go and move forward. You can't until you do. Over and done... Sure, there are many terrible things out... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The New American Revolution

When the world went into a frenzy of updating old repressive regimes, I began to consider why that happens there, but is not likely to happen here in America. I concluded that it's because repressive regimes stifle free expression of true thoughts and feelings: the angers, fears, resentments and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A lion dies, a goat lives...

I stopped at Facebook on my way here this morning, and saw several articles there, as is usually the case, that both saddened and encouraged me. By now, maybe you've already heard of the American dentist who, with the assistance of a local 'guide,' lured the lion out of the national park in Zimbabwe... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 27, 2015

"Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth."

I'm not sure who to attribute the quote to, but it is repeated in word and deed so often that the lie must be self-evident: "Calling a sheep's tail a leg doesn't make it one." The Nazi propaganda machine played the lie for all they could get from it: "It is easier to convince people with a big lie... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

There is no such thing as 12pm.

It's convention to use am and pm for every single time on the clock, but 12 is different. It is not ante-meridian, nor is it post-meridian: it is meridian. It is the point from which all other times are measured. It is noon or it is midnight. I get arguments on this. But it creates confusion, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Who is responsible here?

A few weeks ago, it was brought to the world's attention that an American corporation, the New York Blood Center, had spent some considerable time in Liberia doing blood research with a group of chimpanzees there. When the work was completed, NYBC departed, and after some time has declined to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Food for thought: eating with the mind

My daughter is taking up a course of study in a relatively newly-named field: anthrozoology. It is about the relationships between human beings and other life, particularly animals, on this shared planet. It is about public policy and human habits of thinking about animals, things we do badly and... Sign in to see full entry.

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