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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remember the South Sea Bubble?

Remember the South Sea Bubble? Remember when Pres Eisenhower warned us against letting the military/industrial complex gain power in America? For generations, since the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the huge fortunes amassed by the private, corporate 'robber barons' of the last two... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Terrorism is stupid.

Here is why terrorist attacks work: The victims of terrorists are usually ordinary people going about their ordinary activities in normal lives, and as populations, such citizens are terrified, will consider where they go, what they do in public places, and while some will be defiantly optimistic it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Back to Trumpland

It has been just a little easier to ignore the man and his shenanigans from an ocean away. Here in the UK they have craziness of their own instigated by shallow, protectionist forces and voters who did their research on "What would it mean for Britain to leave the European Union?" the day after the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Charlie wrote this...

From several of my classes, my meetings with playwrights through UCCS, the mentorship of folks like Kevin Landis and Murray Ross, I've gotten this idea that there is a kind of magic in writing in a genre that you dislike. Find the last piece of fiction you'd ever want to touch, your least favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

It has been a while...

The sun just ducked under the afternoon cloud cover, and suddenly lit the kitchen... I am reminded of a song by Mimi Farina: As we go marching marching In the beauty of the day A million darkened kitchens, A thousand mill lofts grey Are touched with all the radiance That a sudden sun discloses...... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Racist and Sexist: Cut it out.

If you look at sex or gender as relevant to a conversation or description when it really isn't, that is being sexist. If you look at skin color or cultural background and insist on calling it 'race' and then bring it up when it isn't actually relevant to what you're saying, then that is being... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dealing with Bullies

Bullies rely on other people being nicer than the bully is. It is time to stop being nice. It is time to stop being polite to rudeness where it protects rudeness from consequences. Persistent passing on bullying is called 'enabling.' No, we don't want to become them, we don't want to be as mean, as... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tribalism is killing us.

It's all very well to have your own tribe, to build it up and maintain it with your own beliefs and ideas about who you are and what is your relationship with your universe, your deities, the other people you share the world with. It is beautiful to celebrate your worldview with dances and art,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lift-off, Touch-down

I was in 4th grade and watched the first NASA manned Mercury launch from my classroom, and every other launch was just as much a special event all the way through the Gemini and Apollo programs. After some years, it seems such things became rather routine, until the Challenger disaster. Then many of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just because we can...

Remember JURASSIC PARK? Remember how they explained right up front that the dinosaurs were not actually the same as the originals, because their DNA was mixed with modern frog DNA? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/16/woolly-mammoth-resurrection-scientists Is it really 'de-extinction'... Sign in to see full entry.

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