Monthly Archives: January 2019

It’s time for the firing squad. Everyone form a circle.

President candidates are now declaring themselves. Democratic, Republican, and Independent, it appears it might be an interesting race. Donald Trump is running for re-election. The RNC is behind him, of course. There is, however evidence that he is likely to … Continue reading

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Linus. And Jimmy Stewart.

I loved all the presents I got this year, but as each year some are more special than others.  I have written of the mug The NSLDB got me. My sister-in-law, the fire chief and world’s coolest aunt, gave me … Continue reading

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Today’s scary book.

I have just finished re-reading John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza. This may just be the scariest book I’ve ever read, including Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone and Randy Shilts’s The Band Played On. (I did not find the Shilts book … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots.

[Spoilers for Mary Queen of Scots.] I saw Mary Queen of Scots last night. I thought they did a pretty good job on the history, although I would quibble with the death scene. They did not age Mary at all, … Continue reading

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Today’s amusing fact: the word “scofflaw” came out of a contest the Boston Globe held for people to come up with a name for people who continued to drink even during Prohibition. From Prohibition. Thank you, Ken Burns. It really … Continue reading

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Contagion: more than a movie.

One hundred years ago, the Great Influenza of 1918-1919 killed between 50 and 100 million people, more people than any other previous pandemic in history. (The Black Death killed fewer people but a greater portion of the population.)* In Asia, … Continue reading

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The job is over, which means that I have no excuse not to pay attention to current events. So, I read the Washington Post and the New York Times. This sucks. While I was working in a place that discouraged … Continue reading

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