Category Archives: The World

Losing the world.

Happy day after Earth Day, 2021. The earth has been slapping us around the past year: drought, hurricanes, blizzards, pandemic. Every time you turn around you see yet another natural disaster barreling down on a usually unprepared populace. That doesn’t … Continue reading

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Dear commentator on msnbc…

I don’t blame Donald Trump for what happened in Hawaii. It’s clearly the fault of some government official in Hawaii. (And Hawaii? One person hitting a wrong button could instigate mass panic? Without review by a higher-up? Seriously? What is … Continue reading

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Watching the crazies.

The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy was a cool kid who grew up into a neat adult. He has moved out of New York and now teaches English to kindergartners, which he enjoys, and he has a girlfriend who I have not … Continue reading

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Fallen heroes.

It’s been thirty years today since Challenger. I don’t know what to say that I have not said before, but it seems important to me to mark this anniversary again. So, once again, I salute the brave men and women … Continue reading

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The golden leaves drift from the ginkgo tree in the median of the street outside the window. The sky is a shade lighter than its normal cornflower blue, streaked with wisps of clouds in the south shading to blankets in … Continue reading

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Dear World.

Dear World, Donald Trump does not speak for me. He does not speak for my family, he does not speak for my friends.  He speaks for a subset of one political party’s base. That the number of people supporting him … Continue reading

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The sound of breaking glass.

Perhaps I am naive, but I don’t worry too much about our country indulging in mass killings of Muslims by the the government. We are not Nazi Germany. I could be wrong, of course: if you had told me fifteen … Continue reading

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Cities of the heart.

The Hotel de Nice sits at 42 Bis, Rue d’ Rivoli, in Paris’s 4th Arrondissement. It’s a fashionable part of town, from what I’ve read; I just liked that it was easy to get to Notre Dame and the Musee d’ … Continue reading

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Space tragedy week.

I did not have a chance yesterday to write a new post for the Challenger disaster anniversary.  Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, and February 1 is Columbia. I thought I would link to some of the … Continue reading

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Dick Cheney’s unpatriotic utilitarianism.

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart. The word torture is once again in the air and permeating the airwaves and the national consciousness. The release of the Senate Intelligence … Continue reading

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Some things to think about. (More links.)

Senior NSA official claims that we live a police state. Blackmail as part of the NSA’s playbook.  I thought that went away when J. Edgar Hoover died, but then I have always been naive. Tom Engelhardt’s Requiem for America.  Engelhardt’s saying … Continue reading

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Given that in previous years the media has used up the words “Snowmaggedon” and “Snowpocalypse” to describe epic winter storms, they need to come up with new ones for the most recent slamming the East Coast.  The Red-Headed Menace suggested … Continue reading

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Medical outrage.

Another entry into the “what has our government turned into” category.  It doesn’t revolve around law enforcement or terrorism, even though both of those are bad enough. No, this is an appointment to a position of power by a person … Continue reading

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Fifty years on.

I was two years old when Kennedy was shot.  I don’t have memories of where I was and what I was doing,  the way I do of Challenger exploding or the planes hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11.  I … Continue reading

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Happy Veteran’s Day.

My father was a Marine.  My grandfather was a Navy aviator and test pilot. I have ancestors who fought in both World Wars, the Civil War (on the wrong side), and the Revolutionary War. (If I so chose, I could … Continue reading

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