A World of Science and Fiction

  It’s a science fiction world, that’s for sure. But who can tell the science from the fiction? On this day dedicated to the (fictional?) Saint of Love, the morning’s electronic mail includes a link from my brother Bill to a newspaper story about a hotel in Nagasaki that will be staffed by robots. A sidebar […]
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“Indecent” Exposure Under Fire

I am puzzled by the media’s recent obsession with “wardrobe malfunctions.”  Never a day goes by that some celebrity (female of course) isn’t pictured showing an inch or more of forbidden skin, supposedly by accident. Even Kate Midddleton, who is likely to be England’s Queen some day, dare not venture out on a windy day […]
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Why is the Truth so Funny?

  Today the news is dominated by Jon Stewart’s decision to retire from the Daily Show. While the Republican-ruled Congress fumbles the ball on funding Homeland Security, while the President negotiates Congressional authorization to continue and expand the war against the ISIS scourge, while the nation deals with any number of urgent matters, it’s a […]
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Rich Country, Poor People

You might have read the headlines… Happy Monday! S&P 500 now up 10% for year” —CNN Money “Third-quarter U.S. economic growth strongest in 11 years” —Reuters “The U.S. economy is on a tear” —Wall Street Journal And you might have asked yourself what’s wrong with you, where’s your share of all this prosperity.  If you […]
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The Scary Supreme Court

  It seems certain that President Obama will veto that proposed oil pipeline from Canada, and the pundits say Republicans in Congress don’t have the votes to override the veto. And this is just the beginning. The President is sure to veto any law repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, for example. And he is […]
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Who is Sam Smith, Anyway?

  So good ol’ Sam Smith swept the Grammy Awards last night. I guess he must be a heck of a guy.  Unless, of course, the “Sam” is short for Samantha? Let me see… No, he looks like a guy (photo above). And he must be some kind of singer. But I have never heard him […]
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Tax Gas to Pay for Roads

I know you will probably scream bloody murder at this suggestion but you have to admit it makes sense: Raise federal gasoline taxes to pay for desperately needed road and bridge construction and repairs. Yes, it could be politically unpopular. But hey, President Obama doesn’t have to worry about getting reelected, so why did he […]
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Sorry, the TPP is a Lousy Deal

I’ve been trying to find some reason to support our President on his Trans Pacific trade deal. I know he’s smarter than I so I figure there must be something about this deal that I don’t get. But try as I might, I can find nothing good to say about the massive agreement he’s trying […]
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Time for “Shock and Awe”

I totally understand the rage sweeping through Jordan and the rest of the civilized world in response to the latest ISIS atrocity.  And despite my distaste for war, I would cheer a massive assault on ISIS held territories, like the “Shock and Awe” air assault that left Baghdad in ruins. There is no possibility of […]
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The Anti-Science Menace

  American “conservatives” have morphed into a weird and wacky collection of Luddites. Not satisfied with denying the overwhelming evidence of man-made climate change and denouncing the Theory of Evolution, they are opposing inoculation against dangerous diseases. Some “conservative” politicians are questioning required vaccinations for children. They are apparently pandering to a popular fear that vaccines […]
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