Category Archives: Politics and News

Politics, News Analysis, and other time-sensitive stuff.

I Choose to Go to the Moon

To become a better speaker, I study great speeches and speakers. Though I do read some, most come from the 20th century, because we don’t have earlier audiovisual records. In case you’re wondering, my choice for best speech of the … Continue reading

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Penn State and the media’s Freudian complex

I have 2 credits from Penn State. During summer 1990, I attended a summer computing institute for high school students. To acquire dorm housing, one had to be an enrolled student. The people in charge made up a course; I’m … Continue reading

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Birthdays, Logistics, and Deathdays

I had my birthday on Thursday, another one, for which I’m thankful. (Thanks for the messages.) If I hadn’t, this piece wouldn’t be written. I’m not yet ready for death. Someone found it strange that one of my common morning … Continue reading

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Round-the-world ticket guide

I got the idea for a round-the-world trip by looking at my summer schedule. In July, I’m scheduled to be in central Europe at a conference. Two weeks later, another meeting is in Vancouver. After teaching summer school, I’m open … Continue reading

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The Office of the President

After a summer full of town hall yelling and assault rifle protests, last night we finally reached the point where an elected representative decided to act like a five year old who can’t find a toy. As you likely know, … Continue reading

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This was influenza, only influenza.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a potential pandemic flu floating around now, enough to make the US government have a website. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention publishes alerts like “Interim Guidance for People who have Close Contact … Continue reading

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Eco-Smugness goes to eleven

I bought a 2010 Toyota Prius on Saturday. Not just any Prius, either; a silver Prius III with the Solar Roof Package. Why? Environmental snobbery? Well, no. According to the survey, over half of 2007 Prius buyers bought it to … Continue reading

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The Stockdale Paradox

It’s not a secret that I think very highly of heroic women and men. One of my favorite posts is Medals and Goodness, about medals, virtue, and evil. From time to time I read tales of Carnegie Hero Medal award … Continue reading

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Semi-live Blog: Yale vs Harvard

I’m at home, working on many things this Saturday. To my joy, it turns out that I can watch the football game betwen the source of goodness, Harvard, versus the embodiment of evil known as Yale. Before I go on, … Continue reading

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Amazement

If you had asked me in the past if I would see a Black man as President-elect, I would ask you the country you were thinking about. Of course, there are many countries with black-skinned majorities. Many have Presidents. Some … Continue reading

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