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Daniel Rigney

Daniel Rigney
Location
New Texas, USA
Birthday
August 01
Title
free-range writer
Bio
In this writing workshop and citizen's blog I'm exploring various short forms, often from a satiric angle. My interests include politics, culture and the human comedy; old and new media; social theory and urban ethnography; the commercialization, corporatization and tabloidization of everything; sustainability; Unitarianism (UU); coffee; and writing (sorry, I mean providing content). Turtle stamp is from Tandy Leather. Interested in republishing a piece? Contact drigney3@gmail.com.

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JUNE 7, 2013 3:09PM

Surveillance: Who's Watching the Watcher-Watchers?

By Daniel Rigney

The now-surfacing secret Internet data mining operation PRISM raises once again the ancient question in political philosophy:  Who will watch the watchers?

In this instance, who will ensure that NSA and whatever administration happens to be in power at the moment won’t g… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 23, 2012 12:34PM

Democracy in Texas

By Daniel Rigney

I see in the news that some lost soul in Lubbock, Texas recently shot more than twenty bullet holes into an Obama yard sign. Hundreds of other political signs in Lubbock, a stronghold of Texas conservatism, have been stolen or vandalized with racist messages during the current… Read full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2012 2:02PM

Dispatch from Houston: The Sikh Temple Vigil

By Daniel Rigney

It’s twilight again in Houston, and we’re gathering in front of the reflecting pool at City Hall to reflect on the gun murders that took place Sunday morning in a Sikh temple just south of Milwaukee. 

This was no ordinary gun massacre, even by American… Read full post »

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JULY 24, 2012 1:33AM

Tastes a Little Like Cricket at the Café Insecta

By Daniel Rigney

This week’s Scientific American features a piece reviewing recent research on the paleolithic diets of our ancient ancestors, tracing these to the diets of apes and prosimians (e.g., lemurs), who evolved digestive systems not unlike our own long before we were on the scene.

W… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 6:51PM

Ten Republican Wars of 2012

Ten Republican Wars of 2012

By Daniel Rigney

Republicans are often inclined to romanticize guns and warfare, but not all Republican wars entail the dropping of literal bombs. Some Republican wars are symbolic and metaphorical. In each instance, they call for acts of rhetorical and political aggress… Read full post »

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AUGUST 8, 2011 7:50PM

Dispatch from Perry's (A)political Prayer Rally

Dispatch from Perry’s (A)political Prayer Rally

By Daniel Rigney

When I tell friends I’ve decided to attend conservative Texas governor Rick Perry’s  (non) political prayer rally in Houston this summer, eyes pop and jaws drop.  Well, not quite -- but friends do express s… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2011 12:26AM

Republican Anagrams 2012

Republican  Anagrams 2012

By Daniel Rigney.

I’m a Wordie.  I enjoy a breakfast of scrambled words almost every morning when I play the Jumble pun and puzzle game in our local newspaper. This morning I was having more trouble than usual  solving the day’s puzzle, so finall… Read full post »

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MAY 17, 2011 1:50AM

North Pool Meltdown: Santa Plans Move to Hong Kong

 By Daniel Rigney

Christie Claus, daughter of Xmas Inc1 founder, chairman and  CEO Santa Claus, called an unexpected news conference today in Hong Kong to announce the company's plan to move its global headquarters to China in 2015. Most of Xmas Inc’s far-flung manufacturing operation… Read full post »