- New England, USA
- Philosopher, Technologist, Writer
- I've been using the net in various roles—technical, social, and political—for the last 30 years. I'm disappointed that most forums don't pay for good writing and I'm ever in search of forums that do. (I've not seen any Tippem money, that's for sure.) And I worry some that our posting here for free could one day put paid writers in Closed Salon out of work. See my personal home page for more about me.
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December 06, 2013 05:32AM
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December 04, 2013 10:06PM
- Corporations Are Not People
December 02, 2013 05:48PM
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November 19, 2013 02:14AM
- Time for Climate Action
September 27, 2013 12:18PM
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exactly consistent on their
And a lot of it
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right. And people will
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- “I think the big danger
here is something I'll call
December 07, 2013 01:38AM
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very basis on which these
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- “Abrawang, exactly, it's
hard to believe they have
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We give up on our students way too easily. We expect only a few to succeed wildly, most to bumble their way through with mediocre outcomes, and a fair number not to make it at all. We’ve allowed that to seem normal, but it seems to me… Read full post »
Polls continue to suggest that support for the the movement is growing. A recent NBC… Read full post »
A lot of the discussions we have about what's fair to tax seem to refer to questions of how people should “share the pain.” I don't like the way that discussion usually goes, but not because I don't think people should share pain. I just question the definition of “pain” that… Read full post »
Dear President Obama,
Today I’m even more discouraged with you than I ever have been. And please don’t flatter yourself by thinking, as I suspect you do, that because you made “the hard choices” people were bound to be concerned. Do not smugly say to yourself, well “thi… Read full post »
With the end of the shuttle program, it seems to me it’s time to do some serious contemplation about what we should do next with NASA.
I’m sure some would like to put the whole organization in mothballs, but many of us have higher hopes. Some are frustrated that we… Read full post »
A Slice of Life
In 1991, at a visit to Walt Disney World in Florida, I ate at the Coral Reef Restaurant in the EPCOT theme park. It’s a wonderful restaurant, with tasty food, great service, and a highly unique view into a huge aquarium… Read full post »
Earlier this year, Republican State Representative Bobby Franklin placed a bill before the Georgia General Assembly that attempts to empower and require the state to intervene in what the bills refers to as “prenatal murder.” The bill, Georgia House Bill 1, begins with this summary (bold… Read full post »
The buzz yesterday is that there may be another way to resolve the deadly game of chicken being foisted upon the American people by the Tea Party over the debt. It turns out that the answer was in plain sight all along.
A recent news story from The Rachel Maddow Show caught my eye and seemed worth sharing. The story reports on recent moves by Republicans in several states to redefine the meaning of the word “person” in a way that could have sweeping effects.
For example, the story explains, legislation… Read full post »
There is a recent move by Republicans to try to cut back on child labor protections. In Missouri, a Republican-sponsored bill proposes to eliminate the prohibition on employing children under 14, to eliminate restrictions on numbers of hours a child may work, to eliminate requirements for a work cert… Read full post »
I’ve heard it said that we as a people should demand pictures as proof of bin Laden's death to have a properly transparent government.
I assert that adequate proof has, in fact, already been offered.
We are not relying simply on blind trust of the US Government.
Routinely in… Read full post »
Yesterday the Wisconsin state senate made an outrageous procedural move, eliminating collective bargaining rights for state workers, in a vote that really had no advanced notice. You pretty much have to see the event with your own eyes to truly appreciate how inappropriate this was from a procedural… Read full post »
The Guardian reported last month, based on a Wikileaks document, that the Saudis have publicly overstated their capacity to increase production in response to likely future demand. The Guardian quoted a Saudi cable that begins as follows (with bold added by me for emphasis):
Monday through Wednesday, Feb 14-16, 2011, the evening television show Jeopardy! is airing a man versus machine competition called “The IBM Challenge” in which a computer (or really a set of computers) named “Watson” is challenging two all-time Jeopardy! champions in an exhibi… Read full post »
Recently I’ve been traveling a lot.
The travel wasn’t for pleasure. Beyond that, I’d rather not discuss the reason, thank you.
What I do want to talk about is the weather. Or, more specifically, the contrasts in weather. I think one sometimes notices things more acutely whe… Read full post »
I was not one of those who voted based primarily on a promise to reduce the deficit. Mainly I didn't because I didn't and don't believe a lot of the promises by the Republicans and Tea Partiers, who seemed to mention it all the time.
Republican Lip Service to Fiscal… Read full post »
limate Change. There are a great many things I could say about Climate Change, but today I want to make a pretty simple point about the likely health effects of Climate Change: They won't be good.
It's also common in discussions of Climate Change to talk about the effects on la… Read full post »
I'm afraid I have a lot of trouble with the entire debate about the deficit. It's not that I don't believe in being fiscally responsible. It's that I can't take seriously someone who insists on dealing with the issue of the deficit as something that's a black and white issue. There… Read full post »
Ex-POW Senator John McCain is the sponsor, along with 9 co-sponsors, of Senate bill S.3081, which in open and direct defiance of the Supreme Court ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, the case that created your so-called “Miranda rights,” provides for the indefinite detention of people, includin… Read full post »
For those of you just waking up from a coma or returning from a sensory deprivation chamber, the last “US combat brigade” officially left Iraq last week. It seemed an appropriate time for a pause to reflect on the cost we've incurred.
I heard someone remark on TV the… Read full post »
Even a Conservative Look Ahead is Scary
The big worry about Climate Change is not some issue of gradual heating, it's how near we are to various tipping points. There has been concern brewing that carbon dioxide is just the tip of the Climate Change iceberg. Methane may turn out to be a more explosive problem, not… Read full post »
Upon reflecting a bit on the implications of my post from yesterday, I want to clarify that I can no longer realistically say I aspire to be a Republican even if the party were cleaned up as it needs to be.
The Republicans have in too many ways shown that… Read full post »
I would like to see the US have universal health care. Short of that, I’m willing to bargain down to a public option. But the public option is gone.
Without, at minimum, the public option I no longer support this bill.