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I never gained entrance to the Order of The Blue Nose, but some of my shipmates on board the USS Bainbridge did after I was discharged. The arctic is hostile place and sailors venture there at their peril. Drilling for oil that we cannot use without risking environmental collapse is madness. Corporations, like Royal Dutch […]
The world is not a more dangerous place and anyone who makes that claim is just as batshit crazy as the authorities in this story. Authorities in Maryland say two children taken into custody while walking home without an adult last year have been picked up by police again. Maryland’s child protective services took in […]
Last weekend my bank went offline to upgrade its online systems. When I logged on following the upgrade I was greeted with a 47-page, 23,060-word behemoth of an End User License Agreement to which I was required to check that I had indeed read and accepted the Terms and Conditions. To my own peril, like […]
As much as we might wish the contrary, life is not a bumper sticker or coffee mug, We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a […]
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BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]
Were you hanging out in the Flats? Did you meet a chick named Sharon? Was Sharon happy with all the drinks you bought her? Did she give you her phone number ending in 1466? Sharon just played you for a fool because that number is for my throw-away. I’ve gotten dozens of these calls and […]
The thermometer crept above 32 degrees F this afternoon and one of our local trolls crept out of from under the bridge to forage on the corn we set out for the deer herd. The pack, of course, went ape shit.
Clockwise from upper left: Gilligan, Buster and Yaba…
This meshes neatly with Admiral Hyman Rickover’s talk at Columbia University in 1982. After a lifetime of work I conclude that what can be said about doing a job is hardly enough for one lecture, let alone an entire field of study. The key points of such a lecture I would summarize as follows: Human […]
Richard Marshall interviewed Alfred Mele for 3:AM Magazine on the $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to get to the bottom of the question of Free Will. This is a question that has always fascinated me because of the implications I perceive there for our society. What follows is the core of the […]
I’ve been pondering calendars of late what with the Winter Solstice and the New Year just passing, and trying to arrive at some date for the beginning of each new year that makes sense. My first thoughts went to the Winter Solstice because that is the shortest day of the year and days getting longer […]
My guess? Somewhere greater than 50:1.
I tear up every time I listen to the glorious 9th…