Monthly Archives: December 2010

Temperamental Fools

That recent column was a bit of a goof, the one that reviewed recent discoveries of structural differences in the brain structures of conservatives – there the part of the brain associated with anxiety and emotions, and which generates terror, … Continue reading

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The Science of Politics

There are possibly still a few hundred people in America who still start the day with coffee and the morning newspaper, or maybe more, but they’re old and seem to like print. Everyone else seems to have moved beyond that. … Continue reading

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Any Arbitrary Midnight

It happens. You get old and you write off the whole New Year’s Eve thing. The last place you’d want to be is in Times Square. Disney and Giuliani might have cleaned up the place, so it’s no longer porn … Continue reading

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On Accepting the Natural Order of Things

By all accounts Alexander Pope was a short and quite unpleasant man – four-foot-six and a hunchback – and with a chip on his shoulder from being a Catholic in Anglican England, and thus a double-outcast. Think of Marty Feldman … Continue reading

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Dead Week Warnings

It’s that dead week between Christmas and New Years Eve. People go back to work, sort of. Their hearts aren’t in it, and trading on Wall Street is so light that no one is paying much attention as things rise … Continue reading

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The Eve of Christmas Eve

A Christmas break – commentary and photography at the sister site will resume after the holiday –

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Reconsidering End Times

Of all the developed nations the United States stands alone as the one which is deeply religious, in the sense that we take such things seriously. France has the cool gothic cathedrals, and the Italians have the Pope, and there’s still … Continue reading

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