Monthly Archives: June 2009

Thinking about Thinking

You can get caught up in the day-to-day swirl of current events, but that can be overwhelming. And you hear commentators ask that snarky question. What was he thinking, or she, as the case may be? On Tuesday, June 30, … Continue reading

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Understanding Republicans and the Ghost of Nixon

Oh, events come and go – the white New Haven firefighters prevailed in the Supreme Court and Rush Limbaugh said that the court had now officially declared Sonia Sotomayor a racist who hates white people. Rush said the 5-4 decision … Continue reading

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Just Too Dumb

Garrison Keillor says that the funniest line in English is “Get it?” It’s just human nature – “When you say that, everyone chortles.” We do like to pretend. People usually don’t get it. And Keillor was here in town. An … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Cruelty

With the world going quite mad over the death of Michael Jackson – especially out here – one bit of news on that Friday didn’t get much attention. Or maybe it wasn’t news, just more of the same: A senior … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Looms

Everyone knows avoidance behavior, pretty much from school. The term paper is due at the end of the month and you’ve found yourself doing other things, not working on it. Maybe you have nothing to say, or nothing you want … Continue reading

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Core Values and Moral Relativism

Neighborhood Note: This was an odd day in Hollywood. In the morning, the major sex symbol of the seventies, Farah Fawcett, died – at Saint John’s Hospital over in Santa Monica. She was sixty-two. Many of us are. And in … Continue reading

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Pretentious people like to talk about entropy – the idea that all things at all times are naturally resolving to their most random state and lowest energy level. It’s just a basic concept in physics, and quite useful for predicting … Continue reading

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