Category Archives: Reality and all that…

Floating Free Above the Real World

South Carolina is a strange place – that should be stipulated. There it’s all NASCAR and pulled-pork sandwiches, and South Carolina is home to the Christian Exodus movement – all fundamentalist evangelical Christians should personally secede from the United Sates … Continue reading

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No Reason at All

People explain things to each other and it’s almost always useless. This was the week liberals explained to conservatives that George Zimmerman kind of lost it – he liked playing cop way too much and pursued an unarmed young fellow, … Continue reading

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Political Lupus

It’s not all madness in the Republican struggle to find someone to run against Obama. There is Jon Huntsman: When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to … Continue reading

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Testing Reality

Here in this corner of Los Angeles, where Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon meets Jim Morrison’s Sunset Strip – the Doors used to be the house band at the Whisky-a-Go-Go just down the street – the morning begins with the thump … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Perspective

You don’t begrudge your old students their success, but sometimes you get disoriented. Even after all the years you listen with sympathy to their current woes, and offer encouragement – it’s a habit, and it’s the right thing to do. … Continue reading

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Blinded by Science

We knew it was going to be a rough ride when early on (in 2004) Ron Suskind quoted – as is generally agreed now – Karl Rove: The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the … Continue reading

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Act As If You’ve Won and You Have

Everyone knows the power of positive thinking – you imagine the best thing happening, you visualize it, you fill your mind with it so that it is not only real, it sort of has already happened. You make it so … Continue reading

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