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The Fear Factor

It was Arbor Day – because, in 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt issued his “Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States” about the importance of trees. Forestry deserves to be taught in our schools. It isn’t, but … Continue reading

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On Managing Zombies

The living dead want to eat your brains. Everyone knows this. In movies and on television we are moving from the age of moody sexy vampires to the age of flesh-eating mindless zombies. There are fewer vampires and more zombies, … Continue reading

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Taking the Argument Too Far

Michele Bachmann was a rising star in the Republican Party once, a long time ago – that year when the Republicans were deciding which of them had the best chance of making Obama a one-term president – the year of … Continue reading

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Preposterous Things

Donald Trump wants us to know things about him. In a 2014 interview he said that he was told, by many people who know such things, that he was “the best baseball player in New York” – when he was in … Continue reading

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The Trump Puzzlement

Aging baby boomers remember a far more innocent time. In 1956 it was The King and I – the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, with Deborah Kerr as the English governess and tutor to the many children … Continue reading

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Our Reckless Caretaker

Donald Trump knows how to fire up a crowd. He did that as a candidate and continues to do that as president, but it’s not an Obama thing, where the crowd, rightly or wrongly, sees a brighter future. Trump is … Continue reading

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Not Always a Good Idea

Billy Wilder found it hard to be a young successful film director in Berlin in the thirties. He was Jewish. There was Hitler. He got the hell out of there. He headed for Hollywood, and here he became a wonder. … Continue reading

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