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Dean Kirkland

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Blogging since 2001 ........... ............ And back again since June 2008

First, there was Forrest Gump with his seemingly profound observations like "life's like a box of chocolates."  Which perhaps drove you crazy enough, when you also (mis)heard him say "shit happens."Now, we have another one:

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In my early years of graduate school, I came to read about--and watch on television as well--the free speech movement at Berkeley, and how Reagan, who was the governor of California then, could not stand those student protests.  Reagan perhaps even owed his political successes to the radical movements, which he attacke

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Back in the old country, the newspaper that I waited for every single morning had a weekly (?) column about the English language.  I think it was called "Know your language."  The column offered easy to understand explanations on idioms, more than merely about words.One of those that I remember was abo

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In high school biology, I came across Drosophila in the textbook.  There was a dead fly between the pages ;)No, seriously, it was in high school that I knew about how it was not the frog that we dissected but the Drosophila that was the favorite of the researcher

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Back in the old country, the proto-trump boasted about his 56-inch chest.Rational people laughed, and even questioned the literal measure of his chest.  Proto-trump carried on.Naturally, after some time, modi toadies, as Salman Rushdie wonderfully and aptly described them, took it upon themselve

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There is the accident of birth, which determines a lot of the rest of our lives.  And then add the layers of the choices that we make and the decisions that others make for us."Self-made" success i

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“The salary has been at the same level ... I haven’t seen my pay go up in five years.”One might immediately think that it was somebody in the US who said that, right?  After all, here I am in the US where wage stagnation has been a puzzle to experts, leave alone the regular people.But,

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I went to graduate school because I thought that I would find answers to the pressing questions of development.  Within a couple of years, I realized that plenty of highly capable thinkers had already thought up everything that I was worried about. 

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A few days ago, I was taking a quick walk on campus, after my lunch and prior to my class.  I heard a student yell out my name from the car that was passing by.  I looked at the car.  The driver stopped the vehicle and rolled down the window."I didn't expect to see you here, Jessica,"W

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Back in 1987, it was my first flight out of the country and it was a seemingly never-ending transcontinental journey.  I was one of the many passengers who couldn't sleep, nor did I find the movie to be interestin

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"Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife"

My go-to China expert blogged a series of posts on the upcoming Chinese party elections.  All I could do was

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While watching yet another segment of yet another late night comedian severely critiquing the fascist and his allies, I told the friend that I was getting more and more agitated.  Politics, which was to me the theatre of the absurd that entertained me more than troubled me, has now become a stress agent in my life.

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Seriously, we have two problems: Guns, and men.The party of thugs, aka the GOP, won't allow us to talk about these two.  Definitely not about guns.Consider this chart f

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It was twenty years ago!

Perhaps there are researchers who have already done what I am hypothesizing: The get the government out of our lives ideology that compelled Bill Clinton to run as a "new Democrat" who proclaimed the end of welfare as we know it has merely reshaped th

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When talking with my mother, with my usual sense of awful humor, I asked her if she made sweets to celebrate Gandhi's birthday.  And then on a serious note, I told her that Einstein said after Gandhi's passing that future generations might not even believe that there really was a man called Gandhi who did all those awe

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Some of us knew that it was only a matter of time.  It finally happened.We have to deal with our own crap--it is no longer somebody else's problem!"We" as in even right

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The loneliest event of life

The conversations with my father last week were mostly about two deaths.  One was in his mid 70s, and the other was in her early 80s.In one of those conversations, I told my father, "yes, we all have to go at some time.  But, when that happens, it is difficult for the others to handle."It f

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It is all foreign to me ...

One of the many benefits to flying halfway around the world and making myself a home here in the United States is this: Over the years, I have had meaningful interactions with people from all over the world.  There is no doubt whatsoever that this has made me a better person.Look at some examples that I hav

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Yes, I merely substituted "Dotard" for "Dave" in the title of this post. You know where that line is from, right?  In that memorable scene, Dave is trying to get Hal to open the door.  Hal, or HAL, is--despite Arthur Clarke'

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"when was the last time you gave someone a gift just because"When I read that, I paused and smiled.  Because, I did exactly th

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Life just happens way too fast.Only a month ago, in my response-comments to this post, I wrot

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I don't follow sports anymore.  That juvenile obsession, which lasted well into adulthood, ended quite a few years ago.Even when I followed sports, I was always drawn to stories that were about justice.  Justice in the form of Jackie Robinson is one of the reasons why following Dodgers was sweeter--he

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Even a casual visitor to this blog would have noticed the pinned blog-post on the right: How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?In that post, which was one heck of an educational lesson for

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When I was in the fifth or sixth grade ("standard," as we called them then) I had my first "stamp exchange."  Perhaps you are wondering what this stamp exchange was about!Those were the old days.  Most of us lived and died in the same country in which we were born.  Anything that c

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Exit, voice, and loyalty ...

Much to this guy's displeasure, I have often remarked in this blog that life would have been better if India were not India but quite a few countries in the Subcontinent. 

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I take pains to point to students that the world has never been better.  Almost always, they don't trust me when I say that.  But, what really gets them is this: I tell them to imagine a world without the internet and smartphones.  That always gets their attention.  I then follow it up with more evidence

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My first full-fledged experience with the American presidential election was when Bill Clinton was the candidate, campaigning as a "new Democrat" against the Republican Bush and the independent Perot.  I did follow the 1988 elections, but I was still new in this country.  By 1992, I was well seasoned in America

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First, read the following sentences from an otherwise wonderfully informative essay:Iraq taught us the cost of going to war against an adversary that we do not fully understand. Before we ta

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I have blogged enough about climate change, which is all the more why I cannot understand how the maniacal Republicans can continue to be in denial.  Two years ago, back in August 2015, in responding to

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I have had a few chocolate bars sitting on the dining table for a couple of weeks now.  In the freezer is a container that I am yet to open.  In the kitchen shelf is an unopened packet of potato chips.Yet, yest

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