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

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Murderous Masturbating Men!

A few days ago, I tweeted this: #SNL has an awesome #Election2020 bumper sticker for

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My father, who is almost 90 years old, helps out with the food prep by cutting vegetables.  A couple of months ago, when I was in India, one of those mornings when he was engaged in this work, for which he uses a dangerously rickety knife, well, that knife sliced a little bit of his skin.  After he cleaned it up,

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A lovely essay this is; I hope it is not paywalled.The essay, which is about countries racing to "use" the moon as a pit-stop for their space ventures into the vast beyonds, concludes with a poem for children

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Perhaps you are nodding your head in agreement with the title of this post: Work builds character.Are you sure?Let's suppose the work is with the mafia.  Does that work build character?  How about as a butcher?  A teacher? A soldier? A ...? You get my point.Perhaps you then

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Killing animals for our purposes is what this post is about.  Take off now if you are convinced about this issue either way, or if denial is the way you deal with it.If you are continuing to read this post, it then means that you are like many of us, who have made an uneasy peace with how we treat animals.

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Some of my colleagues think that I am against their left-leaning (in some cases way out left) politics just because I am not in their dues-paying organization.  If only they read even a couple of posts here at this b

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Of course, I had no idea about writing until the first term of graduate school.  I am, therefore, sympathetic towards students, in particular, who are yet to figure out how to write, especially in their own v

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After five weeks of misspelling my name, and me often pointing out the incorrect name, the student seems to have finally figured out how to spell my name.  But, at least this is a student who made that mistake.  A senior citizen takes the proverbial cake with how she butchered my name as "Shram."  I suppose I

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The anti-vaccination minority seems to be getting louder and more powerful with every passing day.  These are some strange times when it is people in rich countries who are opposed to vaccines, when it us

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Sunrise ... (to) ... Sunset

Ramadan began Sunday evening here in the US.Chances are that tRump has not tweeted--presidentially--about Ramadan.  After all, he is no Justin Trudeau, who said that in English and in

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A month short of two years ago, I blogged about the difference between a religion and a cult, in which I referred to the old joke:Question: What's the difference between a religion and a cult?Answer: 200 year

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The sun is shining, and spring is in full bloom.Yet, as Max Boot writes, "I am in despair as I have never been before about the future of our experiment in self-rule."tRump has proved over and over again that n

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Perhaps it is the teenage rebel who continues to live within me, or perhaps because I am always pissed off about something or the other.  Yet, despite the anger within, I am a wuss who obeys the law.  I simply do not have the backbone to openly question the law and its enforcers.I do have the greatest

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In the NY Times, I read this:The Baylor University Lady Bears, who

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First there was Dr. Abraham Verghese. More than two decades ago, when I read his memoir that intertwined his personal life and his professional life treating HIV and AIDS patients in the boondocks of rural Tennessee, I was blown away that a physician with origins in India could engage in such awesome writing.The

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In the immediate outskirts of Kanchipuram, we saw three girls in school uniforms pedaling away on their brand new bicycles.  How did we know they were new?  The frames had the thin, filmy, plastic wraps.My immediate thought was that it was perhaps a government project to give free bicyc

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“No man ever went to the East Indies with good intentions.”Wrote Horace Walpole.  The same Walpole who also gave the English language the word Serendipity.To think that I had to come to the US as a graduate student and then learn about the horrors that these bastards unleashed upon the brown

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Learning empathy takes effort

I have blogged in plenty about the need for empathy and, in a number of posts, have also written about a horrible human being seemingly with no sense of empathy being elected by

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Remember Larry Summers, back when he was the World Bank's chief economist, writing in 1991 that controversial memo, from which he later back-pedaled saying it was a thought experiment and was sarcastic.  That memo joked about the low earnings

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It was an email from a student who graduated three years ago."But, I wasn't even her favorite instructor.  I thought she did not like me and the classes that she took with me."Yep, those were my immediate thoughts.  I am by now used to not being anybody's favorite.  Popularity is simpl

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Blogging, public intellectuals, and faculty

Of course I am talking about myself; this is my blog!A few years ago a student exclaimed in class that he was reading my blog and realized that he need not ever come to my classes; instead he could get everything that I might have to say in the class right from the blog itself.Whenever students disco

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"All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”Well, maybe "all" is an exaggeration.  But, most people do seem to be unable to sit quietly in a room with other people or by themselves.First, about

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We need a new way entirely to think about what it means to be a human being and what the purpose of our lives is.Yep.That excerpt is from this Kristof column, in which he continues the series on conversations with the religious.

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I searched my blog for the earliest post that included the label "Stiglitz."  I am not at all surprised that it was way back in 2008, not long after I re-started the blog.In that post, I wrote, "It will

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I try my best not to use the turn-by-turn navigation instructions from the smartphone.  In fact, preparations for a road trip include going to the local AAA office and picking up the relevant maps. Yes, the old-fashioned printed maps.Will this practice of consulting with maps and figuring out directions go

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Every time I visit India, and when it is time for me to pack up to return home, I am asked the same questions by people around me, which are all variations of "are you taking with you sweets and savories?"I tell them that I am not.  Well, sometimes I do sneak into the suitcase a packet of 

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Re-posting this, on the anniversary of permanently deleting my Facebook account ;)*****************After years of a love-hate relationship, and asking myself whether I should stay or go, I did it.  It took some thinking

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Looking back at events from nearly thirty years ago, I am pleasantly surprised at the decisions that I made.  One of those was to walk away from all things math, and I am all the happier.Math came easily to me; not only did I not have anxieties, I enjoyed learning and doing math.  In sc

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Tourists

We were in Khajuraho.  A place that mesmerized me ever since I read about it during my high school years.Khajuraho was infinitely more than what I had known.  It was as if I were in an entirely different planet.  A planet that was a peaceful and clean paradise, unlike the chaotic and polluted plac

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