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Dean Kirkland

every profession is a conspiracy against the laity

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Consider this:Zillow estimates that by the end of the century,

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighbors. Why Nigeria, which is far away?One word puts them in a special group: Polio.“We are closer than we have ever b

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Different sets of people.  Different dining table settings and food.  Different conversations.  But, one commonality stands out: We are globalists, and among the economic elite.We might think of ourselves as "middle class."  But, middle class we ain't. In fact, halfway through one dinner, I p

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Another mass shooting!The US is the rare nation where individual attacks are more common and usually deadly than attacks by groups because it’s so easy to buy highly lethal

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Lee Shulman, whom I heard speak at one conference many years ago, was one heck of a guru in the world of understanding teaching and learning.  He talked and wrote in plenty about pedagogy, by observing the teaching and leaning in various fields.  Shulman made me think a lot about the pedagogy in medical schools, w

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Consider this statement:Global health programs can increase life expectancy or decrease child mortality, but ultimately, people want a higher sta

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Congo was a remarkably friendly and wonderful dog.  I was always, always, struck by the absolute lack of any meanness in him.  And always, always, he was happy to see us and to be with us.  If only we humans could have his attitude."Was" because Congo died more than a decade ago.  His heath p

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The local newspaper, which had been ailing for a while and now seems to be in a critical condition, reported that a middle-aged man of some local standing now faces charges of allegedly molesting a teenage girl who was known to him.Meanwhile, there are people--especially undergraduate students--who think that it

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Remember that old joke about laptop computers being heavy, and that deleting unnecessary files will make it light as a feather? Haha!Go ahead and Google that joke, if you want.Wait, maybe you should think twice before you do it.  Not because of the need to think, which is important.  But, f

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My news feed informs me that May 11th was Richard Feynman's birth centenary.In this blog, I have referred to Feynman quite a few times.  The following is a re-post.****************************************

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Remember Moses saying that?Of course it was not Moses. It was Charleton Heston who played that role.  And, no, he did not utter those lines when walking around as Moses.  Heston was scaring the cult, er, the NRA, that the government was coming to get their guns.  This was 18 years ago, when the NR

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In the courses that I teach, population growth comes into discussions either directly or indirectly.  In the straightforward discussions on demographics, I often note in passing that we need to watch out for one age segment in the sudden population growth in societies: Males between 15 and 25 years of age. 

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Every breath you take / Every move you make / I'll be watching you!

Take a look at this photo:

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Today is when the star of the trump reality show will announce his decision after teasing the viewers with "will he?" questions.  Recall how the star announced his decision on the Supreme Court nomination, or about pulling out of the Paris Accord?  It is all about the ratings, the substance be damned!I

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When it is convenient for them, evangelical Christians like to say that they only condemn sin but not the sinner.  In the case of trump, they not only do not condemn him, they elected him and are solidly behind him.

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A couple of years ago, I was in discomfort after a routine eye exam at the optometrist.  As if something was poking my eyes.I went back to the optometrist. The guy (yes, a guy) looked at my eyes again.  He decided that maybe I needed polarized lenses.The annoying poking never went away.

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There is a difference between loneliness, which was the subject of the previous post, and solitude.  A huge difference.One can be in the middle of the noisiest and tightest crowds

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The more the virtual connections, and the more time that one spends in the virtual world, there is less time for the real world.  And, it is in the real world that we people live.  So, if we have very little time for the real world ...

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It is bright, sunny, and warm as I blog about the meaningless life.  That perhaps says something to you. To me, it says nothing. I blog about the meaningless life on sunny days and on dark nights too.  Because, well, life is m

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The President had only a few hours left in the deadline that he had set for himself.  After all the bravado, he meekly extended the deadline by another month.The deadline was reg

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Even back when I was a teenager, I had a hard time with an "Indian" identity.  Not because I was anti-Indian.  Quite the contrary; I have always been proud of the long and rich history of the Subcontinent, and pissed off against

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The title of this essay in the NY Times magazine immediately drew me to it: A Lynching’s Long Shadow.A few descendants of Elwood Higginbotham, who was lynched by a mob in 1935, try to learn about

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“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” declared trump after he took the oath of office of the presidency.  He won not by painting a picture of o

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"Soon Ramadan will begin. As a practicing Muslim, I will stop thinking about food during the day time, which is how I will lose another ten pounds," he said with a chuckle.Another Ramadan in the era of trump! Last year, his Ramadan greeting was bizarre.  Even in that greeting, trump made su

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Cooking things up

The kitchen has always been a magical place for me.  Maybe because I started hanging around the kitchen right from when I can remember.  Why wouldn't I with all the awesome aromas and the chance to taste dishes and sweets and snacks right off the flame?  Oh that taste of butter that was churned right in front

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In a number of posts, like in this one where I wrote about the dumb fucks that we are, I have been worried not merely about Facebook, but about the the Frightful Five, as Farhad Manjoo so wonderfully described them: Amazon,

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The internet was in its infancy, back when I joined graduate school.  Major research universities were connected, of course, and there were plenty of groups that were focused on specific topics.  One of

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The pace of criticism of our computer-driven existence has picked up a great deal.  Which means the damn thing is happening way more than I can imagine and understand!Consider, for instance, MealTribes.  I hadn't even heard about this until very rec

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Remember this?

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Yes, I did it.  But, the larger problem isn't going away anytime soon.I speak of Facebook, algorithms, and AI.  We are but only at the very beginning of it all!It is not Zuckerberg the person, the programmer,

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