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Ever since Robert Mueller was assigned the task of investigating the Russian interference into the 2016 elections and the trump team's dealing with them, the President and his toadies have attacked Mueller.   Especially because the assignment included "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investig

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The curriculum proposal process at my university is now paperless and all electronic.  We upload documents, which are then routed through the process and the personnel ... all in the name of efficiency.Is it really more efficient?When it was time for me to submit proposals, I ran into dead ends,

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Back in high school, one of the essays that we read was an excerpt from Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front.  It made an impression on me--enough that I am blogging about it forty years later!  The horrors of World War I and the anti-war sentiments in that essay appealed to the pacifist in

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Our local newspaper is practically dead.  When I first came to town, it was one of those old-style large sheets, with plenty of local, national, and international news.  It was an excellent family-owned newspaper, just like the one that I was used to in my previous hometown.The death of this newspaper

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A visiting Pole was unusual in one way.  The same way that a visiting Czech was a while ago.  And a visiting Ukrainian too.What was unusual about them?They were quite extroverted.  And did not hide their excitement.  They even laughed loudly.A contrast to the melanchol

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The Grand Old Party is becoming whiter, older, and racist by the day, and that demographic delivered a strong Senate for trump and the party.They will soon start talking about the most important national security issue.

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Do not let the title of this post allow your imagination to run wild.  You are on a slippery path, dear reader!The sex that this post is about is not about humans or porn.  Ditch that thought.  But, wait, don't go away.  You can always watch porn later.  Read this post, which will do you

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With the exception that the demagogue we have does not "rapidly" drink a glass of water, ... we will soon find out how many of the 63 million scoundrels continue to suppo

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Remember, Remember, the Month of Movember

I love November because that is when all of a sudden a few students look up to me with great respect.For once!No, it is not that I become any wiser in November.  Not any funnier either.  And definitely not because

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As the campaign season heated up back in the spring and summer of 2016, I became more and more panicky.  Not merely about the GOP's candidate winning, as much as it was a reason to lose sleep over.  The panic was this, which I told M and two neighbors/friends: trump's rhetoric was so violent that I worried that so

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When we were kids, the typical breakfast at home was idli or dosai.  Freshly made.  By mother, of course.One day, my brother, who was perhaps seven or eight at that time, stuck a hand-written note on the kitchen wall to voice his protest.  The note read: "இட்லி தோசை ஒழ

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When I was a rebellious teenager, which did not always outwardly manifest itself because I was a quiet fellow, there were many aspects of life that I routinely criticized.  One of those was about those who served with distinction in the Bastard Empire.  I could not understand how eminently qualified people could h

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Way back in May 2016, in writing about the looming dark clouds, I worried:It starts with a swastika and 1488 etched on a bench on a bridge over a river :(  Here is to hoping that we will end it all before

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Blogging serves me in many ways.  It helps me think and learn.  Sometimes, the posts are also bookmarks for me to use the materials in my classes.  And, yes, in the lonely life, the possibility of having substantive conversations in the cyber-salon ...Above and beyond that, blogging, like any kind

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It has been clear for a while that in the US, there is one major political party that is all about expanding the tent and including people.  And then there is another major political party that is always on a mission to win by excluding people.But then this country as we understand it was founded on excludi

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Way back in school, when we learnt about atoms and molecules, I had a tough time imagining that there were atoms inside me.Atoms? Electrons?  Inside us?  For my punny mind, it gave me new meanings to be shocked ;)When in biology we learnt about cells, it was difficult to imagine the red blo

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I grew up in a context in which we listened to a lot of music.  At home, it was a whole bunch of classical stuff.  And devotional too.  Then there were film songs that we listened to--Tamil and Hindi.  And then the pop music from the West.  The

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When discussing population dynamics, I have often asked students about the number of children of the recent US presidents. Obama?Two.The president before him?Bush. Two.Before him?Clinton. One.

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We are nearly a month into fall.A month into autumn, if you prefer that word instead.But, it doesn't really feel like fall here in the val

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The following is a copy/paste from my essay at Inside Higher Ed.*********************************************************I wish I had learned a nu

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If everything goes well, I will have to shed my General Malaise persona, and step into the the role of Mary Poppins next year, when I engage with college freshman students about how awesome the world is! ;)I a

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A few days ago, I asked a colleague if everything was ok because the colleague was not looking all good.The colleague motioned me to close the door.  And broke down.  Tears down the cheeks.It was all related to workplace stress.I listened.  As I have noted many times in the

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First, read the following:If you had to choose a moment in time to be born, any time in human history, and you didn't know ahead of time what nationality you were or what gender or what your economic status might be, what time would you choose? Paleolithic? Neolithic? Ancient Greece or Rome? Medieval ti

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Over the years, I have come to appreciate John Rawls's "veil of ignorance" a lot.  I mean, a lot.  (Click here if you need a ninety-second briefing.)Unlike Rawls's theoretical structure of an original position, we have the real wo

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I want to draw your attention to two meanings in the words that repeat in the title of this post. The English language meaning of kinder.  And then kinder as in the German word for children.Why?Consider

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These days, I often feel like throwing down that proverbial towel and giving up.  Resistance seems futile.  It is exhausting.And then I think about how we reached the place where we are.  The rights that we enjoy today came from those who fought for it.  Against great odds.  Sometimes

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Apparently USA Today published an op-ed bylined by trump (some bootlicking sycophant of his wrote that piece.)  Surprise, surprise that it was full of lies and misleading statements!While real journali

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My father, like all fathers perhaps, had his list of favorites among his pet peeves.  One of them was about doctors.  "They always say things like, the surgery was a success but the patient died.  If the patient died, how was the surgery a success?"He often contrasted that with his own profession

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Consider this:Does anyone, for instance, believe that tax accountants contribute to national wealth or to productivity, and altogether add to society’s well-being, whether material, physical or spiritual?Perhaps you are thinking that it is so typical of this left-of-center blogger to beat

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My induction into following the American national politics, especially the presidential election, was when Michael Dukakis ran against George HW Bush.  Dukakis's ideas matched my preferred positions, and if I had a vote, I would have voted him in.But, of course,

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