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Dean Kirkland

every profession is a conspiracy against the laity

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Years ago, I was new to Bakersfield when I got a call from a stranger, who was responding to my commentary in the local newspaper.  We briefly spoke, and a few days later it was dinner at his place.He was an Indian-American professor at the local university.  He and his wife of a long marriage had awes

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The pussygrabber ranted on and on about jobs in the coal mines, as if he knew anything about the industry or the people who work.  But, 63 million suckers voted for him

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I walked around observing students talk through and write in response to the task that I had assigned. I stopped at every group's table.  Quick chats with students during these moments are yet another way that I try to connect with them."Are you an EMT?" I asked one because of the logo on the work clothes t

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And yet I laugh at the Pussygrabber Presidency!

It has been only four months.And I am already tired to my bones. Dead tired. Dog tired. You get the drift.Yes, I am referring to the four months of the Pussygrabber Presidency.

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I am no Chinese expert.  Heck, am not an expert on anything,  but that has never stopped me from commenting.  It has worked out well all these years; so, why stop now, right?Of course I have been fascinated with China forever.  Don't forget that I was a commie sympathizer even before I got my

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Do no harm

My only trip to the African continent was for a specific purpose.  No, not a safari.  I had an academic interest that I was pursuing: Does volunteer tourism benefit the local community, or is it merely a feel good trip for the volunteers?I spent a good chunk of time looking at various organizations tha

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Yet another post on "if only people would listen to me" edition! ;)In many posts, I have complained that more and more people seem to be uninterested in the pursuit of truth.  Whether it is in a family context, or in a small college like mine, or national politics, it is only a few idiots like me who appare

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The US is embarking on a potentially disastrous experiment--to create freelance work without a social safety net.  This does not bode well.Freelancers are not new to the higher education industry--over the years, the system has been increasingly employing part-timers, whom we refer to as "adjuncts."  I

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To get rich is glorious

Thus spake Deng Xiaoping almost forty years ago, as he opened up the struggling Communist China to the world.

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As a general rule, I don't like to see any life form walk, crawl, or fly through my living space.  My rule has always been that I given them their space and they should not interfere with mine.  I don't go out of my way to kill anything either, though I am not like my parents who think they should coexist with

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Years ago, soon after Amazon released the Kindle, my daughter bought me one.  And later, she was surprised that I was not using that gadget.  I tried my best to explain to her that I am not into gadgets just because they are new and fancy.Now, it does not mean that I am not a consumer.  I am one h

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Consider the following paragraph:Some time ago I went with my six-year-old nephew Matan to hunt for Pokémon. As we walked down the street, Matan kept looking at his smartphone, which enabled him to spot Pokémon all around us. I didn’t see any Pokémon at all, because I didn’t carry a smartphone. Then

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I imagine the husband and wife were ecstatic as they boarded the plane. Of course they would have been ecstatic--at the end of the travel to the other side of the planet, they were going to meet their daughter who was graduating with a masters degree in engineering.I imagine a whole lot of hugging, d

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In my early years in California, a colleague gave me three or four huge avocados.  They were from her father's farm in Lindsay, which was only a few minutes of a drive away. I was new to this fruit--until I came to graduate school in Los Angeles, I had't even heard of avocados.  I was j

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I have often written here, and talked about, how much literature helps me understand humanity.  While in my younger years I read fiction to entertain myself, the older I got the less I sought after "entertaining" fiction.  Whether it was in Tamil or English, it was only when I was utterly bored did I look for an e

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The Maduro Diet

The fuhrer is trying to suck up all the energy.  It is a daily struggle to look past him, and to make sure I don't accidentally let his voice come through on the radio. I cannot believe that 63 million voters, including past commenters at this blog, voted for him!

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Nobody cares for what I say or write; so, I will quote myself ;)Back in January 2015, I wrote in an op-ed:Even the most ardent supporters of univers

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In the Mahabharata, the story with its wonderful twists and turns, one of the pivotal moments is when Draupadi laughs at the sight of Duryodhana stumbling because of one of the many illusions that were a part of the palace architecture.  That slight alone was enough for Duryodhana, who then takes revenge on her

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When people started to implant microchips in their dogs, I started worrying.  Before I get to my worries, more about this animal microchip.  Did you know that in England every dog has to have a microchip?  When I present it to you that way, you perhaps a slight creepy sensation.Let us take it one

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The election of the current president is not the only one that has happened at this interesting time in history.  He and his complete disregard for the truth is not that unique.  That was on the political side of our lives. Almost all the dynamics that helped the president completely dismiss the truth are also the

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Back in March 2010--yes, more than seven years ago--I blogged about 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere.  In only seven years, that goal has become even more a remote idea than it was even then. The Scientific

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It seems like forever that I have been writing here, and talking in the classrooms, about how the modern day automation is a huge job-killer and a contributor to income inequality.  And, therefore, why we need to rethink public policies.  The newspaper gives me

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In an op-ed back in January 2015, I wrote: I increasingly worry that there is a huge disconnect between how undergraduates spend their four or five — or even

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(Am debating within myself whether I should send this to the editor, and make more enemies when published!)Recall the sound bite "we need more welders and less philosophers" from back when it was the season of the Republican primaries? I wish we had engaged in a whole lot of discussion regarding tha

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Death is inevitable. A bad death is not!

This image in my Twitter feed captured my attention:

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I have written in plenty about the need, the urgency, to understand "the other."  About the need for empathy, especially for the migrants fleeing the tyrants.  And, in the political setting, about how 63 million people elected to

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There are people that you and I know who have beer or wine every day.  And over the weekend, the intake might even increase.But, there is nothing to describe them the way the word "pothead" is used.  Beerhead? Winehead?  Whiskeyhead?  You see the problem?As one who has never gone

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When I was young--yes, I was young a long time ago--women were actively discouraged from pursuing higher education and careers.  There were two big issues of those days: It could become a challenge to find a suitable groom, and an educated/career woman might not fit into the multi-generational household that was the no

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The guy finally wrapped up his "work" and travel, and returned to blogging.  He has a lot to catch up on and in a hurry!  He resumed his blogging with his comments on the cheeto's executive order.

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In my classes, I often remind students that for all practical purposes, it is the last two hundred years that have made a huge difference in the human condition, and that the rest of this century will undergo transformations that will be of a scale ev

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