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Dean Kirkland

every profession is a conspiracy against the laity

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Remember this post from a few days ago, in which I quoted from an op-ed by a highly qualified Hong Kong native who was forced to exit the US because she couldn't get the work visa?  She wrote there:

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Lufthansa being a German airline, the announcement began in German. I usually ignore all the pre-flight announcements because they are all the same same all over again.  It is also because of people like me ignoring those announcements that a few airlines are coming up with creative and humorous ways t

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When we were kids, my parents meticulously kept accounts of household expenses.  I know it well because even we tiny ones were involved with the accounting.  We helped count up the coins and helped them remember the expenditure items.Thus, we were all intensely aware that there was no free money lying

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In yesterday's post, I quoted the anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar:While good people go to great lengths to spare their children from suffering, few of them seem to notice that the one (and only) guarante

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I am here because my parents had sex.I know, it is bizarre to open a blog-post with that sentence.  But, hey, we have to face that reality that our existence is due to our parents having had sex, at least that fateful day.During that sexual congress, of the about 200 million sperm that raced, on

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When my cousin asked me about movies that I had watched recently, I laughed and reminded her that our movie tastes do not always coincide.  I told her about two movies that we had watched, and strongly recommended

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About this time of the year, by now we would have had quite a few frosty nights and mornings.  And dense fog.  My first November here fifteen years ago, the temperature one night dipped down to 16 degrees.  Thanksgiving days have always involved chattering teeth and icy proximities.This past Novem

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For various reasons, I chose not to write any op-eds.  It has been months since I sent anything to the editor.  But, ... am thinking that I will send an edited version of this one**********************************************We are rightfully preoccupied with the political theatre in

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Every visit to India, I shamelessly ask my mother to make some of my favorite dishes.  Of course, everything that she cooked was divine.  But, even there, we all had our own favorites.A few years ago, I asked if she could make keppa-dosai (கேப்பை தோசை).  Mother's r

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Another death in the extended family.He was barely 59.  Fifty-nine!I am always struck by how a person's death upends life as they know it for the immediate family, while the rest of us merrily carry on with our lives without any interruptions.  Every death is perhaps also a reminder of

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A poem for the day

This being the month to honor the Native American heritage, the shittiest president ever decided to call a few of them to the White House, positioned them in front of another shitty president who is even called "Indian Killer" ... and then goes on to further 

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Years ago, an older friend who was married to an European, remarked about an aspect of the male-female relationship that did not exist in my old country nor in the adopted one.  "Harmless flirtation" at parties and at places of work is very European, he said.  Of course, the European flirtation that he referred to

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In the world of sovereign states after the Second World War, very few of them have allowed foreigners to permanently move into their countries.  Quite a few, like the ones in the Persian Gulf, tolerate migrant workers, and most of the rest of the countries practically do not allow for immigration.The United

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Remember that powerful line from The Bridge on the River Kwai?  "What have I done!"That's the sentiment that slowly some of the technology folks are beginning to express.Like some early Facebook employees,

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A few years ago, a student remarked in class about my blog; he said that the more he kept reading a few old posts, the more he realized a striking similarity between the blog content and the class content.Of course those were the old days before trump, when my writings here were rarely unprofessional.  Whic

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I will admit it; I hadn't known about the publication Vanity Fair until Christopher Hitchens started writing there.No, I take that back.  I first heard about it when Tina Brown became the editor of the New Yorker.  Reports said that she was a huge success at Vanity Fair, which

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After the meeting, I was hanging out at the airport killing time by walking around and observing life.  I spotted two colleagues waiting for their flights.  I walked over and chatted with them.One talked about how she enjoys having a second home in Brooklyn, even as she continues to wor

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When two of my favorite magazines have essays on the same worrisome issue, it can only mean one thing: Curl into a fetal position, suck your thumb, and pray to your favorite gods!First it was The New Yorker and then The Economist on "negative emissions."  Here's how the Londoner

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I have no idea which god is out there applauding the pussy-grabber in the Oval Office, nor do I have any idea about the god that his 63 million voters pray to.  These religious people I can never understand!Other religious people have tried to talk sense to the pussy-grabber.  Like the Pope himself.&nb

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The public's memory is notoriously short.  Which is why politicians get away with anything, for the most part.Remember the Terry Schiavo tragedy in the public sphere?  It was awful.  Here was a young woman in an irreversible vegetative state for years, and Republican senators in DC adamantly stood

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In a few days, my fellow Americans will overeat.  Most men will also unbuckle their belts and sit down in front of the television and watch football while having yet another huge slice of pie.As the day

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Remember the magic number 75 that I often refer to here?  I have always suspected that 75 will be a mere stop as I continue on.Today,

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What do they eat in Iran?

Consider the following map:

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Often I have worried that my intellectual preparation has made me a mile-wide and not even an inch-deep.  I might be a flake. A man who knew too little about too many.And then after a few minutes, that wo

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Nope, this is not about the cigarette industry.It is about people who smoke without actually smoking.  Yep, without lighting up a cigarette, people smoke about two packs every single day.  Adults, children.

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A year of anger ...

I am with Katha Pollitt on this one:I’m working on suppressing my rage.Anger management; I have a long, long wa

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Airline passengers welcome!

Remember that old line from Anatole France?In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.Australia has had a

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In response to this post on the accident of birth, my commenter-friend disagrees with me and writes:Just come to

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For a while now, I have been blogging about the (mis)fortunes that come our way just because of our parents.  Who we are born to makes a huge difference in life.  Every time I blog along those lines, the frequent (and now the only) commenter, and others have disagreed with me.  (Check

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There's no place like home!

Years ago, when my daughter came home from college, she put her bag down and said, "give me a couple of minutes, I need to drop the kids off at the pool."In case you don't understand what she was referring to, well, it is scatological, dear reader! ;)Coming home apparently makes us poop.  For so

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