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November 12th, 2018

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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November 11th, 2018

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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November 10th, 2018

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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November 9th, 2018

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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November 8th, 2018

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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November 7th, 2018

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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November 6th, 2018

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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November 5th, 2018

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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November 2nd, 2018

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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November 1st, 2018

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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October 31st, 2018

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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October 30th, 2018

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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October 29th, 2018

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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