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January 17th, 2017

I know I have been harsh on Barack Obama the President.  As President, Obama always came across to me as a souped up combination of Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.  He seemed to lack the inner drive to go out there and strike deals.  Sometimes,  I even think that this personality trait of his has also

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January 16th, 2017

I grew up in an India that was highly suspicious of goods that were manufactured elsewhere.  Import-substituting industrialization morphed into a regime that tightly controlled what could be imported (and exported.)  Imports were taxed at high rates, in order to discourage consumption of those goods.  All the

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January 15th, 2017

We live in some strange times.  Especially with a demagogue who repeatedly tells us that he is the only one who knows how to fix all the problems and that he alone is to be trusted because everything else is nothing but fake.  He was supported by tens of millions of my fellow citizens, including the college-educat

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January 14th, 2017

I was perhaps eight years old, when I visited Trivandrum for the first time.  Or at least, that is my earliest memory of that city.  The buses had a red/yellow color scheme, and the lettering on them about the places seemed like art work.  I wondered how people read and wrote such stuff.If the Mal

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January 13th, 2017

The horrible human being and his minions are only a week away from taking control of the executive branch of the government, thanks to the unprincipled Republican

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January 12th, 2017

"Those of you who are set on your majors based on employment opportunities now should keep in mind that the world twenty years from now--even ten years from now--will be very, very different, and your majors could become meaningless," I told the class.I know nobody cares about these.  But, I have been telli

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January 11th, 2017

When the demagogue and his minions love a Kennedy, then certainly those strange bedfellows can lead us only in one direction: Insanity!It is more than insanity.  It is deadly.  Literally.Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and the demagogue are simpaticos when it comes to

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January 10th, 2017

Up until four years ago, I had no idea about the Rohingya--the Muslim community that stands out in a Buddhist Burma.  In fact, if things were going well, I would not have known about them at all.  Perhaps all the way till my own e

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January 9th, 2017

Even prior to this post, I have blogged 37 posts that I have tagged with a label that matters to me a lot: Empathy.  In her speech last night, Meryl Streep reminded us about that noble human quality.

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January 8th, 2017

(As you can imagine, an edited version of this is what I have sent the editor!)A year ago, after visiting India in December 2015, I wrote about the record-setting rains and floods in the city of Chennai, where my parents and sister live. Almost 14 inches of rain fell within a matter of

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January 7th, 2017

The demagogue and the millions who voted for him continue to spin whatever stories that suit them.  But, the laws of physics are the laws of physics, and--unlike the brainless Republicans--are not affected by moronic and misleading tweets from the demagogue.One of the many, many lessons from this election i

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January 6th, 2017

Over the summer, when visiting with a student at a fruit farm, I got to taste cherries that were heavenly.  Trees with pears that were a few weeks away from ripening and harvesting made even me, who does not care much for pears, drool.The student explained how harvesting pears is not an easy job.  Now,

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Trying to get people--students, in particular--appreciate the urgency in understanding what masculinity means in the 21st century has been a frustrating failure for me, and yet I try again and again. This issue of masculinity is extremely important because so many of our public policies, and social mores, depend

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January 5th, 2017

Every trip to India is filled with reminders of many types on how different the economic landscape there is compared to everyday life here in the US.  Women eking out a living by selling flowers outside temples, for instance. While I marvel at their entrepreneurship and perseverance, their livelihood is a planet away f

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January 4th, 2017

I often refer to the fragile existence (like here or here) that we have on this "mote of dust suspended i

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January 2nd, 2017

As I get older, I find myself to be more and more against violence.  Especially violence that is the state-sponsored kind.  It is gross. It is inhuman. To call state-sponsored violence beastly is an insult to the predators in the wild.It is even more fucked up when it is the passionatel

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