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Jan 24 2014

A man, a plan, a canal, Nicaragua

Nicaragua canal

What with one thing and another, I had been completely unaware that there are plans to build another canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, to compete with the existing Panama Canal. This canal will be built by the Chinese and will go through Nicaragua. The graphic from McClatchy gives a good idea of …

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Jan 08 2014

Snowden’s ‘ancestors’ come forward

I have written before about the secret COINTELPRO spying program that was set up by the FBI in 1956 against those people the government considered enemies, although they were mostly engaged is legitimate political activities. As now, the covered up its spying and other wrongdoing in thick layers of secrecy that enabled it to brazenly …

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Jan 05 2014

Light blogging

I am in bed with the flu and so blogging may be light or non-existent for the next couple of days except for monitoring the comments. On the bright side, it gives me a good excuse for not going outside in what is expected to be a bitterly cold week.

Jan 03 2014

The curious reactions to Edward Snowden’s personality

I have commented before on the harsh personal terms in which Edward Snowden has been characterized by some in the media, being described as arrogant, conceited, grating, grandiose narcissistic, a clown, and so on. This has usually come from people who strongly disagree with what he did, but not exclusively so.

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Dec 25 2013

Reasons Greetings!


Dec 18 2013

On the issue of banning commenters

There once was an old man in a family who loved to tell the same hunting story over and over again. At family gatherings, the man would try to find some cue that would enable him to insert the story into the flow of talk. On one occasion, he became increasingly frustrated at the lack …

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Dec 13 2013

Apologies to readers

Internet gremlins got into the blog servers and disabled my blog for much of the day. For those who were frustrated trying gain access or post comments, I hope it is some consolation that I too was shut out. We are very democratic here! Normal blogging is back.

Dec 09 2013

Gender identity and professional sports

When I was younger, the thought that a person might change their gender never crossed my mind. But now I personally know five people who have done so and they remain the same in most respects before and after the gender change. You realize that while gender is an important aspect of a person’s self-identity, …

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Dec 06 2013

The shape of things to come


Cartoonist Jen Sorenson anticipates the future if, as feared, cell phones are soon allowed on airplanes.

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Dec 04 2013

Anti-child gated communities

We have lived on the same street for nearly 25 years. When we moved in our children were in pre-school and kindergarten. As time went by, they and the other children on the street grew up and moved on as we became the old-timers, and new younger families moved in with their own little children.

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