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 I’ve corresponded with Robin, over at The Bogs, about getting stuck on the same old pages of our cookbooks. She opened the index, pointed at an item, and tried out something new – it’s my turn to do the same.  (more…)

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This spring, one of my local PBS stations has begun carrying the Japanese news:  NHK “Newsline.” I rather like it.

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 Hurray for Lance Baxter! I was never a big fan of a gecko with a cockney accent selling insurance (wtf?), but my mother-in-law laughs whenever she sees it, so I figure the lizard had his own demographic.  (more…)

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Raised agnostic as I was, I haven’t had any institution with absolute moral authority in my life. I mean, my parents were pretty powerful for a while there. But they didn’t raise me to believe in absolute authority.

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 “Beware the Ides of March …   (more…)

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Recovering from a virus

I’m writing this note from work during my lunch hour. I suffered a massive computer virus attack earlier this week.  (more…)

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The missus and I went out recently with a friend and former coworker of hers, whom I’ll call R, and whose parents were in town. From Texas, where they live just outside Austin.

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For a couple decades now, but especially during the rise to power of  Limbaugh, Gingrich, et al., we’ve heard how liberal the “mainstream media” supposedly is. It’s probably the most devastatingly successful con job of the last two decades, if not in journalism history.

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 The mass media were all over the Madoff fraud story recently, broadcasting how well-heeled Bernie Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme the size of Fort Knox and bilked so many people, including old and dear friends, out of billions of dollars.

The story has its own hero, Harry Markopolos, the whistleblower whom no one heard, and its own red herring distraction, Bernie’s wife, who gets to keep two and a half million, which is what people get to key on. Let’s hear it now, all together: why should she get to keep all that money when all his investors got screwed?

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I have a lot of ambivalence about animals in cages or pens. It’s born of childhood visits to Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and seeing the pacing cats behind bars in small cages. Fortunately, those cages are long gone now, and zoological parks have generally been upgraded and are more “humane” (ahem). Someone once declared they would keep no creature with them that did not stay of its own free choice (Joseph Wood Krutch? Konrad Lorenz?) and amen to that.

On the other hand, when one considers the effects of poaching — and whatever else one can say about the gorilla in this picture, he has all of his parts still attached, as his creator intended:

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