Monthly Archives: February 2013

Squash Thunk

/ Stories / Theme / Stupid Stories, Personal Embarrassments / I have lots of important writing to catch up on, but this morning an embarrassment from long ago is commandeering my attention. D’ja ever play squash? Wonderful game. But it’s … Continue reading

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Obverse Reverse

If you have a head, then you also have a tail. The reverse is true too: if you have a tail, then you also have a head. Unless you’ve been chopped in two, are on your way out. That’s a … Continue reading

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Jefferson, Lincoln

In a word: Jefferson, author of the US Declaration of Independence, argued for the right of a people to change governments, to secede, if they weren’t free, happy, healthy, prosperous under the old one. (Jefferson, Albert J. Nock’s bio is … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood

Designing Life: Should Babies Be Genetically Engineered? Experts debated on Wednesday evening (Feb. 13) whether prenatal engineering should be banned in the United States. Humans have already genetically modified animals and crops, said Sheldon Krimsky, a philosopher at Tufts University, … Continue reading

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Pop Art Walt

Last night Jan and I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney’s classic animation. At the end I applauded, she joined me, just the two of us, sitting on the couch. Now I’m pleased to read that the … Continue reading

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Leni’s Medium Message

The medium is the message. So wrote Marshall McLuhan. Wow. Profound. True! Leni Riefenstahl was a master of media: dance, acting, film, cinema; but was a bit obtuse when it came to messages. This utterly gorgeous genius, a sensation in … Continue reading

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Constitutional Control

President Obama called for more gun control in his State of the Union address last night. The effectiveness of his proposals have been the subject of heated debate. But both sides are missing the larger question: Does Congress even have … Continue reading

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Resigned Pope

The Pope is resigning! this February! I’ll develop two important angles on this news: catch the gist of both before changing channels. 1) If the Church represents God, and if God is really god, and god is true, then we … Continue reading

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Semiotic Solipsism

Movies / The Matrix 1999 Semiotics: the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. Solipsism: the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist. The unsophisticated assume that normal human senses, … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Belts

My grandson has been studying kung fu for a few years now. The kids endured a two-hour test, then had a ceremony bestowing belts. Neat pix, I’ll edit (re-size) and share. Meantime emails have been going back and forth. I … Continue reading

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