White supremacists chug milk, Colbert quipped, “Because for white supremacists, lactose is their only form of tolerance.”   Winner of this month’s Spinmeister award, Blake Fischer of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, who got his fifteen minutes of fame by posting a photo of himself posing with a family of baboons he’d just killed, […]

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The Copy Editor on Drugs

“Nixon is starting to look better and better by contrast these days.” – John Yoo Oh, am i tapdancing around the room or what!!!!  I just caught that genius, Yuval Noah Harari in a misspelling.  And what makes it even richer is that, to be precise, i just discovered that Harari and i shared the […]

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“People who believe in the hi-tech Noah’s Ark for the rich should not be put in charge of the global ecology, for the same reason that people who believe in a heavenly afterlife should not be given nuclear weapons.” – Yuval Harari   Yes, i’m studying Italian and have bit off more than i can […]

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“One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”   For several years now we’ve been reading political news that mentions Russia’s “invasion”, “overthrow”, or, most frequently, “annexation” of Crimea. Let’s look at a little history even though “little” doesn’t seem quite right since Crimea’s history is astonishingly complex considering that its land area is […]

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A Hair Experiment

“I would just like to say that it is my conviction That longer hair and other flamboyant affectations Of appearance are nothing more Than the male’s emergence from his drab camouflage Into the gaudy plumage Which is the birthright of his sex.”   There was a tipping point in the mid-sixties when suddenly it was […]

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To Google Or Not To Google

After fourteen years on the Segway as i grew increasingly lame, i realized that, for me, it’s become a motorized walker.   Google has been much in the news recently over its development of a search engine for China that will censor results not approved by the government, and much of the reaction has been […]

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“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”   A couple of years ago i got myself invited to a meeting of the Editorial Board staff at The San […]

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The Bookcase

“Nietzsche is pietzshe” – Tee shirt slogan popular among undergraduates in the late fifties who hadn’t read him and were unaware that his name didn’t rhyme with “peachy”.   I just had a memory flash from thirty years ago when a new friend whom i’d selected for attributes other than intelligence was sitting in my […]

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Gaming the System

“We should never have taught Grandmother how to text.” – Leah Garchik   Back in the eighties i was commuting daily from San Francisco to Hayward, which took me across the San Mateo Bridge and back.  The toll booth was on the east end of the bridge, and there was one toll taker who stood […]

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There I Was

TPAMП – That’s TRUMP in Cyrillic, in case you need to know it.   There i was, lying on the floor at SFO halfway through one of those electronic screening gates you have to go through before you can get on a plane, surrounded by TSA agents with their guns pointed at me in case […]

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