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FB Recap: Social Media and the Body Politic

originally posted on Facebook on 2018 March 25 Here’s the thing. This week we’ve learned about massive breaches of trust and the evils that the superconnected Internet can bring. But we’ve also seen truly inspiring and uplifting photos that speak … Continue reading

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FB Recap: Major Tom is Everyman, and That’s the Problem

I’ve liked this song since the 1980s but this has bothered me almost as long: >> All systems are go, are you sure? Control is not convinced But the computer has the evidence No need to abort << The implication … Continue reading

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FB Recap: Sociology of Exponentials

Explaining the socioeconomic tyranny of exponentials, via examples students can relate to: Let’s say kids are given the whole period to complete a lab. Some students work faster than others because they’ve got a better sense of the underlying theory. … Continue reading

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FB Recap: Privilege in Back to the Future

Growing up gives you a perspective that can ruin all the good things of your childhood. I’m going to comment on Back to the Future here, so if that’s an integral pillar of /your/ childhood, you might want to skip.

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Flags of Freedom

So there’s a controversy with Nike again, because Nike pulled a line of shoes showing the so-called Betsy Ross flag.  (You’ve seen it — it’s the one with a circle of 13 stars.)  It’s not entirely clear why Nike did … Continue reading

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On racism and candy

I originally wrote this in 2015 on Facebook, in response to a meme that ticked me off. (Since the original meme link has decayed, I’m appending a screenshot.) In light of Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s self-serving and tone-deaf comments on … Continue reading

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America is a Choice

It’s been two years since I woke up to a country I didn’t recognize, and I’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with what that means.  I suspect that won’t be ending any time soon. Over the course of this … Continue reading

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Unintended ironies

A GOP Congressman (Clay Higgins, LA) decided to film a selfie movie in the gas chamber at Auschwitz (no, really), in which he tells constituents that the horrors really spoke to him: “A great sense of dread comes over you … Continue reading

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I woke up to a country I didn’t recognize

I am stunned.  Although I spent the last week cautioning people from assuming a Clinton victory, although I told myself it’s never over until the ballots are cast, I realize now that I never actually entertained the possibility of a … Continue reading

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In which Dinesh D’Souza proves he doesn’t know the difference between past tense and present tense.

(written in response to an insipid Facebook post by the — thankfully — inimitable Dinesh D’Souza, showing the idiotic comic copied above) “Is” is not the same as “was”.   But, hey, what would you expect from a hack?   … Continue reading

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