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Politics

America No More

Trump as president is terrifying. Trump can abuse America even better now that he got elected. Democratic process, being geared towards fairness, surely will stand in Trump’s way. He is already picking cronies and preparing to corrupt the system. Trump also appears to be reckless – what Trump does may ultimately hurt him and others, […]

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Politics

The New Abnormal

“Social Norm” generally means expected patterns of behavior. Imagine something unacceptable becoming expected – the “new normal.” That’s a pretty scary thought, isn’t it? Using twitter to say dubious things or outright lies, making discriminatory nationalist rhetoric par for the course, abusing power and public office for personal gain – sound familiar? None of it […]

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People Politics

Abracadabra

In the age of Trump, why bother teaching students to argue logically? – the guardian — https://apple.news/AqO_rtsbmScWHk3ulMkK7pw

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People

People Behaving Badly

Anti-semitism is bad. Period. Dismissing it as unimportant is anti-semitism. Denying it is also anti-semitism. Reframing it as anything other than anti-semitism is anti-semitism. There is just no way around it. It’s anti-semitism no matter what people say. The only way out is for people to rid themselves of anti-semitism, which, as this story shows, […]

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Physics

Hibernating Humans In Space

Space travel is too slow for humans. Stasis may make it fast and cheap enough. Mars is a popular potential destination. Strangely, no mention of Venus. Space travel in stasis is coming sooner than you think – Digital Trends https://apple.news/AyVB7ID3KSjeO_8cCXcFFwA

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Art

What Isn’t Art?

How do I know when something isn’t art? And is it not art if someone says so? Or is it art if I think it is? Is art in the eye of the beholder? People saw glasses on the museum floor and thought it was an art installation. Same glasses on someone’s desk would, probably, […]

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Physics

Nuclear Fusion

40 years in the making, nuclear fusion process may eventually become efficient enough to be the next clean source of energy. Fusion reactors would start popping up everywhere like dandelions in the spring. France is building one right now. It will be interesting times if this works out.  This $14-billion machine is set to usher […]

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Psychology

A crisis in crisis

Sounds bad. Or good. Glass half empty, glass half full – however you prefer to see it. Here you are having a minor or not so minor crisis, and psychologists are in a crisis of their own. Now you are in a psycholigist’s office, and it’s your crisis wrapped in their crisis. A crisis in […]

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Food

Eat Cheese, Get Mosquito Bites?

Limburger cheese is linked to certain mosquito bites. More generally, carbon dioxide in our breath combined with lactic acid produced by microbes on our skin attracts some mosquitoes. So, if you stay away from milk and cheese, you can maybe, although not likely, kiss those pesky “skeeters” good buy. But, really, don’t count on it. […]

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Children

Fantasy

Is it a mental disorder or plain stupidity if I deny reality and substitute my own in its place? A fantasy world? Some of each? I suppose it depends on how far I let it go. Or whether I let anyone besides myself know about it. And also whether I am an adult or a […]