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“Jackson, 1964” by Calvin Trillin

Trillin is wonderful and I would read pretty much anything he writes (though Tepper isn’t going out wasn’t my favorite). This collection (published in 2015) is of his reporting on race over 40 years, beginning in 1964. (There is another … Continue reading

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The Balkan wars

Is there a question of less importance to the world than the ethnicity and nationality of Nikola Tesla?  Yes, you could instead get involved in the Wikipedia fights about whether the Ragusan (yes really) scientist Roger Boscovich is “really” Croatian … Continue reading

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“Administrative leave”

So one of the things that has happened in the course of my lifetime is that now everyone carries cameras around with them all the time. And this has a bunch of not-necessarily-foreseen effects, some good and some not good. … Continue reading

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March for Science MN

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Had a great time at March for Science MN last weekend.  (The fact that it was in the 70s and sunny didn’t hurt!)  Here are some photos.   Some more posters I liked but didn’t get good photos of included … Continue reading

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Wyoming

I occasionally joke about how small the population of Wyoming is.  Nevertheless, it is shocking to see numbers like this: Liz Cheney won the competitive statewide Republican primary for an open seat in the House of Representatives with fewer than … Continue reading

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Runaways — update

This very strange story has finally been resolved, more or less: the mother has been convicted, with sentencing and the trials of the co-conspirators still to come.  The extra-special highlight is that Michelle MacDonald, her crazy lawyer, is running again … Continue reading

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How to caucus

You show up at 6:45 for an event that is scheduled to begin at 7. The line is already 2 blocks long. In the time it takes you to lock up your bicycle, another 30 people have joined the line. … Continue reading

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Runaways

This story about two runaway girls hidden by their mother (and maybe a network of anti-Family Court conspiracists) is fascinating.  (More background here.) The Strib is (justifiably) proud of its work here, since it broke the case open back in April.  … Continue reading

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Things I don’t really believe, even though I know they are true

Multi-ton hunks of metal and carbon can fly through the air via their own propulsive forces. Two people, conversing openly in public, can establish a code that is not breakable by someone overhearing the entire conversation. The University of Minnesota … Continue reading

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Israel

Someone I admire very much writes: 1000 Palestinians dead… It’s time for American Jews to recognize that the Zionism of our parents generation is gone. I have no idea if the liberal, socialist, secular, democratic ideal of a Jewish State … Continue reading

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