this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)
A PTA Trumpling, that is, parents Trumpling academicians.
David comments on Donald Trump’s continued efforts to subvert the election, and, along with it, democracy.
Thus Twitter continues to contribute to the dignity of the discourse.
Many years ago, when he was working in Vermont, my brother told me that his boss had stopped hunting.
Seems he–the boss–had been relaxing in a bar after a day in the field and overheard two visitors from another state talking about their day stalking deer. One of them said, “I didn’t see a thing all day,” The other replied, “Neither did I, but I got off a couple of sound shots.”
And that’s when boss hung up his gun.
In denying Pennsylvania Republicans’ efforts to retroactively exclude mail-in (aka, “absentee”) ballots from the tally of the recent election, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court went so far as to use the word “farcical” in their ruling.
The editorial board of the Bangor Daily News explains. A nugget:
“How have stocks remained so resilient in the face of such a severe shock? In part, it’s because of inequality. Stocks are overwhelmingly owned by the top 1 percent, which means speculation has been able to continue even as more people have lost their jobs than at any time since the Great Depression,” Boushey* wrote.
More at the link.
*Heather Boushey, president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
Every once in a while, someone will ask me if some news or news-adjacent item is true.
My first response has become, “Did you see it on
For a humane take on this “nation of immigrants,” see the marvelous article by the Des Moines Register’s Reka Basu. Here’s a bit:
In this, a nation of immigrants, many are doing hard reckoning. They followed the American dream as the early settlers had done (without visas), expecting the natives to make room for them. They worked to become part of the fabric that binds us, only to now see the rips in it and feel the welcome mat pulled out. Even the ultimate prize of U.S. citizenship is being whittled down by a president who rules by dividing.
At The Denver Post, Ian Silverii contrasts reality and the MAGA Fantasy Land. A snippet:
In the alternative reality, which we’ll call the “MAGA universe”, COVID-19 is a hoax, a conspiracy, the “China Plague” or just another common cold. The hospitals aren’t overflowing, there are more than enough ICU beds and nurses and doctors to go around, and Americans aren’t going to let politicians tell us we can’t be with our families.
Continue the tour at the linkk.