This rant is more about TV and culture than economics, but still serves as an example of an important and often ignored phenomenon: the blindness of the patriarchy. Continue reading More proof the “free market” is a right wing fantasy
No, he’s not dead, he 90. But for some reason, probably because his birthday was yesterday, Nature wrote him up, and it is a fun read.
In case you are wondering who Tom Lehrer is, he is this guy:
When you see an election result like “98%” for a sitting president who is actually a dictator do not assume that this dictator would have lost the election had the election been fair.
I lived in Zaire. Mobotu Sese Seku Kuku Kibombe, the arch-typical syphilitic dictator, the model for all the other African dictators found in real life and fiction, would win by 99% every time he ran. He did that because of two things. Continue reading How Trump Gets To Be Dictator
There is all kinds of note taking software, from simple to complex, cloudy or not cloudy, etc. I’m here to recommend a simple cloudy application that works across platforms. Continue reading Excellent Note Taking Software
The number is (800) 273-8255. Continue reading Contemplating Suicide? Call this number. Oh, wait, maybe you can’t.
Provided to you without commentary, because I know some of my readers will want to spend $0.99 to $2.99 for these Kindle books, instead of full price: Continue reading Cheap Books: LeGuin, Dawkins, Yorktown, Composting
There is a pair of bills working their way through the Minnesota state legislature that would change the way Xcel Energy can pay for certain costs of maintaining and upgrading its nuclear power plants between now and their eventual final shut down several years hence. Continue reading Nuclear Plant Bill Riles, Confuses, Perhaps Conspires
TRIGGER WARNING DO NOT LOOK AT THIS THING!!!
Here, look at this thing … Continue reading A rotten apple like you’ve never seen before
Every day, women, men, and children across America suffer the pain and trauma of sexual assault. From verbal harassment and intimidation to molestation and rape, this crime occurs far too frequently, goes unreported far too often, and leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars. During National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves not only to lifting the veil of secrecy and shame surrounding sexual violence, but also to raising awareness, expanding support for victims, and strengthening our response. Continue reading Presidential Proclamation: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
For somewhat younger kids, and for kids who do not happen to have a tablet they are allowed to use because they drool on it and stuff, there is an alternative that is on one hand a little harder to code but on the other hand more intuitive and very creative. I speak of the Botley Coding Robot, which comes in two styles: 1) Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set, 77 Pieces and Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot, 45 Pieces. (I tested the latter, but they are the same in the parts that matter). Continue reading A New Robot For Littler Kids
The Trump camp is claiming that Donald Trump has made huge strides in stemming human trafficking, and they have been comparing Trump’s numbers to Obama’s numbers. However, the claim is false and pernicious. Continue reading The Truth About Trump’s Human Trafficking Claim
A core Democratic Party value, it seems, is to not talk about health insurance reform. This is at odds with the rapidly developing grassroots movement that insists that we talk about almost nothing but health insurance reform, until we get it fixed. And, for a majority of Americans, fixing it means going to a universal, single payer plan. Continue reading Are health insurance companies pulling the wool over our progressive eyes?
One of my favorite movies of all time is Little Big Man. If you have not seen it, you should, it is truly magical. Of course, sometimes the magic works, sometimes ….
Anyway, go see it. I’ve had the book sitting here for a while and I’ve not read it yet, but it is very near the top of the pile. Meanwhile I just discovered it is available cheap in Kindle form: Little Big Man: A Novel.
And, while we are at it, Bradbury’s The Cat’s Pajamas: Stories is also cheap.
I usually think of flip-lift books as being appropriate for little kids who can’t read yet. I remember my daughter being obsessed, for two years or more, with an Arthur flip book. She needed to look under every single flap, in order (many were in fact numbered or had letters on them, to teach counting and the alphabet, so there was indeed an order). There were pictures, not words, under the flaps. Continue reading Life on Earth: Dinosaurs; A Kids science book