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The Culture of Entitlement

February 28, 2010

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You heard it on TV.  You’re entitled to it.  You’ve earned it.  Treat yourself.  Buy it now.  History will say it was the culture made you do it. Everybody thinks the Ancient Greeks were better.  They thought so too.  That means they were entitled to pirate the Mediterranean, and make it tough for anyone unwise […]

A Ferry Through the Islands — Part I

February 24, 2010

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* Lean into the morning slowly.  Out the window, still shadows of night.  These eyes still full of night and sleep.  Let the dream drift down and gone.  A long, new day to come, perhaps.  Lean into it slowly.* He rose at 5 a.m., having slept little.  Before a journey, even a trivial one, he […]

If Caught in a Scandal …

February 23, 2010

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A conservative politician will say, “To accuse me is unpatriotic."

Some Half-Truths About the Ancient Greeks

February 21, 2010

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The present population of Greece is only 15% genetically related to the people of Classical Greece.  Referring to the Ancient Greeks by the same name, almost makes geographic sense, except that many of the Ancient Greeks did not come from Greece.  Greek civilization, as it is discussed by classical scholars, also includes all the areas […]

Postcard from Genoa – July 2001

February 19, 2010

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The sharp-eyed, and philatelists, will have noted that the above postcard was actually mailed from the Vatican.  The guide books tout the Vatican postal service as much more efficient than the Italian.  If I’m in Italy, and passing through Rome, I usually take advantage of the Vatican postal service. Note the elegant Vatican stamp, featuring […]

Deniergate Papers I – Dr. Phil Jones & the 15 Years

February 17, 2010

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Dr. Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia did not say what the Daily Mail said he did. Either his statement was deliberately distorted, or presented in a way that was meant to mislead, it which case it was a lie. Or his statement was misunderstood, in which case it was an example of denialist stupidity and ignorance of science.

Muddy Waters, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

February 17, 2010

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In the early ’80s, Muddy Waters used to come to Vancouver twice a year to play at the Commodore Ballroom.  Once I became aware of these visits, I never missed a performance. I remember the first time I saw him, his piano player was Pinetop Perkins.  Muddy could always get the best players in his […]