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Atomic Grammar for Me and You

March 28, 2013

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This is the one and only grammar lesson I intend to give.  Atomic grammar.  All about fission and fusion. I wouldn’t have to be teaching you grammar if your grade school teacher had taught you properly.  But that didn’t happen.  She didn’t know.  He didn’t know.  So he/she/they just left you in muddle, where you […]

Extinction Events and 100 Generations of Carbon

March 24, 2013

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Carbon Karma Is Karma on Steroids Let’s put two ideas together to show some of the dimension of things, a taste of the real cost of carbon.  Joe Romm’s headline practically covers the first idea by itself, “Doubling of CO2 Levels in End-Triassic Extinction Killed Off Three Quarters of Land and Sea Species.”  Romm’s article discusses […]

Legends of Myself 67

March 22, 2013

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67. Gitanmaax, 1960: Summer and Away When spring came to Gitanmaax, the snow went away of course, and there were pussywillows budding down by the Skeena.  Pussywillows produce neat little balls along a branch.  Cottonwoods unleash their cotton like unraveled cotton batting.  It dangled from branches, hung everywhere near where the cottonwoods stood (which was […]

Legends of Myself 66

March 17, 2013

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66. Gitanmaax 1959-1960:  Winter When my father arrived for a visit at Christmas, I suspect if I had told him about my Grade Four teacher’s experiments in classroom apartheid, he would have taken me out of Hazelton on the next train to the coast.  He wasn’t likely to tolerate abuse towards me of any sort, […]

The Principles of Newspeak by George Orwell

March 16, 2013

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George Orwell appended the following essay to end of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.  NEWSPEAK was the official language of Oceania and had been devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism. In the year 1984 there was not as yet anyone who used Newspeak as his sole means of communication, either in […]

The Conquistador’s Playbook

March 13, 2013

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History of Aboriginal America 12 Cortés and the Seven Protocols of Conquest Shortly after he came ashore on the Central American mainland in 1519, Hernán Cortés symbolically “founded” the city of Vera Cruz, and after dispatching an agent to Spain, he thereafter grounded and scuttled his remaining ships.  What were these mad Spaniards up to […]

The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

March 12, 2013

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It is not well-known that, beside the Alice books, Lewis Carroll wrote another nonsense novel, Sylvie and Bruno (1889).  The Alice books are masterpieces.  Sylvie and Bruno is laboured and tedious, unfunny and unexciting, and for the most part, well forgotten.  The exception is the following poem which appears as a refrain, a verse at a time […]