Taker

I try not to be too political here. Most of my politically-oriented posts tend towards science and disease related public policy, but like most Americans I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Presidential election. And specifically, this week I’ve been thinking about Mitt Romney’s now-famous remarks about how many people in the country don’t pay income…

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Us and Them

Note: this is the first in what will probably be a long series about our trip to France last month. That is, if I ever finish processing all the pictures. C’est comme ca. Quiz time: Fill in the subject of each of the following statements with “Americans” or “The French” …are pretty sure they invented…

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Money Talks

I’ve been under the weather today, so I’ve had some time to think on things while I lie around on the couch and occasionally check the internets for interesting and distracting things. And the thing that I’ve been thinking about today is money. No, not how I can get more of it so that I…

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The Lathe of California

In Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven, the protagonist, who can re-shape the world with his subconscious, is guided to dream of a world without racism. And rather than change peoples’ minds, he creates a world in which everyone is grey – no different races equals no possibility of racism. I thought…

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QotD: Meaningful Words

Constitution What is your favorite quote and why? The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner's manual for a Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world's most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free. P. J. O'Rourke (1947 – ) Read…

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300,000,000

According to reports I've been seeing and hearing today, Tuesday will mark the birth of a person that will push the population of the United States to 300 million.  Pretty impressive.  When I was growing up, I had always heard that America was a nation of "about 200 million".  I remember seeing the stats from…

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300,000,000

According to reports I've been seeing and hearing today, Tuesday will mark the birth of a person that will push the population of the United States to 300 million.  Pretty impressive.  When I was growing up, I had always heard that America was a nation of "about 200 million".  I remember seeing the stats from…

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