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Warning this post may read like ham-fisted, over-the-top satire, but it is all true. At my alma mater, Hampshire College, a place that never met a cause to ludicrous to cancel classes over, (my memoir on this topic), this weekend they dedicated a new library center. More

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may-day-in-paris-2002-001Sorry about last week’s Pariscope walk. That was a bit of a bust because it rained all weekend and Leo was sick with a cold. So we wound up staying at home, playing with the cats, and eating scrambled eggs. It wouldn’t have been very interesting to broadcast that live.

But today, for the first time, we’re going to use this Periscope thingamajigger to do real journalism. Because today is May Day — the International Day of Laborers and the Working Classes promoted by the labor movement, anarchists, socialists, and communists, as well as an ancient European spring holiday — celebrated without irony and with a large cohort of riot police everywhere in the world but America, where we will never be so over the Cold War that we can use the phrase “International Workers Day” with a straight face. The weather report says it will be sunny and fine, so this should be a colorful day indeed for journalists such as ourselves.

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This week, the Daily Post Photo Challenge says to show us someone or something you admire, and tell about it. Here is part of my post over at RushBabe49.com. Go over there to read the story ( and press that “like” button). Then, post your photos and descriptions in the comments below. Cheers! More

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Is this just another political story that gets swept under the rug in this upside down political campaign season? Will the truth come to light before the election for candidates asking the American people to trust them? Reporters are trying their best, but are the voters getting the message? This one certainly got my attention. More

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My Marine is on duty this weekend with his reserve unit. Because of the amphibious nature of their traditional role in the Navy, it was time for him to re-certify in the pool. Basically, they jump in the pool fully clothed, boots and all and swim. Because they’re going to need a dry pair, they […]

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Self-Similarity on the Supermarket Shelf

Romanesco (broccoli/caulifower/cabbage family vegetable)Fractal forms—complex shapes which look more or less the same at a wide variety of scale factors, are everywhere in nature. From the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation to the coastlines of continents, courses of rivers, clouds in the sky, branches of plants and veins in their leaves, blood vessels in the lung, and the shape of seashells and snowflakes, these fractal or self-similar patterns abound. The self-similarity of most of these patterns is defined only in a statistical sense: while the general “roughness” is about the same at different scales, you can’t extract a segment, blow it up, and find a larger scale segment which it matches precisely.

However, some of the most pleasing patterns in geometric art exhibit exact or almost exact self-similarity. These are patterns which are composed of smaller copies of themselves ad infinitum, or at least until some limit where the similarity breaks down due to the granularity of the underlying material.

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Liz suggested I post this a while back at the time that I posted a Fleetwood Mac song, Go Your Own Way. It’s bending the rules a bit, but here’s Stevie Nicks The Edge of Seventeen. It’s definitely high energy, unlike Jeb! More

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This is a story about a Millennial and Hope. One of the best things my wife and I did as we got to a certain point in our life journey was to get out of the big house with landscaped lawn matched with ever rising property taxes and downsize. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Live in Illinois? You’re Probably Neurotic.

 

16550I love surveys like these, even if they’re suspect. From The Muse:

Truity Psychometrics, an online provider of scientific personality and career tests, surveyed 12,703 residents across the U.S. to determine if states really do have their unique personalities. And, it turns out they do—based on common traits, Truity categorized states into five personality clusters.

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Perhaps this has already made the rounds– but this made me chuckle, and who couldn’t use a chuckle today.   More

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RedState reports that conservative are uniting behind Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is now polling at 44.8 percent, Trump at 29 percent and Kasich at 13.3 percent. Let’s repeat that: 45 to 29 percent. That’s a 16 point lead. The poll was released in Indiana on Friday afternoon, and is widely respected in the state. . […]

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image1Global warming lengthens the growing season, and increases net rainfall worldwide. The enrichment of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerates the rate of plant growth. These are all very positive developments, both for humanity and for wild nature. As a result of climate change, the Earth is becoming a more fertile planet. Nevertheless, representatives of the green movement call for the imposition of economically destructive — and highly regressive — carbon taxes, lest global warming result in catastrophic floods of coastal areas.

This assertion is problematic because global warming has been going on for four hundred years. We can know this with certainty, not from the doubtful claims of researchers who assert that they can measure average global temperatures to within a tenth of a degree, but from readily available historical accounts. Civil War buffs are familiar with the massive snowball fights engaged in by Confederate armies stationed as far south as Georgia, and everyone who has read Dickens encounters tales describing much more severe winter weather in mid-19th century London than anything we see today. If we read back further in time, we hear of a world that is much colder still, with the Thames freezing regularly, sometimes for months on end, during the 1600s.

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I don’t understand why #NeverTrump is already trying to shirk responsibility for achieving their stated purpose. The name of the movement is…. #NeverTrump. They have spent nine months screaming and wailing and gnashing their teeth against Trump. They have run every negative story, called him every possible name, and done everything they could do to […]

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Many years ago before the world became so modern, the circus coming to town was a major event. Thousands of people would flock to the gigantic tent, eager to gawk at exotic animals and people performing amazing, and sometimes death-defying, acts. Andy and the Circus, written and illustrated by Ellis Credle, is a book about one boy’s […]

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The minute I find out a famous actor is the son/daughter/brother/sister of another famous actor, my respect for them drops 25%*  More

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My wife’s two sisters are visiting us in Arizona. Neither has been to Tucson before so on their first full day with us we decided to visit the San Xavier del Bac Mission, and then go on to Tubac for lunch, and then tour a Titan II missile silo. Day tripping, at least for me is […]

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UK web blogger Carl Benjamin, better know as Sargon of Akkad, has initiated a web petition calling for the temporary suspension of Social Justice courses in American and UK universities until their content can be reviewed and purged of false material. He has posted a series of videos on the topic, including responses to critics of […]

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The contract was beautiful. It was a work of art. My Mentor always said that contracts have to have two parts: what you get and what you give. There are other details, such as environmental considerations. For instance, what jurisdiction’s laws will govern the contract? But if you don’t have the exchange well-defined, it’s not […]

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Should we bring back DDT? On the front page of the April 29 issue of the WSJ there is an article about the Zika Virus and the severity of the birth defects it is causing. They are proving to be much worse than the results of non-Zika microcephaly. ” (Zika) eats away at the fetal […]

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