Last night Joan Baez patted me on the cheek. Yes: this Joan Baez, who opened for Martin Luther King, Jr., who was at Woodstock, who introduced Bob Dylan to the world, who has been fighting for justice at home and abroad more or less nonstop all her life.
This is some cruise we are […]
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Brief bulletin from . . . MY FIRST CRUISE EVER:
Just climbed a waterfall in Jamaica. Aboard with 400 VERY liberal liberals. I am the right-winger compared to most. Tomorrow (today, as you read this), some of us will draw attention to Cayman Islands […]
Trans-fat: bad, leads to illness.
Trans-gender: confusing, long thought to be an illness.
Not any more.
Here’s the story, posted by a retired eye surgeon, herself transgender, and an acquaintance of mine, Dr. Dana Beyer.
I say “acquaintance” rather than friend to draw a distinction between the increasingly loose use of the word, where […]
One of the highlights of my life some years ago was having Ben Cohen come over with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s so we’d have something to enjoy as he pitched me on his campaign to cut military funding and I pitched him on my campaign to increase DNC funding. We wound up trading […]
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Sailing, sailing . . . which means I have no Internet and am tele-posting this through sheer force of will, like the time my mother made my brother’s crutch fall just be setting her mind to it.
My brother had broken his leg hitting tennis […]
While we’re waiting for Borealis to go to the moon (they probably have a patented technology for doing that, too) — do not lose faith in Borealis because, however considerably speculative it remains, it’s a virtual sure thing compared to what we started with back in the last century . . .
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Rob Brown: “Re your automation column yesterday, here’s a good one: ‘The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.’ I’d also read about automated factories that […]
Well, apart from the fact that it’s two seven- and a twelve-letter words.
Imagine a world in which a single mammoth machine, controlled by a single operator, handles . . . everything. The machine is distributed around the world, with “parts” everywhere, but all connected to a central brain that essentially provides for all our […]
Irwin Gerstein: “The right wingers are always talking about how getting money you haven’t earned is a disincentive to work and personal development. I wonder why they want to deny Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian the same character-building opportunities that the daughter of a Walmart cashier gets.”
PUTTING THE “TEMPORARY” BACK IN (SOME) […]
If you live near Washington, D.C. or will be visiting in the next few weeks, here is a really terrific revival of Dreamgirls. I saw it opening night 30 years ago and may have enjoyed this one, given all that’s gone down since, even more.
Women perhaps do have something […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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