But first . . .
ABOUT THAT WELL-REGULATED MILITIA . . .
Jim Burt: “[With respect to yesterday’s post], the Second Amendment has been interpreted by our right-wing (not ‘conservative’) Supreme Court to provide for an individual right to gun ownership independent of membership in ‘a well-regulated militia.’ But I don’t believe there has been any […]
I’m not suggesting you contribute to this snappy Indiegogo crowd-raiser, just that you take three minutes to watch. It’s really crazy how so many toddlers are shooting people — and how so many parents seem to be raising their pre-teens to embrace handguns. Whether “Bullets Over Preschool” will ever be produced, or be any good, or do […]
The first clip is three minutes . . . joyful . . . and — fair […]
A friend sent an email: “I’ve been saying ‘parmesan’ wrong my whole life.” Did you get it, too? It included this link to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online and the instruction, “hit the speaker button.” Which then intoned the following pronunciation for parmesan (as best I can render it): “penn-sil-VAYN-ya.”
I had so much fun with this […]
Memorial Day we remember the brave men — and now women — who’ve given their lives for our country. By that standard, Private Wojtek — neither a man nor a woman, and technically a private in the Polish army — does not qualify. (He was a bear.)
But it’s a great story. Short form, with […]
Last month I offered “What You Should Know About TPP.”
I got some good reader feedback, not least because so many terrific progressives have decided — wrongly, I think — that the TransPacific Partnership is a very bad idea.
Maybe take a minute to re-read that prior post?
Then consider two examples of the […]
Here‘s the schedule of all 2015 Major League Baseball games. If history’s any guide, I won’t be at any of them.*
I’m not a fan. Arguably, it was the intense shame of swinging at and missing the 3-2 pitch with bases loaded in Color War — with Timmy Morse, on the opposing team, shouting, […]
Yesterday: helping the Amazon Conservation Team save millions of acres of rain forest, not least by hooking shamans up with Google Earth and GPS.
Today: curtailing the slaughter of elephants and rhinos with drones flown by the Air Shepherd Inititaive. Such a cool idea: the drones fly silently at night, spotting elephants — and […]
He’s done amazing work, these past few decades, and deserves a nice 60th birthday present:
In December of 1982, an American graduate student fleeing a South American civil war paid a bush pilot to drop him on the most remote airstrip in the rainforests of the northeast Amazon. There, Mark Plotkin was met by […]
1. You may have seen that this lovely Picasso sold at auction for $179 million, up more than five-fold in the 18 years since it last traded hands. (Actually, it sold for $179,3650,000, but what’s $365,000 these days to a plutocrat or oligarch? You can really just drop it in the “take a penny, […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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