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WHEN A RAT IS CORNERED….

THE PRESIDENT IS in trouble, and not only in the polls. His latest actions—and mendacity—have gotten only worse.  His strategy: Lie, and when caught, double down.  Examples are numerous. Here … Continue reading

October 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

MARTHE HANAU—CON FEMME EXTRAORDINAIRE PART 2

THE SWINDLING PRESIDENTE has a timely ring to it, but note that final “e.” It’s a female president that Janet Flanner described in The New Yorker, August 19, 1939, and … Continue reading

October 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

MARTHE HANAU—CON FEMME EXTRAORDINAIRE PART 1

I BELIEVE IN equal opportunity for men and women. Thus, when I learned from The New Yorker about a “woman, with vulgar, virile gestures,…and a fulminating vocabulary and voice, both … Continue reading

October 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON ORIGINALISM PART 2

IS THE U.S. Constitution carved in stone? An originalist would claim so. Yesterday in Part 1, we offered a satirical view from Dan Rather (use leeches as medicine? travel by … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

ON ORIGINALISM PART 1

THERE HAS BEEN much discussion recently about originalism in its interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.  Judge Amy Coney Barrett argued “that I interpret the Constitution as a law, that I … Continue reading

October 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

SEPARATED AT (COACHWORK) BIRTH?? AT LEAST IN SPIRIT

WHAT DID MY 1958 English Ford Consul Mk II convertible have in common with the 1933 Barker-bodied Rolls-Royce 20/25 Three-Position Drophead Coupe?  “Utterly nothing,” one is tempted to respond. However, … Continue reading

October 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

THE MATHEMATICIAN WORE A LARGE AND FLOPPY HAT PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND 20-year-old Sonja Kowaleski—she, of the marvelous blue eyes—charming the 55-year-old Professor Karl Weierstrass into accepting her as a student. Her large and floppy hat helped Weierstrass keep … Continue reading

October 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

THE MATHEMATICIAN WORE A LARGE AND FLOPPY HAT PART 1

SONJA KOWALESKI’S HAT was intended to keep “her marvelous blue eyes” from distracting Karl Weierstrass, famed 19th-century mathematician, when she approached him as a prospective student. Kowaleski was “twenty, very … Continue reading

October 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

TRUST OF SCIENCE WORLDWIDE

THE PEW RESEARCH Center published an extensive study of world perceptions concerning science. Do people trust science? Distrust science? And which people? Educated? Uneducated? Politically to the left? Politically to … Continue reading

October 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

CONAN DOYLE (LITERARY AGENT)—MOTORING ENTHUSIAST PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we learned details of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour, a German-sponsored automobile competition honoring the coronation of Britain’s George V. Today in Part 2, we identify … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · Leave a comment