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Monthly Archives: December, 2020

ON TECHNICAL RIVALRIES

THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN the sciences and engineering is a recent topic at the Members Community of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  A fair amount of the discussion … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

ANOTHER ASSAULT ON THE VOA

THE PETTINESS OF Trump and his administration knows no bounds. Stalling to admit election defeat, Trump first dragged his feet and is still complicating the transition to the Biden administration … Continue reading

December 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

CATCHING COVID-19 AGAIN?

SUPPOSE YOU’VE CAUGHT Covid-19 and recovered. Are you immune from catching it again?  Trump claims he’s now immune. Don’t try this at home, kids; he’s the President (as he incessantly … Continue reading

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

SPRECHEN SIE/PARLEZ-VOUS/HABLA USTED ROTWELSCH?

I HADN’T HEARD of Rotwelsch until I read Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim’s “The Secret Code That Threatened Nazi Fantasies of Racial Purity,” her review in The New York Times, October 13, … Continue reading

December 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

A NEW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LOW PART 2

THIS TIME AROUND, a new Trump low is achieved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its “improved” version of the civics test administered to aspiring U.S. citizens. Today … Continue reading

December 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

A NEW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LOW. PART 1

NO ONE EXPECTS Trump to admit he’s a loser. But his actions and those of his lame-duck administration have reached a new low, quite an achievement given abysmal behavior thus … Continue reading

December 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

ELEPHANTS ARE THANKFUL FOR TWO EL CENTRO LADIES

ONE OF THESE stories is as timely as today’s headlines; indeed, it recently was in the headlines. The other part of the tale, rather more obscure, involves Wife Dottie when … Continue reading

December 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON MISINFORMATION PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN an analysis of misinformation in its many nuances, all prompted by two Danish researchers, Vincent Hendricks and Mad Vestergaard, and their book, Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, … Continue reading

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

ON MISINFORMATION PART 1

IT STARTED WITH “alternative facts,” as proclaimed by Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to the president. Two days after Trump became president, she used this term to defend his boasting about … Continue reading

December 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

CITIES FROM THE AIR

FLIGHT GIVES US a unique perspective of cities, their configurations, and special attractions. Here are several cities from the air, gleaned from a book at the nexus of two genres, … Continue reading

December 4, 2020 · 4 Comments