Teach Them a Lesson.

Beating man with stick. (Yes I’m beating you, but it’s for my own good.)

The Guardians of the Great New America invite YOU to join the exciting craze that’s sweeping the nation! An old idea refreshed for your pleasure!

PUNISHMENT.

Yes that’s right. Now you can bathe in the vindictive glory of the new American ethos. We have your back. Put some hurt on!

Punishment rarely effects any real change and it almost always leaves [...] 

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Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and OthersStories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful. Stories with ideas you don't just consider for a moment, but return to again and again.

What if you could remember your future? What if heaven, hell, angels and miracles are real, but reward for your faith is completely arbitrary?

If I knew this, I'd forgotten it, so I was happy to discover that the story "Story of Your Life," was the basis for the film "Arrival." Probably my favorite film of the last few years. Imagine a language that requires knowledge of the future in order to be properly contextualized.

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The Giver

Lois Lowery and book cover. (Author Lois Lowery.)

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Archiving the memories of a society that has decided real human experience is too dangerous is an interesting concept. I understand this is a book for younger folks but I would have liked to see the premise unpacked a bit more.

The idea that it's possible to ramp down or suppress human nature and still maintain the sophisticated interactions necessary for a society to survive is not a given. It's unlikely that depth of experience can be managed on a simple linear scale.

However our continuing singular reliance on rule of law does suggest that we haven't stopped trying.

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…And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Pepe LaPue (Wayne LaPierre) (Wayne LaPierre wants the best for Puerto Rico.)

NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre has expressed concern that the percentage of guns and ammunition included in aid shipments to Puerto Rico is too low. “I think it’s important to remember that if you’re going to rebuild an infrastructure from scratch, you make sure the basics are in place first. Roads, medical supplies, and food and [...] 

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Flag On The Play

US flag and football referee.

The United States flag is a the chosen symbol of a people who have formed a great union. Thirteen stripes to represent the original revolutionary colonies. Fifty stars to represent all the states bound together on a common background.

After that its meaning is open to interpretation. There is no official document stating its exact meaning although [...] 

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One of Your Nicer Behemoths

NYC skyline. (Always with the making. NYC view from the north end of High Line Park looking east.)

Walking or driving around New York City, especially walking, I am of two principle minds.

The first is engaged in managing the interaction between three types information. That which I have carefully organized as my truth, that which has been flung haphazardly into storage, and that which is flooding in through my senses like refugees looking for [...] 

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The Power of Obfuscation

(Here’s to your health!)

There is a great deal of confusing information about which of President Trump’s administration and business associates might have improper connections to Russia. I thought a diagram might be helpful.

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The Thing I Didn’t Say On Facebook

Donald Trump President Donald Trump

Mr. President.


Rush Limbaugh thinks you did a good job yesterday. He’s wrong. You did a terrible job. I mean a really, really bad job.

In my life I have stood up in front of people and said some really childish, stupid things. Embarrassing stuff really. I’m ashamed of it.

Watching you yesterday I had to relive with a cold chill, those moments [...] 

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Really Wasn’t That Dirty To Begin With…

Photo of outhouse interior (Might be time to modernize.)

Living as a bachelor, I’ve tried to make an effort not to engage in those stereotypical behaviors that make it so clear why one might…deserve to be a bachelor. Like never cleaning the bathroom.

So. Scrub down the tub and shower area. Put a bucket in the tub, fill it with water and the kind of soap that defoliates entire ecosystems, and start [...] 

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