Category: Rants

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Buzz on Being an Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin has a good opinion piece in the New York Times today titled, “Fear and Flying” that provides an astronaut’s take on the shuttle disaster. (Free subscription required to view.)

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Why We Think It Can’t Happen to Us

I get irked when people start talking about how entertainment adversely affects how we live our lives. (My favorite example, and I can’t recall the source right now: Some people say that violence in movies and television encourages more violence in society, but do you see the broad spectrum of comedy making people funnier?) That ...

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Shuttle Disaster

I’m sick about the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia. I caught the news late: Kim and I were enjoying a nice news- and Internet-free morning before running off to get some errands done, and then I checked CNN.com quickly. I feel like I’ve been numb all day. (The Challenger explosion in 1986 is still ...

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Hitlerism

As I listened to the President’s State of the Union speech in the car last night, I found myself getting repeatedly stuck on words and phrases, followed closely by, “Did he really just say that?” My favorite example: “Hitlerism” (emphasis mine). “Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built ...

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Blogging with Intent

A few people have asked me, “What’s your blog about?” Although there are topic-specific blogs out there (like Glenn’s WiFi Blog), this one is just a place to express my own thoughts and interests. Hey, wait! Come back! I hope to be endlessly interesting; comments or questions gladly accepted. 🙂

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Le Carré on the Bush Administration

A friend sent this essay by John Le Carré, “The United States of America Has Gone Mad.” As we get deeper into Bush’s oil-fueled vendetta in Iraq, I have to admit that I agree with what Le Carré is saying. (Though hopefully his statistics of American support for a war – 88 percent – is ...