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An Aqueduct, Lavender, and Smile Candy – We Went to the South of France!

We toured the South of France, up the Rhône River, on a Viking River Cruise ship, the Heimdal. (All of the Viking River Cruise ships are named for Norse gods and goddesses.)

This is the website for Viking River Cruises: https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/

To get there, we flew via Air Canada on 3 flights to […]

Happy Hallowe’en: Political Posterboards, Death Threats, and Videography

Happy Hallowe’en!

Professor Matt Warshauer, who teaches political science at Central Connecticut State University, and who puts up a political Hallowe’en display every year, invited me to come back this evening while a videographer conducted some interviews in front of it. These are some images of the display, taken in daylight a couple of weeks […]

We Broke Laws That Disadvantaged Us. We Must Do It Again.

Our nation was founded by those who broke laws that disadvantaged them.

Since then, those of us who continued to be disadvantaged by the new legal system continued that tradition.

We must do that again.

There were dire consequences for doing so, ranging from being jailed and force-fed (women suffragists such as Alice Paul), to […]

Fox News – How Dare It Share My Cool Last Name! – And Other Observations

Fox News – how dare it share my cool last name!

Actually, I prefer to call it Fixed Noise, a la Keith Olbermann. He switches between calling it Fixed News and Fox Noise, but I like my combination of his terms.

Fox News/Fixed Noise is anchored by a disturbing mix of college dropouts, spin doctors, […]

DeVos is with the Kochs, the Uihleins, the Mercers, the Trumps – not with the People.

Betsy DeVos has never had to worry about money.

We have a Non-Secretary of Education in Betsy DeVos.

Betsy DeVos. Photograph by Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call, ZUMA

She has no idea what it feels like to worry about paying bills, about being able to pay bills, about how she will pay student loan […]

Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day 2018

Well, it’s August 1st, 2018, and here we are, earlier than last year as usual, facing Earth Overshoot Day.

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Congratulations to us humans: we have used up all of the resources that our planet can produce in a year.

We […]

We can’t be reminded enough of the folly of the Corporatist Farmers of Jurassic Park.

The Farmers that I write about in Nae-Nee, my dystopian series on human overpopulation and ecosystems collapse, are the careless corporatists that Dr. Ian Malcolm is chastising in this clip from Jurassic Park.

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Here is the Nae-Nee series that I am referring to:

Farmers – with […]

Longing for the Past Puts One on the Wrong Side of History.

Do you occasionally receive chain e-mails from friends and/or relatives?

We probably all do.

These can be fun, harmless missives full of images that make us laugh or educate us.

These can also be indicative of the sender’s political, religious, or other leanings.

I got one about 5 years ago that has been on my […]

Scott Pruitt is the Bear Guarding the EPA-Beehive – It’s a Blatant Conflict of Interest.

I wrote a book a few years ago about honeybee colony collapse that outlines the legal obstacles to applying scientific solutions to the problem, plus obstacles posed by wealthy and powerful corporations, which include the money that they throw at politicians and the lobbyists they hire to achieve this. The corporations inflict permanent damage on […]

Mitigative Action versus Corrective Action – Postponement Is Always Easier Than Prevention

It is always cheaper, easier, and involves far less change of long-established habits, practices, and preferences to mitigate conditions that, if left unchanged, will inevitably lead to disaster, than it is to take corrective action and prevent that disaster altogether.

We just had this year’s World Water Day, and meanwhile, in Cape Town, South Africa, […]