Monthly Archives: April 2023

Zbigniew Preisner, and the Daily News

Some slow thoughtful music, to keep things in perspective, against the daily news. And then daily news about frightened old people using their guns.

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About New Books by Phil Plait and Jamie Green

Phil Plait’s Under Alien Skies Jamie Green’s The Possibility of Life And a Facebook cartoon about the cynicism of anti-intellectuals Phil Plait on John Scalzi’s blog today, about his new book Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe, … Continue reading

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A New Episode of The Most Beautiful Music in the World

This was an early Zbigniew Preisner score, for a Polish TV series Dekalog, with ten episodes released in 1989, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. I happened to listen to my YouTube bookmark of this as I wrote … Continue reading

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Making the Story Go Away

The big news today: Fox News has settled the case brought by Dominion Voting Systems. (Fox News had repeatedly implied that the 2020 election was somehow stolen via manipulation of the voting machines built by Dominion. Without an ounce of … Continue reading

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Drag, the Abortion Pill, Blue Cities in Red States

Why conservatives are so upset by drag; The Comstock Law, an antiquated precedent conservatives use to justify things they don’t like, like the abortion pill; And how people are fleeing blue states for red states — but into blue cities.

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They Have Always Been With Us

This is a clever graphic I saw two or three times on Facebook.

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A Day at the Bay

Today we did an afternoon walk, on a chilly, breezy, but sunny afternoon, around the Emeryville peninsula surrounding the marina there and ending with Emeryville Marina Park. We’ve done this walk before, perhaps three times; we park at the “Watergate … Continue reading

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Arguing Styles, Debates, and Winning vs. Being Right

I’ve mentioned the book RESPONDING TO THE RIGHT by Nathan J. Robinson a couple times before, and today I want to summarize the gist of the book.

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Conservative Ideology Over Evidence: The Abortion Pills

Several links today to articles on the same topic.

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Jerry Coyne on Deepak Chopra, Alex Ross on Max Richter, and others

Jerry Coyne on Deepak Chopra And on the latest argument for the compatibility of science and faith A misleading article on the recent “paradigm” shift in the understanding of human evolution Reviews of new books by Sarah Bakewell and Sarah … Continue reading

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