Author Archives: Mark R. Kelly

LQCs: Gun Ideology, Immune from Evidence; Real Kids vs. Imaginary Kids

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LQCs: Children, Guns, and Religion

From NYT Letters, printed 21 May 2022: To the Editor: The Republican checklist after a mass shooting: Thoughts and prayers: Check. This is not the time: Check. Let’s not politicize: Check. Guns are not the problem: Check. Just enforce the … Continue reading

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Declinists and Decadence: TV/Movies? Science Fiction?

Quillette, Kevin Mims, 20 May 2022: Undiminished by Decadence Subtitle: “I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they … Continue reading

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LQCs: Polarization; Grooming; Sacrifice; Documentary

My partner had never seen this movie, so we began it last night and will finish tonight. Meanwhile, this week’s issue of The Week has a nice summary, on its “Best columns: The U.S.” page, of this Washington Post opinion … Continue reading

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Vangelis, part 3

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Vangelis RIP, part 2

A few more thoughts today, about Vangelis’ music.

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Vangelis RIP, post 1

NPR, 19 May 2022: Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

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Musings: The Sky; Living in History

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LQCs: Moral Collapse, the Paranoid Style, Deflection

(With an endpiece.) Paul Krugman is back from vacation. NYT, Paul Krugman, 16 May 2022: From Voodoo to MAGA to Buffalo I never thought I’d say this, but I miss voodoo economics.

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LQCs: Fringe Conspiracy Theories Becoming Mainstream; Duplicity; Sharpening of Focus

NYT, 15 May 2022: A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P., subtitled, “Replacement theory, espoused by the suspect in the Buffalo massacre, has been embraced by some right-wing politicians and commentators.”

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