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  • The High Cost of Ignorance

    I’ve just finished reading Kurt Andersen’s new book (‘Fantasyland’ subtitle ‘How America Went Haywire, a 500-Year History’). The book was superb, and full of copy/paste worthy quotes by the author, but instead I’m pasting here one that he borrowed from Hannah Arendt:

    “A mixture of gullibility and cynicism have been an outstanding characteristic of mob mentality before it became an everyday phenomenon of masses. In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point

  • Toward a common narrative

    There have been many expressions which are either wholly new or have been given new meaning in the last 30 years or so. I generally approve of the additions to our language, thinking them either more precise, more honest, or both, than what we had before. Think of “going forward” instead of “from now on”, or ending correspondence with “Thanks” rather than “Sincerely Yours”, which was neither sincere nor a prelude to

  • Another adult gives up and leaves the building

    I just read through Jeff Flake’s political retirement speech. What a contrast, even in its content and delivery, to the typical speeches and tweets of its target. Most of Trump’s utterances are false, and/or silly, and/or syntactically incoherent. I’m sorry to see Senator Flake bow out, but can certainly understand his reasons for doing so. His powerful speech may even be enough to do some good. But I suspect that he’ll just be shouted

  • Rereading Bill McKibben’s ‘Eaarth’ on a Long Flight Over It

    The journey – from LA to Mumbai, via Newark – was supposed to take 21 hours. But, in spite of heroic flight time reductions by both pilots, it ended up taking over 24. We had an hour’s delay on departure, and then a further hour circling over Newark’s sodden runways due to the backup from Hurricane Jose. Then another 90 minutes departure delay, and then almost 2 hours waiting to land on Mumbai’s one

  • Preparing the Ax

    Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers
    So says the Associated Press.

    The implication is that Trump is preparing to purge the DOE and its contractors of top level executives and scientists involved in renewable energy.

    The one silver lining appears to be that the war on renewables will not be a war on all carbon-friendly energy production. The same article says that Trump will try to open Yucca Mountain, an