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SF New Mexican:

LANL running terror-attack simulations.

07/05/05 • 08:18 AM • Human RightsLawPoliticsScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Ethics questions surround new state office.  New Mexico now has “Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.”

07/05/05 • 08:17 AM • PoliticsReligion • No Comments


O’Connor departure stirs Bork memories.  Attorneys of every philosophical bent felt Judge Bork was eminently qualified in jurisprudence; but all paused when considering Bork’s firing of Archibald Cox.  Strict constructist, fine ... a political patsy, no thanks.

07/05/05 • 08:11 AM • HistoryLawPolitics • No Comments


new pix up at the photoblog.

07/04/05 • 09:11 PM • PersonalPhotography • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Were the good old days that good?

07/03/05 • 12:06 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsHistoryHome & LivingHuman Rights1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

Mystery water vapor plume near Iwo Jima.

07/03/05 • 12:00 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

They give the Santa Fe Opera’s performance of Puccini’s “Turandot” a mixed review.

07/03/05 • 11:59 AM • EntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Kinaaldá : Coming of age in the image of Changing Woman.

07/03/05 • 11:56 AM • HistoryHuman RightsReligion • No Comments


Saturn’s rings have their own atmosphere, and apparently the planet is rotating more slowly than 30 years ago.

07/01/05 • 05:19 PM • NatureScholarlyScience • No Comments


Shakespeare in the park.  Shakespeare is fabulous in a park; shades of unpredictability.  I saw my first Shakespeare plays in an outdoor space performed by the University of Houston’s theatre department when I was in high school.  ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was great, but ‘The Tempest’ was astonishing.  Walking home through the dark park atmosphere after the play, one supposes a Caliban behind every benighted tree.

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”

- The Tempest, Act 3, Scene 2.

These performances connected me to Shakespeare in a way that high school english never could.  I’m eternally indebted to the U. of Hou for this portion of my psyche.

07/01/05 • 04:21 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentMusic • No Comments


Traces of hidden Leonardo sketch revealed.  Cut to the chase, see the sketch.

07/01/05 • 04:09 PM • ArtsHistory • No Comments

NY Times:

Reactions to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s resignation.

A quote from the justice herself: “My hope is that 10 years from now, after I’ve been across the street at work for a while, they’ll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.”

So many come to her praise, now that she’s leaving.  It wasn’t the same on her nomination.  So I offer an interesting anecdote:

“Senator Barry Goldwater, in response to Jerry Falwell’s statement that “good Christians” should oppose Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination to the Supreme Court: ‘I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell’s ass.’”

07/01/05 • 03:47 PM • LawPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Group targets N.M. for Supreme Court battle.  Oh God, here it comes [tongue firmly planted in cheek].

07/01/05 • 03:29 PM • LawPoliticsReligion • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Amid tensions over day laborers at DeVargas Park, volunteer group celebrates anniversary of community service.  Lordy, read the comments at the bottom.

07/01/05 • 03:20 PM • Human RightsSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Gotta stay on top of the holiday rush.

07/01/05 • 09:25 AM • Personal • No Comments


Property guru says U.S. market nearing peak.

06/30/05 • 08:24 PM • Economics(3) Comments


646 pound catfish caught.  That’s a lot of sushi ...

06/30/05 • 04:17 PM • EnvironmentalFoodNature • No Comments

London Review of Books:

Where has all the money gone?  On the auditing of Iraq; get ready to be appalled.

06/30/05 • 01:57 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments


Scientists shed new light on the aging process.

06/30/05 • 11:55 AM • Health • No Comments

NY Times:

Vulnerability of Paris Library Gains Attention in France.  The Firestone Library on the Princeton University campus used to (I don’t know about now) have a special room for the most valuable tomes.  Watched constantly by an attendant by the door, I remember I had to sign for a book, and return it before leaving the room.  Keeping tabs isn’t especially hard, except with large volume of books ... so multiple rooms?  Just a thought.  Old volumes are a treasure, and worth extra protection.

06/30/05 • 11:44 AM • BooksHistory • No Comments


For heaven’s sake. Does this mean if I “quell” a rebellion, people who have lice might be offended?  I have a speech impediment, but I could care less if a person says their car stutters, or that they engage in stutter-steps ... why on earth should it offend me, unless I were jealously looking to be offended?

06/30/05 • 11:37 AM • HealthPsychology(2) Comments


Where belief is born.  I believe that weblogging is flexifying my beliefs, rather than the usual process of age-related hardening.

06/30/05 • 11:30 AM • HealthPhysical FitnessPsychologyWeblogs • No Comments


Rome didn’t fall in a day.  Just Germans?  No Sassanids?  They captured Emperor Valerian and used him as a human footstool from which to mount their horses.  I hope this review is just being brief, not exposing shallow research.

06/30/05 • 11:27 AM • BooksHistory • No Comments

NY Times:

Struggling to Keep the Band and Legend of Sun Ra Alive.  A friend once shared a Sun Ra wise observation with me: “I’m not interested in history.  That’s His-Story.  I’m interested mystery.  That’s My-Story.”

06/30/05 • 10:11 AM • HistoryMusic • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Science panel affirms cancer risks from very low radiation levels.  Notice not a single mention of depleted uranium, but I imagine this issue will surface rather soon (especially for military vets).  I wonder what my exposure was, back when Three Mile Island happened.  I was directly downwind, a couple hundred miles.  For all the talk of air quality ‘safety’ at the time, I wish we’d packed up and left.  I guess I’ll find out later in life.

06/30/05 • 10:01 AM • HealthScience1 Comment
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