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Going Fourth

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America WHEN IN THE Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another… (We … Continue reading

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Gerry Mander for president

It’s hard to say exactly when American democracy died. But June 27th, 2019 might be remembered as the day the U.S. Supreme Court drove a stake in its chest to make damned sure it stayed dead. In an ideologically split, … Continue reading

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For the arts – challenge yourself

How about this? Hats off to artist Denise Cerro and her band of merry creators, for their revolving assemblage challenge (and many bonus points awarded for their use of recycled materials). Does this not inspire? You don’t have to think … Continue reading

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To impeach, or not to impeach?

Are we barreling toward the impeachment of a president? Should we be? Impeachment is, as intended in our constitutional charter, the heavy artillery of checks and balances. It’s an unwieldy process by design: a simple majority vote in the House … Continue reading

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RIP Tim Conway (Dec. 15 1933 – May 14 2019)

. This one hurts. Tim Conway hailed from my neck of the woods, got his start on local TV, and was a fixture on the comedy and variety shows that anchored TV in the seventies and eighties. He was one … Continue reading

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RIP Doris Day (April 3 1922 – May 13 2019)

A genuine legend passed away today. Doris Day died at home in California, aged 97 years, having recently suffered a serious case of pneumonia. Singer, actor, activist—she was not only one of our last veterans of Hollywood’s golden years, she … Continue reading

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No clean hands: the Bill Barr mess

One of the most important legal precedents in American political history is the United States v. John N. Mitchell. In the aftermath of Watergate, our 67th Attorney General was charged, tried, and found guilty of perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of … Continue reading

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Election 2020 – let the handicapping begin

It’s never too early for electoral predictions, and the 2020 presidential election is just 19 months away. Let’s go on the record with a Deconstruction of political prognostications…. While most are keeping a sharp eye on the bloated slate of … Continue reading

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C’est une tragédie

What a heart-wrenching loss for Paris, for France, and for the world.

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Here’s what’s going on

I said hey. What’s going on?

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The art of eternal employment

Lifetime guaranteed employment sounds like a concept from an earlier age, or perhaps something that never existed at all. How about eternal, self-perpetuating employment? Economists can argue whether such a thing could ever be possible (economists argue about everything, you … Continue reading

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When the going gets tough, the snowflakes sue

It’s really quite impressive how many of us can go around with a copy of the U.S. Constitution in our hip pocket, yet still have no idea what it does and does not say. Case in point: artist and Trump … Continue reading

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The web at 30

The World Wide Web is celebrating a birthday today. Actually, on this date in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee (now Sir Tim, thank you very much) outlined a somewhat vague proposal for a new electronic information-sharing protocol. But seeing as how the … Continue reading

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AI-generated art as an economic commentary

Imagine if you will an algorithm, an AI, employed in the creation of chimerical floral forms—all as a dual exegesis on one of the world’s first economic bubbles, and one of its most recent. And if that’s all too heady … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the art and spectacle of Ivanka Vacuuming

Performance art can be a challenge to interpret. By its very nature it represents a forfeiture of control—by relocating the creative process from the studio to the stage, and by producing and reproducing iterative art before a mutable audience, the … Continue reading

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