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August 14th, 2014

Don't shame Obama's vacation

    Sitting on a deck chair on the family-friendly boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, typing into my digital tablet, I am wondering why people are giving President Obama such a hard time for taking a vacation.

    I can understand why citizens would be upset if, say, a big-city mayor didn't rush home from a tropical paradise to oversee reaction to a mid-winter blizzard.

Don't Dismiss the Humanities

    What use could the humanities be in a digital age?

    University students focusing on the humanities may end up, at least in their parents' nightmares, as dog-walkers for those majoring in computer science. But, for me, the humanities are not only relevant but also give us a toolbox to think seriously about ourselves and the world.

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Climate Change Deniers Resort To Character Attacks

    Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental principle of physics.

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A Ticket to Sarah Palin’s Funhouse

    I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for “Goofiest Politicos in America.”

    But now, a former winner has surged from obscurity to become the frontrunner. Yes, folks, Sarah Palin is back.

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A darker cloud falls over Nixon

    In the flurry of new books on the Nixon tapes, another allegation worse than Watergate against the late president has been revisited by a researcher at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia, reviving charges of a possible treasonous act by Richard Nixon during the Vietnam war.

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Who Cares What Ideology Drives the High-Speed Train?

    In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Two very different ways to fund high-speed rail, but they have one thing in common. They bypass the thousand-car pileup that is Washington politics.

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What's Next With Hillary?

    Well, let's hope that's over.

    President Barack Obama was in Martha's Vineyard, playing golf. Hillary Clinton arrived, ready to sign books. They were headed for the same birthday party where, a Clinton aide said, they intended to "hug it out." Peace was declared. Extraordinary! You would think they were both professional politicians.

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Profitability and social responsibility – an incompatibility?

    The name is New Belgium, and if you’re a beer drinker, most likely you are familiar.  It started 23 years ago in Jeff Lebesch’s basement in Fort Collins, Colo. Now, with Fat Tire its most popular label, it’s the nation’s eighth-largest brewery.

    It’s also one of the most socially responsible corporations in America.

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Juking the Job Stats

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It's the Loyalty, Stupid

    I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts.

    In 1993, when he played a prim British nanny in "Mrs. Doubtfire," I went to interview him at his Pacific Heights house.

    "It's great to be this blue-mouthed old lady hitting on somebody," he said, in his character's soft Scottish burr, "opening your blouse and saying, 'What about these? Behold my dirty pillows, my fun bags. Come nurse at the fountain of bliss.'"

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