It is brutal, damaging and untrue
Condolences to Dustbury on the loss of his brother James, his last sibling
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The root of all cruelty?
Travel is fatal to prejudice
Why does the Right hate victims?
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Corruption, Not Russia, Is His Greatest Political Liability
His long-term effect on American democracy: How worried should we be?
The Crime-Fraud Exception in the Michael Cohen Case
What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence is Everywhere?
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Congress, Not Amazon, Messed Up the Post Office
the beautiful human gumbo
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOUR
Steven Bochco, RIP; a retrospective – I loved many of these shows
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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oprah’s Full Chat from SUPER SOUL SUNDAY
Kickstarter: From the nifty historical fiction Silent Scream #1 THE TRUST BOOK ONE: SILENT SCREAM ISSUE 2 – Dennis Webster, Bill Anderson, Gabriel Rearte and Laurie E. Smith
Mark Waid tells a new Captain America story with original artwork from Jack Kirby!
Top 37 Parks To Visit Before You Die
After 40 years, Wendy and Richard Pini finish ‘Elfquest,’ the ‘first American manga,’ and go on fanquest
Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman
Seth Meyers’ great “desk story”
A Weird and Beautiful Sports Story
150th anniversary of Little Women
On Punctuality (John) v. How to Stop Being Late Forever (Hank)
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How Overdue Parking Tickets Took Over an Innocent Person’s Life and The Therapeutic Value of a Not-Quite-Flying Pig and The Race to Determine the Fastest Man Alive and Why You Can’t Steal First Base and Why You Shouldn’t Eat Those “Do Not Eat” Packets and The Elevator Light That’s a Total Gas
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Found Tonight – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt
Listen to the Music – Playing for Change
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Oriental Rhapsody – Alexander Glazunov
Stephen Hawking Picks the Music (and One Novel) He’d Spend Eternity With: Stream the Playlist Online
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Never tell someone they can’t sing – it is brutal, damaging and untrue
The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter
Do Not Lose Heart; We Were Made for These Times
On earth as it is in heaven: Why Jesus didn’t call his followers to be safe
The Gaslight Zone,
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
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Can We Get Real About Opioids? and Opioids, My Mom’s Death, and Why People Trust Science Less
How my daughter died from a simple case of flu
The Perception of Liberal Bias in the Newsroom Has Nothing Whatsoever to Do With Reality
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Killing the Church with Sunday School
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I wrote about
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I keep seeing references to crushed Doritos in recipes, e.g. replacing bread crumbs on fried chicken, or as the crust for mac and cheese. Have YOU used them?
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Back in June 1980,
the legendary Chuck Berry performed in the little village of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
K-Chuck Radio: Music to help pretty plants grow
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Thanks to the VCR, I believe I missed but one episode.
From all the news segments, I knew that Star Trek turns 50 today. Yet I was going to let the anniversary pass, even though I really liked the piece on CBS Sunday Morning, where, I discovered, reporter Faith Salie appeared on Deep Space Nine.
But what tipped the tide was turning on the TV on Labor Day, and there was someone who looked a whole lot like Nichelle Nichols, Uhura on the original Star Trek, on
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I really like a good Second Act story, and the George Takei narrative is that.
Chris is mixing it up! “It’s not really a traditional style ‘Ask Roger Anything’ question, but can you do a post on George Takei?”
To be honest, when you asked the question, I didn’t have all that much to say. Subsequently, there’s been a bit more.
Let me start with the original Star Trek (1966-1969). I was not a big fan, but my father was.
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