Perspective
Apr04

Perspective

Just take a moment and remember the day when it was beneath the dignity of the President of the US to use belittling language and name calling about anyone. There’s a book called “The No Asshole Rule” about difficult bosses in the workplace, and it clarifies that no amount of apparent success in some aspects of the job compensates for pettiness, cruelty, hurtful spech and yes, sexual harassment in the workplace. Similarly, no amount...

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The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead
Mar15

The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead

Allaahummaghfir li (New Zealand deaths) warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Al molay rachamim, shochayn bam’romim, ham-tzay m’nucha n’chona al kanfay Hash’china, b’ma-alot k’doshim...

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Michael W. Barnard
Feb27

Michael W. Barnard

One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV work that she couldn’t walk out in public alone, but enjoyed a quiet anonymity on campus. A more recent arrival (though it has been few years) is Michael W. Barnard,...

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Freedom
Feb09

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The “dang” to communism’s damn. After all, Marxism/Communism/Socialism are not, in essence, ideas with bad intent, anymore than religions are, in principle, licenses to...

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Long overdue
Jan11

Long overdue

While I don’t advocate marijuana use as a recipe for mental clarity, the indulgent “everybody drinks” attitude toward alcohol versus the draconian policies in the marijuana area continue to institutionalize the inequity and hypocrisy of a flawed majority versus a “let-us-alone” minority. Prohibition of alcohol clearly didn’t work, in that it criminalized a common behavior and drove delivery and production into the hands of shady...

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