Wakescape

September 9, 2016

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There’s some kind of leak between my dreams and my so-called reality. It used to be one way, the normal way: bits and pieces of my life show up randomly in dreams. You know, your dog is in your dream, giving you advice, and she’s also your mother. But ever since April 13th, dream-stuff has been appearing in my waking world. For example, as I am writing this, I’m sitting in a café in Vermont, and on the chalk-written menu is raisin-flavored kombucha. Yes, Vermont is full of the hippy probiotic drink kombucha. But nobody really makes raison-flavored kombucha. It’s something I dreamed last night, along with the kombucha-flavored, vegan, raw chocolate cream pie, which I just noticed is also on display here in this café. It makes me wonder what else I’m seeing that I forget I dreamed up.

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The Problem with the War on Terror

April 29, 2014

The problem with the “War on Terror” is that it’s not. It’s not a war on terror, it’s a war on terrorists. It’s the easy way out – attacking people instead of problems. As we kill person after person, we can claim victory after victory without ever winning anything. The war becomes self-perpetuating, even allowing the use of terrorism in fighting terrorists. As the war kills enemies, it creates enemies, which creates more terrorism. Thus the war acts as a living being, ensuring its own survival.

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Words Don’t Lie! Romney and Obama Revealed!

November 4, 2012

Hi Citizens,

Before those of you who are eligible cast your indirect vote for US President (I hope all of you have come to know your state electors well, since your vote just technically authorizes them to vote on your behalf) it’s important to really know the candidates. Yes, you can look at position papers, voting history and party platforms, but it’s much more revealing (and fun) to see what their very names tell us.

Let’s start with President Obama:

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Ends and Odds

February 27, 2011

Here are even more oddities about the English language:

  • Why do we say, “even and odd,” but when it comes to ends and odds the odds go first?
  • Please stop saying, “but yet.” But and yet mean the same thing. Try, “and yet,” or just, “but.”
  • Here’s an old classic that recently reared its nonsensical head: “Irregardless.” It generally suffices to say, “regardless,” unless you are  trying to negate the negative and come up with an adverb form of regard.
  • “Same difference”: Huh?
  • How about didgeridon’ts for those who don’t like didgeridoos?* Read the rest of this entry »

Proud Conservatives Vs. Embarrassed Liberals

June 24, 2010

In U.S. politics, we like to believe that everything is balanced; if the Republicans are doing something bad, the Democrats must be doing it too. Outside of the extremely partisan, news commentators will generally be sure to mention that if there is corruption on one side of the aisle then the other side must be up to some dirty tricks as well. If they don’t express that assumption, they fear they may sound biased, and I think that viewers feel more comfortable with the idea that politicians are all tainted regardless of their party affiliation. Read the rest of this entry »


New Political Jargon

December 1, 2009

When politics gets boring, it’s time to come up with new political jargon. Here are my suggestions:

Politics

from poly (multiple) + tics (involuntary twitches); the spasms that people exhibit when their actions conflict with their values

Talibanter

the light banter that Taliban fighters engage in on their off time Read the rest of this entry »


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