Chew thoroughly and enjoy every mouthful.

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We confront serious problems here in the smoking remains of Trump’s United States. Fox, OANN, The Blaze and many other well-funded Regressive propaganda outlets are sewing falsehood and fear for the purpose of profit. Wealthy oil companies, like ExxonMobile, are buying Representatives and Senators in order to assure a continued world-threatening carbon glut. The Supreme Court has been curated by wealthy activists who make up rules as they go along in order to assure that they always…

Progressives must have the courage to fill the void.

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My mother had a good friend named June. In the 1970s, with the introduction of Ms. Magazine, my mother was experimenting with the use of the term “Ms.” since a woman’s marital status really should be irrelevant to any discussion of the person. June, however, was incensed. As a young boy, I listened as she drew deeply on her Newport Menthol and smokily denounced the new term.

I’m married and I worked hard to be married. I’m…

Does power corrupt or is it itself corruption?

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The Rights of Nature has entered my conscious attention because I had to address it as a proposal in an official capacity as a trustee of the town of Nederland, Colorado. As noted below, this is my opinion only. This is a very sincere and well-meaning attempt to address the fundamental problem of environmental degradation and, in assessing the proposal, I came to reconsider the nature of power. In this frame of understanding, it is essential to bequeath to Nature itself the rights that we assign to humans. …

Countering the Supreme Court’s Right-Wing strategy

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Before doing some research, I was convinced that there were grounds to impeach three Supreme Court justices. I believed that Roberts and Alito had issued incompetent decisions that were clearly beyond the evidence provided and that Thomas had put himself in a position of conflict of interest in several cases. These are not illegal per sé (go figure); but, they are not consistent with the Constitutionally established bar for a federal judge which is this:

The Judges…

Let’s tell a story in three parts.

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As I was describing a set of essays I was pondering, my spouse told me I was describing a triptych. An interesting notion, I thought; so, I present these three essays as a triptych (a tale in three parts). I present, therefore, what I see as two key weaknesses of Conservatism as practiced (the two outer panels) with an overarching center panel integrating the two concepts. Will this work? I leave it to my reader.

First, I present the whining, pitiful self-centered nature of Conservatism (the left-most panel) here:

Conservatism: A legacy of Whining

I present the fundamental preoccupation of…

There, but for the grace of God…

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When I worked at MediaNews Group, the company that owned the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers in the U.S., I went to work by bus from Nederland, Colorado to Denver. My final bus to work was the 16th Street Mall Ride. Sitting in the shuttle going from Union Station to Broadway, I watched as people would board and disembark. …

A centuries-long portfolio of perishing promise

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In 2019, I proposed that the word “conservative” was inappropriate for such reactionaries as Mitch McConnell, David Koch or Ted Cruz. A conservative, according to the definitions in most dictionaries, seeks to respect and conserve existing institutions and these individuals are seeking to destroy modern institutions. In Use Your Words, I suggested that a better term for these individuals would be “regressive”. While I still believe that we all benefit from using words based upon their actual dictionary definitions, I begin to wonder if the term “conservative” may actually be appropriate for the modern Republican. …

A centuries-long pedigree of pitiful

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Seeing oneself as a victim at the merest slight is traditional among Conservatives. In his autobiography, Karl Rove admits that he became a Conservative when he was beaten up by a nine-year-old girl who supported Kennedy and was repulsed by the Nixon sticker on his bike. The Conservative understanding of suffering is enigmatic at best. Case study after tedious case study reveals the pride shown by most Conservatives in their nearly super-human ability to suffer. This ability…

Good enough is, by definition, good enough.

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In the middle of the Twentieth Century, innovative industries went to great lengths in order to retain their employees for the duration of their working life. Companies like IBM, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell and Lockheed saw employee retention as paramount to their success. In order to promote this goal, these companies offered amenities like health insurance and bonuses, of course, but, we know that they sought long-term employee retention because of another benefit: the now-extinct pension. …

Every physical system has a resonant frequency.

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Spending some time in Bandon, Oregon, I find myself contemplating the nature of dynamic systems. I’m looking over the beautiful rocky coast and I watch in awe as the waves break against the wondrous jutting rock outcroppings of this rugged shore. Sitting quietly and counting the waves, I think about dynamic systems from the very tiny, such as the quartz movement of my watch, to the massive impenetrable glory of the ocean, a colossal system the frequency of which may be observed at its edge as waves.

Every object has a resonant frequency

Julian S. Taylor

Software engineer & author. Former Senior Staff Engineer w/ Sun Microsystems. Latest book: Famine in the Bullpen. See & hear at https://sockwood.com

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