Monthly Archives: March 2017

Andrew Tobias: The Thrice-Stayed 90-Day Travel Ban is Now Moot

RECOMMENDED READING: Andrew Tobias: Agree? Disagree? Discuss.  2. The thrice-stayed 90-day travel ban is now moot.  It was designed to keep the bad hombres from flooding in while we did an emergency assessment of the current 18-to-24-month vetting system to see whether it was … Continue reading

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We don’t eat enough fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables, and we eat too much salt and processed meat.

Michael Gregor: How Many Meet the Simple Seven? (Nutritionfacts.org; YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky2uZfINSyA Michael Greger, M.D.: The Five Most Important Dietary Tweaks (Nutritionfacts.org) According to the Global Burden of Disease study, the worst five things about our diet are: we don’t eat … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 24 Retelling — Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith

Chapter 24: Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith Beatrice said to the lights, “O saved souls who feast at the banquet, help this man. With God’s grace give him a few crumbs that fall from the table. Consider his … Continue reading

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Long-Term Medicare Spending Projections have Fallen Dramatically

RECOMMENDED READING: Harry Stein and Alex Rowell: New Data Deliver Good News for Health Care and Bad News for Speaker Ryan’s Tax Reform Plan (Center for American Progress) The projected costs of federal health care programs have fallen dramatically since … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 23 Retelling — Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints

Chapter 23: Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints A mother bird will eagerly await dawn so that she can go forth and find food for her nestlings — this is a task that she joyfully performs. Much like that, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 22 Retelling — Saturn — Saint Benedict

Chapter 22: Saturn — Saint Benedict Shocked by the cry of the souls, Dante turned toward Beatrice the way a little boy runs to his mother when he is startled. Beatrice calmed Dante just like a mother would calm a … Continue reading

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“If you burned every poem on the planet and you wiped every poem from every human mind, you would have poetry again by tomorrow afternoon.” — Don Paterson

RECOMMENDED READING Garrison Keillor: The Secret Delight of Poetry (Washington Post) Poets get the girl. Football heroes get concussions or need hip replacements. My classmates who played football are walking with canes and moaning when they sit down, and they … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan: ‘We’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people’

Paul Ryan: ‘We’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people’ (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT3Px11xN-0 RECOMMENDED READING: Lindy West: America has never seen a party less caring than 21st-century Republicans (Guardian) We pay our elected … Continue reading

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Angela Clayton: Progress Report

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. In fact, I think this six-week absence may be the longest I’ve ever gone without posting on this blog. That wasn’t intentional, and I didn’t realize quite how long it … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 21 Retelling — Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian

Chapter 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian Dante looked at Beatrice. Beatrice did not smile. She explained, “Were I to smile in this new Sphere — Saturn — you would be incinerated because you are not yet able … Continue reading

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