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2021-10-25 14:00
I posted a non-takedown obit to Southwestern and mountaineering writer David Roberts two months ago. But ... while still not wanting to do a takedown, thought that Roberts' writing about the… Read More
St. Anthony Of Fauci Gets Butt-hurt Again
2021-10-18 14:00
He claims that people who disagree with him are rejecting "data and science" and are "conspiracy theorists."Not all of us, you butt-hurt bureaucrat.Let's see.You're the guy who:1. Told a Pla… Read More
2021-10-11 14:00
Some thoughts here, about the reality of American Indian lives, via The Conversation.At the same time? More thoughts here, here, and here, largely focusing on High Country News' "wrongful wo… Read More
2021-10-09 15:01
As I do every quarter, I have a brief list of blogroll changes. Not all items that get dumped from the blogroll vanish. Some may still be on the links list, but got deblogrolled. Others, tho… Read More
2021-10-08 13:30
I had intended a longer post about how special Shohei Ohtani's 2021 season was compared to some past breakouts.But, that's been delayed two weeks for a special shorter post.This is an update… Read More
2021-10-06 15:26
"Congrats" to COVID anti-vaxxers, AND to public health wingnuts including everybody from Trumpists to Glenn Greenwald! Coronavirus has killed more people in the US this year than last year.M… Read More
2021-10-06 14:04
This is an extended version of my Goodreads review of his new book "Shutdown," along with an essay of his I found at Noema Magazine about how China dodged the early post-USSR Russian implosi… Read More
2021-10-04 14:00
This great longform piece explains why commercial lab meat, cultured meat, whatever term you use, is NOT coming to your dinner plate at an affordable price by 2030 and probably by 2050.I had… Read More
2021-09-30 18:50
How bad is COVID in Texas schools? The Trib says that cases for the new school year have already topped all of last year. More ammo for superintendents in their battles against Strangeabbo… Read More
CIA Wanted To Kidnap Or Assassinate Assange
2021-09-26 16:53
Michael Isikoff and two co-authors have some breaking news at Yahoo News.Under Mike Pompeo's reign, the Trump-era CIA was so infuriated at the Vault 7 leaks by Wikileaks (remember, they didn… Read More
2021-09-13 14:00
That's my biggest takeaway from the latest "Should R.F. O'Rourke run?" piece.Strangeabbott's continued relatively high poll ratings perplex me. A Jesuitical hair-splitter with a perpetually… Read More
2021-09-10 14:00
That header question is the focus of Ed Yong's latest in The Atlantic. He also talks about just what symptoms may, or may not, define it; how much, or how little, many doctors may actually k… Read More
2021-09-08 17:58
This is as of Sept. 2. Not all blog posts are from August.Top blogging?The alleged fraud of Dan Ariely. No. 2? My personalized "Texas Progressives" take on Texas media pulling punches on cli… Read More
Jim Schutze Is Back, Sort Of
2021-09-08 14:56
Schutze, the cop-loving, union-hating, not-so-liberal curmudgeon of Dallas Observer fame, followed by a cup of coffee at D Mag that lasted less than six months and expired more than six mont… Read More
2021-09-03 14:30
I've said that more than once, mainly on the growth of Hispanics here in Texas, to Texas Democratic voters, and even more the Texas Democratic Party and jefe Gilberto Hinojosa, who somehow r… Read More
2021-09-02 14:27
Friendly reminder that Labor Day inspired to some degree modern May Day celebrations in Europe, but no May Day here; Labor Day was also started by the capitalist class to co-opt that hated s… Read More
2021-08-31 18:33
The biggie here in Tex-ass? Last week, Kenny Boy Paxton admitted in legal pleadings that his office cannot and will not enforce Abbott's GA-38 banning masks, and Harris County's county attor… Read More
2021-08-30 14:18
Who killed Cock Robin?I, said the wingnut.With coughing mouth,And sneezing nose,Without a mask,Or a jab,I killed Cock Robin.Who killed Cock Robin?I, said the gov'ner.I, DeSatan, andI, Strang… Read More
Dan Ariely, Alleged Fraudster
2021-08-24 20:43
I've read several books by Dan Ariely, and came to appreciate him as the seeming dean of a younger generation of behavioral psychology researchers, standing on the shoulders of giants like h… Read More
A Sad RIP To David Roberts
2021-08-24 13:06
I had read about his initial throat cancer diagnosis, and his energy-sapped recovery. I had read about people criticizing him on his first trip to the Southwest after that, talking about him… Read More
2021-08-11 14:22
As most Texas school districts start school this week (and why don't we have a 200-day school year like most advanced nations? It's reason No. 1 the education gap between our kids and theirs… Read More
2021-08-09 14:00
Shit, I hadn't even heard of the book with that name until this Mondoweiss piece.And, no, unlike "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," it's not a Poe. It's by an early 1900s hardcore Zionis… Read More
Texas Progressives: Bits And Pieces
2021-08-03 14:00
Kel Seliger, one of the few Texas Senate Republicans not a Danny Goeb, or Strangeabbott, toady, says that (as it looks like this issue could put the state in a pickle) that Abbott's veto of… Read More
2021-07-29 14:00
Not a heavy week on the Roundup, but it's summertime. Relax!TexasChris Tomlinson discusses his co-authored book, "Forget the Alamo," and what he sees as a possible longer-term playout of pre… Read More
A Little Richard D. Wolff Goes A LONG Ways
2021-07-26 14:00
I get a laugh from Marxians (excuse me, not "Marxist") like Richard D. Wolff who "can't be bothered" to mention The Cultural Revolution or Great Leap Forward when discussing China's putativ… Read More

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