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The birds of Clewiston

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Photos taken near Coot Bay on Lake Okeechobee, near Clewiston, Florida. I could hear the coots, but they were too far away to photograph.
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Modern speech

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

It seems to me that post-WW1, we went on an industrialized bender in which efficiency was master, and it so overwhelmed our speech that our thinking is imperiled.
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Virginia: Not for squirrels, either

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Did heavy rainfall in May prevent Virginia’s oak and hickory trees from pollinating and producing nuts?
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Virginia is not for birds

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Have you ever heard of global climate change? Peak oil? Virginia’s government leaders apparently have not.
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Obama’s (non) starting gun

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

President-elect Obama’s transition team is requiring would-be members of his administration to fill out a seven-page questionnaire. One question bothers me.
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Sweet deal for U.S. Sugar

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In June, Florida governor Charlie Crist (R) announced a deal to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee, so the lake could be reconnected to the Everglades. At the time I mentioned the huge cost of rehabilitating the land. Now the deal has changed again, and I think Florida will be the loser.
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Are we progressive yet?

Friday, November 7th, 2008

While the Left celebrates Obama’s victory, many on the Right foresee disaster. I think they’re both wrong.
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McCain’s concession

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

McCain’s concession speech brought back the old John McCain, the one we could respect. A pity his campaign didn’t reflect that one. It was hard to reconcile his promise to “reach across the aisle” with the fear-baiting rhetoric, especially from Sarah Palin and the last-minute TV ads.

The newspapers and pundits are offering all sorts of dreamy reasons for Obama’s victory. More to the point, I see the reasons as:

  1. Obama outspent McCain by a large margin
  2. McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin
  3. The Wall Street crash

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The Good, The Mad and the Ugly

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Sarah’s not the only Pit Bull out there in (shrinking) Red State-land. Are Obama supporters generally happier (or at least less angry) than McCain supporters?
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The Dilbert poll

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Scott Adams, author of the comic strip Dilbert, commissioned a poll of 500 economists to determine which major candidate would be best for the economy. I have some questions and concerns about the results.
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