Saturday, December 26, 2015

8th annual Christmas Day fetch competition

2008: Brooklyn 5, Manhattan 4
2009: Manhattan 5, Westchester 4, Brooklyn 1
2008: Brooklyn 5, Manhattan 4
2007: Manhattan 4, Brooklyn 3
2011? Connecticut? CT 5, Manhattan 2, Westchester 2, Brooklyn 1
2012: forgot to hold competition
2013: Brooklyn 4, Manhattan 3, Up there (Westchester & CT), 1
2014: CT 2, Brooklyn 1

2015: Manhattan 3, Brooklyn 1

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Was local government designed by a maniac who hated the residents?

In response to gun violence, two upstate New York sheriffs call for more people to walk around with guns. Let me explain why I think people who are charged with protecting public safety would advocate something that will make everyone more unsafe. "Responsible" offices does not mean "rational" policies. Not at all. Not here anyway.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Phlogiston Podcast and other audio links

I have a new podcast: here.

My old audio uploads are still here. This includes audio of meetings with the DA, complete, etc. Lots of raw audio.

You can here many years of audio here. Here is an album that is not in that list from 2005.

Here is where I will and have posted info on the book I'm doing about Pazzis Sureda.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

No Dinosaur Courts: amendment to end life time tenure of federal judges

Imagine a supreme court appointed by Woodrow Wilson, a confirmed racist. That is something we should imagine because such a gap between the court and the society at large is inevitable. Democracy demands we limit the terms of federal judges. We can do it now with a constitutional amendment or we can wait until the supreme court become intolerable and has to be undermined more completely in another way. We need to tame the court to save it.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

diamonds on the sidewalk

The propensity in the human mind to not see diamonds on the sidewalk where a diamond should not be, is not supposed to be, and on the rare occasion when it is there, right where is is not supposed to be, so, obviously, is are not there... and it gets kicked to the curb. Happens every day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

le pen v mujica

Trump is a nativist, unpredictable, egomaniac wild card, more like Le Pen than anyone in American history. Sanders maybe a bit like Pepe Mujica of Uruguay.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Frogs out!

They are here!

Every year I note the night the peepers, frogs, come out. It's a very clear marker of spring, as all the frogs come out at once -- once one male frog starts singing for a mate, the others come right out and join in so it goes from quiet one night to loud the next night. It is loud right now.

Although it seems like this has been an endless winter, in fact, the frogs came out later last year. 

Here are 8 years of first nights.

2015: April 3
2014: April 6
2013: March 30
2012: March 12
2011: March 17
2010: March 19
2009: March 27
2008: April 1