Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

Category: Gun Control, Hate Crime, US Domestic Issues, US Foreign Policy, War on Terror

I’ve held off commenting or posting anything about this week’s shooting in Chapel Hill because I really wanted to try not to rush to judgement.  I’ve been hoping for some clarity, that some greater theme would emerge, or that this tragedy would somehow make some sort of sense… There is no sense to be made of this.  Deah Barakat, Yusor …

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Epsilon Eridani

Category: Science, Space, Writing

My great great-grandfather was the last person in our family to stand on Earth.  As an only child with no surviving family, he left the planet after spending 18 months on the moon preparing for the great journey to Mars.  After a brief stint on the red planet, he was stationed on Deimos during colonization. He retired from Exploratory after …

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Category: Gun Control, Racism, US Domestic Issues

Here’s 10 resolutions for our country that I hope we can all get behind. 1. Let’s at least admit that White Privilege is a thing, and let’s admit that we do not live in a post-racist society.  We can’t put “post” on it until racism is over. 2. Let’s admit that climate change is a thing, that it is happening, …

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Category: 1960's, 1970's, 2000's, Christmas, Music, Rock

It’s that time again, folks.  Daylight is getting scarce, and so is patience.  Paychecks are tight, and there’s not enough time. Yet, it’s one of the best times of year.  We put our lights on.  We celebrate.  We indulge.  We give each other things.  It’s in that spirit that I present you with this mix, which I’m dubbing “Psychedelic Solstice.” …

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Ferguson, MO

Category: Racism

Ferguson.

What’s happening in Ferguson doesn’t change anything.  It doesn’t change anything because we still have a problem. Take Ferguson out of the equation – pretend for a moment Michael Brown was never shot – and we still have an American history full of racism and inequality.  There would still be Watts, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, and too many others.  It’s …

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