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Back from the debates.

Rather accidentally, I discovered that the first presidential debate was tonight. I watched it in the Reading Room in “Buswell Library”: I’d been hoping to catch them, as I really wanted to see Bush and Kerry speaking extemporaneously, without the usual amount of scripting that accompanies most of their other appearances. It [...]

Worlds of our own making.

An article over at the Belmont Club has got me thinking. Over the past four years, I feel like I’ve been living in another world from half of the population of this country. I could be blunt, and label their half “liberal” and my half “conservative”, or theirs “left” and mine “right” and [...]

The future is more less extreme than you think.

Back in April I came up with a list of “possibilities” for the Fall. Here’s a quick summary of how it’s developing:

Sea-kayak across the Bering Strait. Need to learn to kayak first. Corner the market in pork. Still trying to find a broker who won’t laugh at me. Walk across the country. Maybe later. Memorize War & [...]

A voice of reason in the UN.

Interesting article at the top of the stack on Google News in the World Press Review, by Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations’ former High Commissioner for Human Rights, entitled “Making the United Nations Function.” An excerpt:

A sign of the political failure of our time, such episodes show the lack of understanding [...]

The future

“The future’s shrouded terror lurks / beneath the seen and heard; its visage casts / all shadows, its soft tread the night disturbs.” I wrote that last semester sometime, and those words are coming back to, quite literally, haunt me now. My summer is accounted for, at HoneyRock, but after that, then what?

Steve and [...]