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Rebuilding our broken air travel system, part I: Stop monetizing the misery of passengers!

I traveled a lot this summer. Between two research trips and a jaunt to the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, I calculated that I flew 16,832 miles this summer. … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Five summers worse than 2014: An answer to The Daily Beast.

I read a lot of news/politics sites, and one of them, although I don’t agree with it a lot of the time, is The Daily Beast. A few days ago … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Chief checks out: the history of Presidential vacations.

It’s August, and the political chattering class–never very mature to begin with–have, in their lack of interest in any substantive matters, spilled a lot of magnetic ink over President Obama’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Starfish: the next victims of climate change.

When I was on vacation not long ago, I visited the Oregon Coast with members of my family. For many years we’ve made a retreat at Yachats, near Newport on … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is wrong–as a matter of faith.

I don’t often comment on news or current events on this blog, though I have done so a few times. This blog is primarily about history, writing, and things that … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

“Proud to Be”: the devastating ad that challenges the racist Washington football mascot. [video]

This TV spot, paid for by the National Congress of American Indians, is going to air during the NBA playoffs. It is one of the most moving–and devastating–video spots I’ve … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 14th Amendment triumphs again! Marriage equality comes to Oregon.

Minutes ago, a United States District Court in Eugene, Oregon, where I live, issued a ruling striking down the amendment to Oregon’s state constitution, passed in 2004, defining marriage as … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

You say you want a revolution: how revolutions do (and don’t) work in the real world.

Today a very silly thing happened in Washington, D.C. A group–no one is sure quite how many–of “patriots,” most identifying with the far-right-wing “Tea Party” movement in American politics, protested … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

End the excuses: an academic’s views on campus rape.

I study, work and teach on a campus with a rape problem. This week on the campus where I’m a Ph.D. student and GTF (Graduate Teaching Fellow), a scandal erupted … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

For God’s sake, sit down and lower your voice!: the death of moderate opinion.

It’s Friday evening and I’ve got another philosophical post for you. Yesterday I was browsing some of the political news sites I frequent–of which there are many–and came across this … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

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