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Two-thirds of the acreage burned in California is on federal lands and not within the purview of state officials. Two major fires combined to burn more than 150 square miles in Sequoia National Park, … more
This all may have been reflected in the mistake I made, perhaps subliminally, in the heading of last week’s blog when I referred to “CORVID-19” rather than COVID-19. My … more
There was a story Friday morning about Merkel that appeared in ‘the New York Times—possibly critical of Merkel’s dealing with Russia in an almost-completed (94%) pipeline project. … more
For this year’s 4th of July celebration, my wife and I took a COVID-19 backpacking getaway, my first backpacking trip in about 500 years. I’ve gone day hiking numerous times in exotic … more
Our fear is both real and rational, of course. But Donald’s greatest fear throughout the violence gripping our nation—all that matters to him—is that the public be kept somewhat in … more
John R. Lewis was an American statesman and civil rights leader who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from Jan. 3, 1987, until his death July … more
And, of course, Donald claimed—totally without evidence—that any all-mail ballot would be “rigged.” He said: “The mailmen are gonna get ‘em and people are just … more
MEANWHILE, that was just a passing little bit that caught my eye Monday. Later in the day came the familiar old TV image we’ve had of Trump in front of a microphone . . . giving his endless … more
It’s been very windy this evening. It’s windy pretty much every evening. In fact, I’d bet it’s been windy almost every evening since the first humans spent a night in Port … more
Donald Trump is throwing out desperate distractions in all directions these days, disclaiming knowledge or responsibility where necessary . . . and already is building the framework of a … more
Going one step beyond to the real scheme of things, involving the possible loss of another 35- or 40,000 American lives before election day, is the continuing Republican battle to keep voters away … more
I can hear them grow at night. They wait until the lights are out and, like serpents, they slowly slither their way through the fence and into the garden. Into the yard. Up through the bricks in the … more
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