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Princess Pride

by Ken Arnold on Mon 21 October 2013

This is making the rounds today: The body in an Etruscan tomb that had a spear turns out to gave been a woman. Also, the other body with the jewelry turns out to have been a man. A bit of background: The Etruscans were the major civilization on the Italian peninsula preceding the Romans. The […]

The Importance of Occasional Rightness

by Ken Arnold on Sat 12 October 2013

This article shows Peter Higgs to be a true scientist. He makes sure everyone gets their due credit, he is modest. But his last quote encapsulates a lot of what science is: It’s very nice to be right sometimes It is, isn’t it? This is what science is: Being right sometimes. Not always. New science […]

Obama’s Other Option

by Ken Arnold on Mon 30 September 2013

I have pointed out that the nation is on the horns of a trilemma about the upcoming debt ceiling vote. Henry Aaron points out that this puts Obama himself on the horns of a separate dilemma (a more ordinary beast, but still uncomfortable). In brief, his argument is this: The Constitution requires the president to […]

The Nation’s Trilemma

by Ken Arnold on Sat 28 September 2013

The Republicans have succeeded in getting us onto the horns of a trilemma. This is quite an achievement: Usually one ends up on the horns a mere dilemma, caught on the two horns of a bull. But the contortions of the Republicans around Obamacare have actually gotten us onto three horns of what must be […]

Bumbling Away from War

by Ken Arnold on Tue 17 September 2013

I’m in favor of the current thrust towards resolving the Syrian chemical weapons problem without war. If the disarmament can be made to work it is far preferable to an uncertain future after we kill more people by remote control in the Middle East. That said, I have to say I was stunned by how […]

Humanity Does Not Totally Suck

by Ken Arnold on Fri 13 September 2013

Tonight I walked out of a restaurant to find a mild rain. Considering I had left the top down on my Miata when I parked it, this wasn’t the best of news. The car is designed to handle some rain because, well, this kind of thing happens. Still, it isn’t a good idea, so I […]

Porn Kills Jobs

by Ken Arnold on Fri 6 September 2013

Actually, it seems like porn killed a lot of this month’s unemployment figures. It goes like this: Porn star tests positive for HIV. Porn film industry pretty much shuts down while they figure out if anyone else was/is infected. At just this moment, the U.S. Labor Dept. is collecting its unemployment statistics. They find a lot […]

You’ve Got This Hostage Thing Backwards, Man

by Ken Arnold on Mon 19 August 2013

At the risk of aiding the idiots attempting to take over the asylum, permit me to instruct the Republicans in basic hostage taking skills: If you threaten to kill someone’s child unless they blow something up, you at least have human nature on your side. Threatening to blow something up unless they kill their own […]

Perseids, O Perseids!

by Ken Arnold on Mon 12 August 2013

Last night we went to watch the Perseids meteor shower. The Boston metro area is quite densely suburbanized, so light pollution abounds. However, we found a parking lot off the road in a pretty good place and saw about twenty meteors. We are but flecks of flotsam on an endless sea of stars, and also the […]

Oh, Please, Please, Please… (or not)

by Ken Arnold on Tue 30 July 2013

Two interesting facts about the upcoming Senate race in Alaska: Former half-term governor Sarah Palin leads the Republican primary field Former half-term governor Sarah Palin trails the Democratic incumbent for the final race. So here’s a best case scenario: Palin runs, wins the primary, loses the general election. This means that we hold on to […]