Author Archives: Paul

Professional software engineer; enthusiast / advanced amateur photographer; (Apple) / Mac / iOS guy; partially omniscient, witty, tech geek; hooligan; user of 'adult language'; 37?!?; rock / blues / jazz fan; skeptic; and raconteur (...and ESRI).

There is no such thing as rock bottom for Trump. Assume the worst is yet to come.

George F. Will, in his regular column1 at The Washington Post: Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers. I hate when people use the word “real” to bolster, or, far more often, to discredit, e.g., “She’s not a real Christian,” or “He’s not a real Conservative.” Well, in this day and age when […]

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This is a Moment When Many People May Want Nothing More Than a Return to Normalcy

Tim Cook, in a memo to Apple employees in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Thursday, 25 May 2020, which understandably sparked demonstrations, some of which turned violent, across the nation: Team, Right now, there is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation […]

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George Carlin’s Birthday

George Carlin was born on this day in 1937. He is sorely missed. Carlin on religion: Because folks, I gotta tell ya, when it comes to bullshit, truly major-league bullshit, you have to stand back in awe — in awe of the all time heavyweight champion of false promises and exaggerated claims — religion — […]

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Remember when?

Oh how I long for the days when the so-called Conservatives were giving then-President Obama unmitigated hell over his handling, or supposed mishandling, of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. You remember that? Those were the days! There were 11 total cases in the United States — ELEVEN — and 2 deaths. Yeah, those were the days. […]

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Happy Cinco de Cuatro

Happy Cinco de Cuatro everyone! Source:

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Thursday 30th of April 2020

“Covid-19 coronavirus is still new to humans, so we don’t have as much immune protection built up against it — so the virus seems able to overcome summer-like weather and still cause big outbreaks.” –> Why summer likely won’t save us from the coronavirus Source:

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Happy Esther

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There’s No Hemming Johnny Cash into Any One Category

I’m finally getting around to watching Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns, and came across this absolute gem at the end of episode 5: That Spring [of 1968], Columbia released the Folsom Prison album to rave reviews. Commentators from every style of music now saw in him something they all could agree upon. “Talk […]

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Jared Kushner Has Succeeded at Exactly Three Things in His Life.

Michelle Goldberg at the paper of record: Kushner has succeeded at exactly three things in his life. He was born to the right parents, married well and learned how to influence his father-in-law. Most of his other endeavors — his biggest real estate deal, his foray into newspaper ownership, his attempt to broker a peace […]

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DownBeat: In Memoriam: Ellis Marsalis (1934–2020)

DownBeat Magazine: Pianist Ellis Marsalis, the head of a New Orleans family that significantly impacted how jazz is seen and heard across the world, died Wednesday. He was 85. The elder Marsalis reportedly suffered COVID-19 symptoms and was awaiting test results. “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when […]

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