Why Bernie’s Still Losing

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About a month and a half ago, I wrote a post about why Bernie Sanders was losing the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. Since then, Sanders has done much better in various state primaries, and has closed Clinton’s delegate lead from 24% to 10%. Nevertheless, his chances of winning are much lower now than they were then, because there aren’t many more delegates up for grabs. … [more]

Why Bernie’s Losing

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The answer is both simple and hopeful

Unfortunately, it’s looking like Bernie Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination. Or if he does, it will only be through a miraculous turnaround in how Democratic voters have been casting their ballots so far. (Perhaps in combination with a number of superdelegates switching their endorsements.)

Here’s the scope of the challenge:

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Against Certainty

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I have lots of friends who are very committed to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, and their zeal has me feeling optimistic about the future of the Democratic party. Whoever wins the nomination is going to have an army of near-fanatics at their service, and I’m excited about the possible VPs each might select. I’m also looking forward to the next meaningful primary cycle four or eight years from now, when I suspect we’ll have even better candidates to choose from — Hello, Elizabeth Warren!… [more]

My thoughts on “A Birthday Cake For George Washington”

This is my review of the recently recalled picture book, A Birthday Cake For George Washington. For those who haven’t seen it and will now be unable to obtain it, here’s my page by page synopsis of the book with excerpts from the text and tiny, super low resolution thumbnails of the interior pages.

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Objects in Space

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photo by Bill Young (CC BY 2.0)

I went out to see the full lunar eclipse tonight. Here on the West coast, the Moon was suppose to rise in time for us to see the whole nearly hour and a half of its full eclipse, but where I was, the Oakland hills and a thin layer of hazy cloud cover kept it out of sight for over an hour.  … [more]

Pink Elephant Tusks?

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This image, and the idea of dyeing elephant tusks to destroy their value to poachers, has been floating around the Internet lately, sometimes presented as an idea that we should pursue, but more often being presented as something already being done. I looked into this and, unfortunately, it’s not something that’s being done right now, and worse, it might not be feasible at all.… [more]

One small step

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I spent an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art when I was in New York earlier this week and almost literally stumbled on a new way of looking at paintings that had a remarkable effect on my experience with many of the paintings I saw that day.

Here’s what you do:

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