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Noodlings

An Update About This Site Wow! An update! Hmmm…. pretty nice space here. Haven’t seen it for awhile. Things have been… thinging. Anyhow, I’m getting ready for a major remodel around here. Not going to change the engine much, but I’m going to focus this website on 101 level explanations of civics concepts and psychological and sociological concepts, tied into whatever is happening in the world. So, sort of  a lens to help people understand current events. I am a progressive Democrat and a college graduate, and I will be talking from that perspective, but one of my primary focuses

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In the world

What is left out of the news matters. On January 13, 2016, A bombing that Daesh took “credit” for killed seven people in Jakarta, Indonesia. CNN’s headline when I first checked read “Blast, Shootouts at Jakarta Starbucks”. For the average reader, this does not indicate a terrorist attack, but a squabble over lattes that got deadly. The next morning, the BBC reported that four of the five perpetrators of the attack had been identified, and that all five had died in the blast. CNN had no followup report. The BBC report tells us two things 1) that all of the

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Noodlings

Today is, yet again, “pretend we are going to win the lottery” day. At best, only a handful of people will do so, and almost certainly, the vast mega prize (800 million at last count) will be split, but it’s a mind boggling idea, and there is a chance, no matter how slim, that anyone with 2 dollars to buy a ticket could win. So I’ll go first. If I won the lottery, I would spend the money on: Paying off all my debts Setting up my sister for life Fixing my house from the basement up to be the

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Living WellNoodlingsOf mind & body

My husband and I have an ongoing argument on the nature of gift giving. He thinks gifts should be a surprise, and I think that surprise is far less important than giving people something they really, really want. This year for Christmas, he totally got it right. He got me a Fitbit HR Charge. Well, I’d asked for the gray band, and they only had purple, but I can live with that. Yes, I know. Body positivity and all that jazz. I don’t mind being overweight in and of itself. What I mind is how uncomfortable my body feels, the

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In the world

The support Donald Trump receives predictably increases the more extreme he gets. “Motivated reasoning” explains why.

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At playBooks and book reviewsIn the worldNoodlingsShared joy & pain

Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got

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