Monthly Archives: January 2011

Procrustes Bed: New and Unimproved.

A friend and Professor of English introduced a very rough theory of Shakespeare’s tragedies in class today.  He’s a careful teacher, and he made clear to the students that his theory just provided a framework by which to think about … Continue reading

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Newsbriefs You May Have Missed: 10. State Government Reform. The one percent solution.

10: State Government Reforms, and Pennsylvania Takes the Lead In a highly informative article by Jan Murphy of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, we learned today that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives plans to reduce government spending by making deep cuts in … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Protest Singers Gone?

Where have all the protest singers gone? Lately, I seem just as likely to break into a song by Tom Paxton as I am to say something intelligible.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I miss the protest songs and the … Continue reading

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Newsbriefs You May Have Missed: 9. Scrubbing the Clean Air Act

9. EPA to become CPPA Buoyed by their success in repealing Obamacare, House Republicans are, according to Renee Schoof of McClatchy Newspapers, getting ready “to rewrite the Clean Air Act so that it can’t be used to fight climate change.”  … Continue reading

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Newsbriefs you may have missed: 8. Religiosityly Speaking

8. My brother’s brother Occasionally, and I think often accidentally, our local newspaper, The Centre Daily Times, reminds me of why I subscribe.  Today, they ran two pieces in the main section of the paper—one a news item and one … Continue reading

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Newsbriefs you may have missed: 7. Not in my court

7. College Grads barred. Dr. Peter Zenger, Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court, issued an order today barring recent college graduates from serving on juries in the state.  Zenger cited a recent study by New York Sociologist, Richard … Continue reading

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Newsbriefs You May Have Missed: 6. American Drone.

Newsbriefs You May Have Missed:   6. Congress Drones on It’s good and good in Pakghanistan this week, as reported by Marc Levy of the Associated Press.  For one thing, a major GOP Congressional delegation met with Hamid Karzai and some … Continue reading

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