Author Archives: kitchenmudge

Since you asked…

Warning: Pop culture references ahead. Sorry if you don’t watch HBO. It’s a strange experience for Greens: getting asked what we think. It does happen, though, usually at times like just about now. Yeah, Sanders. Whenever the Titanic parties seem … Continue reading

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Spoiler alert! Trigger alert! Every lert you can think of. Them lerts are everywhere, dang ’em. Remember that line from Jeremiah Johnson: ” …a tribe’s greatness is figured on how mighty its enemies be.” That’s what Hannah Arendt ran into … Continue reading

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What we’ll never know

Today is the 16th anniversary of the disappearance of Hae Min Lee, the subject of the most popular podcast in the world to date: If you’ve truly been living under a rock for the last few months, please check … Continue reading

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Do Dems want advice? Doubt it.

In the commentary following the Dems’ expected mid-term drubbing, I’m getting echos of childhood and not-so-childhood.  Let’s see if you can follow me here. We’ve all known that kid. Any number of activities could be used to illustrate, but I’ll … Continue reading

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Nothing Certain, but Some Clues: Measure K in Orange Unified

Most of my readers have seen the compilation of personal endorsements that I’ve been publishing for local elections this November. You might wonder why I’ve made so few endorsements myself. Well, I like to maintain a little credibility, and that … Continue reading

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Any good free marketeer can tell you how to make sure your job is well paid: Make it a service that’s very much in demand, and one that not many people want to do, or are qualified to do. Anyone … Continue reading

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Alien contact, and some more clues for them.

I received the following message recently, and thought you all should see it. ***************************************************************** Dear Mudge, Your post entitled “Living in the Uncanny Valley” has come to the attention of the Placement Authority for Helixontakers.  “Helixontakers” is a very crude … Continue reading

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Coherent Criticism of Big-Name Social Media

I’m not really prepared to add any remarks of my own right now, but would like you all to read this column by Bruce Dixon and comment on it.  I’m especially interested in hearing from people who HAVE used the … Continue reading

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Readers who’ve been with me for a while might remember my long digression on “The Great War” some years ago here: We’re now approaching the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of that war.  As with any such round number … Continue reading

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I want to be very clear about this.  The title above is NOT an insulting rhetorical question.  I really want to know what you’re thinking.  It’s easy to comment anonymously here. Please explain some things to me.  I’m just taking … Continue reading

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