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e-mail zeteojournal AT gmail   Conflict-connected pieces this season include: Moorel Bey: Is Rachel Dolezal Black? William Eaton: In Kant’s Wood.   Credit & Links Gun-in-mouth image first found on a Web post: These guns can’t kill you – they are ice cream, by one Marko, 23 August 2010. From the text: At first glance it […]

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1 A man seen on a Sunday—a very hot and humid Sunday. He’s slight, middle-aged, not quite shabbily dressed. He’s standing under a highway underpass, one of the hundreds if not thousands of highway underpasses in Connecticut. (And may I say, too, that Connecticut is one of the worst states to try to drive through. […]

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Iran and the US have finally reached a deal to limit Iran’s potential to develop nuclear weapons, in return for the US lifting economic sanctions against Iran. The deal includes constant video surveillance of Iran’s nuclear facilities, similar to that in the UN brokered peace treaty ending the 1996-2006 Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Skeptics of the US-Iran deal might point to […]

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Schumann’s songs, especially Dichterliebe, are both romantically expressive and relatively simple in structure, almost like aphorisms. They have none of the virtuosic glamour or massive presence of a romantic symphony or concerto. Dichterliebe is a string of sixteen little gems, mostly only a page or two, some less than a minute in length, that are […]

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  In the woods of Michigan in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville recounts, he found a not entirely unfamiliar solitude, but what was unusual was that, unlike previously, when he had visited the ruins of ancient European civilizations, the solitudes of America led his mind to project forward, losing itself “dans un immense avenir” (in a […]

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Last week, Dahlia Lithwick posted a story on Slate.com about Mark Weiner, a man convicted of abducting a young woman in Charlottesville, VA in 2012. Lithwick offers some background: The story began on a December night in 2012. Weiner, then a 52-year-old man who managed a local Food Lion and attended night classes at a local community […]

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By Walter Cummins   Second in a series   Last time I wrote of the relationship of various prosthetic devices to the people who wear them. This time my topic is humanoids. At first glance, they may seem to be very different subjects. Prosthetics often and humanoids always, however, do share roots in robotics and […]

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Several years ago, British poet John Fuller wrote a poem with a bright future as a chart-topping pop song.  Perhaps its catchy flow is due to the fact that it’s a strict villanelle, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that the poem is about unrequited, but not tortured, love. There’s just enough heartache to make […]

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Anti-austerity protesters lift a Greek flag in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Greece July 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greece is, in many ways, representative of the world right now. Its economy is floundering due to, among other things, bad loans taken out by self-interested ruling parties aided and abetted by Goldman Sachs. Greek unemployment has reached record highs despite employed Greeks working longer hours than any other members of the Eurozone. The German […]

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Face it, you’re a computer! I’d be happy if I could remember where in my browsing I encountered this argument clincher. I was many hours removed from a first (and only) encounter when I realized that the triumphant clincher didn’t really stop the discussion. It would be equally true to blurt out “Face it, you’re […]

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One meets the most interesting people in the obituary pages of The New York Times. On Monday, July 13, 2015, for those of us who didn’t know him before by reputation or his 20 books, we learned about Charles Winick, a professor of anthropology and sociology. He taught at the Graduate Center of the City […]

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1 I’m just waking up. News radio. Listening for the weather. The solemn voice of a commentator: . . . what we’re dealing with . . . dedicated, well-armed sociopaths who’ll stop at nothing to impose their will on as much of the world as possible. It’s July 2015. I’m in the USA. Even groggy […]

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Some light reading this week: Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal finds Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking in an opera. Justice Ginsburg is an apparently frequent opera-goer, but in this instance, she’s both observer and subject: Saturday night’s world premiere of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg,’ a comic opera putting the jurists through the paces of a supernatural crucible, […]

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Some light reading this week: Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal finds Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking in an opera. Justice Ginsburg is an apparently frequent opera-goer, but in this instance, she’s both observer and subject: Saturday night’s world premiere of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg,’ a comic opera putting the jurists through the paces of a supernatural crucible, […]

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July 27, 2015

I had actually pictured the couple as a pair of college students. Both seem so unaffected that I pictured them as young and care free. For them, love, even unrequited love, is still about fun. But I do like the interpretation of "hairline" as describing the man's age. If true, how clever would it be.

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Some light reading this week: Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal finds Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking in an opera. Justice Ginsburg is an apparently frequent opera-goer, but in this instance, she’s both observer and subject: Saturday night’s world premiere of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg,’ a comic opera putting the jurists through the paces of a supernatural crucible, […]

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July 25, 2015

Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion in Glossip v. Gross states that (1) the death penalty is constitutional, (2) therefore a means of carrying it out must also be constitutional, (3) no death comes without the risk of pain, and therefore (4) executions by the state need not be painless to avoid being "cruel and unusual punishment." With admirable Vulcan logic, Mr. Alito adds that a requirement that executions avoid the risk of pain would render executions unconstitutional. But risk of pain is not the fundamental argument against the death penalty; rather, it is the risk of irreversible inj...

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Some light reading this week: Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal finds Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking in an opera. Justice Ginsburg is an apparently frequent opera-goer, but in this instance, she’s both observer and subject: Saturday night’s world premiere of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg,’ a comic opera putting the jurists through the paces of a supernatural crucible, […]

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July 22, 2015

By the time we arrive at verse 4 of the day's outing, the man and woman are drinking on a veranda overlooking a bay. The man continues to complain, as he has all day, about the woman’s curious neglect of him; while the woman continues to take in the world around her, apparently not noticing or caring about the man’s distress. Her affected manner and unresponsiveness have made the man peevish, or at least frustrated, but they haven’t quite dampened his attempt to break through. I get the impression that he’s speaking most of these words to himself. Almost absentmindedly, the man ...

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