Pig time

Best Blue Christmas by the greatest voice talent of all time, Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil, and many other characters).

Mel Blanc (1908-1989)

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Trump builds his legacy

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/06/trump-epa-coal-rules-1047296

“The Trump administration unveiled yet another rollback Thursday for a major Obama-era climate rule — proposing to ease restrictions on future coal power plants even as the industry shows little interest in building any.

“The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency comes amid dire warnings from scientists about the massive costs and devastating impacts of global warming.”

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Two books

Two books for gifting or pleasure

Phineas Frecklehopper

From pies to pizza, Phineas loved to cook. But could rendering a recipe really make a hero? Absolutely! Read to see how. And after the magical journey, try some do-it-yourself samples from Phineas’s recipe box! For ages 8-12.

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For signed copies (USA), skip the Amazon link and reply to this email (and add $3.10 shipping to the $11.88 Amazon price).

Mr. Robert’s Bones (re-released with new cover)

Kids poking for hidden silver in an abandoned house awaken long-forgotten ghosts and dark memories of racism, greed, and betrayal. Joined by quirky and mysterious elders, they save the community from its own past. Ages 14-99.

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For signed copies (USA), skip the Amazon link and reply to this email (and add $3.10 shipping to the $10.66 Amazon price).

(Signed copies of the colorful, hardbound picture book, Spaghetti and Peas, ages 3-8, are also still available.)

Order NOW if you want signed copies by Christmas.

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Thus spoke the starving artist.

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Poetics of Space: Schematics and Assemblies

Poetics of Space:  Schematics and Assemblies

A poetry collection in four books

Book I     Schematics  
Book II    Assemblies
Book III   The Event Horizon
Book IV   Fine Passage through Hope and Despair

Book I     Schematics

Poem 1:       First principles

First principles crest at the event horizon,
the vanishing point of all properties.

Relationships must be in series or in parallel.
There are no other options.

Every relationship has its own interface.

One must choose sides: high voltage, low current,
the aesthetics of resistance.

Passage is limited.

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A passionate argument by Van Jones for free speech on campus

Why Evolution Is True

In this clip from the University of Chicago’s continuing Institute of Politics (IOP) discussions, CNN commenter Van Jones gives one of the best and most stirring arguments for free speech on college campuses that I’ve seen. Really stirring, especially for an extemporaneous answer to a question.  My favorite bit is this:

“My parents, and Monica Elizabeth Peek’s parents, marched; they dealt with fire hoses; they dealt with dogs; they dealt with beatings. You can’t deal with a mean tweet?”

Here’s the IOP description:

Clip from an event at the Institute of Politics with CNN commentators S.E. Cupp and Van Jones in conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod on the current state of politics in America. This event was part of “America in the Trump Era,” the IOP’s look at the changes – cultural, policy, media and otherwise – coming under a Trump administration.

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Audacious things to say out loud (ten years out)

“Left and Right have become mirror images of each other. There are stories of conspiracy, of America being hijacked by an evil cabal … Their purpose is not to persuade the other side but to keep their bases agitated … to beat the other side into submission … what has been lost in the process … are those shared assumptions – that quality of trust and fellow feeling … [This is politics, but] there is another story … millions of Americans who are going about their business every day … [All] those ordinary citizens … who have found a way – in their own lives, at least – to make peace with their neighbors … are out there, waiting for Democrats and Republicans to catch up with them.”

“Any attempt by Democrats to pursue a more sharply partisan and ideological strategy misapprehends the moment we’re in … keeps us locked in either/or thinking.”

“I’ve never had the option of restricting my loyalties on the basis of race, or measuring my worth on the basis of tribe … I reject politics that is based solely on racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or victimhood generally.”

“I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect.”

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