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1984 Revisited

"Establishment" is now a meaningless word, with one faction of the establishment accusing another of being "establishment." Another co-opted term. In the 60's we knew all of it was the…

The Cruz Omen

Talking about politics is not something I enjoy much, and we know all too well there is more than enough commentary everywhere on the absurd Republican candidates and TV debates. …

What’s In A Name?

A lot of nutty things appear in the AVA's “online comments” section, and we might want to include this one under that heading. The idle brain can come up with…

The Reluctant Consumer Redux

My father was an anarchist and didn't know it.  When the Connecticut State Police first made the announcement that "driving is not a right, it is a privilege" sometime around…

Another View Of The Idyllic 50s

I read with interest the online comment on growing up with the simple pleasures of small town Ohio in the 50s and 60s. Real eggs, a milkman and all the…

The Day The Planet Of The Apes Stood Still

The Day The Planet Of The Apes Stood Still

As a kid during the 50s my favorite movies were sci-fi and monster flicks, mostly black and white budget affairs like Creature from the Black Lagoon, where you could see…

Birthdays

Obama, Percy Shelley, Louis Armstrong, Helen Thomas. These are the people with the same birthday as mine, the ones I choose to claim. Not Sheldon Adelson, who fits perfectly in…

Road Notes: Denver-Las Vegas

I'd been to Reno and found it thoroughly unpleasant, what my friend Dave would call a "real dump." And, my old buddy Bob ended his life of substance abuse problems…

Road Notes, July 2015, Part 3

There are no vegetables in Wyoming, although we can hope that Dick Cheney will soon achieve such a state. In the west (to the east from the Pacific coast), the…

If There Must Be A Death Penalty…

Much ado about the death penalty lately... Some places want to reinstate the firing squad, which is interesting if only because one or more of the gun wielders can deliberately…

What To Expect with Marijuana Legalization

There's no way to really tell how much Colorado's recent population surge has to do with legalized cannabis. But some locals see a connection. One of the lead articles in…