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What They Didn’t Tell You About the Bush Presidency

I like the tributes to George H.W. Bush, the man. But I think there’s a lot missing in the tributes to his presidency. When I think of those four years, I see a rather astonishing, revelatory time in American life…that Bush probably should receive a little more credit for. I see Bush getting credit for “managing the end of the Cold War.” But that’s both too much and not enough. Weeks after the Berlin Wall fell, when Time magazine anointed
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Autism

Dar’s Last Day at Thousand Oaks is Monday

Six-and-a-half years ends on Monday. Dar started at the Berkeley Unified School District in October 2012, just after his 3rd birthday, starting at a state-sponsored pre-school along with the other severely disabled and severely income-impacted. Next week the BUSD will begin to subcontract his school days to a Non-Public School that is entirely dedicated to kids like Dar. They seem very nice and they’ve sent a few emails that help establish expectations. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about them
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Populism

Privacy is The New Smoking

Privacy is the new smoking. Which means that transparency and accountability are the new non-smoking. Which means that most of the media about politics fails to understand current politics, much less predict what’s going to happen in 2020. I am writing this to help them. One can see this in recent coverage of Beto O’Rourke. Many polls have him ranked a close third behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which is rather remarkable considering their much, much larger name recognition.
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To the Future

Gentry Lloyd Rowsey, 1941-2019

  My father died rather unexpectedly on February 16 at the age of 77.   When he moved in to the in-law unit of our house last summer, my wife and I understood that he had dementia, but he seemed physically fine. We thought he would last decades. Instead, according to the EMTs, he dropped dead at about 4pm on the 16th. He was discovered two hours later. The county coroner said that he died of “natural causes” and refused
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