Author Archives: Malone Vandam

Anglo Saxon potion vs. superbugs

Preparation is the key, and it works. New Scientist: “The potion killed 90 per cent of the bacteria. Vancomycin, the antibiotic generally used for MRSA, killed about the same proportion when it was added to the skin scraps.”

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In the public school penal colonies

As usual, these delicate quivering presentations of political correctness, smothered in admonitions about inclusiveness and diversity, go right up to and occasionally over the line of satire. That’s just a note on style, if it can be called that. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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Andreas Lubitz

Looking even more like Adam Lanza with an airliner.

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Deceptions and mirrors

Nixon’s was a hall of mirrors presidency. Obama’s is a through the looking glass presidency. Nixon was the willing dupe turned inside out: the unconscious dupe who thought he was going to be a historic president (he was, but not … Continue reading

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The original

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson, as it originally appeared in Rolling Stone, November, 1971.

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New Paltz: Coal-fired?

The Daily Serf* out of Kingston is reporting that town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet is enthusing about funding for a local “microgrid” that would stay online during big power failures. That had me scratching my head until I … Continue reading

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How complex is common sense?

Common sense needs to be simple, because it sometimes needs to be fast-acting, but it is also by necessity complex. It’s like a net of understanding that gets thrown forward onto immediate experience, with feedback loops working to get the … Continue reading

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Was Andreas Lubitz another Adam Lanza but with an airliner?

How do you murder 150 people for no apparent reason? Lubitz, by early indications, was functional. Lanza wasn’t. The cockpit voice recorder had co-pilot Lubitz silent and breathing normally right into the crash, while the pilot was banging frantically on the … Continue reading

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Until it’s time to blame Bush for failure, the Obama White House likes to keep crediting itself for a win it never won. This time in Yemen.

There’s really nothing at all like these people. Josh Earnest should get a Tony Award for his role as the Ministry of Truth spokesman in this production of “1984.”

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New Paltz: Public School Penal Colonies and Union Cash Machines Will Get Cosmetic Surgery

Five years ago a swaggering big mouth on the New Paltz school board lectured local homeowners about how they were unqualified to say anything but “Yes” to a proposed $50 million renovation of the Middle School. That resulted in a … Continue reading

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New Paltz: The latest school construction bond vote on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My advice to voters is to not give these people one more dime. Don’t buy into the song and dance. The school district is not the community’s prize bull. It’s an overarching self-replicating cash machine that mocks the idea of … Continue reading

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The Kindle version of “New Water: Twelve Stories” by Anthony Robinson has been published

And it’s only $3.95! Buy “New Water: Twelve Stories” here.

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New Paltz: A spectacular new collection of stories from Tony Robinson

I’ve read them all in manuscript and this is a great, superb collection of short stories. I give it the highest recommendation. New Water: Twelve Stories by Anthony Robinson

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The “long train of abuses and usurpations”

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing … Continue reading

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“Freedom’s Scion” by Francis W. Porretto

My friend Fran Porretto has a new book out in paperback, titled “Freedom’s Scion.” It is a sequel to his earlier science fiction novel, “Which Art in Hope.” (“Hope” is an “ungoverned world.”) I am pretty much not a science … Continue reading

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“The hidden jobless disaster”

It’s not that hidden. Ed Lazear explains it: The U.S. is not getting back many of the jobs that were lost during the recession. At the present slow pace of job growth, it will require more than a decade to … Continue reading

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