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Have a Trumpless Day

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First, check the back of your closet or a bureau drawer for something bought or given to you before 2015; the graduation wristwatch that merely tells time; shoes; a jacket, shirt or sweater that never matched anything. You should look contemporary but not 2018... More »

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Improving Trump’s Lies

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If the President of the United States continues lying, Alec Baldwin made that Access Hollywood tape twelve years before he played Trump on SNL.  Baldwin had a vision of the future and knew Trump would be elected in 2016. In rehearsal, the lines were entirely ... More »

Taking the Guilt Out of Christmas

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By Elaine Kendall 25 December 2017 The first slight waves of holiday guilt begin before Halloween, usually causing only a passing frisson or two of regret. The early ripples are the lavish mega-catalogues; beginning with those from places where you may have bo... More »

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Trump Translated

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The president is revising the dictionary of the English language! Though he’s a man with three adjectives, two pronouns and few verbs, he’s made considerable headway in a daunting project. Usually, he simply reverses the meaning of a word, a phrase, or an ... More »

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Thank God for the Deep State

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Thank god for the Deep State! If I thought Trump were really in charge, I wouldn’t sleep well at night. I have to say that with Trump as President I have new found appreciation for what is now called the Deep State, or what has variously been called the “p... More »

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Ask Your Doctor If It’s Right for You

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TV commercials were always somewhat annoying, but never terrifying. They showed attractive young people at parties, drinking beer, gulping soft drinks, and singing the catchy ditties that separated one brand from another. The party-goers were obviously having ... More »

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Bad Tech: Good Tech

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The toll booths still stand forlornly at every parking lot entrance, with no one inside. The students and retirees who handed out your ticket when you arrived and received your payment when you left are either flipping hamburgers or working as Walmart greeters... More »

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Winning the Fitbit Game

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By Carol Poster 5 June 2017 Your social media feed is filled with people reporting Fitbit steps. While the whole Fitbit fad may seem silly to other people, as a gamer, you get it. Fitbit is a casual wrist or watch game, like the classic Space Invaders game for... More »

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All the President’s Instincts

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Not only is he very instinctual, but “my instinct turns out to be right”. The president said so himself, in the memorable Time magazine interview with Michael Scherer; the one including “I’m president, you’re not”. Very could be the key word in Tru... More »

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Don Rickles: Comic Viper

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Eddie Fisher, Joan Rivers, Tommy Lasorda, Marlo Thomas and others remember the master of the insult, Don Rickles.   Insulted uncle David L. Wolper, television producer …in high school…I worked summers as a waiter at Birchwoods Hotel in the Cat... More »

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ROBO-MED: The Future is Now

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Right on schedule, we’ve developed the great, great, greatest plan for medical care in the world.  We haven’t copied England’s failing National Health, with its long, long waits for things like hip and knee replacements. We haven’t followed the Canadi... More »

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