Oh Those Sneaky Republicans!

Apparently, Republican leaders are now out to undermine and terminate research into how misinformation is propagated and affects people. All under the banner of “it’s an attack on conservative views!” Ridiculous. If an opinion or statement is erroneous or misinformed, it’s erroneous or misinformed. It has nothing to do with

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Busting the Lost Cause Myth: Bobbie Lee

I often refer to the Lost Cause myth — the story spun by leaders of the Confederacy after their bid to destroy the country was defeated on the battlefield — as one of the few examples in history I know of where the losers got to frame what happened. Normally

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We Have Visitors!!!

We have visitors!!!! This is the first bird nest I can recall ever being built at 286 Chestnut. It’s right over the steps leading up to the front porch, under the eaves. I’d wondered why we were hearing a lot of bird chirping while having our morning coffee on the

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R.I.P., the Rule of Law

It was a nice run while it lasted, but, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Granted, it wasn’t always observed in practice1, but at least it existed as a principal, a goal to strive towards. Today six of the folks who get to wear

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The Wager

I just finished a great history about an 18th century event which reverberated throughout Western culture in ways I wasn’t aware of. It’s The Wager, by David Grahm, author of Killers of the Flower Moon. The story revolves around a British warship that was part of a small expedition to

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Highlighting Differences

In political parties, this time. I didn’t get to watch the first Biden/Trump debate1, but the reaction to Biden’s weak performance — and Trump’s incessant lying2 was fascinating in light of Trump’s recent conviction. Emoji One, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Republican Party Trump gets convicted of 34 felonies

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Sierra Passes

Click on any of the icons or links to go to my trip report for that pass. In temporal order: In north to south order

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Coming Home

Beckwourth Pass (Day 4) The ride home from Antioch/Bridgehead was beautiful! Pleasant temperatures throughout. Plus, I managed to miss all the traffic. Starting out I realized I’d forgotten to turn on my Google Maps navigation for the route. “No problem!”, I thought. “I know this route well and studied it

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Cruising the Bayou

Beckwourth Pass (Day 3) The place I was staying at in Bucks Lake — Haskins Valley Inn — is owned and operated by two very entertaining women. Each of the bedrooms is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. I don’t normally eat breakfast — have to reserve calories for all the

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The Last Pass

Beckwourth Pass (Day 2) Well, for now. There are a few other less important Sierra Nevada passes I may add to my repertoire in the future. CA 49 from Auburn to Beckwourth Pass was a blast! Once you’re out of civilization the scenery is gorgeous — numerous rivers, spectacular valley

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