Author Archives: arensb

Pope Accused of Covering Up Child Rape in Argentina

Just a reminder that the Catholic Church’s child-abuse coverup scandal isn’t over. According to Le Monde (in French only; sorry. But here’s a story from last year about this case), lawyers are accusing the Catholic church of covering up child … Continue reading

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Satire Is Officially Broken

Here are two items from recent media: Sean Spicer Walking Around White House In Sunglasses And Baseball Cap To Avoid Press “After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the … Continue reading

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Odd Plurals

We all know about irregular plurals like “mother-in-law” → “mothers-in-law”, “attorney general” → “attorneys general”. I just ran across another one, courtesy of a music podcast. One of the hosts was saying that there are about 11,000 people who listen … Continue reading

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Kind Of

Do you remember, some years ago, some people had a habit of using “literally” not in the dictionary sense, but for emphasis, as in “The boss is literally breathing down my neck”? In recent months, I’ve noticed people using “sort … Continue reading

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Programming Tip: Open and Close at the Same Time

One useful programming habit I picked up at some point is: if you open or start something, immediately close it or end it. If you open a bracket, immediately write its closing bracket. If you open a file, immediately write … Continue reading

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“It’s Getting Old” Isn’t A Rebuttal

One response that I see a lot on Twitter and elsewhere is some variation on “calling Trump supporters racist is getting old”. And maybe I’m growing stupid as I grow older, but it finally dawned on me what was bugging me … Continue reading

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Triggered by the Right Side of History

There’s a bit of controversy going on at Yorktown High School in Virginia, where teachers have put up signs: Patriots Know: Facts are not political Diversity stengthens [sic] us Science is real Women’s rights are human rights Justice is for all We’re … Continue reading

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