Author Archives: Monotreme

About Monotreme

Monotreme is an unabashedly liberal dog lover, writer, and former scientist who now teaches at a University in an almost-square state out West somewhere. |

In This Corner…Mitt Romney

2012 Contender Series: Willard Mitt Romney or … Dreams from My Father is live! On Monday, April 11, 2011, “Mitt” Romney announced the formation of an exploratory committee to help him pursue the Republican nomination for President of the … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Second Worst Nuclear Disaster Ever

Japan’s nuclear power agency has raised the threat level from the Fukushima disaster to level 7, the highest possible level and tied with Chernobyl. The amount of iodine-131 released is about 10% of that released in the Chernobyl disaster, according … Continue reading

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Donald Doubles Down

Confronted with evidence, what does maybe-perhaps-sorta-Presidential candidate Donald Trump do? Well, he doubles down. His letter to the New York Times is a masterpiece of fantasy, somehow both paranoid and narcissistic in equal measure. First, Gail Collins writes a column … Continue reading

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Free Forum Friday April 8 Edition

It has been a busy week for political junkies. Shades of Florida 2000 and Minnesota 2008: a closely watched and critically important election in Wisconsin is going into extra innings. Meanwhile, a government shutdown is almost certain as of this … Continue reading

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Nate Silver: Budget Politics in the Doldrums

Those of you who have been missing Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight columns since the New York Times went behind a (partial) paywall might want to spend one of your 20 “free” ganders at his latest column, “Budget Politics in the Doldrums.” With … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel Announce Divorce

Glenn Beck and the Fox News Channel have announced that they are divorcing. It’s not clear at this point why. Feel free to contribute your speculation, eulogies, or gloating in the comments below. Related Articles  Glenn Back to ‘Transition off’ … Continue reading

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E Uterus Unum

Florida State Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) is frustrated with the 18 bills regulating abortion being considered by the Florida State Legislature. He feels that the legislative priorities are misplaced when Florida’s economy, like much of the nation’s, is in disarray. … Continue reading

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: Lessons About Traumatic Brain Injury

“You’re never the same once the air hits your brain.” — Bitter neurosurgeon’s joke, source unknown After dipping my toe in the water with Saturday’s micro-post, I was convinced by the readers of this blog that a “teachable moment” exists … Continue reading

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Many people are concerned about possible exposure to radiation as a result of a potential meltdown in the Fukushima reactors. I’ve only got time for a quick cut here, and will say more in the comments below if asked, but … Continue reading

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Is It Appropriate?

On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head by alleged gunman Jared Laughner. For our quick-cut Saturday pieces, one of the other moderators asked me (quite reasonably) to write a few words about her recovery, … Continue reading

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