c’mon over to bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

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I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. [Continue reading]

was elvis more famous than you-know-who?

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HOW FAMOUS WAS ELVIS? That was the ques­tion on Quora. Once upon a time, that it was fairly easy to an­swer: Ac­cording to Jerry Hop­kins, whose Elvis – A Bi­og­raphy (1971) was the first bi­og­raphy of the man, a global survey showed that more people in the world rec­og­nized Elvis by his first (or given) name—and that in­cluded you-know-who!—than [Continue reading]

a fivesome of quora questions about elvis answered

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SINCE I AM CURRENTLY TOILING AWAY at var­ious projects of con­sid­er­able girth—I mean, length—I’m going to post a few short-shorts. To break up things while I am re­searching and writing, I turn to Quora and an­swer ques­tions. Quora is a question-and-answer site where ques­tions are asked by users and then an­swered by other users, ei­ther fac­tu­ally or in the form of opinions. [Continue reading]

“tell it like it was” on a screen near you now!

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MY APOLOGIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. [Continue reading]

lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

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STEAM ENGINE TIME. That’s the name of a con­cept in sci­ence and his­tory that many readers should be fa­miliar with. It’s also the title of a fine short-story that most readers will not be fa­miliar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who just might be known to some readers for genre-bending novels like Glimpses and De­serted Cities Of The Heart. [Continue reading]

and the veins in the grass won’t pay no mind

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DID ELVIS EVER TRY ACID? Ap­par­ently, yes. Elvis and LSD pop up in ques­tions and con­ver­sa­tions on the In­ternet, so I am pub­lishing this short piece ad­dressing the topic. While his name is prob­ably for­ever linked with the misuse of pre­scrip­tion drugs—many of us heard the word ‘polyphar­macy’ for the first time in re­la­tion to Pres­ley’s death—Elvis also ex­per­i­mented briefly with the mar­i­juana and LSD, both il­legal at the time of the experimentation. [Continue reading]