Our problems are different; that diversity should unite us!

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My memories — and knowing what my family has done for me — are far more exciting than my bio — or at least it’s easy for me to let that compliment to my family stand, since I’m not used to talking about myself much, even in person. Long wary of online publicity, I only broke my silence because my biggest fear in 2020 wasn’t the virus, but a lockdown on free speech and freedom of association.

But especially with so much written by those with different cultures and experiences (compared to my middle-class Los Angeles upbringing), I can honestly…


With so much demand for material, why not something old and forgotten?

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Vernon Howard (1918–1992) was a popular mystical writer in the 1970s and 1980s, despite being virtually unknown today. I was once a voracious reader and listener of his after (and before) more optimistic-sounding coaching crowded it out…but it caught my attention that I found myself remembering his material and finding it more reassuring during this past dark Covid year.

While his quotes are referenced on a few sites, the most popular ones there strike me as more generic than the ones that stand out for me like those paraphrased below. …


A recall can be a greater exercise in democracy than a general election

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Democracy is like a leaky roof: if you want to reduce damage and costs, you fix it before the downpour of election noise.

In contemporary America especially, primary and general elections have a long leadup, and unless one feels especially driven to promote an issue or candidate, it’s reasonable to expect that, by election day people will be ready to vote (or not) according to their guidelines — and that regardless of their views (or lack thereof), few would blame them for exasperation with the extensiveness or media of the process.

But special elections are a different matter; their timing…


Why is Democratically-controlled LA contradicting Biden’s homie Newsom?

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We’ve been hearing for years about how the earth only has 12 years to live due to global warming — and I refuse to use the copout newspeak (with the initials C.C.) implying that we should move the goalposts to make life easier for the alarmists and hope people forget.

Anyway, you’d think the unwashed masses would be asked to make such modest sacrifices as…I don’t know…putting some object between their fingers and a walk signal button, so that cities wouldn’t force traffic to idle into the atmosphere…every…single…cycle of a traffic signal.

Would it actually be a citable infraction to…


While debate rages about lockdowns, ideology goes under the radar

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In his own words, California Governor Gavin Newsom is on record repudiating what you may have thought he meant by science. In response to a claim that lockdown metrics should not be monolithic by county lines, he responded:

You believe in growth and you don’t believe in inclusion? Then we’re going to leave a lot of people behind. And one of the things we value as a state is inclusion. And we believe that we’re all better off when we’re all better off. …


Would Noem be different if in Alaska?

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem championed freedom (or, as some would call it, greed) with an intrepidness unthinkable in sophisticated enclaves where so many would depend on government for instructions and sustenance.

Of course, she has received a great deal of criticism for dwelling on such antiquated ideas as weighing economic costs, child development and having any trust that non-indentured citizens can propose and resolve compromises with having their efforts vetted by the likes of Andrew Cuomo, since the majority of residents of his state’s nursing homes — or who couldn’t get vaccines before they expired — did not die…


What matters is how such things might be reported — or ignored

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This solar event itself likely won’t mean much to you — but those who have a few minutes to ponder the details might come to a very different conclusion.

As December 21 approached, we were treated to references to the shortest day of the year. While the date or even exact time of the solstice may have significance to measuring astronomic events on the micro-level (or the creation of astrological charts), personally I’ve always been more interested in the far more observable (and mysterious) occurrences of the latest sunrise and earliest sunset of the year.

After all, no matter how…


Or: Be thankful for what others ignore

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I meant that as showering gratitude on overlooked people and things, not as being appreciative that someone’s attention isn’t called to something — but that can be a blessing as well that’s easy to overlook. (And since ambiguities are a great learning tool and subtitles should be short and punchy, I left that alone.)

You don’t have to be a New Age explorer to have been regaled with the benefits of being grateful, to have heard about how the value to your health, prosperity, and mood of focusing on what you have.

But whatever eagerness you’ve felt about doing an…


Verify your views of it quickly and be able to answer its advocates

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Perhaps there’s a part of you who thinks maybe you should listen occasionally to what “the other” side says. But it can be all too easy to remember wasting time by having your preconceptions confirmed. Or even if you were able to approach with an open mind, you may have found it painful to read or hear that which you knew to be ridiculous.

Toward that end, the following is simply an attempt to catalog all the significant points of a single hour of radio. I wouldn’t presume to bowl you over with ideas you haven’t heard — but given…


Rated MA for speaking frankly

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It is not meant as a value judgment comparing the abstract with the action-oriented. But with all respect, the latter has had a lot more recognition from a cross-section of society, and I don’t feel duty-bound to repeat others to show my appreciation. Rather, I pride myself on calling attention to areas that have received less.

On the other hand, you might see it as more inclusive if your contributions to this time aren’t as celebrated as those of medical personnel, truckers, or those who keep supplies stocked. Or anyone else whose paraphernalia you see on front yard signs.

What…

Chris Dungan

The biggest problem and achievement of this L.A. based data scientist and sociologist is melding so many interests into unique career steps.

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