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Ronald Kephart
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Things that keep me awake at night...
Am I alone in thinking there is zero moral equivalency between some donor to the Clinton Foundation getting to have dinner at the Chinese ambassador's table and what is being done to all of us by Republicans in the name of their NRA donors and lobbyists?
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August 6th, again
So, it's that day of the year again. On August 6, 1945, about a month after I was born, my country committed what has to be by any logic or reckoning the most egregious single-event war crime of all time. And then, a couple days later, we did it again. Hi...
So, it's that day of the year again. On August 6, 1945, about a month after I was born, my country committed what has to be by any logic or reckoning the most egregious single-event war crime of all time. And the...
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Fathers Day!
In honor of Fathers Day, here's a photo of my Dad in 1945.  He's standing on a hill in Auxier, Kentucky.  Note the coal-company style houses down the hill behind him. This was around the time I was born, July 1945.  In later years, but while I was still pre...
In honor of Fathers Day, here's a photo of my Dad in 1945. He's standing on a hill in Auxier, Kentucky. Note the coal-company style houses down the hill behind him. This was around the time I was born, July 1945. In late...
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Cranky Linguist 2.0
I was getting tired of the colors on the blog here, so I have changed it up a bit in the hope of getting motivated to do some more consistent writing. Meanwhile, here's a violin I inherited from my Dad.  It was made in Japan in the 1920s, and I never saw or...
I was getting tired of the colors on the blog here, so I have changed it up a bit in the hope of getting motivated to do some more consistent writing. Meanwhile, here's a violin I inherited from my Dad. It was made in Japan ...
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One more thing making me cranky
It occurs to me that if you wanted to design a course on sociocultural dysfunctions, you could almost use nothing but Republican speeches for the readings.  The topics would include sexism, classism, ethnocentrism...
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Remembering 9/11
Yesterday was the anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, surely worth remembering.  But as fellow anthropologist Mark Moberg (University of South Alabama) reminds us, there was another 9/11 back in 1973: Long before 9/11...
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Summer's almost gone...
Not officially, of course.  But tomorrow morning I meet with the chair of our department (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work) to strategize our upcoming departmental "retreat," which takes place a week from today.  I have to meet since I'm the "coordi...
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English is weirder than most people realize
OK, so I just encountered this on Facebook, representative of the many "English is weird" memes floating around out there. And as I nearly always point out, the spellings shown here have nothing to do with the English language itself. If you want weird, con...
OK, so I just encountered this on Facebook, representative of the many "English is weird" memes floating around out there. And as I nearly always point out, the spellings shown here have nothing to do with the English languag...
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Culturally-induced psychopathy
Just a quick thought on our latest mass shooting: This kind of thing is not going to go away until some of the basic features of our culture change.  Probably central to that would be a weakening of our cult of extreme individualism, which is reproduced eve...
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Thinking like a linguist
Classes started last week, and in my first Linguistic Anthropology class I did an exercise that I often do to begin making students aware of the difference between linguistics and the "language arts" they have mostly been exposed to.  I ask them to write do...
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Columbus Day Ja Vu
Here it is again, late as usual but still worth a look if you haven't seen it:  My essay intended for the Florida Times-Union but never published.
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Well done. Wish it had been published.
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Something else making me cranky
New rule*: If you're a politician, you don't get to talk prescriptively about "marriage" or "the family" unless you have taken a course in anthropology. And yeah, we want to see the transcripts. What I mean is that unless your concept of "marriage" is comfo...
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