The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

When I was little, I was taught that I lived in the greatest country in the entire world. I thought we set the best example, and that based on that example, other countries would aspire to be better, and someday the whole world would be just as wonderful as we were. Everyone would be free. …

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Needless to say, there’s been quite a bit of debate going on about gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas. The GOP would have us not talk about it. It’s not the appropriate time, they say. Well, when is the appropriate time? Seriously. How much blood has to run in the …

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I’ve seen two things recently that have made my hair stand on end because they seem to be so prescient. We are living in terrifying times. And they’re all the more terrifying because these things have happened before. The first thing I’m referring to is the Hulu series, the Handmaid’s Tale, which is based on …

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Ya know, just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new and stunning comes along. The award for the inventor who obviously hasn’t thought things through, in my opinion, has got to go to Kirk Kjellberg, the creator of Ideal Conceal. Ideal conceal is a .380-caliber pistol that, when folded up, looks just like …

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Once again we’ve suffered a tragedy in a school in which a very disturbed guy decided to take a lot of people with him to wherever one goes after this life. It’s upsetting. It also makes me angry. Naturally, the topic of gun control is on everyone’s mind, and everyone is resigned to the fact …

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Today I was told that some of my computer hardware was no longer supported by the manufacturer. No big surprise, right? Planned obsolescence has become such a normal part of our consumer culture that we don’t even bother to be outraged. My question is, what would happen if the vendors had to be honest? What …

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