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I am a retired university instructor of English language and literature, having spent the bulk of my teaching career in Asia and the Middle East. Overseas teaching definitely has a shelf life, though, so I now work on a semi-retired basis as a freelance indexer. You don’t get rich doing that, but the lack of any bosses suits me well.

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This is how many ACTIVE brain cells I have....
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 10, 2020:
That's the one sputtering away as he tweets his BS wee-hour rants.
A new low for Dr.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 10, 2020:
I think Dr. Quack is deeply ensconced in the plantation mentality....
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! [npr.org]
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 10, 2020:
The anti-tRump art is starting to appear. Lucinda Williams has a song coming out https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/lucinda-williams-new-album-trump-song-947347/, and industrial metal band Ministry has had one out for some time now ("Twilight Zone"). Any other examples I haven't run across?
‘This act is criminal’: legal experts break down how Trump broke the law by firing the Vindman ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2020:
Great, yet more legal analysis. But when will this criminal be held to account??
Who's a good boy?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2020:
They're all good dogs, but the last one doesn't deserve a treat.
Trump claiming he's treated unfairly
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2020:
Cry me a fucking river. Worst snowflake of all!
If it walks like a clown, talks like a clown, looks like a clown.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2020:
It's still February, but here's an April Fool's greeting for you....
The one thing that Lying Donald need worry about!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 8, 2020:
Hell, probably not even by Melania, either....
The Iowa debacle.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 8, 2020:
I have to agree with your conclusion, and it's one of the reasons I'll eventually leave the Democratic Party and re-register as an independent (not until after this election, however, so I can vote for Bernie in the primaries). As usual, the DNC doing its corporate-shilling best to ensure no progressive ever makes it as the nominee.
Do we resisters need to arm ourselves with pistols and automatic guns to protect us against trump's ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 7, 2020:
At the very least, the sight of leftwingers and minorities exercising their Second Amendment rights could spark a sudden interest in gun control .... Meanwhile, it might be fun to see if I can line up a grenade launcher, you know, just for fun.
Trump is sueing Burger King for likeness rights.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 7, 2020:
I thought Pence was the Dairy Queen....
Reprehensible pair
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 5, 2020:
Silver-spoonfed motherfuckers who have never done a damn thing in their lives but hunt endangered species--(and what makes me think somebody else did that for them, too, as long as they could pose with the dead animal)--and here they are being touted as presidential material. Unfuckingbelievable.
The lying sack of shit award
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 5, 2020:
As we move further and further into Bizarro Amerikkka....
[yahoo.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 4, 2020:
What a lame-ass attempt to cover all his bases back home. Like a kid in class who waits to raise his hand to see what everybody else does first. As Petter said...
The Iowa Caucus Has Choked Itself to Death at Last
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 4, 2020:
If this actually ends up being the case, well, ....
"The State that couldn't Caucus straight.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 4, 2020:
Kinda smells to me like Bernie winning and the DNC taking some time out to figure out how to sabotage that win. Yep, you are right:
[yahoo.com] I have changed my mind. There is a god after all.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Well, I guess it's time to make an ...
Pot calling the kettle black! Trump posts golf photo amid coronavirus crisis despite condemning ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Yet another instance of ....
My only experience with The Experience, February 1968
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Damn, MC5, too!
Trump goes on a tear and scorches the field in Super Bowl chat with Fox News' Hannity | VozWire
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
About Elizabeth Warren: "This woman can’t tell the truth." Projection much?
The continuing culinary adventures.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Definitely time better spent than watching the Super Bowl! I wonder if this is the clam that appeared in the soup I loved to get at the street stalls in Korea--Daehap Jjigae, roughly translated as Spicy Big Clam Stew.
Super Bowl 2020: President Trump terms impeachment 'very unfair,' 'nonsense' [yahoo.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Super Bowl day is just another day I'm so glad I don't own a tee-vee--not that the thought of a football game would tempt me to turn it on even if I had one. But I guess I missed some of the opening volleys in the upcoming election....
I give this round of insults to Bloomberg, the only thing the orange turd says about Bloomberg, who ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Pretty cheap shots in both cases. But the Dems' "they go low/we go high" angle isn't working, and at least Bloomberg's response hints at a larger problem than physical appearance.
I know we are a group of atheists and agnostics, but it IS Sunday, and maybe some praying is in ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 2, 2020:
If I thought it would do any good....
Video of ER Doctor Confronting Mike Pence Over Trump Medicaid Cuts Goes Viral
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 1, 2020:
It's like he can't get past that big skip in the record that gets stuck at "when I was governor of Indiana...."
Had to journey to Fiji to discover these. Linda now mixes them in her waffle batter.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 1, 2020:
Did you try kava while you were there? A group of natives was kind enough to share some with me, but I was underwhelmed. Went back to beer afterwards.
Both hands in the air
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 1, 2020:
Totally! And hopefully this public spectacle will also motivate 2016 nonvoters.
The intelligence of trump supporters.....
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 31, 2020:
And it's Obama's fault!
Alan Dershowitz has perfect timing. How did he know that I'd just read this, yesterday?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 30, 2020:
In the fake trial of a fake president, fake logic and fake morality spread through the fakest "news" source of all seem to fit right in.
A wall I can approve of!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 30, 2020:
The Poe Solution works for me!
So, we have American citizens who love them some Trump, in just the way Orwell cited in "1984,":...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 29, 2020:
Did you look something like the meme below? And here I just took a picture of myself "vaxxing" myself against the virus with a Corona beer--as a fucking *joke*. Blow my mind!
trump picks advisors and appointees by the money they donate, not how "great" they are.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 29, 2020:
Beyond the influence of money, here's another scary thought: tRump both appoints to ambassadorships and follows the advice of people he claims he doesn't know well.
I'm so sick of hearing about that ball-bouncer Kobe I'm about to puke.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 29, 2020:
My thoughts exactly about worship of our informal aristocracy of sports stars and celebrities in general. Thanks for expressing them!
Musical fun. [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 27, 2020:
If only it all *did* fit on a tee shirt!
An American Hero who is a true right winger, has had enough.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 27, 2020:
He's about as unlikely an American Hero as you could possibly find. Must be god working in his mysterious ways.
I've done it.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 26, 2020:
Will wonders never cease!
Yes I am, totes!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 26, 2020:
I'm so embarrassed that if I were to travel overseas now, I'd wear a Canadian flag lapel pin, tone down the southern accent, and say lots of "ehs."
Kentucky Principal Who Banned LGBTQ Books Arrested On 17 Counts Of Child Porn Possession, ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 26, 2020:
Yet another case of Republicans who ...
Trump Says He’ll Consider Cuts to Social Security and Medicare While much of the nation was ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 26, 2020:
And yet the old fuckers will line up to vote for him because he hates all the same people they do.
Trump Says He’ll Consider Cuts to Social Security and Medicare While much of the nation was ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 26, 2020:
And yet the old fuckers will line up to vote for him because he hates all the same people they do.
🤮🤮🤮🤮 no takers???
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Who could possibly resist??
Is there anything that is above denigration by this rip off artist, huckster and snake oil salesman ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Melanoma ripping off Michelle Obama's speech in 2016 should have been a good sign of things to come....
My wife was diagnosed with liver cancer a month ago.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 25, 2020:
I can totally relate because I was in exactly the same position when my wife was dying from bile duct cancer a decade back. We were both religious nonbelievers when we first met, though we tied the knot in a Buddhist wedding in Seoul, where we were both working at the time. And this is how we led our spiritual life, such as it was, for almost twenty years. But she had been raised Catholic, and as the cancer worsened, 2008 or so, she announced one morning that she was returning to the church, and in so doing, was going to start attending mass at the church in our town in Kentucky. Though this was an obviously unwelcome development, I could understand her fear of the unknown and how she was searching for meaning as the end was drawing near. I could also see that she was trying to please her very devout grandmother, whom she adored. Mostly, since she rarely discussed Catholic theology but rather her childhood memories associated with her grandmother and her religious experience in Milwaukee (her birthplace), I could see a kind of psychological regression at play. However, her return to the Catholic fold did not make our end-of-life discussions easier since she was in dismay that we would not see each other again in the afterlife she believed in but I did not. And when she finally died, it only got worse. First off, the local church arranged a funeral mass behind my back because the priest knew I wouldn't consent, and "the good religious folk of Berea" (as the priest put it) "wouldn't put up with" the secular memorial celebration my wife and I had agreed upon for services in this community. And then there was the aftermath with her spiritual-but-not-religious hippie friends who accused me of "not being there for her spiritually." What was I supposed to do--lie?? So yes, Dude, I totally relate and empathize. I'm sorry you have to go through this shit too.
Trump's reelection campaign kicks off 'in the name of Jesus Christ' JESUS CHRIST! ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Oh, the irony. And for any of the "christians" who buy that pitch, well, ...
Well, if the American people have not seen enough of Trumps impeachment to realize what an utter ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 24, 2020:
Some of us, believe it or not, knew from the get-go.
You can't tell the bad guys without a program
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 24, 2020:
Thanks for the diagram. It all makes more sense now.
Last Night was a Ramen Class at the Institute of Culinary Education.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 24, 2020:
Looks like y'all got creative with it. My own experience with ramen (beyond college days with the instant sort) began in Japan, where it was an art form. Beyond the Kyoto ramen shops, I tried regional variations on it during my travels around the country.
President describes injuries from Iranian strikes as ‘headaches’ How bout someone smacks him ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 23, 2020:
Interesting, coming from somebody whose only knowledge of injuries is made-up bone spurs.
Driving that train, high on cocaine...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 23, 2020:
Trouble ahead, trouble behind. Yep, that's about right.
Greta...U go girl!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 23, 2020:
Hey, don't give him ideas. He'd probably like that....
Looks right to me...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 23, 2020:
What a farce, though it's totally expected.
This article suggests what the current supporters of our fuckwad president can look forward to.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 21, 2020:
“For all his cognitive deficits, blistering ignorance, and unsubtle grifting, Donald Trump excels in one area: spectacle. No Democrat on the political scene can rival him in the creation of monstrous shitshows, cringetastophies, and dear-God-is-it-time-for-Dad-to-go-to-managed-care moments of pure Gantryesque spectacle.” Love it!
I found it! I found the original! THIS is the foundation of the group name!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 20, 2020:
I see you can buy these things online. Definitely part of this year's 4th of July party, along with the balloons!
After announcing the new school lunch requirements...He hires the best to run it......
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 20, 2020:
So is ketchup a vegetable again?
Why do I love grits?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 19, 2020:
Wonderful ode to grits! I hope you're near a place where you can get the stoneground ones. I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where it's easy to buy Weisenberger Mill products. That mill has been around since 1865, and the stoneground grits (not to mention the stoneground cornmeal) are delicious. https://www.weisenberger.com/default.asp Now I think you may have talked me into fixing some shrimp and grits soon....
Let us begin a petition to cut the Press Secretary position.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 18, 2020:
Isn't paying them to *NOT* do their jobs what socialism for the rich is all about? LOL
In 2020 its important to get people the help they really need
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 18, 2020:
That Koolaid addiction is a tough one to beat, I hear....
Trump May Be Even More Unpopular Than His Approval Rating Shows | FiveThirtyEight
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 18, 2020:
When that unpopularity results in his removal from office, then it will mean something.
Get your popcorn ready!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 18, 2020:
Hell, I'm ready!
Is the USA heading for a civil war?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 18, 2020:
I just wonder how this would play out. Like how do you distinguish who's on your side from who's on the other? Would tRump-supporting states secede and rename themselves Dumbfuckistan? How would the borders work, with Kentucky and Wisconsin in Dumbfuckistan and Illinois in between in what's left of the USA?
I just can't stand this anymore.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 16, 2020:
How ironic, Putin's bitch commenting on "the corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue."
Accurate depiction!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 14, 2020:
Back at that time, I was one of those hippies. These days, I look pretty much like I did then, except my hair maybe ain't quite the same color. (;-)) Funny thing is, though, *now* many of the rednecks look like me. When I go to the supermarket, it's no longer looks of contempt, but rather those of possible recognition--*Hmmm, I think I know that dude, maybe lives in the next holler over....*
Your tax dollars at work, America!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Cost to us at last counting: $121M. https://trumpgolfcount.com/#services
[inquisitr.com] Mental incompetence is also grounds for removal from office, right?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Wouldn't that be an ironic defense? ....
Trumps pre presidential business connections to Soleimani and Iran’s revolutionary guard are very...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 13, 2020:
And here's another article about it: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/01/trump-should-know-about-irans-revolutionary-guard-he-did-business-with-people-linked-to-it/
Have people gone too far in their criticism of Donald Trump?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 13, 2020:
And that seems like kind of a short list.
I had a DREAM.....
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 12, 2020:
If I still have any tRumptard friends left next holiday season, this will definitely be my card. And that should take care of them once and for all. LOL
Finally...SOME TRUTH!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Is that an executive order?
Mnuchin Tries to Delay Trump’s Travel Costs Disclosures Until After Election Treasury ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Nothing to see here!
🤣 some of my family thinks Canada is repressively "socialist" because they have socialized ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 11, 2020:
And somehow, according to this map, it ends up being freer than the self-described "freest country in the world." LOL
The real donald trump....
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Except pigs are intelligent and sensitive creatures. How about, say, a stonefish?
I still have these books from 40 years ago on my cookbook shelf! They were some of my favorites and ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 11, 2020:
My late wife had the *Tassajara Bread Book,* since she was the baker, but I had (and still have) the two *Vegetarian Epicure* books. I occasionally still prepare things out of the first one, but I've pretty much moved on from there. When I cook vegetarian, it's almost always Indian.
BREAKING NEWS!!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 10, 2020:
Why not? Everything else is!
Start Your Day With Lindsey Graham Getting Viciously Owned By a Fellow Republican ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 8, 2020:
Boom!
So true, so true....
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 8, 2020:
An excellent point!
Same as it ever was.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 8, 2020:
But isn't that what serfs and indentured servants are for?
"All is well." Don't you believe it!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 8, 2020:
I don't believe *ANYTHING* he says, much less this.
Pooh makes sense
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Done! Now remove the motherfucker before he can do any more damage.
The Top 10 Risks for 2020?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 6, 2020:
Yet more winning!
I see Trump has threatened the Iranians by hitting "numerous" cultural sites, if they retaliate to ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 6, 2020:
Yes, I remember the outrage from this nation about the Taliban destroying the Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001. It sounds a tad hypocritical now. If we destroy, say, the Soltaniyeh Mausoleum, how are we any different from the Taliban--or from Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the jihadist who destroyed cultural artifacts in Mali? The latter, however, set a precedent for legal action from the ICC, and the terrorist is now serving nine years in prison for his war crimes. Perhaps some hope for justice if tRump goes down that road? https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/05/world/trump-iran-cultural-sites-war-crime/index.html
What if the Iranians get so upset, they assassinate our president in retaliation?
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 6, 2020:
Now don't go giving them ideas or anything....
I stole this from an Agnostic member who posted this on Facebook. Thanks Kevin.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 5, 2020:
No problem, have at it. LOL
Speaking of war ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Some fantastic ones!
Reading Cookbooks Besides cooking and eating, i also like reading cookbooks, especially ones from ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 4, 2020:
You definitely need the Aquavit to deal with the lutefisk.
Fill up your tanks and keep them topped.
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Yet more winning!
It makes a great fire starter too!
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 2, 2020:
This is actually a thing, in the same way that Rumsfeld's press conferences, etc., were made into absurdist poetry. Here are a couple of the "poems" in it. Enjoy!
Potlikker Soup The traditional New Year's Day meal in my part of the country is comprised of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
I love pot likker soup! Thought about that for today, but opted for another blackeyed peas/greens meal.
Happy New Year to all the members of this group! My wish for the new year is to no longer see ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
And to you as well. But until that happens, it's....
George Conway tweeted that Nancy P is holding a New Years eve party inside trumps head .
DharmaBum50 comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Thereby putting that big empty space to good use!
I was near Mar a Lago this morning, the cops barricade everything but from a distance I saw a group ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
SMFH
ALEX JONES ordered to pay 100,000 in Sandy Hook case, judge rules.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Goodbye 2019
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Back atcha!
The hospital clerk asked my religion before a medical procedure.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Be happy it was an option. During my working residence in the UAE, there was a census, and there were only three boxes for the census taker to check. "Atheist" was not one of them. In fact, atheism was criminalized, so I had to grit my teeth and swallow my bile and tell him "Christian."
Happy New Year to a great community!
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Back atcha!
Americans Favor Fifteen Dollars an Hour for Congress 😄😂🤣😁 By Andy Borowitz - April ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
And let's add a $1,000 per-bill penalty for senators who don't do their jobs and leave stacks of unfinished work collecting dust on their desks.
Wishing you all a fabulous food 2020.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Happy Foodie New Year to you as well!
Far Right Trump Supporters Promising Civil War is Imminent On a highway about 100 miles ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Except the tRump hats in the picture come in both those colors, so it would still be confusing. LOL
Federal Reserve report finds Trump's tariffs raised prices, cut employment and hurt US manufacturers...
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I've asked it before, and I'll ask it again. Are you tired of winning yet?
Remembering those Tangerine Dreams [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 29, 2019:
As I recall, I liked *Stratosfear* and *Phaedra* somewhat more, but this album is interesting in its own way.
[mavenroundtable.
DharmaBum50 comments on Dec 29, 2019:
Hard to tell if the end will be quick, through a greed-driven nuclear war, or slow, through overpopulation and/or greed- / stupidity- driven climate change denial, but yes, I agree.

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