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Aquadoc
I am a universty professor who's been 'doing water' for almost 40 years. In my spare time I am President-for-Life and Supreme High Armed Forces Commander of the Republic of Campanastan.
Interests: travel, f. scott fitzgerald, seinfeld, reading, writing, baseball, bicycling, collecting quotes, convertibles, water issues, music (good ol' rock 'n roll, with a tendency towards doo-wop, classical), developing countries, robert kaplan, thomas wolfe, "feelin' alright" by joe cocker, "sky pilot", trying to make the world a better place.
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Well, maybe not, but I love this KAL cartoon from the 28 March 2015 edition of The Economist. "The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Campanastan
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According to the Harvard Business Review, here are other things that employees do on conference calls. I plead guilty on some occasions. I sometimes 'fiddle around' on the Internet. My biggest fear after a period of inattention: "Hey, Michael, what's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Campanastan
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The Grumpy Cat finds a 'friend' beneath the sea. "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose." -- Garrison Keillor Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Campanastan
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+ l l Yeah, this was actually a real movie. I saw it. Undoubtedly, the cause of the mutant spider was radiation.... You know how they killed it? They got the 50-Foot Woman to step on it. FYI: John Agar... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Campanastan
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Several weeks ago Starbucks succeeded in annoying Armenians by depicting Armenian dancers beneath Turkish flags (read about it here). Unsatisfied with that, the caffeine company sought to initiate a discussion about race in the USA with its 'Race Together' program.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Campanastan
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From friend and colleague Michael van der Valk. Click on the map to enlarge it. Here is the story from the Washington Post's Wonkblog. Funny. Oregon: water? New Mexico: CDL (must be commercial driver's license)? "Remember -- life is just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Campanastan
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I would not have been surprised to see these in certain Texas cities, but not Austin! So much for Austin's vaunted 'liberalism'! Read about it here. One man has claimed credit for the stickers, saying he did it to protest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Campanastan
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"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when asked about weapons of mass destruction in an ABC News interview, 30 March 2003... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Campanastan
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From Ben McKelway's FB page, who got it from Janis Ian's (yes, THAT Janis Ian) FB page. Reminds me of Al Wilson's great song, The Snake. "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Campanastan
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TIME magazine is getting grief from some quarters for their recent cover depicting Hillary Clinton with horns. Uh-huh. The magazine says that 34 other covers have shown the same effect. Not nearly as bad as the infamous O.J. Simpson 'mug... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Campanastan
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Great day for us all - see more here and here. From The Week. “People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Campanastan
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Dana Milbank, the Washington Post columnist, is one of my favorites. But he missed the point in his recent column about Hillary Clinton and 'Emailgate'. Here is what he says about Clinton in his latest missive (the picture is from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Campanastan
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The front page of yesterday's New York Daily News: 'Captain Jerk' seems a bit extreme. William Shatner was at a charity event in Florida Saturday night and couldn't make it back to LA in time for friend Leonard Nimoy's funeral... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Campanastan
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Sad news that Leonard Nimoy, better known as First Officer and Science Officer Spock from the Star Trek TV and film series, died. Of the 'Big Four' - Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Campanastan
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Starbucks recently created a massive faux pas by using these posters of women in traditional Armenian costumes with the crescent and star of the Turkish flag in the background. Duhhh....Can you spell G-E-N-O-C-I-D-E? Read the story from Radio Free Europe/Radio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Campanastan
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Nice cartoon. From Keith Bell in the Roswell (NM) Record News. "Think about how stupid the average person is, and realize that half of them are stupider than that." - George Carlin Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Campanastan
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I recently gave an interview to a media outlet about my recent trip to the I. R. of Iran. The interviewer provided me with the following audio montage of my interview. It's only a few minutes. Download Michael%20E.%20Campana_Heart%20Touching%20Words%20about%20Iran-2 Thirty of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Campanastan
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Who knew this weekend was Hockey Weekend Across America? Probably just slightly more than those who knew that yesterday was World Pangolin Day. And today is Hockey Day in America, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Campanastan
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Yes, you can read about it here. "To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit." - Neil deGrasse Tyson Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Campanastan
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Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life! Sit Down, I Think I Love You! Thank you! "Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away." - Dorothy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Campanastan
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More funny stuff from two perceptive Danes: writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler, collectively known as WuMo. See Part 1 here. See more here. Click on the images below to enlarge them. Thanks to Elaine J. Hanford for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Campanastan
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In case you missed it, wide receiver Riley Cooper is the featured athlete for February 2015 on the Philadelphia Eagles' official calendar. Big deal, right? Yes, it is. Turns out February is Black History Month and Cooper is a white... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Campanastan
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Retirement Options in the USA You can retire to Phoenix, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away from your house because you found shade. 2. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Campanastan
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Jeb Bush's PAC's new staffer is an adept Tweeter. So send Ethan Czahor a Tweet - below are examples of some he sent a few years ago. Let's give Ethan a warm civil welcome! He Tweets @czahor. Wonder if Czahor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Campanastan
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A couple of creative Danes - writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler, collectively known as WuMo - have created these hilarious graphs of some of the annoyances, facts, and perils of modern life. See many more here. Click... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Campanastan