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The Swamp Strikes Back

The Swamp Strikes Back

Those of us who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area know that government workers are people who have dedicated themselves to public service. Many times, they have to take a salary lower than they would have gotten in the private sector, but they do this out of a...
How I Protect Myself

How I Protect Myself

Security agencies had expected the adoption of encryption technologies to slowly develop. James Clapper, the former head of U.S. National Intelligence, said that with the revelations made by Edward Snowden the use of encryption jumped ahead by seven years. I wonder if...
Redesigned Website

Redesigned Website

Like the shoemaker’s children, my own website often sits languishing, while I work on the web pages for St. Francis Inn, the US Franciscans, and others. Well, no more! I have finally updated my own website, bringing it finally into the modern era with better...
Back to the Crystal Prison

Back to the Crystal Prison

On Oct 9, 2013, I wrote a blog post about how I was breaking out of Apple’s Crystal Prison by moving from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. Instead of upgrading from an iPhone 4 to 5S, I instead bought a Samsung Note 3. Well, after struggling with Android for...
Conversion to the Gospel

Conversion to the Gospel

Sex. As a society, we are obsessed with sex. It is, at the same time, both widely available through Internet porn and also something hidden away and whispered about. Perhaps because it is repressed, sex has become an obsession for us. Due to our obsession, it is what...
Happy Birthday, Macintosh!

Happy Birthday, Macintosh!

Watching Steve Job’s launch of the Macintosh computer, makes me recall what a game-changer the Mac was. Up to that point, computers used MS-DOS or CP/M and were character-based machines. The Macintosh introduced the graphics desktop and the mouse, and forced...
Waging War Yet Again

Waging War Yet Again

I went on a retreat last weekend with the Spanish-speaking Secular Franciscan fraternity which meets at St. Anthony Shrine. We were at a beautiful Benedictine monastery in Still River, Mass. The weather was perfect, with blue skies, warm days and cool nights. The...
Victor Jara: El derecho de vivir en Paz

Victor Jara: El derecho de vivir en Paz

Derecho de vivir en Paz = The Right to Live in Peace Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, Victor Jara was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot dead with 44 machine-gun bullets in the Chile Stadium (renamed Victor Jara Stadium in September 2003). The...