John Hamilton

John Hamilton
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
December 31
I've been around a while, lived in a lot of places, worked in numerous trades and professions, served in the Army, went to school a lot, followed a guru, and write a blog, "While we still have time." My birthday isn't really December 31. I had to put something in.


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Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker is in the news again, putting his foot in his mouth. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention Thursday he compared union protesters to ISIL, saying… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 21, 2015 7:40PM

Energy Shift

The controversy over "American Sniper" appears to be intensifying. For those who dare to criticize the movie's veracity, its implied political message, or its callousness, a bombardment of attack… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 7, 2015 8:20PM

Hollywood Scientist

Below is a short photo essay of the leading spokesperson in "America" for the anti-vaccinating of children campaign. Here is a story on other celebrity scientists.


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FEBRUARY 3, 2015 3:10AM

Hollywood Sniper

JANUARY 11, 2015 1:10AM

Proxy Warfare

DECEMBER 27, 2014 11:44PM

The Sony Hacking in Larger Context

DECEMBER 18, 2014 12:16AM

It's About Time

Tougher than toughDick Cheney is acting up again, making the rounds of pundit shows. It is hard to say who is the most evil human being on the planet, but Cheney is certainly a… Read full post »
DECEMBER 9, 2014 11:05PM

A Brief History of Torture

DECEMBER 5, 2014 1:22PM

Wrong Every Time

One of the best ways to understand what is going on in the world is through juxtaposition. By looking at different phenomena that are taking place the commonality of what is going… Read full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2014 3:14PM

Not Knowing How to Ask a Question

AUGUST 23, 2014 12:35AM

Let's Do Something Stupid

AUGUST 16, 2014 2:10AM


JULY 17, 2014 8:59PM

We Have Met the Enemy

Recently I was informed that a high school friend's father raped his own granddaughter when she was about eight years old. Catholic high school, it should be noted.… Read full post »
MAY 11, 2014 12:57AM


Every Saturday I get a "Your Week in Review" email from Common Dreams, a "leftist" news website. It has links to their top stories of the past seven days, though… Read full post »
APRIL 29, 2014 12:56AM

Facing the Future


Last Saturday some local businesses and advocacy organizations got together for an Earth Day-related "Isthmus Green Day" at Madison's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace. With over eighty exhibitors, a keynote speaker, and eighteen other presenters, the event had something for… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 1:27AM

Have a Better Story

APRIL 7, 2014 10:14PM

Pardon Leonard Peltier Now


I was saddened to hear yesterday of the death of author Peter Matthiessen. I met him once, here in Madison, after a talk he gave. I wrote about it in a comment to a story about him on National Public Radio:
I went to a talk
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APRIL 3, 2014 11:09PM

Let's Get Unstuck


The biggest stories in yesterday's (and today's) news were the "U.S." Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited spending in political campaigns and a second shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. In the discrete world of Western thought these two events would seem
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MARCH 25, 2014 11:21PM

It's a Bit Late In the Day

Yesterday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. In seeming tribute, a barge in the Houston Ship Channel collided with a ship Saturday, spilling 900,000 gallons of oil. Also on Saturday, a mud slide in Washington caused at
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MARCH 20, 2014 11:40AM

Look Behind the Curtain

MARCH 7, 2014 12:02PM

Exaggerated Crisis

The emergency du jour these days is the "Russian" incursion into "Crimea," formerly known as "The Crimea." The region, or district, is legally part of "Ukraine," formerly known as "The Ukraine." The… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2014 12:54AM

Ready For Elizabeth

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 1:26AM

We Are On Our Own

The three issues that are causing the most concern, argument and consternation these days are in the news again, and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Two of them… Read full post »
JANUARY 30, 2014 3:05PM

Dig a Little Deeper

I had this to offer in a comment to an article in Salon about a pending anti-abortion law in Indiana:
Conversations on this topic, and any number of other "right" versus
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