Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why it's called the Empire State

If you're my age, you probably learned in school about the Connecticut Compromise. It was a deal between the small and big states, that gave each state equal representation in the Senate, but proportional representation in the House. The big states never much liked it, but had to agree to it to get a constitution.

(If you're half my age, you probably learned that the founders were rich white men out to oppress wimmin, gays, and people of color)

It just occurred to me that the Democrat Party in New York has finally figured out how to undo the Connecticut Compromise. Select a New Yorker with some sort of tenuous ties to a small state, say Nebraska. Create a Nebraska Senate Victory Fund, with donations from rich, liberal New Yorkers and other non-Nebraskans. And use the money on an advertising campaign to con the rubes into voting for the New Yorker.

Pretty slick. And after all, how can you be an Empire State without imperialism? All your Senate seat belong to us!

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