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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Past as prolog

The last time I had a foreign grad. student afraid of her government, and ours, was during the Tienanmen Sq. crisis. She had already told me the Chinese government used ringer students to track the others; I'm ashamed to say I discounted that as too far-fetched. She was afraid of the Chinese government (and also that the US government would hang her out to dry to curry favor with China. She's now a citizen, full professor in a good medical school, and has at least ten times the funding I have.

Now we're turning away at the border not only students, but foreign nationals who worked for us, at risk of their lives, in countries like Afghanistan.

It is a terrible thing to be America's enemy, but worse to be our friend.

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