Sunday, January 25, 2015

* Tricky Ricky Jay

Saturday, January 24, 2015

* The Table and the Chair

Letters to the Editor
The Valley News

 Word Count: 350

 Dear Editor:

During my first year of a two-year term on the Hartford School Board I have tried to alert the public to two  tactics permitted by the board which get my goat.

The first is allowing a chair and the superintendent behind closed doors to determine what is put on the agenda  instead of allowing any board member to put any item the member feels worthy on the agenda. The second tactic which concerns me and which I brought to the voters' attention in the last meeting,  is a chair determining without the board's advice and consent the amount the budget should  be raised in figuring a budget proposal to bring to the voters. In this case it was 4 % and I asked "why not 1%?" And  why wasn't the board's advice solicited before the superintendent spent months preparing a budget? Why not, for instance, produce a budget tied to the cost-of-living instead  of increasing the cost-of-living?

Small potatoes you say? This is just a Vermont country school board. Why are you belly-aching about such a tiny matter?

Belly-aching? Maybe. Tiny? No.

Our very nation was founded on an attempt to dilute concentration of power in the hands of  an executive:  The king.  Hence three branches of government each checking and balancing the other, sometimes requiring the advice and consent of the other before items can be approved.

In a five member body like our school board it is impossible to have three branches checking and balancing each other. But it is not impossible to insist that power not be casually concentrated in a chair.

Both  instances  cited above of  a chair making unauthorized decisions are like stacking the deck before the cards are dealt.

Small town democracy in Vermont should resist executive actions conducted behind closed doors without  public eyes watching.

Some of us believe that Vermont small town governing bodies are the purest form of democracy and shouldn't be fiddled with by executives even if they are only called “chair”.

In Vermont the table is more important than the chair . And it is round.

Paul D. Keane

Friday, January 23, 2015

* Unsafe Sex at Yale: Déjà vu all over again------------30 years later.

Move bar to 4 minutes 41 seconds to begin this 1984 "60 Minutes" video filmed at Yale about the first case of AIDS  in America known to be transmitted heterosexually (by a New Haven prostitute).

Thirty years later,  there are still problems with safe sex at Yale, according to this article in Yale Daily News today.

       After "60 Minutes" came to Yale  (1983/84) to film a segment on a New Haven prostitute who was the first woman in America known to have transmitted AIDS, I struggled to get Yale to distribute to graduate students the pamphlet (below) created by a Yale biology professor and myself describing unsafe sex using blunt street language terms. (see letters below to Yale president, A. Bartlett Giamatti).

  Finally, 84-year-old Isabel Wilder, (sister of noted Yale alum, author Thornton Wilder) agreed to pay for distribution of the pamphlet, an act not only of generosity but of courage at a time (1984) when AIDS was still taboo.
Isabel and Thornton Wilder.

Further documents related to this struggle at Yale can be found at

Thursday, January 22, 2015

* Thanks Jill Lepore !
Headquarters of the Internet Archive in San Francisco

Thanks Jill Lepore for introducing me to the Wayback Machine in your New Yorker article "THE COBWEB: Can the Internet be archived?"

I just put The Anti-Yale on ( in?) the Wayback Machine, link on the top of this page--- which will bring you right back here !

Friday, January 16, 2015

* Should I be murdered as punishment for blasphemy in satirizing Christianity's holy book?

      LINK to the full satire:


Published in Yale Divinity School's alumni publication
April, 2013, in an article on "Unconventional Ministries"
The New Yorker, January 19, 2015, p. 45

* The Nobility of Vermont

Thursday, January 15, 2015