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Tue Mar 5, 2013, 11:21 PM

99. Discovery Channel

When it first arrived, back in the dark ages, it was pretty good. So was History Channel. But I've been too busy a long time and now don't indulge myself in anything but basic cable due to $. It's beginning to sound as if I'm not missing much. People have told me History Channel has prostituted itself too. PBS might not be perfect, but so far at least it's pretty good.

As for watching too much tv, that's true of most people. Isaac Asimov blamed tv for many social ills. Before its advent people used to sit outside of an evening visiting, getting to know the neighbors. If anything bad started to happen, somebody saw and stopped it, at least more often than now. Kids ran and played in the streets, and if a stranger showed up everyone knew it. Can you hardly imagine whole families sleeping on the roof of apartment buildings during the worst of summer before air conditioning? It seems crazy now.

I enjoyed Asimov's fiction but his textbooks were even better. For instance, he could explain mathematics as well as Krugman does economics.

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