The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm was a phrase made popular by journalist Sebastian Junger, with his 1997 novel and subsequent major motion picture. The subtitle is: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea. I think the phrase applies now as then. You can read my review of the book here. The perfect storm describes a confluence of circumstance … Continue reading The Perfect Storm

Krystal Ball is wrong

Krystal Ball is wrong and Donald Trump is right. Stay with me, I'll make this brief. I watch Krystal daily. For three reasons: She and I share a birthday, and thus some general personality traits. Krystal is an attractive, young, expressive, and smart woman. Ball is fun and entertaining (because she is naive?) Ms Ball … Continue reading Krystal Ball is wrong

Sexual Assault Then and Now

Sexual assault is different now than it was before. Joe Biden, the Democrat's presumptive nominee to challenge Donald Trump for president of the United States, has been accused by Tara Reade, a former staffer, of sexually assaulting her in 1993. My argument is that, that was then and this is now. Things have changed. I … Continue reading Sexual Assault Then and Now

Relief day

Relief day, Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Even the Magpies know it! It's been exactly two weeks (Wednesday, 11 March, 2020) since doomsday. That was the day "When The World Stops", according to Time magazine's "Special Report: COVID-19" (vol.195.no 11.2020). Errg. My mood has never been this high (8.5 on my mood scale), since I can't remember … Continue reading Relief day

Life and death matters, part II

Life and death matters, part II will focus on the current and on going health crisis. Because what's more important than your health. Right? Rising is my favorite source of news and current affairs. I especially enjoy Krystal Ball's take on matters of life and death - which is today's current health crisis. If the … Continue reading Life and death matters, part II

Welcome to the real world

Welcome to the real world, Krystal Ball, Robert Wright, Bernie Sanders, and y'all of the Foke Woke. What happened on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, shocked the world. Make that the Foke Woke world. Here's a summary: The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the latest virus outbreak a global pandemic. Congress grilled officials from the Center … Continue reading Welcome to the real world

Life and death matters

Life and death matters, maybe. A few days past, in early morning fog, there was a helicopter crash that killed all nine people aboard. One, Kobe Bryant, was a basketball legend. He was only forty-one years old, retired, yet in the prime of his life. The outpouring of shock, grief, and sadness has been unmatched, … Continue reading Life and death matters

Infinite jest: Impeachment and the Democrat Campaign

Infinite jest: impeachment and the Democrat campaign references the folly I witnessed last week. Specifically the fifth Democrat debate and the impeachment inquiry hearing. Because both events were seemingly never ending and laughable. Yet the participants were grim, dour, and angry. Nevertheless, I was smiling underneath. Most importantly what I witnessed indicates that come next … Continue reading Infinite jest: Impeachment and the Democrat Campaign

Words are manipulated to change behavior

contrast and interpretation

Words are manipulated, that's true. We think via words. Therefore the words waffling around in our brain matter. Words have power. And therefore words are manipulated to change behavior. Where do words come from? At first, that seems like a simple question; but it's not. The answer is complex, especially in today's media driven world. … Continue reading Words are manipulated to change behavior

Simulation, Souls, or Skinner box

Lately I've been thinking about the disturbing, yet also comforting, world we live in. It's dangerous and hostile and unforgiving. The idea that we are nothing but a product of an amoral, evolutionary process - an accident - is too disturbing. Most people believe we are either sinner and saints (souls) or simulations. I disagree. … Continue reading Simulation, Souls, or Skinner box