PC – Pragmatically Correct

Words.

Words are important.

Language is what separates mankind from the lower animals, that and an opposable thumb, of course.

We revere people who have used language well.  From Shakespeare to Dickens to Hemingway, we admire good writing.  We spend millions on the writing of people like Steven King and JK Rowling.   Our children still memorize the words of Abraham Lincoln, written on an envelope at Gettysburg. Continue reading

Too Big to Fail – Redux

Almost two years ago now I wrote a piece entitled “Back to Square One.” (1)  The election was getting interesting.  Lots of charges were flying back and forth.   Liberals were calling conservatives stupid for not understanding that climate change was a huge issue and conservatives were calling liberals stupid for thinking that it was.  Fake news was a thing, but no one knew that fake news was a thing yet, and the biggest joke out there was that Donald Trump was running for president. Continue reading

The New American Oligarchy – Phase Two

Back in 2014, a study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page concluded that America was no longer a democracy, it was an oligarchy.  The government, they claimed, had been hijacked by the very wealthy and corporate interests through lobbying and funding of political candidates. (1) Continue reading

Time and Toasters

This photo is from the Hubble telescope.  What do you see?  Galaxies?  Stars?  Matter?  Empty space?

Try to see time.

Try to see time in this photograph.

galaxies-small

It represents the entire span of human existence and much, much more. Continue reading

Enough with the Damn Emails

I understand that it takes a great deal of time to work through all of the available data, all of the available information on the big issues of our time.  I understand that.  I also understand that many people simply don’t have that kind of time.  They are busy earning a living, raising kids, clipping coupons, caring for their elderly mother, or all of the above.

These people have limited time to get their information, and they invariably go to some source that, for whatever reason, they have come to trust.

Unfortunately, those people paid to sway public sentiment understand that as well.  That’s why they know they can put out purposely false and misleading information and get away with it. Continue reading

Snake Oil

Trigger Alert!  What you are about to read may cause anger and confusion. Do not kill the messenger.

Donald Trump has claimed repeatedly that America is no longer “Great.”

He has based his whole campaign on that slogan.

He is absolutely right. Continue reading

Smoke and Mirrors 2

[This was originally posted one year ago next week. It seems timely again.   I’ve made some changes and additions to reflect today’s reality, but it has held up pretty well.]

Sometimes I wonder what the hell people are thinking.  I know; I know; I’m supposed to be nice, and I’m supposed to be politically correct and I’m supposed to be tolerant, but really?  When people post pictures of a stone wall started in the 7th century BC and tout it as a solution to a 21st century immigration issue, I have to wonder what alien plague has taken over their brains. Continue reading