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

More Inconvenient Truths

We spend a great deal of time worrying about trivial issues, but then again, trivial is a relative term.

Sooner or later, our sun will go all nova on our ass, destroying not only this planet, but all of the others we haven’t demoted from that status.  We usually don’t worry too much about that.  Not going to happen tomorrow, right?

Of course, long before the sun goes full-on kaboom, it will have expanded to the point where Earth is nothing but a cinder anyway.  We don’t worry much about that either.

When it comes to non-trivial things, these are right up there on the top of the wowser list.  But we don’t waste time thinking too much about those things because they are what you might call long-range problems.  Like, really long-range; billions of years long-range.  In fact, it’s so long-range that it is a trivial concern for us, right now. Continue reading

The Arsonists Among Us

Or How We Got to This Point Part III

As a country we are beset with so many problems and issues that it is difficult to even contemplate where to begin.  We are hammered, day in and day out with the shouted noise from the so-called mainstream media, the social media, bloggers like me, the politicians, the lobbyists, the left, the right, the religious interests, the corporate interests, legal interests, the global interests, the nationalist interests, trade interests, election reform, the security issues, the gun rights issues, the right-to-life or get-to-choose issues, education issues, climate issues, black lives matter, blue lives matter, all lives matter, no lives matter.

What matters most? Where do we start? Continue reading

The Iron Mask of the Mind

There’s something about this election that baffles me.

It has always seemed to me that climate change is the most important challenge we face now or will face any time in the near future.  I’m hardly alone in that thought, of course.

Bernie Sanders said it outright and was mocked by many on the right.

If we continue on our current path we will, according to scientists, make large portions of our earth uninhabitable in the future.

But if we truly believe our scientists (as we progressive Democrats say we do), if we really believe that we are about to face massive population shifts, droughts, sea level rise requiring the abandonment of huge portions of the world’s coastlines, why are we talking about almost everything BUT climate change in this election?  If the US military has climate change as “significant threat to national security”(1), why is it that the US House and Senate can’t even admit it exists? Continue reading

How We Got To This Point – Part II

“America is great because she is good,” according to a quote generally attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville.  “If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

Hillary Clinton alluded to these words in her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.  “And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get:  that America is great – because America is good”

Before Hillary, Bill Clinton quoted them almost verbatim in 1994, and before him Dwight Eisenhower used the line in a 1952 speech.  Continue reading