How to Move to Canada

As the prospects for anything resembling representative democracy in the USA dim, as the "Supreme" Court continues to chip away at voting rights and separation of church and state, ask yourself this. Why not leave the shitstorm behind and move to Canada? It's not as simple as showing up at the border, saying you are … Continue reading How to Move to Canada

Moral Reasoning and the Supreme Court

As a free individual with the capacity to struggle with and figure out moral issues for myself, I believe and live by the idea that my moral reasoning about good and bad, right and wrong, justice and injustice defines me to a large extent. And like you, I do not like being defined by others. … Continue reading Moral Reasoning and the Supreme Court

A Modest Proposal Regarding Gun Violence in the USA

First, full disclosure. I am a law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I was raised in a family of game hunters who ate everything they harvested from nature. I received my first gun, a .410 shotgun, when I was thirteen. I hunted alongside my grandfather, my father, and my uncles because I was expected to, and I … Continue reading A Modest Proposal Regarding Gun Violence in the USA

Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

A BRIEF CHRONICLE OF UNAPOLOGETIC HYPOCRISY “But then I sigh, with a piece of Scripture Tell them that God bids us to do evil for good; And thus I clothe my naked villany With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” (Shakespeare, Richard III) … Continue reading Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

I compliment Sen. Mallory McMorrow of the Michigan Senate who says it much better than I can. I hope that more citizens of the USA start speaking out against the hateful fear-mongering and wedge-driving that is the Republican playbook. The Republicans and their abetting pulpits and their media propaganda outlets have weaponized civil rights, education, … Continue reading Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

Of Mice and Members of a Tennesee School Board

When I first spotted the headline "Book about Holocaust banned in Tennessee School District" today, I began reading the article wondering if Maus had at least in part been banned because of its deliberately insulting depiction of Poles as pigs. Of course, that wasn't the reason at all. Why was Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus … Continue reading Of Mice and Members of a Tennesee School Board

What would Orwell say today?

George Orwell first published his essay "Politics and the English Language" in 1945 and Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949. Both works address serious issues Orwell observed in the world of his day, which, to most of us, must seem forever ago. However, see if these passages from "Politics" do not ring true today, perhaps more conclusively … Continue reading What would Orwell say today?

Facebook. Meta. Gimme a flippin’ break!

"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" The Zuckerberg presides over the rebranding of Facebook. It's Meta now, is it? Whoa! WOW! How wonderful! Splendid, even! That's going to fix everything! It ranks right up there with rebranding "systematic torture" as "enhanced interrogation techniques." Here's what'll really go a long way to fix Facebook for you as … Continue reading Facebook. Meta. Gimme a flippin’ break!

Haunted Houses

Haunted houses and walks along the spooky lanes of a dark woods are in operation around here. Once again, people are lining up for that annual risk-free rush of adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine! But I don't have to leave home for that. All I have to do is turn on the national news.

Stupidity

The reality show our species produces and acts in is appalling and discouraging. We could be doing so much better for ourselves and our planet, but we keep on mining those veins of stupidity and self-destructiveness that never seem to run out. Ödön von Horváth said, "Nichts gibt so sehr das Gefühl der Unendlichkeit als … Continue reading Stupidity