Month: March 2022

Journalists fight for truth even as feces-flingers prefer propaganda

Journalists fight for truth even as feces-flingers prefer propaganda

Right now in Russia, purveyors of “fake news” (deemed as such by that bastion of truthfulness and decency The Kremlin) can face a 15-year prison sentence under a new law enacted by truth-fearer Vladimir Putin and his gutless cohorts. This is on top of a 2019 “fake news” law that had somewhat lighter penalties with smaller fines and less jail time but that always-scary mark on your permanent record. I got that “permanent record” warning a lot when I was in school, though I was never really sure what it meant. I remain scared that someday when I try to […]

Inefficiencies big and small are driving me crazy

Inefficiencies big and small are driving me crazy

Photo: If your bed looks like this all the time you’re not in it, congratulations of not being inefficient. When you get to my age, you begin to realize you don’t have a lot of time to waste. I’m more than half-dead. I suspect it’s more like 90 percent dead, but that clearly is “more than half-dead.” How old am I? I’m 51. How old is that? If Tom Brady were that old, he’d be like completely, totally retired from football — only for a year or so, of course, but still. I’ve always gotten a little bugged when folks […]

Simple-mindedness sticks around

Simple-mindedness sticks around

If there’s one thing Americans possess more than folks in almost any other country, it’s our amazing ability to boil a complicated, complex issue into one of utter simplicity. Take gasoline prices for instance. If you’re a critical thinker, you probably think prices are determined by the global market, production, speculation, demand and profiteering. You might get your numbers from folks like the U.S. Energy Information Administration and not Tucker Carlson or a pandering politician. It also means you’re one of about 12 critical thinkers left in America. However, simple-minded folks can sum up the gasoline price issue by slapping […]

I’ll take “Things that don’t bother me for $200,” please

I’ll take “Things that don’t bother me for $200,” please

We’ve all learned a lot about Ukraine in recent weeks in months — like where it is, how resilient their people are and how to pronounce the name of its capital and biggest city, Kiev (or Kyiv). As long as I can remember — I mean, like, going back months — I’ve called it KEE-ev. So did most folks, including government officials and journalists. As it turns out, that’s the way Russians pronounce it. Ukrainians pronounce it KEEV. And if that’s the way the Ukrainians want it, by golly, they’ve got it. The heck with the Russian way. Yet, I […]

How to be prepared for all the twists and turns of life

How to be prepared for all the twists and turns of life

Yes, life here in these United States sure is great. However, you never know what lurks around the corner — such as a car crash, a medical emergency, your identity being stolen or your chihuahua attacking the mailman and causing permanent emotional distress. (For the chihuahua, of course, because mailmen taste horrible.) The point is that Americans are never more than three feet away from a disaster that can bankrupt you forever. No, wait, that’s a spider we’re never more than three feet from. Anyway, you’re going to need a lot of insurance to protect you from all the things […]