Month: March 2024

Break out of your bubble and attempt to regain the ability to reason

Break out of your bubble and attempt to regain the ability to reason

Too many Americans live inside of partisan bubbles. In a country that is pretty much split 50/50 into two camps, that’s not a recipe for progress or getting much of anything done.  Worse, many Americans prefer to get their news from biased sources that present just one side of an issue as legitimate. As a former journalist, I know that there is always another side to the story. It may not be the right side. It may be an evil side. But there always is another side, and if you ignore it, you are sabotaging your own ability to reason. […]

Why I voted in Georgia’s stupid primary

Why I voted in Georgia’s stupid primary

The process by which we select major parties’ presidential candidates in America is horribly flawed and unfair to most of us who don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire — places that receive snow in mid-March and therefore should not be eligible.  We’ve known since 2023 that Trump and Biden would be nominees in 2024, and about 37 people in the U.S. are pretty excited about it — and at least one, Melania Trump, is downright disgusted about it.  In this photo from my office, though, are a few reasons why I took a minute during lunch today to vote […]

In this age of dumb conspiracy theories, I have a few little ones of my own

In this age of dumb conspiracy theories, I have a few little ones of my own

We are now living in the age of conspiracy theories. It’s probably no coincidence that we’re also living in the age of dwindling journalism staffs, attacks on books, surging artificial intelligence capabilities and addiction to social media, where people believe headlines they see fly by on their phones whether they are from a conspiracy nut like Alex Jones or a serious source of investigative journalism like The Onion.  The latest fellow to come out as ignorant — though I do commend him for his bravery — is Tyler Owens, a defensive back from Texas Tech who recently made comments at […]

Just a few more weary days and then …

Just a few more weary days and then …

When I was a kid, “The Jetsons” filled me with false hopes. I thought we’d all be working three-hour workweeks by now. I thought robots would do all the housework with only a slight bit of attitude. And I thought Judy Jetson would eventually be older than 15. (Oh, save your outrage — she was older than I was when I watched reruns of “The Jetsons” on my 13-inch black-and-white TV. She didn’t respond to any of my fan mail, anyway.) Granted, there are many visions of the future that did come to pass in some form or another — […]