Reality TV, Infotainment, and Apocalypse…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics, Star Trek What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell’s 1984, Neil’s Postman’s essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. “It’s unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, butContinue reading “Reality TV, Infotainment, and Apocalypse…”

Critical Thinking…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights A statement by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul, presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987. Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation,Continue reading “Critical Thinking…”

Reckoning, or Ragnarok…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights I read Mary Trump’s book “Too Much, and Never Enough,” feeling a chill when in the epilogue she predicted: “my uncle is going to get a lot of people killed.” Realize, when those words were typed on presumably her laptop, she, and all of us wereContinue reading “Reckoning, or Ragnarok…”

Survival of Community…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Environment, Existentialism Like his more famous contemporary, Spencer was enamored with the idea of evolution. But where Darwin focused on biology, Spencer imagined that evolutionary thinking could be applied much more broadly. In his mind, it governed entire societies. Today, when Spencer is remembered at all, it is usuallyContinue reading “Survival of Community…”

Conscientious Stupidity…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Human Rights “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today is 203 days after January 6, 2021’s attempted coup. “Insurrection” isn’t quite as accurate with the passage of time. Yesterday, the first hearings began, and they wereContinue reading “Conscientious Stupidity…”

Gordon Gekko, Hal 9000, and Overview…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Human Rights, Spaceflight Note: The post title is sourced from The Atlantic article, as is the lurid artwork. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded andContinue reading “Gordon Gekko, Hal 9000, and Overview…”

Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights In the south, you’ll see some lummox proudly spewing black smoke from the back of his pickup truck (it invariably is always “his/he/him”), tricked out with dual black smokestack pipes to “own the libs,” spew smoke in the air, and cause environmental bleeding heart tears over caringContinue reading “Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…”

Coups, Crackpots, and Psychopaths…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Coups There is a strong Trump following in the military, and retired generals on the crazy train, making moot all the protestations about Bill Clinton being a “draft dodger.” Mango Mussolini has five deferments from fake bone spurs. Most of the retired generals are part of theContinue reading “Coups, Crackpots, and Psychopaths…”

Common Sense…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, History, Human Rights Note: This post meant for Friday was delayed by a crashing hard drive. I now have a brand NEW solid state version thanks to Best Buy and the Geek Squad (shameless plug). I now have the dubious and quaint job of finding all of my files onContinue reading “Common Sense…”

It’s Funny, Until It Isn’t…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Democracy, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights The Great Dictator—Charlie Chaplin’s masterful satire of Adolf Hitler—began filming in September 1939, right at the start of World War II. By the time it was released in 1940, the Axis had been formed, and Nazis were already occupying much of France. The threat was notContinue reading “It’s Funny, Until It Isn’t…”