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Regular readers here know how much I enjoy getting to the reality underneath the smoke and bs of news stories. This writer, a health care provider, is also a great "deconstruction worker".
In this article, "Wyrd Smythe" explains some key aspects of how we achieve our points of view. I admire his ability to simplify these concepts, and present them in an entertaining fashion.
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I'm tired of reading the opinions of people who think the shutdown "doesn't really matter", or (God forgive them) believe it's a good thing for members of Congress to refuse to govern and continue to get paid FOR NOT DOING THEIR WORK - ON PURPOSE !!! Here's someone who feels more like I do about it.
The day after my birthday was my afternoon off. Mary and I were together, enjoying each other’s company and trying to make responsible spending decisions. Continue reading
I’ve been hearing a lack of reason in the current debate over how to deal with our violent culture, including through gun control. I can’t go very deep with this subject, because the flaws in these arguments are so obvious, but I still feel the need to give some simple reactions. Continue reading
Historically speaking, most political revolutions do not end well. They create violent, bloody counter-revolutions in reaction. The American Revolution (1775-1783) was highly unusual. We didn’t have a counter-revolution. There are other kinds of revolutions too, revolutions in ideas. Continue reading
Archie Roosevelt, with Presidential pet badger Josiah, who bit visitors.
WOO-HOO! It’s OVER! Those suffering from arrested development will continue to whine for a bit if their man or woman didn’t win, but the wisest will progress to more important matters. Like raking leaves, cleaning the gutters, and throwing out those stupid lawn signs. Continue reading
(You may stop selling. I have already voted, by mail.) “Chaaange! CHAAANGE!”
Because Presidential elections follow a week after Halloween, it’s fun to make visual associations between traditional zombies (the walking dead) and politicians (the talking dead). Continue reading
Sex! Violence! Politics! (The Late Sixties)
In the 1960s, a number of factors converged to produce changes in what were acceptable subjects for filmmaking. In America, the studio system was in sharp decline, and the self-censorship rules known as the “Hays code” were abandoned. There were “new wave” movements in England and France as well as the U.S. Independent films made with smaller budgets and crews were finding larger audiences. These kinds of movies covered topics rejected by the more risk-averse studios. Continue reading
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So I guess it’s supposed to be the election of 1980 all over again, and the relevant question assumes that I and everyone else must base “better” solely on whether we have more money. Continue reading
Sidse Babett Knudsen, as PM Birgitte Nyborg
Ah, politics. The fakeness, lies and weasel-words. The facade of assumed importance. The grand parade of lifeless commodities. Continue reading
There’s more than one way to learn acceptance and understanding, but the fastest way I know is to make friends with people who are different than you are. Continue reading
I’ve read a number of opinions lately that American politics has become crazier and less civil than ever before, and that things have never been so bad in general. It’s the justification for the need to “take back America”. But if you look at our history, it’s easy to see that much of what we are experiencing now is just a re-run. Continue reading
As often happens during a revolutionary movement, icons will be mis-quoted and appropriated and remolded for other purposes. Continue reading
Saints preserve us, I’m going to talk politics, sort of. I try not to, because the way people talk politics is so limiting, exclusionary and insensitive I get upset and angry just being exposed to it. I’m married to an ex-news writer, but I generally ask her to don headphones if she intends to watch news in my presence. Continue reading