Writer of many things who likes politics, comics, and vintage video games. When not writing, Peter likes spending time with his beautiful partner Angelica, and our two daughters.
So...Collectible Video Game Investment is a Thing Now
My childhood took place during what could be considered the Golden Age of video gaming. The Nintendo was ubiquitous in American households and the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Playstation, and N64 were all released while I was just a young lad. When these came out, there was no way to know that they would hold huge resale value. I mean, you got games to play them and that was that.
Solar Small Farming is the Future
There is a majestic beauty in small dairy farms. This could be because I am a lifelong Wisconsinite and grew up with them dotting my landscape. Red barns and fields of placid, happy cows chewing away on grass are emblematic of my home state. Frustratingly, the very same small farms that were once the lifeblood here are disappearing at a startling rate. In 2019 alone, the state lost 10% of viable dairy farms. Several factors go into this, but the main culprits are plummeting commodities prices and the rise of multi-thousand cow dairies known as CAFOs. What can be done to help these small farmers keep their farms? I think there is a smart solution that can help save this way of life and also work towards the sustainable future we all need. I think solar small farming is the future.
An American Refugee
She didn't want to leave. People don't choose to flee, or choose to be refugees. The choice isn't really a choice at all, it's a reaction to what has become an insoluble situation. Forced by nature, by governments, and by the acts of humanity itself, it is such a vicious cycle that never seems to stop repeating. She was not looking forward to the journey. It would be long and gas was so damn scarce and expensive, she might even end up walking. But there was no choice. The coastal cities had started flooding years ago, but she never thought it would be her family caught running from the chaos. Perhaps she did in the back of her mind and now that secret fear was reality.
Another Jeff Tweedy Story: A soundtrack to joy and grief
I will admit, I am an unabashed Jeff Tweedy fan. His two 2018 releases, WARM and WARMER touched on themes ubiquitous within us all. With songs about American regret and the search for meaning in an increasingly chaotic world, they caught the feeling of the times. Tweedy continues to elucidate our journey into the unknown with his latest release, Love Is King.
The 2020 Campaign has Changed for Donald Trump
So, it finally happened. In one week we have seen what it looks like to have the curtain pulled back to reveal the feeble reality of our current president. There was always an element of showmanship and bluster that allowed Trump to be an unstoppable totem to his followers and an oppressive boogyman to most of us living in America. I say most of us because the man has never seen his approval rating go over 45 percent for the during his presidency. Let's take a look at Trump's great week.
What happened to the Contested Convention?
The Death of Debate and the Rise of Conformity There used to be a time in American democracy where the parties that rule this nation would be up for lively debate. Within the confines of their conventions they would hash out exactly which kind of candidate they wanted to put forth. It was called a brokered convention. This sort of vetting allowed for, not only the most skilled candidate to be chosen, but the most likely to win as well. If you had an electorate that was split on the main focus of the party, it also allowed for a candidate everyone could agree on, at least in that political party.
Benefits of Ranked Choice Voting
One of the great concepts of the United States is the fundamental theory that every vote counts. As a citizen you go to the voting booth and select your favored representative with the understanding that your support will be counted and have meaning.
Refugees Are Exactly What America Needs
Rural Decay is a term that has been uttered more and more recently. You can see it anytime you drive in rural Wisconsin. Stores closing, along with farms, and a migration of young people to the cities seeking work. It helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency with fear that this decay was being caused by the "other," a xenophobic view on what is a real problem. Contrary to that belief, it is the hopes and dreams of refugees and immigrants that could breathe new life into American's rural areas.
The Ultimate Guide to Selling Comics on eBay
I have always been a collector of comics. I like the art, especially the vintage stuff, and the stories presented can be much more impactful than they are given credit for. Comics have touched on hot button social issues of the time in a way that resonates with everyone. So, why wouldn't I, or you, want to create a side economy based upon collecting and selling comics? You get to hold pieces of history in your hands and fulfill the wishes of that fanboy that never really leaves a collector.
5 Ways to Expand Your 'Firefly' Universe
Firefly is a show that continues to live on with opportunities unexplored. There was the movie sequel, Serenity, that continued the story, but that was still not enough. Most folks who watched, were left with more questions than answers. Don't get me wrong, Serenity is in my top five movie list because of how great it is, but that was also the problem. The story was so engaging, and the action so gripping, that it needed to be told.
Democratic-Socialist Is the New Green
It is an exciting time in Progressive politics. It may not seem like it with the contentious atmosphere that emanates from the Trump administration, but with all of the bad, there has also been an awaking of sorts. Ideas that were once scoffed at or considered “radical” are being looked at as viable alternatives to a broken system. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning as a Democratic-Socialist is proof of this, along with Beto O’Rourke in Texas refusing to take corporate money, and Kennth Meija running a full-on progressive campaign in California. Although these seem like fresh ideas, there is a party in the United States that has held these ideas for over 30 years. I’m talking about the Green Party.
The Fall of the Modern GOP
This ain't your daddy's GOP anymore. The Republican party has undergone many transformations in its 160 year existence. It was the birthplace of modern progressivism, at least that's what Teddy Roosevelt would tell you. It was a little more complex than that, with the party doing much as the modern Democratic party is doing with folks to its left, which is gobbling up all of the good ideas in order to co-opt any challengers. Now, one could say that the Republican party tried to do the same to folks on its right. Well, that is true and that is what has landed the GOP in its current predicament.