Opinion pieces from the left, right, and everyone in between.
Unbiased News at PBS NewsHour
Now, more than ever before, television news shows have discarded all pretense of reporting the news and unabashedly deliver up biased opinions and sometimes out and out demonstrable lies about people, politics, culture, and other issues to a loyal narrowly focussed audience who eschew any other source of news or opinion, even from immediate family. For those fixated on single source news channels, like Fox News or MSNBC, they should bite the bullet and add PBS NewsHour to their TV line up. An audience convinced that everything except what they watch is fake news needs a good dose of balanced reporting and point counterpoint analysis of the news. They can find that on the PBS NewsHour.
A Letter in Spring
It is March 3, 2021, here in my corner of southeast Michigan, the Great Lake State. It’s been sunny and windy these last few days: 15-20 mph, gusts to 30. March has come in like a lion, albeit one with sunshine over its shoulder. This odd predilection for leaning on fauna for assistance with our weather prediction is problematic. Groundhogs on February 2nd notwithstanding, I am doubtful that one’s adoption of animals leonine and ovine to guide meteorological prognostication is useful. I speak as a man with a degree in zoology
Saving the plant, marketing ploy or reality
Saving the planet-- marketing ploy or reality? Can we really save the plant while ignoring population numbers? Is the slogan “we must save the planet,” the greatest marketing and sales aid ever found? Or is it really possible to reverse global climate change without halving the total population of the world? Would halving the population actually cause a reversal of climate change?
March 5, 2021 Dear America, We need to have a conversation! Our societal, economic, environmental, and political challenges have morphed into "societal, economic, environmental, and political issues and philosophical questions.
A Grey Woman In A Black And White World
We live in such a black-and-white world. A world where we are split right down the middle. A World where seeing and trying to understand both sides is almost criminal. Sharing your views is frowned upon. If you don’t see things in all white or all black, if you don’t fit into one mold, you’re an outsider. You’re not meant to be heard and you will be shut up.
Dr. Seuss and the Great Purification
It has been announced by Dr. Seuss' Enterprises, the company who manages the Dr. Seuss catalogue of books, that they will stop publishing six of the good doctor's books because it is felt that some material in them is racist and hurtful.
The Real Enemies
This image is a golden statue of former scumbag-in-chief Donald John Trump seen at the CPAC. As you all expect, his supporters were bowing to his image, taking photos of themselves with this False Idol and even the Evangelicals were placing their hands on this "thing" as if they were blessing the Orange Fuhrer himself.
Like with all law, areas are left loose in efforts to allow the deciding powers to adjust the law to the specific problem at hand. Unfortunately unlike the forests that are being discovered to have a democratic if not social understanding of reality on earth. When others are allowed to grow strong and powerful it makes a secure environment for the entire forest to strive. If you include your neighbors in your prosperous endeavors in turn they will alarm you when danger is present.
Knock It Off!
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Changing Faces of A City: How London Sold Its Soul to The Private Equity Devil.
On the 17th of May 1984, nearly 37 years ago, Prince Charles gave the most extraordinary speech, about the changing face of his beloved city, which interestingly, has aged spectacularly well.
In The Crossfire: Lauren Southern’s Strategy
INTRODUCTION: Right before the beginning of the 2021 New Year, I read about right-wing agitator and Canadian documentary filmmaker Lauren Southern’s return.
A New Suggestion For The Biden Administration About Fannie Mae
Questions remain about what the Biden administration will do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, a new report from the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies Group offers insight into what could happen to the government-sponsored enterprises. It suggests that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be used to drive more racial equality in the housing industry, something the Biden administration could get behind.