Your Local Police Militarization

Does this not concern anyone but me?! Does this make you feel safer??! This is insane! We are running in the wrong direction as fast as we can. Why? Police militarization is hurting the wrong people. Is government anticipating our running out of drinking water because of all of the fracking poisoning the drinking water or because of the depletion… Continue reading

TV Theme Songs Sherlock; House of Cards

Last night I was watching the awesome BBC series, Sherlock. The moment I heard the opening title sequence, I was convinced I knew who had written it. The musical style sounded very similar to the style of the music in the opening sequence to House of Cards. The HOC theme is considerably more dissonant/bi-tonal, which I love, but the two… Continue reading

Reflecting on Those “Underserved” after being “Ravaged by Abuse”

The New York Times is reporting that Bob Jones University is faulted for halting an abuse study. The first paragraph starts with a bang and gets more heartbreaking from there. GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist… Continue reading

The Truth vs. The Urban Legend

This happened about 20 years ago, and I am fascinated by the difference between what I thought was true and what the facts seem to be nearly 20 years later. Here’s what the media conveyed to me: A woman drove up to the McDonald’s drive through, bought coffee, put it in her lap, spilled it on herself while driving off,… Continue reading

Keep It on the Milk Carton!

Subtitle: Am I just that much of a jerk in my old age? Californians got a startling late-night introduction to a statewide emergency alert system when their cell phones began buzzing, blaring and flashing with the news that San Diego County siblings had been kidnapped. For many, it was the first time they knew about an all-but-hidden feature on their… Continue reading

We Are All Cyborgs Now

TED has always provided an alternate view of the reflection the United States sees in the mirror when watching main stream media. Instead of the constant lunatic, doomsday rantings of a Glenn Beck*, the police blotter that CNN has become, the McNews of USAToday, and the general anesthetic quality of most TV programs, the smart and insightful people who present… Continue reading

We Need a Populist Movement—Part 1: Healthcare

Healthcare I saw Keith Olbermann‘s show (see the clip at this link) where he hosted Michael Moore, producer of Sicko, and Wendell Potter,  former Vice President of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the United States’ largest health insurance companies,  and author of Deadly Spin. Potter apologized to Moore for his massive, industry-funded, carefully-crafted efforts to discredit him and his… Continue reading

And Along Those Lines…

I’ve whined before about my dislike for visual clutter and advertising trying to capture my attention on the web and in the news papers. Well, here’s a nice little tool that won the New York Times Pogie Award for the Year’s Best Tech Ideas: Readability. Set your preferences: pick a style, select the font size, and select the width of… Continue reading

Normally I Say, Rest in Peace…

but not for this man whom I consider less than a charlatan. Oral Roberts needs to rest in shame as far as I am concerned. He created an entire generation of religious leaders who cared more about money than they do helping people–the sheer nonsense and evil of “the prosperity gospel“: give me enough of your money and God will… Continue reading

CNN App for iPhone

I have the basic news apps on my iPhone: AP, the New York Times, NPR, even the Wall Street Journal. I’ve had the CNN site bookmarked on my phone until today. I deleted it after purchasing CNN’s new mobile app for the iPhone. It’s the best news site application I’ve seen to date–complete awesomeness! The app only costs $1.99. As… Continue reading