Because seemingly every nonfiction book these days needs a title that just rolls off the tongue, the full title of this book is The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. So as you can probably tell, there's some bias in play here. And that's perfectly fine; sometimes understanding where the bias … Continue reading The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger
The United States will soon have a 6th branch of its Armed Forces: the U. S. Space Corps. The House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create this as a split from the Air Force, which will in turn absorb the Air Force's current space missions. A number of senators and representatives have … Continue reading U. S. Space Corps
I acquired this book after listening to a podcast, an interview with author Timothy Snyder on Sam Harris' Waking Up podcast. Usually I listen to this podcast as a means raise my own game. It makes me aware of how much I don't know, it affords me the opportunity to chew on new ideas about … Continue reading On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
Sometimes you see something online, and it's an insta-buy. This campaign was going around for a short time, and I jumped on it. The shirt just arrived. Sadly, none of my co-workers know who these people are. I can think of no better example of an expressed need for better education. And so... I will … Continue reading New Shirt
I visited the parents yesterday, a whole to-do surrounding Kid Sis' birthday last week and what I thought would be a joint thing with Mom's upcoming birthday. That's what I was told. Apparently not so much. Regardless, I was pretty much dreading this trip. Let me paint the big picture for you. Dad supports Trump … Continue reading Dad Gave Me the Bird
I don't intend to get political very often on this site. I'm not here to argue for or against any policies. I won't debate them with you. When it comes to Republicans and Democrats, I see it as two sides of the same coin, with reality being somewhere in the middle. As I've said before, it … Continue reading A Plea to Trump Fans: This Man is Dangerous
Sometimes you just find greatness where you least expect it. The Netherlands? Greatness. How great? You decide.
Gonzo journalist Jon Ronson has gone into some strange lions' dens in the past, investigating the deep end of everything from extremists to psychopaths. Perhaps it was inevitable that his path should bring him into this particular flavor of crazy. The surprising bit for me was how he ended up here. It seems that he had … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right” by Jon Ronson