Ignorance is Bliss

You’ve heard people say it. You’ve probably even said it yourself. Here’s the thing though. Ignorance is anything but bliss. Ignorance is intelligence ignored.  You know what’s bliss? A very low IQ is bliss. If you have a very low capacity for new knowledge you will be unable to comprehend what’s going on around you. […]

Revolution

 We desperately need a revolution in the United States.   We are kidding ourselves if we think this is all somehow going to turn out okay! Our present leaders are not likely to deal with our most pressing problems in any way other than making them worse. Just pick one or two. How about denying […]

In Times Like These

“When I kept silence, my  body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” Today, as we face 100 degree plus temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, these words from verses 3 and 4 […]

Revolution or Insurrection? Whatever you call it, change is happening

Conventional wisdom at the beginning of this presidential primary season said this: There’s absolutely no way Donald Trump can possibly prevail Bernie Sanders’ campaign will likely fizzle after the first week or two, certainly by Super Tuesday Now we see how the power elite was wrong…in both parties. The attached interview with Bill Curry explains how […]

The Other Side of Despair

I’m aware that some of the things posted on this website can cause frustration, anger…even despair. My heartfelt hope though, is that you will discover that trying to ignore what’s going on in our world is not helpful. For sure it’s not in the long run. My dear grandmother was fond of saying: “If you […]

Ralph Nader Was/Is Right

You need to watch this. Among the things you’ll learn: Why Nader doesn’t think Trump will be the Republican nominee. For you millions of Bernie Sanders supporters, here is how to really help him. If you have only 2 minutes to give to this video, click in at 13:30 and out at 15:30. Nader is […]

The Paucity of Paris

Do you agree with the so-called Paris Agreement? I don’t. Apparently I’m in good company. James Hansen, adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies says it’s just “bovine excrement.” (my rendition of his more colloquial descriptor) The 196 […]

Mission Possible

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” is to read this piece through to the end. Unfortunately whether or not you admit Chris Hedges is right, the truths he’s telling will not go away. Here’s the thing though, ignoring this admittedly disturbing article won’t work in the long run. The fact that you’re reading […]

Charlie Hales and Political Morality

I ran across this on Facebook this morning:  “Why the hell don’t more people care!?!” My response? “Because we only care about what puts money in our pockets, that’s why.” Of course there are other reasons folks don’t seem to care. They include having to deal with a personal health issue, meeting a work deadline, […]

Climate Change Deniers

This piece is not about the Koch brothers and the other super-billionaires whose wealth comes from extracting fossil fuels from the earth. You know, the guys who say: “Isn’t it wonderful? You poke holes in the planet and all this oil and gas comes gushing out!” Nope. This isn’t about those deniers. This is about […]