Month: August 2015

  • Why must we always be choosing the lesser of two evils?

    Four days ago someone posted an image on Facebook where a presidential poll shows the leading candidates in North Carolina as follows: Hillary Clinton (D) 38% Donald Trump (R) 40% Deez Nuts (I) 9% The joke is supposed to be “Deez Nuts”, the 3rd-place candidate with 9% who turns out to be a 15-year-old from […]

  • Sidebar ads in poor taste, and from bad to worse

    The pornographic cancer that once lurked in darker parts of the Internet is now coming out of the shadows. It used to be that if you stayed on safe sites you wouldn’t be bothered with offensive content. That has changed. These days, offensive and pornographic ads are showing up on “safe” sites with increasing frequency. […]

  • The Little Red Hen is so relevant, or, what is greed?

    I love the illustrations in Richard Scarry’s “The Little Red Hen”, a surprisingly hard-to-find little board book. When I read it to my daughter, I think I’m the one who enjoys it the most. The characters are cute. The message is strong. The little red hen finds some grains of wheat and tries to get […]

  • Dogs and neighborly friction

    We used to get along really well with our next door neighbor. Then she got a dog. Our apartments share a wall, and we also share a back deck. There is a wooden lattice wall separating her side and ours. The deck is very pleasant and shady, except when the neighbor’s dog is out. It […]

  • Tolerance and bigotry

    Wikipedia: “Bigotry is the state of mind or attitude of a bigot, defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance”.[1] Bigotry may be based […]

  • The epidemic of shallow sharing on Facebook

    For weeks, one of my Facebook friends shared only images that had quotes with minions in the background. He would share them in batches of 10 or 15 at a time. I tried blocking the sources of the things he was sharing, but each day more would appear. I eventually just “unfollowed” him since he […]