Boris Johnson and Brexit! What worse misfortune could befall the once mighty island kingdom?
I hold a different view.
The Conservatives won a great victory, their most decisive in a generation. Boris Johnson will be prime minister for five more years. The UK will crash out of the Continent’s almighty trade and currency union. Or withdraw under an 11th-hour agreement.
Europe faces an uncertain future. Possibly even demise of the European Union. Vladimir Putin must be turning cartwheels.
And the United Kingdom has a bumpy road straight ahead, to be sure. …
Electric bicycles are a rising tide, probably a tide that will keep rising and never recede.
America has been slow to catch E-Bike fever. That is about to change. Suddenly, all conditions appear ready for lift-off.
Some believe electric bikes will change our cities and the way we live. They’re the next big thing. They’ll be more popular than medical marijuana. Legal in all 50 states! Soon, almost as common as cell phones?
Electric tricycles in senior-citizen communities. Electric bikes on college campuses, city streets and sidewalks. Electric tricycles delivering pizza.
“E-Bikes are officially mainstream,” Court Rye announced in September…
One candidate promised to give money away and another laughed. That was only the beginning.
In a sane world, Barack Obama would stand up today and claim his rightful place as head of the Democratic Party. No one else can do it. He’d summon a few old souls to a small room.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, our only functioning leader. Jimmy Carter because he’s wise. More to the point, he’s the one who calmly suggested an age limit. Suddenly it seems to makes sense. Bill Clinton, because who has keener political instincts?
Obama, Pelosi, Carter, Clinton. I’d trust them to fill…
Open letter to Sen. Amy Klobuchar,
If there’s one thing the wealthy loathe, it’s the thought of their privileged child sitting next to your child in a public school classroom.
The elite will move heaven and hell to bypass public school. (But they have more influence and better connections in hell.) By definition, the wealthy can afford to BUY IN. Buy into hell, or buy into college. They want IN for their offspring, and they have no scruples about paying. The wealthy have money to burn.
Plain and simple, what the wealthy don’t want is free public college. …
Can a TV news marathon focus America’s attention on global warming? CNN provides the forum — a seven-hour spectacle putting the top ten Democratic presidential candidates on the spot.
It comes at a time when the world is already boiling mad and Amazon rain forests are on fire. French President Emmanuel Macron said, “Our house is burning.” Hyperbole, yes, but it grabs your attention.
Ponder these can-you-top-this global warming records cited by CNN:
The American presidential election of 2020 is a year away, and already the crowded contest for the Democratic nomination is testing our patience.
Election 2020 will be contested — is already being contested — in an atmosphere of pervasive anxiety. I’m not qualified to psychoanalyze mass anxiety. We cannot blame the anxiety on any one source. But obviously, people are worried about erratic leadership in high places and economic uncertainty. This too shall pass.
Long-term, people have good reason to worry about climate change, extreme weather, and the ever-present danger of war, not here, but somewhere. Violence is all too…
Not so very long ago, within living memory, American voters marked paper ballots. Election workers tallied votes using pencil and paper and adding machines, both manual and electric. No computers! Results might not be complete until early next morning, but the totals were reliable.
Are humans still capable of adding numbers without the aid of computers? What if the future of democracy depended on it?
The threat of Russia and other countries, and also terrorists, power-hungry corporations, and rogue politicians attacking America’s election system is a real and present danger. …
Let’s all take a deep breath and remember that these June and July debates resolve nothing. They seem memorable, but they’ll be forgotten when the primaries begin. The debates were useful because they introduced a long list of candidates to anyone with patience to watch. Political observers gained some insight and clarity. But I hesitate to make quick judgments based on 30-second exchanges and one-line zingers. That’s why I’ve waited a few days for reflection before writing.
Here’s my take on the winners and losers. I’ll follow it up with detailed analysis in a moment.
The front runners: Joe Biden…
But first, let’s eliminate the most overrated candidate.
(Aug. 6 Update: Following the end-of-July Democratic debates in Detroit, Sen. Amy Klobuchar remains the most underestimated candidate, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg remains most overrated. However, IMO, Klobuchar moved up to be one of the second-tier candidates most likely to be a factor when the primaries begin, along with Sen. Cory Booker. You may have a different take. And Buttigieg remains most overrated. However, Buttigieg lost ground in the latest debates, IMO. The front runners remain the same: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren. Although not everyone would agree about Biden.)
Ann Patchett’s novel, State of Wonder, explores, among many things, the potential for human excellence, the power and consequence of romantic love, and the implications of paternal presence and absence. Perhaps most importantly, the story reveals our willingness to deceive, disappoint, and betray one another. But also our ability to persevere and survive. The book is a 21st century fairy tale.
Read State of Wonder twice. It’s that good. I missed most of the message on first reading. I’m planning to give it a third go, a few years hence. Can’t wait to see how the story stands the test…