Thursday, February 15, 2018

Note to Elon Musk: Put the Electric Car Where it Counts

The automotive industry is surging toward a bright near-future of electric vehicles. But currently the industry-focus is on consumers and, let’s face it, they are mostly middle to upper-middle class suburbanites. The worst auto-related pollution is in the cities. Not only that, but buying a pricey new car is a slow-turnover process and will take decades to actually affect pollution. 

I have some thoughts to share with Tesla in that area and I shared them, but failed to even get a reply. Sorry ‘bout that, Elon. You must have been distracted over at Space X or the Gigafactory. But see if they make sense to you, the reader and, if you’re an average American, a car owner as well.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Men Are Over: It’s Time to Send Them Off to the Kitchen or Out to Rake Leaves

Harvey Weinstein presided over The End of Manhood and the world is a better place for it, at least to read almost anything from the internet or newspapers (if newspapers are still read at all in this Brave New World).

In politics, the arts, business and even the most intimate of relationships, men are falling like leaves in autumn. Now we are relegated to raking up the leftovers of our errors and hauling them out to the curb to be picked up and hauled off.

The financial misdeeds of off-shoring one’s personal or corporate tax responsibilities are old news, yesterday’s stuff. Who cares what Trump did or didn’t do in Davos? All eyes are now on Stormy Daniels and every woebegone member of the British Presidents Club. News cycles may well be faster-than-a-speeding-bullet, but #MeToo has legs. That hashtag is on every man’s mind.

Out with them all. Men are over. It’s time for them to fix lunch for the kids and pick them up at school, if they can be trusted with the keys to the car. They may possibly be allowed to select a wine for dinner.

How may I humiliate thee? Let me count the ways:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Burning Witches Once Again with #meetoo

I’ve been silent on the Weinstein aftermath for a while because I needed to soak in the circumstances over a period of time. Still not sure if I comprehend it all, the one thing I have become sure of is that it is a conflagration well past time for ignition.

This is not current news. This is a revelation of misdeeds and horrors as old as slavery and, as we once came to our senses and outlawed slavery, its stink of racism still lingers in the air today, more than a century and a half after its demise.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Key to Converting Trump Supporters

There is a key, but Democrats haven’t a clue as to how to slip it in the lock. In their present state of denial they have zero chance of gaining ground in either the 2018 mid-terms or the 2020 general election. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary and Bill Clinton think they got blind-sided and simply a tweak here and a minor adjustment there will bring them the success they were fixated upon.

Ain’t gonna happen.

Republicans and their Democratic co-conspirators haven’t done a thing for the bottom two-thirds of America for two generations, ever since Ronald Reagan (the Great Communicator) wrecked the unions and privatized everything he could get his hands on. It’s been a race to the bottom in America ever since.

We finally ‘trickled down’ to Trump and his election makes perfect sense.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Facebook Has Us Talking to Those Who Think Like Us—and That's Not Good Enough

I do the same thing, scrolling down through my Facebook page and agreeing (for the most part) with this or that comment. Perhaps we all do. As the US gets more and more polarized, there are only two sides, only two ways to understand an issue: our way and the wrong-minded way.

Foolish as that may be, it’s comfortable. It’s nice to have your opinions well regarded. It’s an ego-booster, makes you feel good and sleep well, but it doesn’t do a single thing to change minds. Minds are changed by listening, carefully listening to another point of view and looking at a world-view through another pair of eyes

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spousal Abuse as American Governmental Policy

The premise I’m about to build upon is not mine. It came about during a conversation with a dear Brit friend of mine, Clair Le Couteur. He and I were musing over the commonalities between what’s happening politically in both Britain and America.

It confounds me,” I admitted. “I have no idea why practical-minded citizens should so consistently and overwhelmingly vote against their own interests.”

Simple,” said he. “It precisely mirrors spousal abuse. The victims blame themselves and when the police roll by, everything is fine again and they stand by their abuser, arms around each other until the next time—and there is always a next time.”

By god, I think you’ve nailed it, Clair. Can I use that?”

Be my guest. Please try to spell my name properly, as you are often careless in that regard.”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today’s US Contribution toward World Peace

US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump's visit.

Well what a wonderful headline, appearing on a weekend as such things do when the attention of the world is elsewhere.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity (don’t they all?), said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.”

Aha! Israel will maintain a ‘qualitative’ edge while all this shit goes down. Well, thank god for that. Not so sure how Saudi will feel about laying out that kind of cash and still finding themselves on the qualitative short end, but that’s what we’re supposed to believe as we fret about paying our mortgage and being stripped of our health care.