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Super Bowl Sabbath

“And He shepherds His flock. We sing out and we praise His name. He supports us in war. He presides over football games.” – Eagles, “Fail Grasp on the Big Picture” 2,313 more words

It's the Rich Wot Gets the Pleasure

My parents considered themselves members of the ‘upper-middle class’, and took pains to ensure that we children understood that.  I’m not sure I ever did, though, although we were neither rich nor poor. 998 more words


Book 7 Teaser: Why we're so susceptible to fake news

Because we don’t want to think. That’s so like, boring. <insert eye-roll>

We don’t want to study, to research, to ponder, to analyze–we just want to be fed so that we can get back to playing and being entertained, as quickly as possible. 84 more words



The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. 203 more words

Geo-politics, Socio-economics

Bread and Circuses in Rome and America

W.J. Astore

Back in June 2013, I wrote the following article on “Bread and Circuses in Rome and America.”  It flashed through my mind this morning because of Robert Lipsyte’s post today at… 819 more words

US Politics

Ignore conflict, these shiny stones will catch your attention

And newspapers wonder why an increasing number of readers (and former readers) view them with incredulity.

Eleven of the top 12 stories in the online version of my local paper are eclipse related, the astronomical event that area media has been hyping for months. 297 more words


Coping with the news media in America.

I have been following current events for many years.  You could actually say that it has been an active hobby (addiction) of mine since my first current events course in high school that I took around 1982 or 1983.   237 more words