Category Archives: free speech

Rewriting and Forgetting History in Today’s Ever Present Moment

1984 is here. The Orwellian Era has officially begun in the United States. CNN reports (external link) that a large statute dedicated to Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia will be removed on Wednesday under orders by authorities of that … Continue reading

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Back When People Could Have Fun

A few posts ago I showed a 1968 advertisement for SAS Airlines which promoted girl watching. You can read my post and look at the ad here (internal link). Harmless fun which would never again be published because of joyless … Continue reading

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The Insane Hypocrisy of Facebook, Twitter, and Corporate America

While following the latest news from Afghanistan, I thought it mentioned that Taliban members were Twitter users. That seemed ludicrous since a sitting president had been banned by that service. Who could possibly be worse? As it turns out, Twitter … Continue reading

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Learning to Listen

Do you have trouble listening? Really listening. I did for a long time. Instead of listening intently to someone I was mostly thinking about what I would say when it came my turn. My listening improved dramatically when I started … Continue reading

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Twitter Favors Faces of the Young, Slim, and Light Skinned

The Guardian (external link) reported yesterday that a photo algorithm within Twitter favors lighter, slimmer, and younger faces. This confirms what I wrote yesterday (internal link) that the view of beauty in the West has never changed. Twitter came under … Continue reading

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What Have We Gained and What Have We Lost?

In the last fifty years America has become a lot less joyful and playful to the benefit of no one. Except to the people incapable of having fun who enforce today’s morality standards. I’m 63 years old. I have no … Continue reading

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My 1,000th Post

This is my 1,000th post at this site. Posting began here in 2013. I have been writing on the internet since mid-1994 and before that in walled gardens like Compuserve as well as bulletin boards before that. I did quite … Continue reading

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I Hoed and Trenched and Weeded by A.E. Housman

No one has ever written better about depression, futility, and ending it all than A.E. Housman. (internal link) All of us question the Meaning of Life at times and wonder whether it is worth going on. Housman’s heartbroken or doomed … Continue reading

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They Were Nice People. Generally.

Updated September 5, 2021 “They were nice people. Generally.” Reportedly said by a witness to the dealings of Richard Nixon’s inner circle. That included henchmen like H.R.Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell. Nice people. Generally. Working Around Connected People in … Continue reading

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As Long As a Free Man Breathes There Will Always Be a Rhodesia

Updated September 3, 2021 As Long As a Free Man Breathes There Will Always Be a Rhodesia When I was growing up I admired plucky little Rhodesia from afar. It is now called Zimbabwe. Like the Weimar Republic or perhaps … Continue reading

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