Monthly Archives: April 2020

A very (very, very) big asteroid to pass close-by!

A big – very big – asteroid passed relatively close to Earth this morning (April 29, 2020). Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 passed at a safe distance, at some 4 million miles (6 million km), or about 16 times the Earth-moon … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Leave a comment

Coronavirus shakes the conceit of ‘American exceptionalism’

Calvin Wood | AP News What if the real “invisible enemy” is the enemy from within — America’s very institutions? When the coronavirus pandemic came from distant lands to the United States, it was met with cascading failures and incompetencies by a … Continue reading

Posted in Culture War, Politics | Leave a comment

“The world has loved, hated and envied the US. Now, for the first time, we pity it.”

pkgoode | Daily KOS Fintan O’Toole is one of Ireland’s many national treasures, a great writer who stands out in a country where great writing would be almost ordinary were it not so revered. In today’s Irish Times, O’Toole writes: The grotesque … Continue reading

Posted in Geo-Politics | Leave a comment

Trump is insane: And it’s time for leading Democrats to say that out loud

David Masciotra | Salon Rational Americans already understand that our president is mentally ill. Will Democrats ever speak truth to power? Psychologists warn of the deadly consequences of the “silent partner” in abusive homes. When a father beats or sexually … Continue reading

Posted in Culture War, Politics, Psychology | Leave a comment

America is a Failed State

The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken. George Packer | The Atlantic When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic … Continue reading

Posted in Geo-Politics, Politics | Leave a comment

From the 35mm Vault

Cathedral Spire 1998 – Strasbourg, FrancePentax Spotmatic / 35mm B&W film

Posted in Photography, Travel | Leave a comment

Bullshit is everywhere. Here’s how to deal with it by using the CRAP framework in the workplace.

by Ian McCarthy, David R Hannah, & Jane McCarthy | The Conversation What’s colloquially known as “bullshit” occurs when people make statements with no regard for the truth, and unfortunately, it is more prevalent than ever. Thankfully, we can all … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology | Leave a comment

The COVID-19 Pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why.

By Rebecca Renner | National Geographic – Science Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration.” Ronald Reagan pulled up to the curb in a sleek black town car, rolled … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Psychology | Leave a comment

Flamingos form firm friendships

Researchers at the University of Exeter have conducted research that indicates flamingos form life-long friendships! Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows. The five-year study reveals that, despite being highly social as part of large flocks, flamingos … Continue reading

Posted in Science | Leave a comment

Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump’s “deadly” briefings display “anti-human” psychology

“Criminality combines with mental pathology” in Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, says Dr. Bandy X. Lee by Igor Derysh @ Salon Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee is leading a group of mental health professionals in urging a congressional intervention … Continue reading

Posted in Culture War, Politics | Leave a comment

Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting*

Julio Vincent Gambuto | Forge You’re not crazy my friends. *Gaslighting, if you don’t know the word, is defined as manipulation into doubting your own sanity; as in, Carl made Mary think she was crazy, even though she clearly caught … Continue reading

Posted in Culture War, Foolishness, Politics, Psychology | Leave a comment

Beverly Cleary turns 104 today!

Happy 104th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” changed my life. – cPaul A video interview with Beverly Cleary at Reading Rockets

Posted in Books, Mileposts | Leave a comment