Loosely Speaking

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A sad reflection on pathological power

Thinking about Trump and Nixon, and about that special hubris common to narcissistic and criminal minds... The thing is, criminals think they are smarter than everyone else. They think they can outsmart the rest of the world. They think they can get away with anything. They are utterly blind to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 5, 2017

"Let all the snakes that lurk in the mud hatch out..."

"Let all the snakes that lurk in the mud hatch out..." That was a line in the BBC production of I, CLAUDIUS, based on the Robert Graves novels of the life of that crippled, stammering, under-appreciated Roman who was suddenly and unwillingly elevated to be Emperor in the chaos after Caligula's... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Speaking of thinking...

The extreme polarization of beliefs and opinions can work havoc in families, among coworkers, communities... That makes this interesting to consider, and worth the read. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 1, 2017

feeling weary...

Compassion Fatigue is a thing, psychologists talk about it, recognize it as a condition that healers are prone to in this world of so many pains and troubles, where they just burn out, can't do it anymore, feel overwhelmed and depressed. I'm noticing a new thing: Outrage Fatigue. It's dangerous, to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Fate of Empires: Can we beat it?

Sadly, the current political climate has given permission not only to act out hate and fear other ethnic peoples, other cultures, "others..." it has also given permission to celebrate ignorance, to claim that education is over-rated, that it's okay to believe what you want, and act as if it's true.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 14, 2017

United Airlines and Karma

No matter the legalities set by the fine print, United's chances in court, the anger of Just Folks will punish what they/we judge as simply wrong. United will suffer for this ugly, out-of-proportion incident, and the airline industry will also be forced by public judgements to reconsider how they... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remember the South Sea Bubble?

Remember the South Sea Bubble? Remember when Pres Eisenhower warned us against letting the military/industrial complex gain power in America? For generations, since the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the huge fortunes amassed by the private, corporate 'robber barons' of the last two... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Terrorism is stupid.

Here is why terrorist attacks work: The victims of terrorists are usually ordinary people going about their ordinary activities in normal lives, and as populations, such citizens are terrified, will consider where they go, what they do in public places, and while some will be defiantly optimistic it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Back to Trumpland

It has been just a little easier to ignore the man and his shenanigans from an ocean away. Here in the UK they have craziness of their own instigated by shallow, protectionist forces and voters who did their research on "What would it mean for Britain to leave the European Union?" the day after the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Charlie wrote this...

From several of my classes, my meetings with playwrights through UCCS, the mentorship of folks like Kevin Landis and Murray Ross, I've gotten this idea that there is a kind of magic in writing in a genre that you dislike. Find the last piece of fiction you'd ever want to touch, your least favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

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