Living in a rural setting, I am forced to shift my priorities in summer, from word-smith to farm-hand, spending the long days cultivating, building, digging, hauling and beating back the verge on my little estate…With my focus divided between politics and the natural world, I began to see certain similarities between the behavior of politicians and that of the animal life that surrounds me on the “farm.”
One night in a hotel bar Billy Joy sat jawing with fellow futurist John Searle and enter—literally– Ray Kurzweil. During this three-way, MENSA-meeting, Kurzweil presented a partial preprint of his new book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, to Joy and…
Coverage of the Mika Tweet and the resulting outrage over Trump’s escalating sexism dominated news coverage during a week when Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans tried to force feed a truly sexist piece of legislation down the throats of the American people—“The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.”
Most conservatives cleave to an idealized version of the 1950s and would like to see us turn back the national clock to a time when white men ruled every aspect of our society.
The moment I heard that Trump would not evoke executive privilege to stop James Comey’s Senate testimony, I knew that a character assassination blitz aimed at Comey would soon follow. I had read Comey’s seven- page statement made public the day before he testified; I saw only one defense open to Trump: deny, deny, deny.
When I first read about Kathy Griffin’s decapitated Trump photo, I too, thought she had made a terrible error in judgement, but not for the usual reasons. I am not particularly horrified about a bloody Trump head or any other bloody head. After all, I watch Netflix and between The Last Kingdon, Marco Polo and Walking Dead, I have seen piles of bloody heads…
Season finales have traditionally dominated television programming during the merry month of May: cliff hangers abound; plot twists rule; buildings explode; cars crash and usually, a major character dies at the hand of a rising villain. May sweeps for Trumplandia–America’s own really real reality show–packed in so much drama this month, viewers need a bullet point list to keep up.