Category Archives: Culture

NHL champions, here’s a simple way to avoid the White House visiting controversy: QUIT DOING IT.

By on October 11th, 2017


Well, it finally happened. The Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House and took pictures with President Trump.

My question for the champions: How do you feel about it now?

The team captain Sidney Crosby was at pains to reassure the press and public that this had nothing to do with politics. “It’s a shame people want to portray it that that way,” he said a few days earlier.

Well, sorry Cros, but your visit does make a political statement, whether you want it to or not. It says: It is an honor to have the regard of the President.

And is that really such an honor?

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Trump is Just a Symptom. Let’s Talk About the Disease.

By on September 19th, 2017



Listen, you might find the sitting president to be a repugnant, appalling, knuckle-dragging buffoon making up for what can only be a clinical case of inferiority complex.

You’ll get no argument from me.

But he is just a symptom.

Cut him out and you still have the disease. And it has metastasized.

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If You Have Post-Election Fear, Read This

By on November 9th, 2016


No matter whether your candidate won or lost, I think we can all agree: we’re glad the shitshow is over.

But maybe your response is fear.

If it is, I just want you to consider this: you and I make the world what it is, not some villains sitting in office. And if that’s true, they deserve neither our hopes nor our fears.

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Forbidden Thoughts in the Pre-Election Frenzy

By on October 12th, 2016

You remember those plays you went to when you were a kid, where you’re suppose to cheer for the good guy and boo the villain, or else it’s all going to go to hell?

It’s a nice illusion for the kiddies. It makes them feel like they’re in control of the outcome of the story.

We’re still playing it, aren’t we?

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Should We Fear the Future? The Case Against Cowering

By on November 17th, 2015


“There’s a lot of scary stuff going on right now.”

I’ve heard some version of that from friends, colleagues, and family members pretty much my whole adult life.

Hey, they’re not wrong. Fanatical terrorism, genocidal wars, every Western government in the world going bankrupt (seemingly at once), the banking system and stock market on the verge of collapse, the spread of super-diseases, the industrialization and poisoning of the food supply, loopy fascist maniacs on the verge of being elected…

Here’s what’s certain: the world will look very different in ten years. Maybe sooner.

Does that mean we should just curl into a ball and wait for the end?


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