Amazon Reviews, Google Trends, and COVID-19

A friend was telling me about an interesting book he was reading titled "Everybody Lies", which cites evidence of how people lie to each other, to pollsters, and to themselves. But one place they don't lie is where they can be online and anonymous and no one is conducting a survey. Two examples of such … Continue reading Amazon Reviews, Google Trends, and COVID-19

Another One in a Long Line of Epic Gender Reveal Fails

I just read a story in HuffPost in which a couple had a gender reveal party at which the parents detonated (that word and gender reveal party should not go together) 80 pounds of Tannerite, an explosive target typically used for firearms practice. Several New Hampshire towns as well as parts of northern Massachusetts were … Continue reading Another One in a Long Line of Epic Gender Reveal Fails

Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

It was 1977, and I was a sophomore in college. Naïve and impressionable would have been two good words to describe me back then. I will never forget seeing the photo below in an issue of High Times magazine, which was dedicated to the culture and legalization of marijuana. I'm not sure who on my … Continue reading Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

If You’re Reading This, You’re Part of the 93%

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021, seven percent of U.S. adults do not use the Internet. As I read the article, no where did it state what percent of U.S. adults do use the Internet, so I decided to see if I could my math skills to help me … Continue reading If You’re Reading This, You’re Part of the 93%

Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I've written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one. My wife and I have supported Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action through donations, protest marches, and phone calls. … Continue reading Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

America’s Funniest Home Videos? I Don’t Think So…

We had just finished watching ABC World News and America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) came on the air right after. Now I'll admit I've watched this show a good bit over the years, but it struck me tonight that at the heart of many of the videos is somebody getting hurt. Almost every show has … Continue reading America’s Funniest Home Videos? I Don’t Think So…

First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Nearly three years ago I wrote about how the city of Stockton, CA was undertaking the first U.S. experiment on using Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a way of alleviating the effects of poverty. In February 2019, using donated funds, Stockton launched a small demonstration program, sending payments of $500 a month, for 18 months, … Continue reading First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades  is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

Should a 15-Year Old Spend 68 Years in Jail?

Joe Ligon, believed to be the oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer in the United States, has been released from a Pennsylvania prison after spending nearly seven decades behind bars. And all I can say, it's about time. Ligon was incarcerated in February 1953 at the age of 15, given a mandatory life sentence after pleading … Continue reading Should a 15-Year Old Spend 68 Years in Jail?

My Favorite Moment from the Inauguration Ceremonies

There were many highlights from the past couple of days of inauguration ceremonies, including the performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Amanda Gorman. But I think my favorite was a simple tweet from President Joe Biden: https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1351918910199631872