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A new modest proposal

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s a nice bit of satire, proposing that the US split into 2 countries — Redland and Blueland. It’s by Sally Greenberg, from The Hill. Unlike the original “Modest Proposal” (by Jonathan Swift) this one is actually a bit tempting… Toward an American two-state solution

The funniest video ever

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you’re familiar with the song “Mah Na Mah Na” and you’re familiar with Sean Spicer (White House Press Secretary), you’ll find this funny. Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Finally, The Muppets Collaborate With Sean Spicer

Great apes know when you’re mistaken

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

We’ve been studying great apes for decades, but once in a while we find out something new. A study published in the journal Plos One found that great apes understand when a human is mistaken — for example, when a human goes to grab something from a box but the something has been moved to […]

Trump’s negotiating skills

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Donald Trump convinced his followers that he was a great negotiator. Lawrence O’Donnell explains that in his first negotiation as president Trump failed miserably: President Donald Trump’s First Negotiation Was A Humiliation | The Last Word | MSNBC Holdout supporters of Trump must finally be at least wavering. If they voted for him because they […]

When you need some good news

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

There’s lots of good things happening in the world all the time. One place to find out about them is the Good News Network. It’s got news from around the world, great innovations from science, and uplifting stories to inspire you and make you laugh. You can find “Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights to Give […]

Impeaching and/or resisting Trump

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

I have some hope that Donald Trump might not be president for all of the next 4 years. There are at least 3 ways he might be removed before then. 1) He could be impeached. Even Republicans, loathsome as they are, are not going to just let Trump do whatever he wants. You can bet that the word […]

What Obama has done as president

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

The Democrats haven’t always done a good job of proclaiming their successes. Rachel Maddow on MSNBC does it for them in this segment from her show. She lists all the great things President Obama has done, many of which you probably didn’t know or forgot. President Barack Obama Exits With Long List Of Accomplishments | […]

A moment of continued emergency

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

Whenever I think about Donald Trump I still get upset. I certainly don’t envy anyone living in the US right now. How can we wrap our heads around the concept that Trump will be president for the next 4 years? Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker calls this “a moment of continued emergency.” He says that […]

Letters of Note

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

I came across a website that has hundreds of fascinating letters from throughout history. The letters are serious, mysterious, and funny. Here’s an astonishing letter written by a freed slave to his former master: To My Old Master Here’s a brilliant letter written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. to a school board head who burned his […]

Real news vs fake news

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

I’m not sure anyone predicted this problem — sometimes the drawbacks of new technology aren’t apparent until later. But now we have to do something about it. What’s the problem? Some people are getting what they think is news but it’s fake. How can they believe it if it’s outrageous? Because their head has been […]