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 […]

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 […]

Good news for a change

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As I like to do once in a while, I’ll point out that although most of the news we hear is bad, there is some good news. Morris M. lists these stories on Listverse, dealing with child mortality, poverty, education, health, violence, war, and women’s lives. 10 Incredible Good News Stories Nobody Is Talking About

Innovative solutions for difficult problems

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Robert Grimminck, on┬áListverse, presents a list of 10 significant problems of the 21st century that might have innovative solutions. It seems to me that some attention should be paid to these suggestions. One solution, eliminating homelessness by giving them a home, has already been done in Medicine Hat, Alberta. 10 Major Social Problems That Could […]

Can opinions be wrong?

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s an article by Jef Rouner from the Houston Press. It’s commonly said that opinions can’t be wrong, but the problem is people are labelling things opinions that aren’t. It seems like more and more people think that just because they label some thought an “opinion” that everyone must respect it. But if what’s you’ve […]

The problem with guns in the US

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Here’s an articulate article about guns in the US, with lots of charts. It’s really obvious what the problem is, what the solution is, and why they’re having trouble implementing the solution. The article is written by Matthew Speiser, and appears on the Business Insider website: DEAR AMERICA: Here’s why everyone thinks you have a […]

Frustrating goings on south of the border

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

It’s important to know about what’s happening in the US since they’re huge and they’re our neighbour. Here are a few articulate articles that describe some of what’s wrong with the country. The more people there are who understand the situation, the likelier it is it will change. Here’s some evidence that people who watch […]

The world is getting less dangerous

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you watch the news you might be forgiven for thinking that the world has become more dangerous lately. It certainly seems like it — domestic violence, terrorism, and war are in the news daily. But the news always focuses on such things. If you look at the numbers, violence of all kinds has been […]

Why creationism is dangerous

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

I’ve always been of the opinion that people can believe and do whatever they want, as long as they’re not hurting others. You might think that believing in creationism is harmless, but it’s not. The most dangerous part of creationism is people getting the idea that it should be taught in schools along with evolution. […]