Second Foundation

Posted on March 9th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “If a sizable group of human beings learned of  key details of the Plan, their actions would be governed by that knowledge and would no longer be random in the meaning of the axioms of Psychohistory. In other words, they would no longer be perfectly predictable.” Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1953 […]

Foundation and Empire

Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Psycho-history… proved itself the most powerful instrument ever invented for the study of humanity. Without pretending to predict the actions of individual humans, it formulated definite laws capable of mathematical analysis and extrapolation to govern and predict the mass action of human groups.” Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov, published in 1952 The Empire […]

The case against Donald Trump

Posted on March 6th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s a sobering interview with journalist Sarah Kendzior in which she points out that things people are surprised about now were actually known months or years ago and the problem is that no one did anything about them. She has plenty of blame to throw around. “The Mafia White House”: My no-holds-barred interview on The […]

The case against the Republican Party

Posted on March 6th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes at The Atlantic argue that the time has come for everyone, liberals and conservatives and everyone else, to boycott the Republican Party. They’re very clear about their reasoning: the Republican Party “has proved unable or unwilling (mostly unwilling) to block assaults by Trump and his base on the rule of […]

Murder on the Orient Express

Posted on March 4th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4/5} “I can only see the world as it should be. And when it is not, the imperfection stands out like the nose in the middle of the face. It makes most of life unbearable, but it is useful in the detection of crime.” Murder on the Orient Express, released in 2017 Famous detective Hercule […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Reincarnations”

Posted on March 3rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “Reincarnations.” Leonard Enns, conductor of the choir, says the concert “touches on reasons for hope, and on the possibility of transformation where fatigue, bitterness and despair may have set in. Love and beauty remain eternal themes. In the presence of such an eternity, as expressed in our […]


Posted on March 3rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We are at a delicate moment in history. The huge, onrushing mass of events must be deflected just a little — just a little. It cannot be much, but it may be enough to remove twenty-nine thousand years of misery from human history.” Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1951 Hari Seldon, using the […]

Pitch Perfect 3

Posted on March 1st, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “‘Well, I just got kicked out of flight school for killing 300 fake people.’ ‘I hate fake people.’” Pitch Perfect 3, released in 2017 The Bellas who have graduated all have disappointing jobs. They get back together to sing at a USO tour in Europe. It turns out to be a competition — the […]

The Medusa Chronicles

Posted on February 28th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We’re both in the same boat, aren’t we? Both having lived long enough to become more than a little embarrassing to our peers. Me because I’ve shown a touch too much sympathy for Machines over the years, you maybe because you’ve spent much too long in the presence of ideological contaminants like me.” The […]

Black Panther

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Like an antelope in headlights.” Black Panther, released in 2018 T’Challa, King of Wakanda, is also the Black Panther. Their country keeps their vibranium-based technology a secret from the rest of the world. T’Challa is upset to discover that his father killed his uncle — and left his cousin behind. Then his cousin shows […]