Google made headlines recently when they announced an adjustment to their search algorithm to reduce the spread of “Fake News”. Apparently, The Not Fake News has made their list. I’m annoyed, but on the other hand — that’s life in a nation of free speech, free expression, and a free press.
I want to be very clear from the beginning: I dislike Donald J. Trump. I find him odious and I believe him to be unprincipled and dangerously impulsive.
And I don’t think he’s done anything terribly illegal during his time in office. If it’s found that he has, it’ll be a surprise to me, and I’ve been watching about as closely as an outsider can. (more…)
It’s been a long couple of years now, and let’s face it: we’ve got a right to feel worn out. It’s been exhausting, a roller-coaster ride of war and politics and ambition and guile. We’ve been lied to, cheated, insulted, and abused, and if you’re anything at all like me, you’re pretty sick of it.
The thing is, we’re tired of it — tired of all of it. We’re tired of sound bytes and memes masquerading as facts, of a long recession masquerading as an economic recovery, of politics masquerading as government.
My name’s John, and I’m a recovering bookseller. (“Hi, John!”)
Running a used book shop was the most satisfying and fulfilling occupation I’ve ever had, and I’ve done a lot of things in my life. Computer programming and applications design, process engineering, pizza delivery, construction big and small, hooking up live sewer lines, teaching — if it’s low-pay or high-stress, I’ve probably done it.
The beautiful part about selling books lies in matching the book to the person. So, if you’re a jaded Manhattanite who drinks to keep your remaining humanity crushed down out of sight while surviving day to day in the naked city, I’ll tell you to read Lawrence Block (more…)
The newest Republican version of healthcare just passed the House and was instantly declared D.O.A. in the Senate. Which is good; it’s not enough of a fix. Then again, neither was the A.C.A. (otherwise known as Obamacare).
I’m not going to get into all the whithertos and whyfores right now; you can get that on every news channel. (Besides, I’ve already written about it a couple of times. Both are great articles; read them.) Instead, I’m going to tell you (more…)
Look, it’s not complicated. The headlines are there to catch your eye; the articles are the part that you read to figure out what’s being said. And that’s not just with me; it’s with everyone — every news source, every pundit, everything.
Since climate change is in the news again, it strikes me that now might be a good time to hold forth on the subject for your edification and entertainment. After all, it worked for whatsisface over at the Times; it should work for me too. Right?