Monday, May 14, 2018

Donald Trump’s New Book

How to Make Enemies and Squander Influence.

This was my reaction to Trump’s opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

With apologies to Dale Carnegie’s How to Make Friends and Influence People.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Comment to “Kofi Annan and populists”

Those of us who have the interest or the time can access a large variety of news and make some sense between opinion and facts.

Unfortunately, too many people get their news and opinion from a half-hour or an hour of watching a rather limited number of facts or opinions.


Monday, April 23, 2018

This is justice?

The pickpocket who steals a rich man’s wallet may be sent to jail.
The rich man who steals a widow’s savings might never see the inside of a jail.

Doesn’t happen?  Think of the housing crisis of the 90’s. 

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Character, content, Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that we should all be judged by the content of our character.  Unfortunately, President Donald Trump is a character without content.

Shame on Wisconsin stay-aways

In the election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge, Rebecca Dallet, a Democrat, beat Michael Screnock, a Republican, 56 to 44 percent.

No matter what your party affiliation is, this is very  bad news.  The turnout was 22 percent!!  This means that just over 12 percent of the voters supported Dallet with their time.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Invasion of Iraq

Comment to Sinan Antoon’s New York Times article “Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country”, posted at

“The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.”

Over 200 years ago a certain people were very upset that its laws were being made by a distant country.  They rebelled and successfully fought a revolution to govern themselves.

Now many of the political descendants of that people celebrate that revolution but think nothing of dictating the laws and policies of other countries without the consent of the governed.

“The more things change the more they stay the same.”

Friday, March 23, 2018

“Free-range parenting”, what’s the fuss

Utah has passed a “free-range parenting” bill that frees parents from hovering over their children.  Some people thinks this is terrible and irresponsible.


Thanks goodness I was a free-range kid from the time I was six (1944).  I walked to school by myself.  I walked to playgrounds myself.  I went to the movies with my younger brother.  And when I had a bicycle I rode many places far from home.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

More on erratic behavior of online newspapers

I’m sitting in a coffee shop, using a MacBook Air, early 2015, macOS Sierra, version 10.12.6.
I was able to access and sign in to  I then clicked on e Access or whatever and asked to log in.  I didn’t keep track of the details but was told my account didn’t have access to that version.  I went back to the web version and clicked on eEdition.  Voila! and no intrusive overlay ads.  And I have access to the “Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee”.

Now the question is would I get the same result using my iPhone as a hot spot to my AT&T account.

I don’t feel like checking right now.  I would rather read the funnies.

And I read the Star Tribune and after that I accessed the Duluth News Tribune.  I forget the details on what I did, but I am almost done reading the opinion page.  Strange that I couldn’t access the DNT at all from home but I can from a coffee shop.

The hubris of automation

A woman walking her bike in Tempe AZ was struck and killed by a driverless Uber car.

Uber and others should consider the old joke about automated airplanes.

“Ladies and gentle, welcome to the world’s first completely automated flight.  Although there are no pilots in the cockpit, we would like to assure you that every detail has been worked out.  Please sit back and enjoy your flight, flight, flight,…”