words from the "opinions & venting" desk

If you are reading this blog looking for opinions, you might find a few… and they are likely to be tucked away in this category. It’s not my intention to rant or use this blog as a platform for any political or ideological position, but I do have them and sometimes… well… I need to vent. You’ve been warned.

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#OutrageTrigger : Anger For Sale… Sold

featured | opinions & venting | politics 

13 Mar 02017 | 5 minutes of your time

Getting mad is making the crazy people more powerful.

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Five Easy Steps to Dismantle Your Pesky Democratic Society

opinions & venting | politics 

27 Jan 02017 | 8 minutes of your time

I mean, the current iteration of society has worked out pretty well for a lot of people.

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Carbon Taxed

Yes, I hate the carbon tax, too. Am I happy that our society has reached this point where we need to put a price on our own wastefulness? Hardly. Is it the best option? No. Is it going to hurt? Yeah. Will it disrupt the way our lives go forward for here? That’s kinda the point. Will that be uncomfortable? No shit, Sherlock. But is it the right thing to do? Probably. Am I willing to chip in a little bit more on that gamble if it’s really meant to improve the future of our society? Well, until someone comes up with a better idea, and since I don’t qualify for the rebate, I suppose I’m going to do just that. Everything has a cost to something, someone, somewhere. You may not feel that cost. You may never pay it. But someone, somewhere pays for your cheap gas, your plastic toys, and your discount t-shirts. That cost may be money, time, or the health of people or our environment. And we’ve been deferring, offsetting, skipping out on the bill as it grows and looms and grows some more over future generations. You don’t have to understand it or agree with it: but pretending that it’s a lie or a conspiracy makes you into the fool. So, drive a 4% less, eat a few less calories, put on a sweater and some cozy wool socks and turn the heat down a degree or two, and maybe stop buying so much junk: we’ve been trying that for years, and it isn’t as painful as you imagine. Really.

Social Media Update

If you don’t see me posting on the socials for a while, don’t be too alarmed. We’ve had a falling out, social media and I. I don’t want to be one of those guys who stomps his feet, picks up the ball and storms off saying that I don’t want to play anymore. (I guess one can’t help appearing that way.) But as I slouch into my 40s I get that feeling like Facebook and Twitter and all their ilk are like great lumbering beasts sharting out great hypnotizing clouds of faux news and belching giant isolating thought bubbles and that every time I visit, every time I post, every interaction I have with one of those services I’m feeding that damn beast, shoving bits of undeserved food into their maws while the world suffers through misinformation and sinks deeper into that brave new world, a soma-coma of rot, of feelings overtaking truths, perceptions overpowering evidence. It’s left me feeling sad and overwhelmed, like trying to hold back a tsunami with a little plastic pail on the beach. So, my little vacations over and lacking anything more interesting to share with you there for a while, instead I’m going to focus on a social media thought machine I can control: this blog. I’ll lurk on the other sites, a little, but don’t expect much else more me for a while.

The Era of Hate

opinions & venting | politics 

15 Aug 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

Sometimes it requires a machete to clear out the weeds and see that long view.

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To See: Responsibility

opinions & venting 

24 Jun 02016 | 2 minutes of your time

No one shakes their finger and says “tsk-tsk.”

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Karma would be real. And scored. And displayed in glowing number on your forehead.
a sums & pieces for 13 Jun 02016
Seen: A Million Heads on the Sand

abstract & thinking | opinions & venting 

4 Jun 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

If we’re playing a big us versus them game here, there is by definition no way we can all win.

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Not Under My Bridge

blogger | opinions & venting | politics 

18 Mar 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

Anonymity in the comments sections of online publications is a failed experiment, and it’s time to find a better way to have a conversation.

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Self-Fulfilling

city & culture | opinions & venting | politics 

22 Jan 02016 | 6 minutes of your time

We’re selling the idea that we’re worth hiring, buying from, and working with.

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