The Hanoi episode

The Hanoi episode (S8:E1) of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown may be one of the most underrated moments of television history. Yes, memorable certainly for Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the wistful reminder of his intellectual superiority and emotional maturity compared to that of his successor, our current shameful idiot-in-chief, but mainly truly beautiful for the Read More …

No imagination

The people of this country have chosen the path of least resistance, the path of no imagination, the path of accepting the lie that what currently is must by necessity always be. We’ve chosen guns over children, time and time again, arguing that there’s nothing we can do. We yell and rant that even discussing Read More …

Rethink

I quit using Facebook several years ago, but I still like Twitter for getting instant news and for keeping up with specific people that share interests, or who I think I can just learn something from. There are a lot of smart and interesting people in the world. Still, I need a change this upcoming Read More …

Think what you want

Americans love the myth of the rugged individualist. They love their freedoms, both real and perceived. Sadly, America is much less tolerant of people who are truly independent thinkers. Step too far outside the box, and you’re going to get your hands slapped. Today I watched Killswitch, a 2016 documentary about what the internet means Read More …

Disappointed

Life comes with disappointments. It’s just part of the deal. I’d be lying though, if I said that the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States didn’t carry some extra sting to it. It’s not because I particularly wanted Hillary Clinton to be POTUS instead, but it’s hard to overstate how Read More …

Infocalypse 2016

If 2016 was the year of fear, regression, nationalism, and racism, its cause and result was the advent of an infocalypse of sorts. This was the year the news truly morphed into whatever you wanted to believe in. Too many things that were presented to people on Facebook as news were nothing more than Ouroboros, Read More …

He doth protest too much

In America, we’re offended by protesters. We’ve become fragile and incapable of hearing dissenting opinions without our entire sense of self being threatened. We gain our identities from the myth of a perfect, benevolent country rather than being grounded to things that matter more. We could be part of the human race first, and citizens of Read More …

Hatred without borders

Today the New York Times published a damning look at our bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontiérs (Doctors without Borders) hospital in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, last October. To say it’s infuriating is an understatement. When we bombed the hospital last year, it was whitewashed as pure accident, a tragic mistake. Certainly on the part of Read More …

We have met the enemy, and he is us

This week, America was treated to the spectacle of a small army roaming through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, teargassing people in their own yards and arresting members of the press for doing their jobs. It was a bit out of hand. The militarization of police in America is real and it’s not new. What Read More …