Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl

Some things I learned visiting Mexico City 26 times since 1991. There are more varieties of pine trees in Mexico than anywhere else on earth. The geography fairly close to the equator combined with extremes in elevation change make for everything. From 5400 meter glacier capped volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl visible from Mexico City, to sea level. The…

Vile Distortion

It’s easy to find discussion on Facebook among people who believe that while Fox News makes up fake stories, that the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC don’t. “They report and analyze facts. They’re real journalism“, people say. Times have changed though. There was some reason for belief in American journalism up until about 10 years ago (sort of), but…

The New Church

A Facebook friend, Verna Brunet, said, “I suspect either the mainstream news media lies are the lies we want to hear, or something about the way the lies are presented, makes them desirable. Many of my friends behave as if news anchors should never be doubted, questioned or contradicted… anyone who does so cannot be trusted….

I Dumped my Political Girlfriend

After a lifetime together with her (I’m 50), I dumped my political girlfriend. I’m in the United States, so there are only two girls. One’s named Democracia. She’s the one I dumped. The other one’s Republiana. I don’t want her either. Republiana is a war mongerer, an enemy of everything decent in humanity, a destroyer of…

Integrity

It’s about integrity. And when you have none you have none. Hey all hypocrites! Think back to 2003, or any other year before or since. Imagine you’re talking with a loyal republican voter. Imagine your Republican friend tells you about his profound disagreements in policy with the people running the Republican Party creating national policy,…

Political Views

When I joined Facebook in 2009 I filled in the “religious and political views” fields like this: Religious Views: Respect most (see political views)
 Political Views: I avoid bigotry Up until 2016 I was using Facebook to share beach photos and whatnot. Last year I started talking about my political views. This prompts some old friends…

Healthcare in Russia

by Stan Jacox A couple people on that thread were interested in medical care conditions here (Stan lives in Russia) so I wanted to relate my story that may resonate with them. I am not sure if this is relevant for the other thread members but here it is. Regarding health care….As non-citizens you would…

Butter

At a certain point, science can be (is) part of the problem. At a certain point, science was (is) used both to create margarine, and to promote it over butter. At a certain point then I’ll take butter over science. Science is not an absolute good. When people are devoted to it as an absolute…

broken logic that any 6 year old can dismantle

I know I’m supposed to understand this, but I have to be honest. I don’t. I think at the core of it, the belief most central to such people is the belief that whatever country they are from, or whatever language they speak, or whatever flag they’re born under, or whatever Party they vote for,…

Iron Curtain

This is a good map and I think the description in the wikipedia article, Iron Curtain, is informative, but keeping in mind it is written from a US perspective. I think what it says is accurate. But what it doesn’t say is equally important. It doesn’t say two things: It doesn’t say WHY the Soviet Union…

“Wow, Empire!”

If for now the only choice we have is between a candidate who promotes imperial war and one who says she opposes it (Le Pen), what choice is there? The one who opposes it may be lying, but she may not be. We don’t know. We have to assume that words still have meaning. If we…

Conversation

Something happens to the mind in conversation. It’s something that can’t be explained, as far as I know. Something happens. In response to ideas, the mind is put in motion. Ideas are formed and arranged, and then clarified, through speech or writing. And this spurs the next person, and returns to the first, and so…