Easter 2020

Hope is the traditional message of Easter and the world has never hungered more for good news of a path forward. Here are two messages to ponder:

Easter-2020-Popes-Message

Each of us has a role to play in bringing hope to the world. We are in this together. It’s up to us to get it right.

What You don’t know can kill

“It points to what we didn’t know at the time,” she said. “If we had had the information that is available now, the information that has become available after Winter Party as this pandemic has played out, we would have made a different decision.”

Rea Carey, executive director of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force

As we chafe and grumble at the restrictions of self-isolation to prevent contageon of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that this virus is stealthy. None of the people who were partying in Florida suspected they were ill. They thought the virus was yet to arrive.

Now it’s evident that they contributed to its spread with lethal consequences. This stealthy contagion will continue after the coming peak of the epidemic and we’ll all need to be cautious until there are treatments and vaccines. What you don’t know can kill.

COVID-19 EXPOSES FRACKING

You probably saw the news that air pollution increases the risk of fatal outcomes with COVID-19. We have all experienced the surprising improvement in air quality with the shutdown of industrial operations and the reduced automobile traffic. In china it was dramatic.

It’s a wakup call. Fossil energy needs to be phased out and fracking’s cheap fuels are the economic enemy of renewables because they kill the market for innovative technology. Despite the adverse market effects both wind and solar have become competitive.

I’m pleased that journalists are picking up on the obvious.

Trust, Character, and Leadership

Walter Isaacson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and presidential biographer. In this video he compares how past presidents handled major national threats with the current actions of our 45th president in meeting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the following analysis the Washington Post reviews the first 70 days of the COVID-19 pandemic with attention to the consequences of the president’s decisions and actions.

in 2015 and 1016, nearly every editorial board in the US foresaw that Donald Trump was grossly unqualified and deeply unsuited to the responsibilities of the Presidency. Now all but the most partisan sycophants see COVID-19 events that prove they were right.

New Books!

I’ve recently published two new books. Escape is a collection of short fiction in the crime and humor genres. Credible? explores how readers in the 21st century can know what’s real and true in media. Both may be purchased at a discount from the list price by visiting Lulu.com.

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Credible? — Recognize the authentic…

Cover of Credible? book.

This book, Credible?, asserts that anyone can tell what’s authentic simply by close inspection of the content and knowing the source. These pages are chock full of practical insights and tools to sharpen your ability to sniff out media that distorts reality. These ideas are neither obscure or difficult to master, and none require research or fact-checking.

When it comes to discerning truth, our credulity is a factor. To be truly street-wise about media, a person must also be aware of their internalized values, beliefs, and personality traits. Drawing upon the insights of Jung and general psychology, the authors point the way to self-awareness that reveals hidden biases and our human tendency to be less skeptical about information that bolsters what we believe. These same insights also reveal how we unintentionally tune out information that might change our attitudes and opinions.

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Escape Anthology

Tropical islands, small towns, and busy airports hold allure as getaways. But the promise of simple pleasures can hide unexpected perils.

MONEYMAKER
An elderly widow responds to a frightening robocall. The ensuing conflict to recover her lost savings ensnares her son and his family in an epic fight for financial survival.

DELIGHT
A casual happy-hour encounter turns embarrassingly intimate for a weary business traveler.

ESCAPE
A prosecutor battles a jailed drug dealer’s desperate efforts to get free with murderous consequences.

DUKE
An independent trucker down on his luck finds his guardian angel in the unlikely guise of a Harley-riding drifter.

HOLE
A curious pothole appears in an old man’s driveway and grows relentlessly through the summer afternoon becoming sinister as darkness approaches.

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Issues (not Personalities)

There is far too much media attention on personality at the expense of the urgent issues facing America. Moreover, those who fear to discuss issues always seek to create a meme or trope so the rest of us won’t pay attention to the issue talkers.

AOC speaks issues at SXSW…

It’s all about our concerns, politics yes – partisanship no.

The Economy

This week the president dismissed a question he didn’t like from a reporter and called for questions on the economy. Too bad Robert Reich wasn’t there …

Or maybe he’d like to respond to this?

I’ll give him this, the last GOP President crashed the economy–he hasn’t (yet). Although many of the flaws in the regulatory safeguards have not been fixed and there is no GOP support for good oversight to be seen.

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