What is fascism anyway?

Over August, one word was thrust back into the spotlight: Fascist. Much of it had to do with the political-ideological violence we saw play out in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berkeley, California. But what the heck is fascism anyway? Well, if you ask people who put themselves on a right vs. left ideological spectrum, it’s either A) a “left wing” ideology because Hitler’s political party had … Continue reading What is fascism anyway?

Voyager mission: Forty years to forever

September 1, 2017 Man, August 2017 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good month for the U.S. We had ideological violence, a natural disaster and a political quagmire. Too bad it’s not like August 1977, when we had some great things kicking off. Now, I’m admittedly biased toward this month and year, considering I was born in them, but this is not … Continue reading Voyager mission: Forty years to forever

Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

Did you know that some people think the Earth is flat? Apparently there are, but I still have trouble believing it. Why? Because I just cannot believe someone is A) that stupid or B) that willing to deny reality and more than 2,000 years of evidence. Even when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it was generally accepted by pretty much anyone that received an education … Continue reading Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Star Wars and Star Trek are often compared to each other. After all, they both center on largely human characters who travel from planet to planet, each one surprisingly livable and often full of plants and animals, not unlike those on Earth. … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part II: Galactic Empires aren’t built in a day

How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?