Social media: Saying ‘I quit’ is an option, but unlikely

Like many people, I feel the overload when it comes to our modern information age. It’s a nonstop 24-7 ordeal with the news changing every minute and everyone from the leader of the free world to the goat farmer in Zimbabwe is able to weigh in on the day’s events. If you try to stay informed, it kind of feels like you’re going down a … Continue reading Social media: Saying ‘I quit’ is an option, but unlikely

Conspiracy peddlers add to victims’ suffering

October 2017 started off with tragedy as 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded when a shooter armed with rifles modified to shoot on full auto opened fire on a crowd of thousands at a country music festival. The shooter, unlike his victims, chose his time to go by shooting himself before he could be arrested. The usual debate over gun control … Continue reading Conspiracy peddlers add to victims’ suffering

On Columbus Day, facts and history don’t always agree

Next Monday is Columbus Day, at least in Arkansas and most other states. It’s not a day celebrated by everyone, particularly the descendants of the first nations who saw their populations decimated by the onslaught of Europeans that Columbus is given credit of opening the gate for. Five states do not recognize Columbus Day: Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont. Three of those states … Continue reading On Columbus Day, facts and history don’t always agree

Just molecules in the wind — Cassini-Huygens Mission ends

It seems September has been dominated by bad news. North America and the Caribbean were hit by multiple hurricanes, Mexico was racked by a pair of devastating earthquakes and the U.S. and North Korea seem to be playing a game of nuclear chicken. It’s easy to overlook other things during such a time, even things that will impact our lives much longer in the overall … Continue reading Just molecules in the wind — Cassini-Huygens Mission ends

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?