Archive for ‘thoughts’

October 22, 2012

The Armstrong Scandal & Willful Disbelief

I woke up this morning to NPR and yet another story about Lance Armstrong and the ever-unfolding doping scandal. The show’s guest was speaking about a book published a few years back by an Irish author whose claims of Lance’s doping fell on many a deaf ear which are now, in light of new evidence, basking in the glow of affirmation. Despite all the mounting and apparently irrefutable evidence there is still, in me at least, a semblance of incredulity.

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August 21, 2012

Penis Fencing Flatworms of Presidential Politics

Posted by kdenn.

Every election year, I get to a point when I’ve decided who I’m going to vote for and want to put my head in an oven when the election news coverage increases. I know these stories are not really meant for me but it gets exhausting and nerve racking.

I reached this point after Mitt Romney became ‘The Chosen One’. The amusement of the Republican primaries ended for me. It’s only downhill after Herman Cane quoted lines from the Pokѐmon movie in his concession speech and Rick Perry’s inability to remember three things at a time.

I have to admit, watching Mitt Romney’s oh so delicate ways at gracefully putting his foot in his mouth has been somewhat amusing.

June 6, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: In Remembrance of Ray Bradbury

As many of you may already know, Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. His works have stimulated our minds, inspired us to look into the future and allowed us to lose ourselves in the depth of his storytelling. Unlike many other wonderful writers who often leave us wanting more only to find we have devoured all they had created, Mr. Bradbury prolific career left hundreds of stories in which we can continue to enjoy and delve into his boundless imagination for many years to come.

What are your favorites?  What do you remember of the man and his writings?

Below are 3 articles I have collected today from the expanse of pieces remembering the man. I think they provide some memorable insights into the person he was, his writings and his ability to envision the not too distant future.   

May 28, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Red Dad, Blue Son

For any of you who’ve had politics come between you and your family this article is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. Sit down, read it through, take a deep breath and think about picking up the phone.  

My dad is conservative. I’m not. For our relationship to survive, we had to stop talking politics.

April 28, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: “Daily Show” guide to my enemies

As a producer, I met people whose political views I detested. The hardest part was admitting they weren’t so bad

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For two years I was a field producer for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” The field producer is the person who guides the creation of the pre-taped segments, the ones where the correspondent travels somewhere to interview and heartily agree with some person who holds, uh, fascinating ideas about the world. This meant I spent a lot of time with people whose causes or philosophies I found blecchy — the sort of folks who would fit nicely in the overlap of a Venn diagram whose circles included Bachmann supporters, fans of Rush Limbaugh, and people who wear tricorn hats and exercise their Second Amendment rights at Tea Party rallies.  You know – assholes.

April 21, 2012

Do We Still Need Earth Day?

This is the first Earth Day I have made an effort to take part in its celebration. My regular readers may find this a bit odd given the topics about which I opine. As an educated environmental scientist not taking part in the annual April 22ndobservance in some capacity may well be seen as dipping a toe into the pool of heresy. Perhaps it is. But then again I tend to be Earth Day-ish everyday.

March 15, 2012

NPR Re-Institutes Journalistic Code of Ethics

From the Daily Kos:

For years, NPR committed itself to a brand of journalism that often focused noton telling the truth, but on telling competing sides of a story.

This false journalistic balance – presenting two sides of a story even when one side is propped up by spin or compromised facts – has been a hallmark of NPR’s reportage on political matters both foreign and domestic for far too long.

However, as journalism scholar and critic Jay Rosen reports, NPR has formally disavowed this form of “he said, she said” journalism in favor of a journalism that is “fair to the truth.”

As Rosen notes, NPR last week replaced its old code, The NPR Code of Ethics and Practices, with a new ethics handbook that seems to direct journalists to abandon reportage that strives for balance at the cost of accuracy.
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December 11, 2011

Inspiring Realism

Stepping away from politics, the constant arguments, the inevitable frustrations I offer up a trade, at least for a while, of some inspiring realism.  I stumbled upon this on a subscriber’s blog, “The Millennial Woman”. It’s a piece by Sarah Kay, a performance poet, dispensing advice advice to her future daughter, what to do when life knocks you down.

For anyone facing the trials of these tough economic circumstances or knows of someone who is simply in need of a few positive words, find a bit of time and listen to, at least, the first 4 minutes. Allow yourself a view of a different perspective that just may lead to some positive steps forward.

If you have any problems viewing the video you can find it here.

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