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Fact-Checking More Important Than Ever to Voters

I didn’t get out much the last half of February and much of March so, as I recovered from my surgery. I watched a lot of television, read a lot of news and opinions. Much of it was fueled by people campaigning for president, and its tough to sort through the bombardment so many self-serving lies and exaggerations. It’s as if politics itself has become reality television, which means it isn’t real at all. Two of Donald Trump’s adult [...]

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By |2016-06-08T15:14:44+00:00June 8, 2016|Discrimination, Elections, Fact Checking, Fairness, Politics|

Is Brain Injury Football’s Most Formidable Foe?

I saw the movie “Concussion” about a month ago, and I left the theater wondering what it will mean for the future of my favorite sport. In the movie Will Smith portrayed Dr. Bennet Omalu, who made the scientific connection between concussions in the National Football League and a brain disease he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The disturbing disintegration and tragic death of Mike Webster, former All-Pro center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, belatedly brought the issue into public [...]

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By |2016-06-08T15:02:22+00:00June 8, 2016|Brain, Concussions, Football|

Spending Billions to Be an Underpaid Executive

There is just too much money involved in American politics. The idea that anyone can grow up to be President has been abandoned by all but the most naïve. The most successful politicians aren’t known for their negotiating skills, oratory or leadership credentials. They know how to raise money, and I’m talking about millions and millions of dollars. Office holders, on the national level at least, spend more to campaign for office and, once elected, to keep the treasure [...]

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By |2016-06-08T14:55:50+00:00June 8, 2016|Campaign Spending, Politics, Presidency|

Our Language Connects Us to Our Past

We say a lot of things without thinking much about them. And so it is with sayings and phrases we all use— many with ancient origins. A surprising number come from various translations of the Bible and, not so surprisingly, the Bard himself, Shakespeare. Some are regarded as clichés, but that only means that they are durable and we feel comfortable using them. There are so many of them that I can only randomly pick and choose my examples. [...]

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By |2016-06-08T14:43:27+00:00June 8, 2016|Bible, Euphemisms, Language, Sayings|

Feasting on Fake News and Loving It

I know a little something about fake news. I manufactured a news article years ago in an April 1st issue of another newspaper and stirred up a storm of controversy. Anyone who read beyond the headline and the introductory paragraphs would recognize that it was not on the up and up. That’s on the up and up, as in factual and legitimate, and the article had become so outrageous by the final sentence, concluding, of course, with “April Fool!” [...]

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What’s So Interesting in the Palm of Your Hand?

If it sometimes seems that life is spiraling out of control— or, for others, getting remarkably easier to control— due to technology. Nothing tells the story better than the cell phone. It’s as if science fiction is playing out in real time. I have seen this phenomenon a number of times in restaurants. Couples, even groups of three or four in a booth, absorbed in virtual reality and absolutely oblivious to each other. In one Florida establishment where you [...]

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By |2015-10-13T22:33:15+00:00October 13, 2015|Social Media, Technology, Texting|

The Pros and Cons of Going to Extremes

Barry Goldwater, five-term senator and Republican Presidential nominee in 1964, isn’t remembered for much — even by members of his own party. He lost, and the youngest of the people who voted in that election are in their seventies now. When candidates from that party want to quote a President other than Lincoln, it’s usually Ronald Reagan, but Goldwater did say the following: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let [...]

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By |2015-10-13T19:51:36+00:00October 13, 2015|Extremes, Politics, Religion, Social Issues, Terrorism|

Making an Issue of a Forgettable Word

You think about words and how they came to mean what they do. You use them all the time and every once in a while you pause to question why it means what it does or sounds the way it does. And, every once in a while, a word you’ve written hundreds, even thousands, of times doesn’t look right. Is this the same word I see just about every day? It happened with the word “issue.” It [...]

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By |2015-10-13T19:42:47+00:00October 13, 2015|Aging|

Don’t Burn Your Bridges after the Beep

I’ve done some blogs for a career coaching website, giving tips on how to land jobs. It’s a little weird, I must confess, because I haven’t done a formal job interview since the late seventies. Here’s an example of the kind of stuff I did, and I offer it because it contains legitimate good advice for anyone leaving voice messages they hope will impress a potential employer or client. Let’s say Hank Abramson, the human resources director, is fronting [...]

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By |2015-07-28T21:23:53+00:00July 28, 2015|Hiring|

Finishing Off Some Familiar Slogans and Jingles

As a member of the jingle generation, I have all kinds of stuff cluttering my mind. Blame it on TV commercials— the most pervasive purveyor of advertising slogans. I have written before about the many still stuck in my aging brain, and there are generations of us still suffering from this crippling mental impairment. Why do I still need to remember that a Big Mac is comprised of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a [...]

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By |2015-07-28T14:39:38+00:00July 28, 2015|Advertising, Baby Boomers, Brand development, Humor, Marketing, Television|
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