November 09, 2016

A Demon-Haunted World

America, welcome to the Demon-Haunted world: we have arrived at the moment Carl Sagan foretold 20 years ago.

I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

A Demon-Haunted World was written in 1997. Time to take notice.

Posted by David at 10:28 AM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2016

Nativist?

The media has started to use the word 'nativist' to represent a common point of view within the Trump administration. I do not think this word is appropriate. I makes it sound like the incoming administration is very pro-native-American, which conjures images of expanding rights for the Cherokee nation.

The word is not accurate. The media is just too afraid to call it what it is.

The correct word is 'racist'.

Posted by David at 02:26 PM | Comments (1)