Bread, Circuses, and Metaverse

Aldous Huxley was right, even from the perspective of ninety years ago.  He understood how governments work, and Brave New World was a masterpiece delineating his perceptions.  In his fictional realm, soma was the drug of choice, a heavy-duty hallucinogen with no adverse side effects, save that some people desired to disappear permanently into imaginaryContinue reading “Bread, Circuses, and Metaverse”

The Message IS the Message

During a nine-day period over the holidays, Los Angeles police officers shot six people, killing five, including 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta.  None of those people had a gun; most were doing nothing provocative; Ms. Orellana-Peralta was hiding in a dressing room.  In response to this carnage, the cry from the left comes:  “Defund the police!”  Now,Continue reading “The Message IS the Message”

The American Way [?]

Although Thanksgiving is not strictly an American holiday (some 15 other nations celebrate a “gratitude” tradition in one way or another), still, the date and circumstances of the Pilgrims’ first observation are, of course, unique to our nation.  It is indeed fitting that we take a day to show appreciation for family and friends, alongContinue reading “The American Way [?]”

Where Does It End?

I guess it’s somewhat comforting that Congressman Paul Gosar was censured for posting an animated cartoon online showing a character attempting to kill Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swinging two swords at President Biden.  I mean, that’s one small victory for civility, anyway, although it rings just a bit hollow when his fellow Republicans (with twoContinue reading “Where Does It End?”