The Divided States of America

Contrary to Rep. Lauren Boebart’s tweet on the morning of January 6, 2021, it is not 1776, the year of our Declaration of Independence during the American Revolutionary War. Rebels are not fighting for freedom from an oppressive foreign regime. It is not even 1861, the year that the American Civil War started. Soldiers are…

Murder in the Streets

On August 25, 2020, a 17-year old named Kyle Rittenhouse went to Kenosha, Wisconsin from his home in Illinois in the wake of the attempted murder-by-cop of Jacob Blake. Kyle, armed with an AR-15 joined other armed men to form a militia with the intention of “protecting property” during the BLM protest. Early in the…

Public Opinion on PDX Protests

Portland has been in the national spotlight for our Black Lives Matter protests, which ran 104 consecutive days. Last night, which would’ve been 105, there were no protests due to the wildfires surrounding Portland at the moment, creating and air quality index in the upper 200s and even well over 300. In other words, hazardous….

Facebook & Fascism

Facebook is toxic. Yes, they spy on your every online move you make to better target ads related specifically to your interests, but it’s not the privacy policy that has inspired me to leave, as creepy as it is to have a discussion with your partner about something and then immediately start seeing ads about…

The Bottom Line

We are slowly boiling alive. I’m referring to what is known as the “Boiling Frog Syndrome,” meaning when things happen slowly enough we don’t realize the danger until it’s too late. Socrates said, “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” It’s not even possible to have a discussion if the word I use carries a different…

Zero Tolerance for Violence

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~JFK For the first time in three months, the news is not dominated by the global pandemic. Instead, it’s covering the protests and riots across the country sparked by the latest instance of police brutality leading to the death of yet another Black person….