Entries by Rayne

The Internet Didn’t Kill the Middle Class; Laxity and Apathy Did

In tandem with the release of his book, Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier’s interview with Salon generated a lot of hand-wringing across social media. It seems Lanier, one of our so-called intellectual visionaries, believes that the collapse of Kodak and its 140,000 jobs, and the rise of Instagram and its 13 jobs, exemplifies the […]

North Korea and the Bush Administration’s Toxic Legacy

Over the last several weeks there has been considerable re-evaluation of the Iraq War, launched ten years ago by the Bush Administration. Eulogies and opinions from pundits of all types ranged from “I told you so,” to “It was a qualified success.” We all know what the truth is without punditry: the war was a […]

An Angry Mother on Steubenville and Parenting

The Steubenville rape case is so offensive in so many ways I can’t even begin to tackle them all. •  CNN and a number of other news outlets cast the rapists as victims; •  Idiots who “don’t believe in rape” come out of the woodwork and spew their insanity; •  Society follows the spectacle of the case for […]

Forbes’ Flawed Report on NPR and Sourcing by Gender

Today saw a bumper crop of weak content masquerading as journalism. I’m really perturbed about one article in particular. Forbes—the business magazine led by zillionaire libertarian CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes—published an article noting that NPR’s reporting had a gender bias in its sourcing. The report was written by contributor Michael Howe, whose bio at […]

The Cost of Bullshit: Climate Change, National Security, and Inaction

While we’re waiting for Congress and the White House to do something productive together for once, let’s recap: •  The Department of Defense said climate change is a critical strategic concern with regard to its operations and its impact on defense efforts, based on its legislatively-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) published two-plus years ago in […]

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