Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Some of us have wondered about this for awhile.  When we see a Fox News segment, it can be reminiscent of one of the Reverend Jerry Falwell’s sermons.  It doesn’t stand up to critical thinking, but it has the right appeal to people who regard it as a comfort zone. Comfort zones can be addictive.  Invariably, you must give up something for that comfort, too.  Sacrificing something in the real world is necessary to keep the comfort consistent. According to an article by Luke O’Neil on The Intelligencer page on New York Magazine’s website, some Fox News viewers have given up more than their critical thinking skills.  Some … Continue reading Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels

In the past few years, you may have heard about a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, due to the way the law in Brunei addresses intimate acts which are not treated as crimes in many other countries. The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of nine owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who does business using the name Dorchester Collection. This month, the enforcement of Shariah Law in Brunei became more strict. An existing boycott of Dorchester hotels has intensified because there is now a greater possibility of people in Brunei being stoned to death for homosexual acts and adultery. … Continue reading Boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels

One Man Against the World by Tim Weiner (Book Review)

(Disclosure: This post underwent minor revisions on April 3, 2019.) ONE MAN AGAINST THE WORLD: THE TRAGEDY OF RICHARD NIXON By Tim Weiner ©2015 369 Pages, Including Source Notes and Index $17.99 St. Martins Griffin Paperback (Originally in Hardcover) If you’re old enough to remember Watergate, some names are with you forever.  I can recall a parody album which a friend insisted on playing for me through the telephone.  I don’t remember how many times she did that, but a musical chorus with names of the scandal’s principals still repeats in my head occasionally. Consider what we don’t remember, or … Continue reading One Man Against the World by Tim Weiner (Book Review)

The College Admissions Scandal Might not be the Result of Concerned Parenting

Once, I heard an advert on the radio that was a little too obvious.  The person speaking was advising parents to bring their children to an audition for some TV or movie thing, to help your children fulfill their dreams (wording not exact). It sounded to me as if stage parents were being encouraged to put their kids on public display, as well as to lie about their own intentions.  Dreams of an Oscar or Emmy were going through the heads of many parents, while some of those kids must have been thinking, This is so embarrassing.  If they pick me, my … Continue reading The College Admissions Scandal Might not be the Result of Concerned Parenting