Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Local news reports often place dirty laundry entertainment ahead of informing the public. It’s all about ratings, clicks or selling papers or magazines.  There’s a combination profit-power motive. That’s partly the fault of the public, and partly the fault of people who have sold out to a competitive rumor-mongering system (the latter do that to stay in business, which is our fault because we fail to boycott sensational reporting). It’s also partly the fault of people outside the “news community” who release or fabricate information to … Continue reading Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

If you’re ever trapped in a group of people you don’t respect while you’re having the equivalent of a bad hair day with your conversational skills, here’s a shortcut for making the day more interesting — or at least more aggravating: Sit quietly for awhile, and then start giggling.  It isn’t that difficult to do convincingly.  Just recall a memory which never fails to make you laugh.  For example, the time when you looked up from the Daffy Duck cartoon on your smartphone and saw your least favorite co-worker slip on the freshly waxed floor. If you giggle hysterically in … Continue reading If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

Respect For Garry Shandling

I wasn’t that familiar with Garry Shandling’s work.  He seemed like a nice enough guy, though. That said, I’ll try to keep the rest of this post brief, while recognizing everything that’s important at the moment. This morning, a teaser appeared on an entertainment site home page about the 911 call made by Mr. Shandling when he realized he was ill. It suggested he had lost consciousness while talking to a dispatcher. I didn’t click to read the story. Yesterday, it was a foregone conclusion that a 911 call reporting Mr. Shandling’s emergency was made by someone because the L.A.P.D. … Continue reading Respect For Garry Shandling