The Last Jedi: loser Boomers & a new hope from Millennials

The Last Jedi

Summary: The Last Jedi powerfully conveys two major themes of our time, projected with powerful CGI and compelling acting. Critics focus on the acting and CGI, and so usually ignore much of what makes these films a success at the box office. These films are set in a fictional universe, but their dynamics are those we … Continue reading The Last Jedi: loser Boomers & a new hope from Millennials

Review of The Last Jedi: a finely manufactured product!

The Last Jedi - Rey

Summary: The Last Jedi is easily the most fascinating film of 2017, rich with insights about who we are and what we have become. This is the first of the reviews to be run here, each giving a different perspective on the film. You can use these to better understand what you have seen -- or … Continue reading Review of The Last Jedi: a finely manufactured product!

We ended the Cold War by lying to Russia. They remember.

Relive the cold war

Summary: As our leads start the second Cold War (for their own purposes), let's remember America's betrayal at the end of the first Cold War. It soured the peace and prevented any lasting rapprochement between our nations. See the results below this report. Let's learn from this shameful history. Russia certainly has. "NATO Expansion: What … Continue reading We ended the Cold War by lying to Russia. They remember.

Lessons learned from the lead poisoning of America

Children's blood lead levels

Summary: The story of lead in America is one of both good and bad news. Lead using industries poisoned us for profit longer after the danger was known. But eventually scientists got the news out and regulations reduced lead exposures (although they are still too high for too many). Let's learn from this history and … Continue reading Lessons learned from the lead poisoning of America

See the mystery of US GDP, and understand ourselves better

Evolution of estimates of US GDP for Q1 2015

Summary: It's the simple things that provide a mirror in which we can see ourselves, and the roots of America's problems. Such as this graph showing estimates of US GDP for Q1 2015 -- getting more accurate with each revision. This graph shows estimates of GDP for Q1 2015 made by the Bureau of Economic … Continue reading See the mystery of US GDP, and understand ourselves better