The number of children killed by guns in America makes us exceptional, not better.

Summary:  We take pride in our exceptionalism, the ways we're unique among the developed nations. We tend to assume that these represent advantages, as if different means superior. Our far higher rate of gun deaths, many of whom are children, show the falsity of that belief -- and point to ways we can learn from … Continue reading The number of children killed by guns in America makes us exceptional, not better.

Why do we believe an armed society is a polite society?

Summary: Led by the 1%, we're building a New America. Oddly and unlike our forebears, it rests largely on an intellectual foundation of fantasy. Today we look at one pillar of nonsense that millions of Americans take seriously. “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up … Continue reading Why do we believe an armed society is a polite society?

Our love for gun play grows as our trust in ourself wanes. Logical, mad, sad.

Summary:  Polls are our mirrors in which we see who we are and how we're changing. The new Pew Poll showing our increased trust in gun-play reflects several obvious but grim trends in America. Let's examine them. Always stare at the news; never ask for the blindfold. {This is the second of today's posts} “Well … Continue reading Our love for gun play grows as our trust in ourself wanes. Logical, mad, sad.

Interesting news about big stories followed on the FM website

Summary: The FM website provides two kinds of services: forecasts and news.  The forecasting record is quite good. See the hits listed here, and the misses here. With the news, we try to highlight emerging stories before the major media. Updates on these themes get posted on twitter (to follow see the top of the … Continue reading Interesting news about big stories followed on the FM website

Watch as plutocrats mold us into a New America, a nation more pleasing to their sight

Summary: Increasing wealth creates positive feedback, much like a hurricane moving over warm water. A more powerful 1% allows them to command the political and economic high ground of America, so that they can gain further wealth -- and shape a New America more to their liking. This process has run for several generations; now … Continue reading Watch as plutocrats mold us into a New America, a nation more pleasing to their sight