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
Summary: The TV show Designated Survivor has all the elements of great TV -- good acting and writing, skilled cinematography -- and something powerful but rare. It shows us something about ourselves, about modern America. This is a powerful TV show. Dramatic, with episodes often ending on powerful cliff-hangers. Excellent acting, with Kiefer Sutherland as a … Continue reading “Designated Survivor” – A great educational tv political action conspiracy thriller
Summary: The new Star Wars film shows how well Hollywood understands us. Not just what we want in a film, but the deeper themes that appeal to us. As such it provides a valuable mirror of early 21st C America, one well worth studying. There are spoilers. Lots of them. ------------ Spoiler Alert! ------------ Star … Continue reading Review of “The Force Awakens”: a film for Boomers. It’s about us.
Summary: Perhaps the most valuable information, & the most difficult to obtain, is not that about the world, but about ourselves. Hence these posts seeking "mirrors" in which we can see how we have changed and what we've become. This post looks at the results of the war on terror. Not the effects on the … Continue reading The unspoken issue of the election: America’s descent into darkness
Summary: Like fish in water, we cannot easily see the trends shaping our world. Such as the militarization of America, both foreign and domestic. We're becoming in some ways like Prussia, sad since Prussia/Germany proved that the time for such behavior has passed. It's not too late for us to take the reins of the … Continue reading Why is America militarizing, becoming a 21stC Prussia?