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Trust But Verify

Trust But Verify

“Trust, but verify” is a Russian proverb. I never knew that. I thought it was a Ronald Reagan quote. President Reagan used it on multiple occasions in the context of nuclear disarmament. Played well for the home crowd, but it was really a message to Russia...
I Learn More From Fiction

I Learn More From Fiction

Lisa and I just binge watched a new Netflix show called “Dead to Me”. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I can say that it’s unlike any other dark drama or comedy ever made. The creator calls it a “Traumedy”. Shocking plot twists and...
Better Than Me

Better Than Me

I’m not naturally talented. If you ask me why I had a somewhat successful career, I would have to say it’s because I went out of my way to surround myself with people who were better than me. I got lucky, in that a higher power or dumb luck kept sending...
All At Your Fingertips

All At Your Fingertips

When’s the last time you visited a public library? You know, the brick and mortar kind, in your local community? Maybe it’s been awhile, and maybe you’ve already guessed that I’m going to compare it to the internet. Do you have any idea why and for how long free...
Facebook In The Crosshairs – Part 2

Facebook In The Crosshairs – Part 2

About 5 years ago, while teaching at Green River College, I polled journalism students about where they get their news. Facebook was number one, handily beating all other media. And, since algorithms rule, any newspaper or TV show that wants subscribers or viewers...
Facebook In The Crosshairs – Part 1

Facebook In The Crosshairs – Part 1

If you want to know how the world works, don’t watch the news. Any of it. You see in a few decades we’ve gone from print, audio and video news media staffed locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally to just a handful of conglomerates. And most everything you...
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