Political & Social

Political

  • Trump: Either Incompetent, or a Traitor (667 words) Based on Mr. Trump's leaking of secrets to the Russians, he is either incompetent, a traitor, or reckless. Whatever the case, he must go.
  • The Importance of Compromise (1345 words) Political and media polarization are breaking us into factions, preventing compromise and negotiation. But compromise is a cornerstone of the United States--can the government function without it?
  • Upstate New York High Speed Rail (811 words) A railfan's perspective on the proposal to install high-speed rail across New York State.
  • High Taxes in Upstate New York: a reality check (902 words) Tom Golisano's organization told upstate that their taxes are unfair based on a comparison to the Northamptons. But is that a fair comparison?
  • Twenty Twenty-Four (3116 words) My concept of updating George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four for our modern world.

Social

  • On Trans & Queer Issues (3878 words) Collected thoughts on Queer & Trans political and social direction.
  • If you were going to do it, it would already be done (1570 words) People are good at making excuses. When it comes to getting things done, how can you tell justification from excuse, promise from empty words?
  • The Three Kinds of Problems (1197 words) On the 3 kinds of problems: acute problems, hassles, and irritants.
  • Periisms (646 words) What experience took far too long to teach me.
  • You don't need to apologize... (607 words) We are better focusing in real problems today, than apologizing for the wrongs done by prior generations.
  • A variation on the fishing proverb (438 words) What if he refuses to learn how to fish?
  • On fairness (1097 words) Unfairness on the surface may be less so when examined in aggregation.
  • Advice for Suitors (2581 words) Perette’s thoughts on the mismatch of those looking for fantasy versus real-life relationships, and suggestions for those making the transition to real-life.
  • A Moderate Take on Abortion (1639 words) Abortion is a symptom, not the problem. If we want to stop abortions, we should address the problem itself.
  • Entertainment vs. News: What will we pay? (1062 words) We pay a lot to be entertained. But what will we pay for staying informed?
  • Marketing Perette (1099 words) A comparison of writing styles describing Perette as a study in marketing speak.
  • Bullshitting: Speaking Politically (1765 words) An exploration into saying things in different ways, and how it's as much what you say as how you say it. But what if you don't want to play the game?
  • Anderson Avenue (779 words) Taking your clothes off in two different venues: a comparison of societal attitudes.
  • Internet Overload (8952 words) David Shenk and others have discussed 'information overload' in their books, and here I assemble my thoughts and experience on the issue.