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  • Covid, shelter-in, election turmoil, Afghanistan, Brexit, China, impeachments, perhaps these things still are unresolved but at least we’ve had a chance to beat them with sticks and throw stones, pushing them i […]

  • In the past year or two, mariner has complained that various groups and individuals don’t know what they are doing – especially the electorate. Many topics contribute to this ignorance: civics is not taught in pub […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, Liz 4 days, 9 hours ago

    A member of the Cheney line (Dick Cheney, a Vice President under George W. Bush who actually was the shadow President in authority), Liz Cheney has the same strict conservatism as her heritage. She is a staunch, […]

  • This morning Guru seemed a bit apprehensive. He is concerned about global readiness for democracies around the world, especially for the United States. It is obvious that authoritarian governments like China, […]

  • Every so many generations a tumultuous time arises. Everyday life is less pleasant, less secure and society is destructive to many social norms. We live in a time like that today. Life is not fun and for too many, […]

  • There are good things and bad things in the world. The biosphere is built on survival and sustainability in an indifferent world. Virtually everyone has had bad days, maybe very bad days in their lives. The […]

  • Hmmm, hmmm, you could be right. Burt’s teeth would be a distraction.

  • Ready for something new for a change?

    Slowly crawling out of the darkness of shelter-in, we emerge to find a reformed world – a place of bizarre and unfamiliar phenomena. A new religion infests United States c […]

  • We humans have become increasingly aware that we live in an environment not as a dominating owner but simply as just another renter who tends to trash the apartment. Perhaps it’s the global warming issue that h […]

  • . . . will last a long time. Is the reader familiar with COQ10, NAD+, Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL, Alpha Lipoic Acid, IPW, Crispr and inter-species zygotes? These pharmaceuticals are not vitamins. They are products […]

  • Several of mariner’s news sources have begun to focus on issues that fall under the general subject ‘plutocracy’. Latest topics are from Florida, a government that sees itself as a partner with business, havin […]

  • Immediate reactions from the republicans are beer parties while the democrats cringe in dark corners. But it isn’t that simple. The census actually has several stories to tell.

    There is a real chance t […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, Books 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    It is a rare advantage to live with a working librarian. Mariner’s home is a sub-branch of his town library. Mariner’s wife maintains a steady stream of contemporary works moving on and off their library she […]

  • As regular readers know, one of mariner’s political dreams is to merge North and South America into a planet-leading powerhouse for economics, culture and science. This is fantasy of course; the United States c […]

  • You have a knack for picking sources!

  • It’s a shame that the police slowly have changed from keepers of peace to keepers of discipline. Like many cultural shifts, the role of police slowly has changed due to similar subtle changes around them in e […]

    • “Gentlemen, get the thing straight once and for all – the policeman isn’t there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.” – Richard J. Daley, 1968

    • You have a knack for picking sources!

  • Mariner has read Andrew Yang’s book, The ‘War on Normal People’. The reader may recall he was the democratic candidate who espoused a monthly $1,000 stipend be paid to citizens of working age which had no relat […]

  • Thanks for your insights, Robert. They are affirming of my own experiences. The battle between subconscious and conscious opinions lies at the heart of so many confrontations in our society today. It’s nice to reflect on positive ones for a change.

  • A couple of weeks ago, Mariner watched an episode of CBS Sunday Morning. It was a discussion about whether we should dismiss good art because the creator was an asshole. This was a follow up discussion to the […]

    • Thanks for your insights, Robert. They are affirming of my own experiences. The battle between subconscious and conscious opinions lies at the heart of so many confrontations in our society today. It’s nice to reflect on positive ones for a change.

  • The Global Trends Report, which is compiled every four years, is an example of strategic foresight. Some clips:

    “Driving the news: Many, if not most, of those trends identified in the new report from the U.S. g […]

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