What Information Does the Government Collect?

Back in the 1970’s, my father (R.I.P.)  said that a person could never really trust the government. I’m sure that he would agree that the NSA is not being forthcoming with the real scope of their activities.

The more I hear about this situation, the more I think that Edward Snowden actually is a hero.


Nelson Mandela and Satire

It seems to me that in today’s world,  people who understand satire are an endangered species.

The late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa understood the value of satire, even when he was the target of it.

Here is the definition of satire.

“Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon and as a tool to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.”

Certainly, satire can be misused, but it is more often misunderstood. I generally preface the fact that I am being sarcastic or using satire in order to avoid having my head bitten off.



Freezing and Without Power

michigan power outages december 2013

Image found here.

This should not be happening.

We have the technology to give each and every home solar panels, which would prevent this sort of disaster.

Life-saving energy should not be “for-profit.”

Even in the developing nation of Benin, they are working to give residents clean, safe solar energy. Surely a prosperous nation such as the United States could do this if a less technologically advanced nation can do it. Put our tax dollars to good use! I don’t mind paying higher taxes for something that will benefit me in the long run, such as access to medicine and low-cost power that won’t fail during bad weather.

Kudos to the people who worked to restore the power.