A Ticket to Sarah Palin’s Funhouse

A Ticket to Sarah Palin’s Funhouse

I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for “Goofiest Politicos in America.” But now, a...
Changing our Climate of Indifference

Changing our Climate of Indifference

A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before. “No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
Good News and Bad News about News

Good News and Bad News about News

There’s some good news about the news business for a change. The big headwound traditional media venues like newspapers and TV suffered with the advent of Internet ads is starting to heal. The bleeding has either stopped or slowed to a less-painful trickle for...
She Knew I Would Make It

She Knew I Would Make It

After Peter O’Toole died in December, The New York Times gave him a worthy sendoff. The marvelous English actor’s obituary, which began on the front page, ran several thousand words. At the conclusion of its online version the Times ran this addendum:...