an open letter to those who vote blue no matter who

I watched Vice President Joe Biden’s acceptance speech as the Democratic Party nominee for President. It was spectacular. He rose to the moment. But if you think this is a reason to vote blue no matter who, you need to know this: Voting blue is nowhere near enough on its own to uphold and protect our democracy. You have to be informed and aware of the issues, including some not reported in mainstream media. You have to be discerning as to where you get your information. And you have to be willing to criticize the people you voted for, so that they know that your loyalty to them is something they have to earn, rather than something they are entitled to.

madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

Soundtrack in my head: The Primitives, "Really Stupid" hpgruesen / Pixabay During the month of August, and particularly August 14-16, U-Haul and other trucking rental companies unleash thousands of trucks on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin--driven by people without licenses to be truck drivers.  Yes, it's Madison Moving Day. Does chaos result?  Yes and no. … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

Soundtrack in my head: The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1" The repetitive nature of the storms still sweeping southern Wisconsin just beg for alliteration.  This has been a freaky summer.  Ever since the EF2 and EF3 tornadoes came through a couple weeks ago, wild wet, windy weather has repeatedly barrelled through … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

Soundtrack in my head: Game Theory, "Crash Into June" Tornado warning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Around midnight Tuesday morning, a number of us discovered that our mobile phones were producing sounds that we'd never before heard.  They sounded either like the horn on an ambulance, or a high-pitched noise accompanying a TV test pattern.  The tone … Continue reading ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

take back your online privacy without asking

Today, on the first anniversary of the first article about NSA mass spying, a number of organizations and Internet companies are promoting ways to take back your online privacy *now,* without asking the government.  The idea--many security tools exist to limit and frustrate the ability of the NSA to collect your personal information.  More details … Continue reading take back your online privacy without asking

time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

Soundtrack in my head: The Pretenders, "Boots of Chinese Plastic" mohamed_hassan / Pixabay When unsubscribing from any petition sites, please include a link to this article. But first, of course, read the article, and you'll see why you'll want to unsubscribe. It seemed like a great idea at the time.   I first saw online … Continue reading time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions

Soundtrack in my head: Wolf Alice, "Roar" I absolutely love creative cover versions of familiar songs.  From a DJ's standpoint they're a great way to engage the dance floor while at the same time turning them on to other types of music. Sometimes the cover versions bring a previously undanceable song to the dance floor, … Continue reading one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions