Guns Revisited

“Impossible.” In early April in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, I recommended requiring password controlled trigger locks on guns—think smartphone. One Letter to the Editor called such a plan impossible. Outrage can convert impossible to possible. The...

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Up, Up, Up

Revenue surged at Amazon, up 43%, at Facebook, 50% and at Google’s parent Alphabet, 73%. Good news? Well certainly for stockholders but what about the rest of America. What about Easton and Chestertown and the rest of the Eastern Shore of Maryland?  ...

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LOST IN AMERICA

This last week is illustrative. Preparation is underway for a summit with Kim Jung Un, Congress appears to be in the final stages of a new banking bill, teachers are on the march from Oklahoma to Kentucky, but everything is about the President. Well not everything,...

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What Price Privacy?

It was the beginning, 1994. I was in Dallas for a meeting of magazine editors and publishers and met with Jim Clark who was raising capital for a company called Netscape. Clark had recruited the technology group headed by Marc Andreessen at the University of Illinois....

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REVERSE THE DECLINE!

2018 is an election year. Best I can tell the differences of opinion turn on Trump, Pelosi, and guns. And, lest I forget, Americans are once again watching a spending battle with a government shutdown threat adding drama. This will all be resolved with much more...

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OUTRAGE COSTS

Oxygen is life-giving. When somebody remarks that a given person’s dominant personality “takes all the oxygen out of the room” they mean that the others in the room become lifeless. Most American journalists and especially pundits have become lifeless — outrage has...

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Appetite or Reason?

What happens when big data and artificial intelligence tools dominate humanity? Will a super-rational world result as leaders, with the resources, use the tools? We are in the midst of finding out. Count me a skeptic. The early stage of the experiment started years...

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