Tag: opinions

To the Media: You’re in Trouble


Ann Dorn

Working out at the gym this morning, I decided to torture myself watching one of the cable networks on TV. It was clear that MSNBC was following its usual agenda of attacking Donald Trump after his speech last night. Their game plan was to “fact check” the things he said. I don’t normally watch the station, but I was puzzled, then hopeful that their reporting might make a positive difference—for Republicans.

The first thing I noticed is that they weren’t fact-checking. They were weeding out the hopeful statements that Trump was making about the future. For example, they ridiculed his comment that there would be a vaccine by the end of the year—maybe even before then. Since I assume that they don’t use a crystal ball to conduct their fact-checking, why would they call that a lie? Do they know something that the rest of us don’t know?

Assorted Ideas, Opinions, Musings and Other Drivel II: Come and Get Numb


“In the long run we’re all dead.” So said economist John Maynard Keynes. I speak for us all when I say the long run can’t come soon enough. We needn’t go into details. It’s evident humanity is irrevocably screwed-up, civilization was a mistake, and it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood finds your favorite film and remakes, reboots, and prequelizes it. Worst of all is there’s nothing we can do about it. Seppuku never caught on—even the Japanese are too busy fending off demon-possessed schoolgirls to disembowel themselves—and cyanide is too expensive for the poor who deserve death equally as much as the rest of us. Our remaining hope for the world being put out of its misery is if Joe Biden trips and smacks his forehead on the red button which, to be fair, is a distinct possibility.

Until armageddon comes, numb yourself with some of my thoughts. This is a sequel to a post I wrote last year and judging by the film and video game industries, there’s nothing more beloved than sequels. So relax, inject some Cat III directly into your brain for temporary relief from the agony of life.

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“Opinions,” goes the old saying, “are like rectums.* Everybody has one and the same thing comes out of both of them.” And certainly since one Donald J. Trump started making noise in the 2016 Republican primaries the opinions have been flying. On the Wednesday following the Indiana primary, Nate Silver, the man the other pundits […]

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How Can You Not Know This?


shutterstock_172810082I have a peculiar area of expertise: I know a lot about death. Well, more precisely, I know more than the average person about bereavement, especially sudden, violent bereavement. I have come by this through my own losses, dedicated study, and, especially, through nearly 15 years of  experience as a law enforcement chaplain. Law enforcement officers often have the sad duty of performing what is known as “death notification,” and it is one they gladly hand off to the chaplain whenever possible. It is one of the subjects I teach at our academy.

A few years ago, I began to receive invitations from members of the medical profession who wished to learn more about death notification. The first time the state’s chapter of the American Academy of Surgeons asked me to address their meeting, I was puzzled. After all, these were doctors: highly educated professionals that must regularly (if reluctantly) come face-to-face with death. “Don’t you know more about this than I do?” I asked.

Apparently not. So I went and spoke about the very early stages of bereavement: the first seconds, minutes, hours after news of a loved one’s decease has been transmitted. And as the assembled surgeons nodded, took notes, and intelligently asked what seemed to me pretty basic questions, I kept thinking how can you not know this?