Russia hacked the American election. The CIA knows, the Senate knows, the White House knows, and the press knows. I wonder if any of it matters to Don’s followers. My guess is no, it doesn’t matter one iota. After all, these are people who think President Obama is a Muslim plant. Thankfully, there are a […]

The Koch brothers lost this Presidential election to the Mercer family, but they won plenty of House and Senate seats to make sure their bidding gets done. The master puppeteers who pull all the strings behind the screen hold a truly dark view of America and the people in it. To see just how dark […]

Donald Trump’s favorite film is Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. Don has good taste in films. Or so it seems. Citizen Kane is about an all-powerful man (modeled in part on William Randolph Hearst) who owns a chain of newspapers. He lives in a gigantic tower safely removed from the masses that he purports to […]

Don Trump the pussy grabber is President-Elect of the United States. How did this happen, and what do we do now? My friend Charlie Quirk—an Aussie who works as a brand strategist in San Francisco—made a good post this morning dealing with the “How” question. Here’s an except: Trump made concrete claims that are easy […]

We are one week from election day 2016. The American experiment appears to be teetering on a precipice. While this is at once frightening and disturbing, I believe we’re living through a necessary disturbance in the system. Binary systems are breaking down. Industries are being disrupted left and right. Politics is no exception to radical […]

It pains me to admit that Donald Trump, a.k.a. The Don, knows more about the inner workings of today’s monolithic media companies than his opponent. But he does. From experience, he knows that big media favors entertainment over news and sensationalism over facts. Media companies make more money by feeding us hollow celebrity-driven mind-candy than […]

When is the last time you heard something that really blew your mind? For me, it happened just last Spring, when case/lang/veirs put out their first release on Anti Records. I’m not the freckled maid I’m not the fair-haired girl I’m not a pail of milk for you to spoil case/lang/veirs is the new super […]

Automation is spreading its wings throughout the land. In marketing, many brands use marketing automation to manage their email outreach. This form of digital disruption has reared its head in education, medicine and many other fields, including media. According to Poynter, Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 […]

It’s an interesting time in America. We’re facing our demons as a nation right now, and this can make for an unstable and sometimes frightening situation on the ground. For instance, hating people of color and women is now an acceptable form of protest. The Donald has released the masses to take vile language and […]

Several people have asked me who I like for President. My answer has caught both friends and strangers off guard. One possible reason for their surprise is the fact that I have voted for third party candidates like Ralph Nader in the past, and I continue to advocate for reconstruction of the two-party system. Nevertheless, […]

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a journey through time. Forty million years backwards in time, to be exact. The National Monument features three separate but related units: Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno. The three units are all located in Eastern Oregon, yet they are hours apart by car. Starting in Madras, the […]

There are people who live in Portland who find it difficult to leave their neighborhood for another part of the city. One could blame parochial attitudes, poor transportation options, or a simple lack of curiosity. This post isn’t for them. This post is for the adventurous. West Linn (population 26,000) and Oregon City (population 34,600) […]

If you’re a clown today, there’s a good chance the media will eat your act for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trump proves this every day. Now, more angry white men with few facts on their side are stepping forward to follow his boisterous lead. Take the invading circus of clowns from Nevada (and Idaho) presently […]

I started tracking my movements about the country a decade ago (and logging them here) as an annual exercise meant to encourage memory, cataloguing and in the best cases a bit of travel writing. Looking back on it, 2015 wasn’t a big year in travel, although quality and quantity are two different things. Here’s a […]

In business, as in politics, it is wise to build for seismic events. The terror attacks in Paris, for instance, required a flexibile response from The White House that was largely lacking. Conservative columnist, Ron Fournier says, “For all his skills as an orator, Obama is a lousy com­mu­nic­at­or. He doesn’t lead, he lec­tures. He ar­gues […]

Since Frank Solich left Lincoln in 2003, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been in a free fall. Many of us, myself included, have been in various states of denial about the truth of this, but the fall finally became an undeniable reality yesterday, in the most unlikely of places. West Lafayette, Indiana is not the place […]

I’m glad Tom Shatel is pissed off. He’s the senior writer on the Huskers’ beat and if he’s not spitting venom after yesterday’s debacle in Lincoln, then Husker Nation would truly be at a loss. Let’s observe some of Shatel’s keen observations: Let’s not waste our time talking about bowl scenarios. Nebraska just lost, 30-28, […]

Well, that was satisfying. The Huskers traveled to Minneapolis with a clear purpose in mind, and the team took care of business. Heading into the game, the Huskers were the second-worst team in college football when it came to penalties. Coming in with an average of 10 penalties per game, the Huskers committed just two […]