Under the Microscope III

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

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“These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature.” – John Muir – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here in the camper van in the brief cool of an August morning, reflecting on our exploration of Autauga Creek by watching the video…

The End of Endless Summer

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Under the Microscope – By Glynn Wilson – Yes, there was a time — not that long ago — when summer seemed to last forever. School was out and nothing seemed to matter except sleeping late, going barefoot in the grass — and time well spent in the boughs of a swing with a good…

Tick Season is Upon Us: What You Should Know

If you live in the yellow area, you live in tickville – Under the Microscope – By Glynn Wilson – This may sound like a good line for a blues song, but it’s not the good kind of blues sung by the likes of B.B. King. I woke up this morning with a tick on…

Supreme Court to Consider the South’s Legacy On Voting Rights

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – How can one be fair and balanced in the face of blatant, retrograde racism? The Washington Post is just now figuring out that at the top of the steps of Alabama’s old Capitol, there’s a six-pointed bronze star marking the spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

Scotland to Celebrate 175th Anniversary of John Muir’s Birth

“One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” – John Muir, in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917) Chapter 3 (echoing William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”) – By Glynn Wilson – Under the Microscope – It has come to my attention that there will be…

Is the World About to Come to an End on Dec. 21, 2012?

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – First let’s dispense with the hype. In spite of what is reported in some of the hyped up pseudo documentaries on the subject, not to mention the zany Websites about it, the world is not going to end on Dec. 12, 2012 — or Dec. 21, 2012…

The Ultimate Metaphor: Life is Like A River

Peak autumn color in the Catawba River near Marion, North Carolina By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Life is like a river. This is the ultimate metaphor for life. Many an American writer has compared life to the game of baseball. Myself included. But when I took this turn in life seven years ago…

How Much Heat Can We Take Before We Attack Global Warming?

How to Save the Planet and Fix the Economy Too The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Just how hot does it have to get before the people of the United States finally acknowledge that global warming is happening? When are we going to stop arguing about it and start doing something to at least slow…

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Will Humans Ever Achieve World Peace?

The Basic Human Conundrum Results From Conflict Between Individual (Selfish) Genes and Group (Altruistic) Genes by Glynn Wilson Let’s face it. The most common answer at beauty pageants, we now know, is unachievable. We will never achieve world peace. How do we know this now for the very first time ever? The basic human conundrum…

Saving the Planet Requires Direct Action, Alternative Media

Glynn Wilson Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. Under the Microscope by Cliff Griggs Back in 1971, the environmental movement was just a dream in the minds of people who wanted the governments and the corporations of…

How Happy is America and What Can We Do to Make it Happier?

Hint: The Conservative South is Less Happy Than the Rest of the Country The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Only in America, a country founded on the ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is there a statistical measure of “well-being” where highly paid social scientists spend a lot of time and money…

The Top Stories and People of 2010

“There is no good on earth, and sin is but a name.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown (1835) “Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.” – William Faulkner, from Light in August (1932) The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson…

Tear Down Some Dams, Let the River of Information Flow

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Paul Newman as Luke, in Cool Hand Luke “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”…

Study Proves Smart People Drink More Booze Than Dumb People

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson A very smart drinker… If you like to drink and party and think you are smarter than the average American or Brit, it turns out you may be right. According to a national child development study in the United Kingdom and a national longitudinal study of adolescent health in…

Is the American Political Divide the Media's Fault?

Five Years Ago Today, this Web Press was Born to Counter the Fourth Estate Brooks Boliek The Boliek house in Takoma Park, Maryland, where this site was started five years ago today… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson THE BUNKER – Five years ago today, I huddled in front of a little apple red iMac…

Is Liberal, Intellectual Condescension Really the Problem?

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson A conservative professor of politics at the University of Virginia has written a column in Sunday’s Washington Post asking the question: Why are liberals so condescending? In the setup, he writes, “Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their…