Under the Microscope III

A Thanksgiving Message: Making Democracy Work

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I don’t remember the exact moment when I first realized how important the press is in making democracy work. The simple fact is, the realization did not happen in one moment of epiphany. It took years of working at it and reading about it and thinking about it, even…

Get Bush and Palin Off My TV!

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I’ve got an idea for a new song for the Dixie Chicks. Maybe they could sweep up the redneck capital of Nashville with it. After sleeping late this Thursday morning, and after I got the coffee going and the laptop setup to blog, there was the mug of George…

The Last Gasp of the Conservative Era?

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson The dogwoods in Alabama are beginning to turn red, but the color of the nation on the electoral college map is trending mostly blue, blue, blue. If the numbers hold up for another two days, Barack Obama will become the first half-black American elected president in history, only 146…

A Green Future Is Our Only Real Hope

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson In a world of hurt and bad news as the global economy implodes, there is some good news to report this Sunday morning as the late October air finally begins to cool off the brick walls of The Bunker. The best news is that the presidential election of 2008…

Politics and Science in the Post-Bush World

De gustibus non est disputandum “There’s no accounting for taste.” Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I’m sitting here in The Bunker listening to George Soros on CNN and searching the world over for a beautiful sentence to start yet another Sunday column. Do a Google search for “beautiful sentence” just for the heck of…

Freedom Is A Dangerous Thing

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson What does the word “freedom” mean when the banks and insurance companies fail and the government bails them out, basically by taking them over? What does the word freedom mean when it is used to invade a nation — for no provocation — to kill a “mad” dictator and…

Sunday School: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. –Jerusalem In 1957, the year I was born, this quotation was erected in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey in London as a memorial to the poet William…

Sunday School: Thinking Philosophically

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson There are three issues in the news worth writing about today. There’s good news, bad news, and then there’s some interesting news out of Alabama that has made it’s way all the way to New York. The bad news is, the economy is on the verge of another Great…

America Needs a New Pill, Not Corporate Welfare

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson What is the point of electing a conservative president who will give big business everything they say they want to make massive profits at the expense of consumers, when they are just going to come calling on the federal government for a bailout when they fail anyway? If giant…

Media Bashing 501

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson To people all over the world, there is an insatiable curiosity about the nature of the “American mind.” A minimal perusal of the foreign press would bare this out. As would an evaluation of the traffic of news Websites, including this one, which shows about half the readers are…

Obama Makes History in 'Defining Moment'

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I want to believe… I am not kidding when I say I cried when I saw and heard it. And I cried again when I read it. I don’t know for sure if we really can do it or not, if we can turn back the near complete destruction…

Workers of the World Unite!

Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. — Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, 1848 Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson As I sit here in the dark of the early morning hours and contemplate the state of the world, I can’t help but laugh at a growing sense of…

Sunday School: Plato’s Parable of the Cave

And What is Objectivity Anyway? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 3 — Imagine Alabama as a cave and the people as prisoners who have been chained since their childhood deep inside in the darkness, where good information is almost impossible to come by. Their lives are stuck in an unmovable chain…

Sunday School: Plato's Parable of the Cave

And What is Objectivity Anyway? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 3 — Imagine Alabama as a cave and the people as prisoners who have been chained since their childhood deep inside in the darkness, where good information is almost impossible to come by. Their lives are stuck in an unmovable chain…

How Many Destroyed Lives Does It Take?

Something is happening here, But you don’t know what it is, Do you, Mr. Jones? — Bob Dylan No sir, not a chance. Mr. Jones does not even pretend to know what’s happening in America right now, and neither does anyone else. We have seen Weird Times in this country before, but (this) is beginning…

The Real and True Abridged History of the World

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light: and there was light.” – Genesis, 1:1-1:3 Under the…

E.O. Wilson for Governor of Alabama, 2010

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I once tried to goad newspaper reporters in Alabama to pick up the story that if basketball star Charles Barkley ran for governor of Alabama as a Republican, then the Democrats should recruit E. O. Wilson. The campaign headline could be: Brains v. Brawn! Beneath his gentle manner and…

Welcome to The Future of News

Connecting the dots from government spying to private profit to keeping you in the dark… Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Did you wake up Friday morning and turn on your computer and notice that your connection to the Internet was running a lot slower than usual? Well, you were not alone. Have you seen…

Checking the Heartbeat of Freedom

Glynn Wilson Another small freedom gone… Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Today on the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the US of A, it’s a good day to check up on the heartbeat freedom. In addition to the pending fight over the spying bill from Bush and some members of Congress guaranteed to…