Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for June, 2017

    One Sentence Answers On Current Events.

    By on June 20, 2017 in See It Here

    (1) Republicans are putting together a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act and refuse to include Democrats in the talks because Democrats didn’t include Republicans when putting together “Obamacare.” 

    The truth is, after talks began with Republicans (the “gang of Six” in 2009), Senator Mitch McConnell told GOP negotiators not to participate (and guess who is in control now?).

    (2) There’s an effort to remove confederate statues because they represent support for slavery and inequality for people who aren’t white.

    The truth is, one learns from history and if we are going to (excuse the phrase) “whitewash” what took place more than a century ago, then we are removing a valuable lesson about bad ideas based on patriotism.

    (3) Megyn Kelly is criticized for her interview with (wacko-my word) Alex Jones who thinks the Sandy Hook shootings are fake and designed to assist those favoring more controls as to who can own a gun.

    This is similar to the statue debate—if you think it is wrong or if you think a person is wacko (our word) and it’s in the public arena (a city or a TV), then don’t pay any attention to it (in other words, don’t watch).

    Bottom Line: We are losing the ability to think.

    We’ll Always Have Paris

    By on June 2, 2017 in See It Here

    President Trump walked into the Rose Garden half an hour after the White House press office said he would on June 1st to announce the United States was pulling out of the 191-nation Paris Climate agreement.

    Two points to be made here:

    (1) He treats this as a reality show. The week before with leaders of the G7 industrialized nations surrounding him, Trump kept everyone hanging by saying he would decide “next week.” In other words, “tune in again next week to learn the next chapter of this exciting series…” Then on the day of The Decision, he keeps us all waiting to hear the decision, as if anyone really is locked on their Fox News Channel to learn it. I can hear him telling the staff, “we’re gonna get great ratings doing this.”

    (2) President Trump says the accord punishes the United States and that “we will all sit down…and make it good.” Remember, this is the guy who touts “The Art of The Deal.” Mr. President, this is about The World, not Trump INC. If the US has to give up something to make The World cleaner, then that’s a much better deal. 

    Note to Don: France, Germany and Italy say “the deal” cannot be re-negotiated. They probably told him the same thing during the G7 meeting w week earlier.

    Second Note to Don: A responsible statement would include the fact solar and wind as energy sources is something America is working on right now—and it creates jobs. Sort of like being a leader. Looking back is always easier. Looking ahead is always healthier. Looking at your TV is lazy.

    Good luck with those TV ratings.