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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    A Look Ahead by Looking Back

    By on August 6, 2021 in See It Here
    When you’re 68, the death of someone at age 72 is unnerving. AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka has died after a bout with heart disease. I interviewed him for the book “Future Talk” which was published in 1999 and looked at the coming new century.
    Sitting in his office just a few blocks from the White House, the union leader had this advice for anyone living in the new millennium:
    We will succeed or fail depending on whether we build a society with a vision, and that is something we are willing to commit to and work toward. And if you can’t do that, then we split up and become another Montana Freeman group where everybody opts out.
    The Montana Freeman group made news in 1996 when it decided the area near Jordan, Montana would be known as “Justus Township” and no longer be a part of the U.S.
    We have a lot of work to do and it begins with looking inside instead of pointing fingers.

    3 Lessons in What We See (and hear)

    By on June 30, 2021 in See It Here
    1-The Democratic National Convention that aired last August is being considered for an Emmy Award. Nielsen ratings ratings were better than the Republican National Convention which probably has someone we’ve all heard about really pissed off (he has a delicate ego). That said, the idea of putting a political convention into an award category forces us to see things differently. That doesn’t always mean the new way of looking is a good idea though. The “award”  (and not an Emmy) should be for getting political support, not for best lighting or best female lead. The speeches are worse at the Emmy Awards than at a political convention though.

    2-CBS Network news anchors continue to end each correspondent report with (correspondent name) “Thank You.” There’s a writer’s guild that oughta be screaming right now. Common sense oughta chime in too.

    3-Ms. Nevada, Kataluna Enriquez, is transgender and will compete in the Ms. USA pageant this November. This is a lesson in what you offer society, not how you look.

    Responsible Idiocy

    By on May 28, 2021 in See It Here

    Half of America is fully vaccinated. The other half either believe vaccines are a lot of BS or use the argument they can’t take time off from work or it’s against their religion. Yeah, there’s a lot of excuses being used, some actually show creativity.

    The governors of California, Maryland, Ohio and Colorado have a creative idea too: pay people to get the vaccine. Or get a full ride college scholarship. They offer sweepstakes to do what can’t be done.

    It’s scary how this has set aside the excuse for not getting off work or the government telling us what to do.

    We see interviews with people having just nabbed $1 million of state funds to do something they should be willing to do because it’s responsible. Money talks. And it can allow you to set aside excuses.

    It will be interesting to see what these “lucky people” decide to do with the dollars they’ve been handed. Give back to the state? Talk to other no-vaxers about getting the shot? Donate to their local city or college?

    We need to pay people to stop at stop signs. Or vote.

    Or, think.