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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    Happy New…wait a second

    By on January 1, 2022 in See It Here

    Well, one has to start somewhere.

    We’ve done the New Years Eve/New Years Day routine but it should be noted Roman King Pompilius decided in 715 BC, give or take a few years, the year will no longer begin in March, but in January. You kinda get the idea his name and has carried over to other descriptions too.

    Not to be outdone, Julius Caesar decided a “year” would be 365 days. So nobody really knows what real year we’re in.

    That point was made in an interview I did with Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould who said “nobody living in the Year 1 knew it was Year 1.”

    Another thought on this thing called 2022 comes from Lake Superior State College that decided there are words used too much in 2021 that should be banished forever, and if that’s not possible, then just banished for 2022.

    “Wait, what?” is the year’s most overused phrase and are a pair of words that really don’t go together in the first place.  Though 2021 kept us all in a hurry and it takes longer to say, try, “what do you mean?”

    Other words, that were never used during the reign of Pompilius include “new normal” and “supply chain” and “deep dive.” To assist civilization’s future, I suggest that “normal” is always changing so what was “normal” last Thursday isn’t the case as you read this. Our problem getting Chinese products to Lexington, Kentucky is the result of “how we go from Point A to Point C” (points DEFG are acceptable or you can just say “from Point A to here.”

    Another phrase is “circle back.” It’s meaningless. Just say “return to.”

    Then, again, we don’t know what the real year is so normal can’t exist in the first place.

    Dumb and Dumber

    By on November 10, 2021 in See It Here

    Political science classes should hold an hour-long session session on current events in the coming week: Does Congress represent you–or the party?

    A first grader could answer this but, then again, that’s how the GOP is handling that very issue.
    The House passed a $1.2 trillion measure to fix roads and bridges which has been signed by President Biden. 13 Republican House members voted in favor of the measure because their states need some serious attention to infrastructure. And the smart money says the remaining House Republicans could probably have the same concern.
    But the responsible and caring House GOP leadership has removed these 13 members from committee assignments as a result of their vote to support a Democratic plan.
    Maturity is defined by the House GOP as voting the way their leadership wants–not the way their representative (poor choice of words) states want.
    Party over policy. That’s the way things get done.
    Democrats will do well to find a road or bridge in GOP House leadership states that need repairs. A first grader will be able to see the problem…and in less than an hour.

    Who We Are (and Aren’t)

    By on October 11, 2021 in See It Here

    I’ve heard descriptions of our life right now as “concerning” and “divided” and too much “me vs you” instead of “us.” All are apt.

    This, of course, brings a number of observations:
    (1) If both the Republicans and Democrats are worried about the deficit, then why is there all this arguing about the deficit?
    (2) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t want any GOP members to vote yes to increase the debt because the Democrats are in control of both houses on Capitol Hill. Note to Mitch: The deficit was $19.9 trillion in 2017 when President Trump took office. In October 2020, the deficit was $27 billion. Anyone see a problem here?
    (3) There’s a lot of noise about mandates requiring vaccines before one can go to school or work for an airline or numerous other public places. The smallpox vaccine was required back in the 19th century. This is Number 1 in the Department of I Don’t F’ing Get It.
    I might add that department seems to be getting larger every day.