It must be done. For the greater good. For the future of American democracy!
American Democracy Hinges on the Only Half Measure Left. Or Right.
Citizens of the United States of America live in two nations, simultaneously side-by-side and a gazillion miles apart.
After paying attention first to the impeachment debacle in Congress, it’s become painfully clear we can’t go on this way.
Make no mistake. The American democracy the Founding Fathers envisioned, a democracy that values truth, facts and the republic’s welfare over party affiliation, is on the line. It is crumbling, being dismantled before our very eyes. If we don’t do something that previously seemed inconceivable, I fear it’s destined for an unceremonious chucking into the dustbin of history.
Continue reading “A Modest Proposal”
Softly snow falls,
A flake floats, hovering moment.
Changes the way
back, continues to descend.
Surfer skimming crystal.
Tender power, creation,
cutback along the crest.
Then on down.
Down down down
below the swell.
Rigs on the highway.
Distance of thousands,
far. But not so.
Sounds another dimension.
Gliding across waves,
a million miles across.
© 2019 Martin C. Fredricks IV
This early morning quiet / Many inches on the ground / Falling softly still, six-fifteen / Straight down, not a sound….
This early morning quiet
Many inches on the ground
Falling softly still, six-fifteen
Straight down, not a sound.
The sagging branches, wet white
Up north Dakota Territory
The way of it at thirty degrees
Another clean winter story.
Tip toe up and down
Whisper softly to each one
No school today, ice and snow
Maybe heaps before it’s done.
Really seriously can’t believe
Never happened before
Thank you, Jesus, and
Please send some more.
With advances in artificial intelligence and new feats of engineering, Robots continue to get smarter and better and more useful for humans. They also play soccer and develop press releases. Wait… What?
They’ve been rolling into our lives for years, performing tasks from the relatively mundane, like vacuuming floors, to the Jetsonish, like working as teachers’ aides in classrooms. With advances in artificial intelligence and new feats of engineering, Robots continue to get smarter and better and more useful for humans.
Robots also play soccer and develop press releases. Wait… What?
According to the experts, if robotics continues to advance at the current pace, it might not be long before bots will be able to score goals as effectively as Lionel Messi, and other machines will report the wins and losses.
Continue reading “Robots Rock. And Score Goals. And Write.”
It’s World Cup time again. People around the world are going nuts, painting their faces, taking holidays to watch their national teams play in Brasil. Through it all, I’ve been thinking again about why soccer isn’t more popular here. Two words: the flop.
The USA and Soccer – It’s Not That Complicated
Game Four of the NHL Western Conference Finals featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks. 2010. Chicago is up three games to none. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith takes a puck in the mouth and loses seven teeth. He’s out of the game for only seven minutes – one for each tooth – then heads back into the fray.
Continue reading “Rub Some Dirt – or Ice – In It”
I’m still trying to come to terms with the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the most recent victim of self-inflicted drug overdose in Hollywood. The man was an amazing talent.
Continue reading “Is SAG Sagging in Its Duty?”