Why Are Traffic Fatalities Going Up in The US and Nowhere Else?

That assessment has become increasingly true. The U.S. has diverged over the past decade from other comparably developed countries, where traffic fatalities have been falling. This American exception became even starker during the pandemic. In 2020, as car travel plummeted around the world, traffic fatalities broadly fell as well. But in the U.S., the opposite […]

Yes, The Onion’s SCOTUS Brief Is Hysterical. And Brilliant.

The Onion is the world’s leading news publication, offering highly acclaimed, universally revered coverage of breaking national, international, and local news events. Rising from its humble beginnings as a print newspaper in 1756, The Onion now enjoys a daily readership of 4.3 trillion and has grown into the single most powerful and influential organization in […]

High Water Everywhere

It’s a day for the blues. There’s nothing like a toe-tapper about a mass casualty event. When it comes down to it, that’s all the blues are about: making the insufferable thing bearable. In High Water Everywhere, Charley Patton sang about the 1927 Mississippi levee break that displaced tens of thousands. Patton lived on Dockery’s […]

Heavy Horses

Watching the pomp and circumstance surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral provoked conflicting emotions. On the one hand, the monarchy is ridiculous and offensive to American notions of freedom. I watch the story of the UK hiring out King Charles 3’s ironing of his shoelaces and putting of the toothpaste on his brush with horror. Hence, […]

It’s Banned Book Week and Mike Royko’s Birthday!! Savor the irony.

Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on. Mike Royko On a related note, George Orwell’s 1984 is the most banned book in history. I love that To Kill A Mockingbird is high on […]

Normal Like You (More Opioid Fallout: Pharmacies Are Next On The List)

“Today, medical science recognizes That some folks aren’t helped by relaxing exercises. In cases of difficult tension, And nervous apprehension, Doctors are now prescribing medicine. It makes those who fear they’re about to quit Feel like they’re ready to begin. Bidding their darkened spirits goodbye For the calming peace of a cloudless sky.” Everclear, Ataraxia […]