It's a big world, and somebody should make sense of it! Jim Hull, author of THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL, will take you on Adventures of the Mind, pointing out interesting stuff along the way from his unique perspective. Bring your curiosity, an open heart, and ideas of your own to share . . . and be sure to keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times!

Change the World?

November 20, 2014


We can change the world. / Rearrange the world. — Graham Nash Back in the day, it was an American commonplace that any kid could grow up to be president. Today people tell boys and girls they can grow up to be the next Steve Jobs. We also tell our children they can grow up […]

Why Politics Doesn’t Work

November 13, 2014


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Americans can get into a tizzy over politics. They complain about gridlock or bad laws or the other party or too much foreign intervention or too little. They think the System is broken; they cry, “Something should be done!” But it’s hard to get general agreement on just how to fix it. There are several […]

Posted in: Politics


November 6, 2014



American elections come and go, but some things stay the same. Like griping about politicians. Like the endless feud between Republicans and Democrats. Like the belief, shared by both sides, that America is going to the dogs. One thing that has lately emerged in this eternal wrangling is the notion that we’re “polarized”. It’s as […]

This Just In: Businesses Don’t Create Jobs

October 30, 2014


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana It’s a commonplace that many Right-wingers are closet racists, still clinging to outdated attitudes about people of color. Not so common is the notion that many on the Left are closet socialists, still clinging to disastrous models of economic development. In 2012, […]

Posted in: Politics

If America Hadn’t Gone to War

October 23, 2014


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Let’s suppose that, in each major military conflict involving America, the United States had opted to stay out of it. What might have happened? • War Between the States, 1861-1865 — The Confederacy secedes from the Union; the North does nothing; the South soon rids itself of slavery without bloodshed (as did nearly every other […]

Posted in: Politics

Does It Matter to God?

October 16, 2014


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There’s a belief, widespread among the devout, that God will punish you if you don’t worship Him. This theme recurs in major religions: • Christianity: Worship God through Jesus or spend eternity skewered on a spit in Hell • Judaism: You’re the Chosen, but if you disregard God’s commands, there’s big trouble ahead • Islam: […]

Marketing the Jihad

October 9, 2014


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ISIS, a radical Islamist movement with its own army, has ramped across Iraq, conquering large swaths of territory in a kind of blitzkrieg, removing the heads from captured Westerners, fashioning itself as the revival of the medieval Caliphate, and generally scaring the crap out of everybody. Originally a small rebel group fighting in the Syrian […]

Posted in: Humor, Politics

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