10 Things the Media Should Stop Saying

May 8, 2017
  1. Stop saying “Small d democratic.” We’re not morons. We know the difference between the Democratic Party and democratic institutions. I even heard Rachel Maddow go so far as to say, “Small d democracy,” which makes no sense whatsoever.
  2. Stop confusing anarchy with chaos. Anarchy is an social system without leaders; it is not necessarily synonymous with chaos.
  3. Stop confusing fascism & xenophobia with populism. Marine Le Pen is not a populist. Pandering to and stoking of people’s bassist fears is not populism.
  4. Stop saying,”Both sides do it,” when you’re talking about something terrible one side has done. You don’t have to protect yourself from accusations of partisanship by flimsy attempts at false equivalency.
  5. Stop calling the country the Homeland when reporting on national security. It sounds quasi-fascist and it sprang from the Bush Administration’s attempt to delegitimize domestic dissent after September 11, 2001. Call it, “the nation,” or “the country,” like we did for the first 230 years.
  6. Stop calling ISIS, “the so-called Islamic State.” It’s not your job to editorialize about enemies of our state. Just call them whatever they call themselves.
  7. Stop calling famous entertainers “legends.” They are not.
  8. Stop stating national statistics as if they were world statistics. If 8,500 Americans died of something in 2016, don’t just say, “8,500 people died.” There are people outside our country.
  9. Stop using adjectives that refer to women in the news by their social roles. If a 70 year old woman is arrested for possession, don’t say, “70 year old grandmother arrested.”
  10. Stop assuming that you and every poll in the country were wrong about the election. Sometimes there’s just fraud.

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Disconnected Thoughts

September 5, 2016

Brainstorming

Here are some things I’ve been thinking today. If we were eating a meal together, I would probably figure out a way to inject them into the conversation. But because I have no social life, I am sharing them here, in this blog post, with random strangers, lurkers and family members checking up on me.

  • Why We’re Hearing More Racist Comments in “Polite Society”
    • I believe that future social scientists will come to the conclusion that one result of Barack Obama’s presidency was a resurgence in public sphere racist dialogue. Not just as a reaction to Obama, but Obama gave racists an opportunity to say racist stuff that heretofore had been discouraged in public, under the guise of complaining about a President, and it just grew from there.

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Mystery Daisy Porthole

March 10, 2015

Today, I place your fate in the Universe. Position your pointer, finger or mouse over the daisy, close your eyes and click to travel to a completely random Daisybrain post from the last 250 years, or so, of the Daisybrain blog.

Let the adventure begin….

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How I Lost 55 Million Dollars

March 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Unlike most Daisybrain stories, the following events are true.


In September, 2000, I had moved back in to my mom’s basement. I had a couple of part time jobs in video production which made me enough money to supply my chocolate habit. I wanted to film documentaries, but I didn’t know how to make a living at it. I had recently discovered that I had inherited stock in several “blue chip” companies, like IBM. Being an anti-establishment sort of guy, I wasn’t happy about owning stocks in corporations that I thought were evil. About this same time, do-it-yourself online stock investing was becoming a thing; companies, like Ameritrade, were making it possible for people to invest in the stock market without the aid of a stock broker. To be honest, I had no comprehension of what stocks were, or how the stock market worked. I’ve always had trouble understanding anything that has to do with money. But I knew that I didn’t like these “blue chip” companies, and there was a company that I did think was pretty cool: Apple Computers.

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On Retroactively Lowering School Grades

February 3, 2015

One day, at the New Hampshire middle school where I taught, a school administrator informed me that one of my students was going to have her previous quarter’s grades lowered to all Ds, due to excessive absences during the school year. I was stunned. We do that? We lower grades that students earned, after the fact, as a punishment/incentive to change behavior?

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Advice to Teens

December 1, 2014

Hi. My name is* Jay. I’m just past my teen years, and the memories of what it’s like to live as a teenager are fresh in my mind. I am therefore perfectly situated to give teenagers survival advice. So, if you are a teenager or about to become a teenager, this post is for you.

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