Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland

Digital retardation


Digital technologies—smartphones and other devices, social media, video games, internet search engines—are not “smart” nor are they benign. In many ways, they substantially impair human growth, development and intelligence. They are particularly harmful to the......

Hallow Evening


The modern man moves through time and space without knowing from whence he comes nor wither he goes. He has no direction. He is lost. He is like an arrow shot randomly into the thin air: sans......

Pepsi or Coke?


We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

The change, it had to come
We knew it all......

The coming transformation


Human society is undergoing a transformation unlike anything our current iteration of civilization has seen in the past. Right now, we are on the outer rim of a brave new technological world. Soon, we will be inexorably immersed in a disturbing new paradigm. These massive changes are touted as “solutions” utilizing digital technologies......

Late, weird and weary


As a late bloomer, I often learn lessons too late to be of practical value. One of those is this: Japan is a weird place. It attracts weird people, and the longer you live in Japan, the......

The real fascists


Modern Western nations describe themselves as republics or democracies, but in fact they are all corporations. To paraphrase a quote attributed to Benito Mussolini, the merger of state and corporate power is fascism.

Fascism is a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government and the promotion of a capitalist economy subject to......

An American living in Japan

Melancholy observations of an expat.

I am an American and have lived in Tokyo for most of my adult life. I am married to a Japanese woman with whom I have one child.......

Proud to be American


In the above video, college students are asked if they are proud to be American. Most of their responses reflect the results of a Gallup poll released this week indicating that Americans are less patriotic than ever. As today is the Fourth of......