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  Sometimes I read an article that impresses or amuses me so much I want to share it with others. Here are some of those articles, arranged (usually) in reverse chronological order in each of the above sections, sometimes in sub-categories. I have re-ordered the categories since I created the page because the War on Terror is not the top news story anymore and perhaps our dealing with the new technological advances is. See my Publications and Columnists sections for more articles from the same sources. As you can see, my views are very liberal (see Where I stand for more on this).  
 
 
Since Bush left office many of the articles I had on this page became irrelevant so I have removed them,
but if you still want to read them they are on the Bush is gone! page.
 


The modern age
10 ideas that could change the world
By Brandon Griggs, Doug Gross, Jose Pagliery, Heather Kelly, Todd Leopold, all CNN Contributors, December 19, 2013
I particulary like the U.S. having only 2 timezones.
 
Products fade away, not American workers
By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor, September 1, 2013
We're so good at making stuff that we forget that the thing to be most proud of is not the ephemeral products, but the labor that renews itself each generation.
 
For many, remotes are out of control
Bervely Beckham, Boston Globe1 correspondent, July 14, 2013
Press power, press source, press play—and it doesn’t work.
 
The DNA in your garbage: up for grabs
Kevin Hartnett, Boston Globe1 correspondent, May 12, 2013
Drop a hair? Anyone can legally sequence your genetic material—and privacy experts want to close that gap.
 
Vulnerability in an open city
Stephen Heuser, The Boston Globe1 staff, April 21, 2013
Openness and security, we're forced to remember, are a trade-off.
 
E-mail a thing of past for business, young
Michael B. Farrell, The Boston Globe1 staff, March 30, 2013
With billions of e-mails shooting around the world every day, clogging accounts everywhere, many are recoiling from the torrent.
 
Instant gratification is making us perpetually impatient
Christopher Muther, The Boston Globe1 staff, February 2, 2013
The demand for instant results is seeping into every corner of our lives, and not just virtually.
 
Keeping the birds out of South Station
Scott Helman, The Boston Globe1 staff, November 11, 2012
Simulated predator sounds are designed to scare away pigeons, sparrows.
 
Why I bike without a helmet
Nick Olender, The Boston Globe1 contributor, October 21, 2012
As the Hubway bicycle-sharing system expands in Boston and beyond, an enthusiastic user explains his bare head.
 
Say goodbye to the tie
Tom Keane, The Boston Globe1, August 19, 2012
My office went business casual in 1998 and I haven't worn a tie to work since.
 
When computers listen to music, what do they hear?
Leon Neyfakh, The Boston Globe1, July 8, 2012
A new generation of scholars is turning music into data—and uncovering truths beyond human ears.
 
Missed Connections in our digital lives
Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe1, April 15, 2012
As screens and gadgets increasingly claim our eyes and time, shared family experience is feeling the squeeze
 
Steve Jobs, designer of a generation
Glenn D. Lowry, Special to CNN, October 7, 2011
The way Apple treats the design of its products transcends any simple notion of branding.
 
Too Much Information
Joan Wichersham, The Boston Globe1, January 7, 2011
I'm not sure I agree with this but it is an interesting article.
 
The first GPS
Renée Loth, The Boston Globe1, August 14, 2010
The lost art of giving directions
 
Please do not change your password
Mark Pothier, The Boston Globe1, April 11, 2010
You were right: It’s a waste of your time. A study says much computer security advice is not worth following.
 
Attack of the light drizzle! How weather was taken over by the hype machine
Robert David Sullivan, The Boston Globe1, February 21, 2010
Itís not because something has changed about the weather. Itís that something has changed about its packaging. Weather, especially on TV, has exited the realm of straight news, and even of entertainment, and entered the realm of marketing.
 
The downward spiral of progress
Tom Scocca, The Boston Globe1, May 31, 2009
It can be very frustrating when things you have liked for a long time keep disappearing from the marketplace. "New and improved" is not always new and improved.
 
Why our 'amazing' science fiction future fizzled
John Blake, CNN.com, May 29, 2009
We're still waiting for those congestion-free highways -- along with the jet pack, the paperless office and all those "Star Trek"-like gadgets that were supposed to make 21st-century life so easy.
 
Will the Blackberry Sink the Presidency?
Sharon Begley, Newsweek1, February 16, 2009
Distraction, interruption, addiction: there is evidence the iconic handheld can change the way we think. But it all depends on how you use it.
 
The Real Greatest Generation
Tom Keane, The Boston Globe1, July 27, 2008
Boomers did more than give us tie-dye and ABBA. They changed society monumentally.
 
Please Remove The Boob Tube
Allison Wood, My Turn, Newsweek1, November 12, 2007
Note to merchants: I don't need a TV to baby-sit me while I wait. Daydreaming is just fine, thank you.
 
Lick My Silent Sports Car
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, August 2, 2006
How much has Big Auto lied? Take a drive in this four-wheel electric orgasm, and find out.
 
Merchants X out A, E, I, O, and U
Jenn Abelson, The Boston Globe1, March 19, 2006
Shorthand product names designed to woo instant-messaging generation.
 
This Is Your Brain On Tech
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, January 13, 2006
With a mind crammed with gizmo jargon, where's the room for sex and love and deep, earthly knowing?
 
Google Search and Seizure
Robert Kuttner, The Boston Globe1, December 3, 2005
Unless we pay attention, the technology is so seductive that we become enablers of our own enslavement.
 
Remembering Netscape: The Birth of the Web
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune.com, July 12, 2005
Picture a world without Google, without eBay or Amazon or broadband, where few people have even heard of IPOs. That was reality just a decade ago.
 
Hang Up Or Get Off The Plane
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, May 6, 2005
Using cell phones on flights: Great idea, or the last, horrible gasp of human decency?
 
Inching Along
Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe1, May 2, 2005
Thirty years later, we're still taking measure the old English way
 
Now With 147 Blades That Sing...
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, January 21, 2004
Every possible need and every possible craving is so insanely overfulfilled that our culture creates ridiculous products to meet needs it doesn't actually have.
 
Big and Bad - How the S.U.V. ran over automotive safety
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, January 12, 2004
S.U.V.'s are replacing station wagons and minivans, but in reality many of these "family vehicles" are just trucks with extra doors and seats, which allows them to bypass the stringent safety and fuel-efficiency regulations applied to passenger cars.
 
Have computers left penmanship for the history books?
Laura Pappano, The Boston Globe1, December 22, 2002
Cursive writing suffers as typing skills improve.
 
What it's like to live in a 'dumb home'
Ingrid Shaffer, The Patriot Ledger1, November 20, 2002
Appliances conspire against owner.
 
Unspooled
Hank Stuever, The Washington Post, October 29, 2002
In the digital age, the quaint cassette is sent reeling into history's dustbin.
 
I Was a Wi-Fi Freeloader
Steven Levy, Newsweek1, October 14, 2002
Small wireless networks are everywhere in the city. Some Net activists want you to know where the free zones are. Is it ethical to access them?
 
Time to bring back etiquette rule book
Kristine McKenna, The Boston Globe1, April 5, 2002
When occupying public spaces - or even when within earshot of others - we would do well to remain respectful of issues involving body space, eye contact, sound, and smell.
 
Cell-sufficient
Irene Sege, The Boston Globe1, December 15, 2001
Many mobile-phone users are deciding that they don't need a land line at all.
 
Serenity is scarce in orbit
Marcia Dunn, Associated Press1, November 22, 2001
"It's sort of like being in maybe a factory." - NASA astronaut Jim Voss, on the noise aboard the space station.
 
New and Improved? Not Necessarily.
Richard Todd, My Turn, Newsweek1, July 30, 2001
Not everyone is in love with hi-tech.
 
Olden glow
John Yemma, The Boston Globe Magazine1, April 8, 2001
As the cutting edge gets dull, stuff that shows its age is looking good again.
 
The upside of a downturn
D.C. Denison, The Boston Globe1, April 1, 2001
The dot-com revolution is a bust. Or is it? Putting dot-coms in perspective.
 
The Physics of Gridlock
Stephen Budiansky, The Atlantic1, December 2000
What causes traffic jams? The depressing answer may be nothing at all.
 
The Heavenly Jukebox
Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic1, September 2000
The real threat of MP3 music piracy — to listeners and, conceivably, democracy itself — is the music industry's reaction to it.
 
The Grass Isn't Greener
Tom Keane, The Boston Globe Magazine1, January 27, 2008
The writer makes a good point about replacing the Central Artery—instead of creating a greenway build across, filling in the emptiness with the kinds of buildings that exist on both sides and knitting the two halves together.
 

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Life in general
The power of common ground
David DeSteno, The Boston Globe1, September 18, 2011
Surprisingly tiny factors can warp our judgments of other people. What can we do about it?
 
As they hit 65, boomers redefine aging
Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe1, January 1, 2011
The 60s generation — the children of the 1960s now in their 60s — have been the cultureís change agents. In this first frame, older Americans are a valued population re-upping to use our experience and wisdom to change society once again.
 
Angry indeed — at candidates who kowtow to Tea Party
Letter to editor, The Boston Globe1, September 29, 2010
An angry voter states some opinions that I agree with.
 
I've got baggage
Patrick McVay, The Boston Globe1, July 25, 2010
Can a vacation with children be carefree and fun?
 
How facts backfire
Joe Keohane, The Boston Globe1, July 11, 2010
Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains
 
Standing in line
James Parker, The Boston Globe1, February 7, 2010
Waiting in a line is a standing affront to the Age of Information: Why wait, with swelling feet, when you could be flying along the data stream in your Staples office chair?
 
Your brain in drive
Drake Bennett, The Boston Globe1, July 26, 2009
What happens when an older driver takes the wheel -- and what we all can learn from it.
 
How the city hurts your brain
Jonah Lehrer, The Boston Globe1, January 2, 2009
Scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes.
 
Traffic jams
Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe1, November 23, 2008
With the help of portable players and their favorite music, drivers sing away the stress of their long commutes.
 
Camp deluxe
Linda Matchan, The Boston Globe1, August 16, 2008
Some vacationers seek the great outdoors – without the dirt, the critters, or the wilderness.
 
Tofu Will Make You Gay!
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, January 10, 2007
This just in: Soy will turn your kid into a fey girly man with a very small penis. Also: God hates vegans.
 
Commuter Rail's False Promise
Tom Keane, The Boston Globe Magazine1, December 31, 2006
Why more rail lines won't prod more folks to take the train - and why we should make peace with cars.
 
Gay Marriage Is Still Evil?
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, November 15, 2006
Because the funny thing is, despite all the frantic state bans, no one can really say why.
 
Real Death, The Final Frontier
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, September 22, 2006
From Steve Irwin to U.S. soldiers in Iraq, there's still one video you ain't gonna see on YouTube.
 
Survival of the harmonious
Drake Bennett, The Boston Globe1, September 3, 2006
Mounting evidence suggests that human beings are hard-wired to appreciate music. What researchers want to know now is why our distant ancestors evolved music in the first place.
 
All Women Are From Zorkon 9
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, May 26, 2006
Forget Venus. Women are from someplace far weirder, and more wonderful. Mark Morford has proof.
 
Long Needles For Large Butts
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, December 7, 2005
More obesity means even syringes aren't long enough anymore. Every single airline is now burning a great deal more fuel to fly due to all the excess weight. All part of the wider trend: larger caskets, heavy-duty toilet seats, thicker mattresses, and industrial-strength office chairs, and they're altering the design of cars to fit fatter American butts. What the hell are we so hungry for?
 
I'm an Artist, But Not The Starving Kind
J.D. Jordan, My Turn, Newsweek1, September 19, 2005
We have as much training as other professionals. Imagine if we had their business sense, too.
Why do we torture ourselves so for fashion?
Loretta LaRoche, Patriot Ledger1, May 16, 2005
Looking sexy and scintillating is now much more important than considering the fact that you will probably have twisted feet when you're old.
 
Man of the hour
David Mehegan, The Boston Globe1, April 2, 2005
It's time to spring ahead. But why? The author examines the history of Daylight Saving Time.
 
Aerosmith Sells You A Buick
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, December 10, 2004
Rock music has lost perhaps its most vital ingredient. It is no longer about rebellion. It is still, gratefully, perhaps eternally, about sex, and drugs, and money and power and girls and depression and loneliness and sex and angst and sex. Which is why ad companies love it.
 
Licensed to Drive? Fuhgeddaboutit!  Most New Yorkers Do Without Wheels
Michael Powell, The Washington Post, August 19, 2003
Lawyers, doctors, day laborers, actors, psychotherapists: New York City has more able-bodied, non-licensed, car-phobic adults than anywhere in the United States.
 
One Tall Cappuccino Conundrum, to Go
Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post, August 11, 2003
Going to Starbucks is one of the most challenging and worrisome things an urban person can do. It is not for the faint of heart or the indecisive of mind. It is an exact science, like human space flight. The slightest misstep can mean disaster.
 
Clash of generations in workplace
Alan R. Earls, The Boston Globe1, August 10, 2003
Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, still buy into the system, even though they were raised on rock 'n' roll and rebellion. GenXers, born between 1965 and the late 1970s, are more interested in their own autonomy, irritating some boomers who see them as disloyal and work-averse.
 
The Great San Francisco Bubble
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, May 9, 2003
San Francisco still reins as the funk epicenter, the winking liberal stronghold, the ecstatic 69 to the nation's droning missionary position.
 
The legend of Dylan at Newport
Sam Allis, The Boston Globe1, July 28, 2002
What really happened the night the music changed?
 
Fund high-speed rail, lose airport gridlock
Robert Kuttner, The Boston Globe1, July 15, 2001
If you have taken short shuttle flights, like Boston to New York, you'll find this appealing.
 
'A surprising and cruel blow'
Bill Orme-Johnson, The Boston Globe1, April 8, 2001
This is a moving, first-person account of a person with Alzheimer's disease.
 
What's in a name? Plenty of confusion if you share one
Sharron Kahn Luttrell, The Boston Globe1, April 8, 2001
Interesting situations arise when you and your co-worker have the same first name.
 
No deterrent, no closure - just more victims
Carroll L. Pickett, The Boston Globe1, April 1, 2001
Read what a former prison chaplain has to say about the death penalty.
 
Public toilets symbolize inequality
Derrick Z. Jackson (Globe columnist), DailyBreeze.com1, July 15, 2000
Nothing symbolizes male privilege so obviously as do men's and women's public toilets.
 
Pay to Play
Joan Anderman, The Boston Globe1, June 9, 2010
Strict enforcement of copyrights jeopardizing live music in small venues
 
 Parenting

Parental hopes vs. a child's space
Rea Killeen, The Boston Globe1, July 8, 2001
Not easy, teaching responsibility
Rea Killeen, The Boston Globe1, March 11, 2001
Raising a Perfect Child
Beth Wolfensberger Singer, The Boston Globe Magazine1, March 26, 2000
 

1 Some articles have links that expire too quickly so I save them offline.

2 Article originally appeared in Newsweek, linked here to archived version at The Bulletin Online.

3 Article originally appeared in New York Times, linked here to archived version at Common Dreams.

4 Article originally appeared in New York Times, linked here to archived version at t r u t h o u t.

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National policies See more at Satire

Conservatives, don't despair
David Frum, CNN Contributor, November 12, 2012
We are all "makers" and "takers" at different points in our lives.
 
What JFK might tell our leaders
Theodore C. Sorensen, The Boston Globe1, May 28, 2005
Lessons about idealism and fairness.
 
Why is 'liberal' a 4-letter word?
Bob Ray Sanders, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 13, 2004
Old political labels have little meaning.
 
Enough With Reagan Already
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, June 16, 2004
The Gipper's true legacy? Making the GOP as it is today: nasty, brutish and shortsighted. Good riddance
 
 The Clinton years

Globe was right: no White House vandalism
Jack Thomas, The Boston Globe1, May 28, 2001
The reported trashing at the White House by the departing Clinton people did not occur.
 
Pardons in Perspective
EDITORIAL | Special Report, The Nation, March 6, 2001
Clinton's last minute pardon activity was not unique for a retiring president.
 
 The environment

Bah, Hummerbug
Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe1, December 3, 2005
It was always absurd for giant American flags to fly over our most visible wastelands, car dealerships strewn with gargantuan gas guzzlers. With the United States once again refusing this week in Montreal to participate in the Kyoto climate change accords, it is time to question the meaning of those flags flying above America's testament to environmental destruction.
 

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Global affairs    GULF WARS
  Episode II
    Clone of the Attack
 The War on Terror

"Fahrenheit" On The Brain
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, July 7, 2004
Who cares if Moore's flick is flawed, shameless propaganda? At least it makes America think
 
Saddam, So Not Worth It
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, December 17, 2003
Long after his political usefulness to us has expired, we up and invade his unhappy nation and lay waste to the entire region for no justifiable reason, and we inflate his global stature into this massive inhuman Hitler-esque monster when in fact he was really just an old, tired, small-time thug.
 
Terror's myriad faces
Jason Burke, The Observer, May 18, 2003
Al-Qaeda, conceived of as a tight-knit terrorist group with cadres and a capability everywhere, does not exist in that form. Instead, it can only be understood as an ideology, an agenda and a way of seeing the world. The threat will remain and it will grow.
 
The U.S. proves its arrogance, and the world is disgusted
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, February 7, 2003
There is no real evidence. There is no smoking gun. There isn't even a smoking spit wad. There is only, basically, a smoking middle finger.
 
This looming war isn't about chemical warheads or human rights: it's about oil
Robert Fisk, Independent Newspaper UK, January 18, 2003
Along with the concern for 'vital interests' in the Gulf, this war was concocted five years ago by oil men such as Dick Cheney.
 
Happy Imbeciles At War
Mark Morford, SFGate.com, January 10, 2003
Massive U.S. military buildup, billions of dollars, a useless enemy, and no one seems to know why.
 
How do we defend an open society?
John Shattuck, The Boston Globe1, September 23, 2001
 
The Politics of Rage: Why Do They Hate Us?
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek2, October 10, 2001
This comprehensive article says a lot about the culture that produces terrorists.
 
Treating the roots of terrorism
Jonathan Moore, The Boston Globe1, September 29, 2001
It's going to take compassion, not just military might, to eliminate terrorism.
 
 General

The $2 Billion UBS Incident: 'Rogue Trader' My Ass
Matt Taibbi, RollingStone.com, September 15, 2011
There is much hand-wringing in the financial press today as the UBS incident has reminded the whole world that all of the banks were almost certainly lying their asses off over the last three years, when they all pledged to pull back from risky prop trading.
 
Big Oil and the war in Iraq
Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe1, June 24, 2008
While the American taxpayer is being turned inside out by the war, and while families bury the brave, the corporate colonialists get all the resources.
 
Goering Up to Leave the Country
Harley Sorensen, SFGate.com, August 19, 2002
Not everyone thinks that America is the land of "superior citizens, superior leadership and superior morality".
 
Patriotism: Too Much Of A Good Thing
Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes, February 17, 2002
Our media coverage of the Olympics treated it as an American event, not an international event.
 
War is Just a Racket
Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, in a speech in 1933
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
 

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Publications
  These are some of the sources of articles linked on this page.

    The Boston Globe
    SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle)
    The Washington Post
    Common Dreams
    The Atlantic
    The American Prospect
    The Nation
    Shrubbed!
    Newsweek
    Independent Newspaper UK
    Time
    t r u t h o u t

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Columnists
  These are some of the columnists whose articles are linked on this page.