Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?

Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter
Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres responded to criticism after she shared a Sunday afternoon football game with friends. The problem? Former president George W. Bush was also a guest at the gathering. DeGeneres is defending herself again, having done so publicly on a number of occasions. What’s she defending? Continue reading “Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?”

Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize

McMinnville McMenamins UFO fest
Marcher in the parade at McMinnville, Oregon’s, annual McMenamins UFO Festival. (Photo Carol M. Highsmith, 2018)

As the weekend approaches, September 20, 2019 could be the start of something bigger. Or not. No one knows how many people will head towards Area 51, the legendary US military complex in southern Nevada. A call for people to “storm Area 51” was, according to the college student who posted the original message on Facebook, “meant to be funny.” Continue reading “Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize”

Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective

Texas capitol; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress Digital Collection
Photo of Texas capitol by Carol M. Highsmith, archived at US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

When I first saw the Tweet about Norway’s use of the word ‘texas’, I thought it was satire. I did some digging and found out it isn’t. It seems the good people of Norway have turned one of the largest states in the US into an adjective. In the US there’s an old saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Maybe that’s true because it looks like there are no other US states whose names have been turned into a modifier. Continue reading “Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective”

Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone

From time to time media publish stories about fake reviews of products on sites like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and others. Right now there’s a story bouncing around from site to site about fake reviews specifically at Amazon. A British consumer group is the source. What’s an online shopper or artist in search of reviews to do? Continue reading “Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone”

How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?

The European Union, a work of art itself in many ways, is addressing what media refer to as “copyright reform.” The consensus on doing this seems to be that the digital age requires such reforms and artists aren’t getting what they deserve for their content. Advocates include Paul McCartney, although it’s hard to accept he hasn’t gotten gobs of money without copyright reform. Web titans like Google and Facebook will be impacted, and so will anyone in the US working on music, blogging, news writing, and in other genres.

Why? Continue reading “How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?”