Review: Unbelievable on Netflix

Last night I tore through the new Netflix miniseries Unbelievable, starring Merritt Weaver and Toni Collette. The show takes you on an odyssey to catch a serial rapist. If you’re looking for a show that is spectacularly written, methodically paced and brilliantly acted, you don’t need to look any further than Unbelievable. The show is based on the 2015 article An Unbelievable Story of Rape, … Continue reading Review: Unbelievable on Netflix

Baby’s Brain and an Old Man’s Heart – Trump & the Afghanistan War

On October 7, 2001, the United States began “Operation Enduring Freedom”, a military invasion into Afghanistan. This war in Afghanistan was prompted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led by Al-Queda and its leader Osama Bin Laden, who was believed to be living in Afghanistan. Just shy of 18 years, and having recently past the length of the Vietnam War, it is now … Continue reading Baby’s Brain and an Old Man’s Heart – Trump & the Afghanistan War

The Ice is Green in Greenland

In early August, when President Donald Trump announced his interest in purchasing Greenland, we were once again dumbfounded. The purchase of a tiny Arctic country with a population of 56,000 left many laughing uproariously, scratching their heads in confusion, blindly supporting the president or just plain angry. This was true regardless of political ideology. The biggest question of all was why Greenland? But since political … Continue reading The Ice is Green in Greenland

Review: 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

13 Reasons Why is a heavy show. To date, it’s covered the serious landscape on not just teens, but adults too. If you’ve never seen the show, imagine that John Hughes created a show and it was shot through the lens of Todd Solondz. Season three focuses on the students, in particular, Clay and new BFF Ani, as they try to find out who killed season one … Continue reading Review: 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

Love Hurts – Millennials Feel the Bern

The battle between generations is as old as time itself. Each generation blames the one before it and is suspect of the one after it. Right now, the generational battle being waged, real or imagined, is between baby boomers and millennials. Numbering 76 million and 73 million respectively, baby boomers are typically defined as those born between 1944–1964 and millennials, between 1980–1994. The two Democratic … Continue reading Love Hurts – Millennials Feel the Bern

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Retro Review: Hootie & the Blowfish — Cracked Rear View

In my continuing look at older albums, next up is Hootie & the Blowfish. I was managing a restaurant in 1994 when Cracked Rear View came out and a true blue rock and roll guy, snobbishly ensconced in grunge. From where I stood, I was the purveyor of musical taste for the restaurant. And no one’s taste was as good as mine. Yep. I was … Continue reading Retro Review: Hootie & the Blowfish — Cracked Rear View

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The Trade War — “Who is it good for? Absolutely no one. . . say it again”

When it comes to the trade war, Wall Street fears that Donald Trump “may be too dumb to fix” it. The talks collapsed between the US and China on May 10, and the U.S. increased tariffs on $250bn of Chinese products from 10% to 25%. Tensions, and hope, were high when Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jingping met at the G20 conference in late June. … Continue reading The Trade War — “Who is it good for? Absolutely no one. . . say it again”

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The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

The second amendment, ratified in December of 1792, to the United States Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” In the past two weeks, there have been four incidents of mass murder in American cities. One in Brooklyn, New York that left one … Continue reading The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Tuesday night in Detroit, Michigan was the second batch of Democratic Presidential debates. A two night war of words, plans and policies among the top 20 leading Democratic presidential candidates. Destined to be the delineating moment for many, it didn’t disappoint.  CNN hosted the televised and streamed the debate, moderated by Jake “the bully” Tapper, Dana “cut you off” Bash and Don “Mr. Humble” Lemon. … Continue reading Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Review – Raw on Amazon

Amazon has all five seasons of the scripted Irish restaurant series Raw now available. Doing the impossible, the show manages to capture the spirit of working in a restaurant. One of the perks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon is that they must rely on other countries for content in order to keep their schedules fresh. In this case, Amazon has an Irish television series … Continue reading Review – Raw on Amazon

Review – The Boys

Amazon Studio’s new show The Boys is about Superheroes, anti-heroes, corporate villainy and a touch of dystopia-shaken, not stirred. I should say that I don’t like Superhero movies, TV shows, novels, comic books, podcasts, telenovelas, musicals, etc. That said, there’s been enough of them that I like one or two. Well, two, I enjoyed both Deadpool movies and the first Iron Man was pretty good … Continue reading Review – The Boys

Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren has been calling out financial malfeasance for a large part of her career. As a Harvard Law Professor, she first gained national attention in 2004. During an appearance on The Bill Moyers Show she called out then Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan for acting at the behest of banks when he was encouraging Americans to borrow against the equity in their … Continue reading Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Boris Johnson, long a champion of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union, is now the Prime Minister. Soon he will formally take up residence at 10 Downing Street and begin the onerous task of doing what his predecessor, Theresa May, failed to do, remove Britain from the European Union. If Johnson is to hold true to the promise he made on June 24, to … Continue reading Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

On Tuesday July 16 Texas Democrat Al Green introduced Articles of Impeachment in the House of Representatives against President Donald Trump. Impeachment has been a long simmering issue and one that a fair amount of Democrats in the House even supported, except the one that mattered most House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Suffice it to say a few Americans were supportive of it as well, especially … Continue reading Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

With the first round of Democratic debates over, it’s become clear that the party has begun to slide to the left. Whether that’s been by design or by force is up for debate. There is even talk that, for the first time, the Democrats may find themselves with a true “progressive” leading the party, as opposed to a classical liberal Democrat. But first things first, … Continue reading Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50 and sixty percent of those deaths are attributable to opioids. It almost goes without saying that in America, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. Independent of the emotional toll addiction takes on family, friends and colleagues it’s costly to the federal and state governments that have to deal … Continue reading All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Democratic Debates, Night 2

Well, last nights round two of the democratic debates didn’t disappoint. It was a good sequel to the first night. While the moderators were clearly focusing on the front runners of the group (Biden, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg) the others were forced to interject and try to get heard. All of them spent a little too much time slagging Donald Trump, which doesn’t bother me … Continue reading Democratic Debates, Night 2

Democratic Debates, Night 1

Round one of the Democratic debates ended without any bloodshed or a TKO. With the exception of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, all the candidates started off visibly nervous. Amy Klobuchar being the most noticeable but eventually settled in.  The moderators all held their own, although Chuck Todd looked like he wanted to rip someone’s head off during the audio glitch that started … Continue reading Democratic Debates, Night 1

Summing Up the Democratic Nominees

Yea, don’t worry, I’m not going to sum up the entire 198 Democratic Nominees. Only the top five. As the two nights of debates are next week, it’s probably best to know who is about what. If you rely on news, you’re not going to get a clear picture. To most news organizations it’s still the “Joe and Bernie Show”, for some unknown reason. Two … Continue reading Summing Up the Democratic Nominees

New Writing and I’m Lazy

Greetings and salutations! I’ve got new writing up at a few places and I’m getting ready to travel again for work so won’t have the time to post them here. In the event you didn’t know, I’m HUGE in Italy. I’m writing for a Italian news magazine and site, il Giornale. They’re the fifth largest newspaper in Italy (yea, how’s that for impressive). They’ve launched … Continue reading New Writing and I’m Lazy

Why The Replacements (still) Matter

A few years ago I saw a glimmer of hope for future generations. I was perusing the stationary/book store, in the bowels of Rockefeller Plaza, on the prowl for unneeded reading material. I found nothing . . . came close, but decided against the Peter Criss autobiography. I settled on purchasing a few unneeded Moleskin booklets, a package of three for 8.95. As I went … Continue reading Why The Replacements (still) Matter

Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Yes, I realize I just sent a rather long post but I found an article worth sharing in the event you’re left scratching your head thinking “What’s he off about? LSD? Is he an idiot?” Well, no. I’m not. Here is a brief article from none other than the Scientific American that speaks to growing studies around microdosing and its effects. Its conclusion? “Through straightforward … Continue reading Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

A Good Therapist

If you google “how to find a good therapist” you’ll get 170 million + results. That’s a lot. Results ranging from well, from everyone, everywhere and virtually every publication. I’m not exactly sure what that says about us. But as someone who has done some serious study in this field of “therapy” (that’d be on the couch side, not the educatin’ side) I wanted to … Continue reading A Good Therapist

Three Reviews, One Post

Arrested Development, Season Five, Part Deux – Netflix The second eight episodes of season five’s Arrested Development dropped on Netflix on March 15. After an uneven season four (and uneven is being kind), both parts of season five remind us why Arrested Development remains one of the gold standards of the single camera comedy. While most of these performers have gone on to do other things, it’s nice to see them … Continue reading Three Reviews, One Post

Trip of Compassion

Trip of Compassion is an Israeli documentary about a clinical case study at the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center that used MDMA (Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD. About 18 months ago a friend of mine sent me the Ayelet Waldmen book, A Really Good Day, about her experience micro-dosing with LSD. And thus began my journey researching the world of modern psychedelics. I even … Continue reading Trip of Compassion

Leaving Neverland

Will Leaving Neverland finally dethrone the self-proclaimed King of Pop? Leaving Neverland, the two-part Michael Jackson documentary, directed by Dan Reed, is available on HBO. If you haven’t heard about it by now, you probably haven’t been paying attention. I wrote about this for TheLatest.com the other day but figured I’d expand on it a little more here. It focuses on the stories of two … Continue reading Leaving Neverland

Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Steve Winwood are easily three of the most recognizable voices in classic rock. As a teen Winwood had hits with The Spencer Davis Group. After that, with Traffic, Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton) before returning to Traffic. Eventually, becoming a wildly successful solo artist. Suffice it to say, Steve Winwood casts a long shadow on classic rock. … Continue reading Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

If you’re a music nerd, of which I gleefully admit I am, a song isn’t just a song, it’s your sustenance. You want, need, to know everything about the song or the band. Names like George Martin, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and Tom Dowd mean something to you. Before he was known as a headphone entrepreneur and billionaire, Jimmy Iovine was a producer. I would … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

If you’re above a certain age and/or oblivious of pop culture, you probably have no idea about the fiasco that was the Fyre Festival. It was conceived as a high-end/exclusive concert on a remote Caribbean island. For a price, a very steep price, the hoi polloi could hang out & party with the rich & famous (or at least social media famous). Well, that was … Continue reading Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

Review: True Detective Season Three

The first season of True Detective is the television equivalent of Guns-n-Roses first album “Appetite for Destruction“. As Guns-n-Roses knows all too well, no matter how good anything is that follows, it will never be that good. Nic Pizzolatto’s intelligent and dark detective series finally returned for a third season on HBO this past Sunday. Season three is top lined by Academy and Golden Globe … Continue reading Review: True Detective Season Three

Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

It would seem as though the holiday season is not only a time for Santa Claus and Krampus but also for Charlie Brooker to release a new installment of Black Mirror. This year Netflix and Charlie Brooker dropped an interactive movie titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. In a nutshell, an interactive movie (or TV show) allows you to navigate, with the aid of your remote control, … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch