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Left Coast / Right Coast: Fake News – Nothing new under the sun!

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

I’m certain that many of you have seen a lot of conservative politicians and conservative radio talk shows talk about the rise in “fake news.” They complain that the news is, basically, unfair to them.

Personally, I find this trend mildly amusing. Why? Because this “event” has been around for well over 100 years.

Left Coast / Right Coast: My View of Energy

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Frank Hammer.

We all would like to think we can save the planet. That’s assuming you believe the earth is getting warmer due to CO2 generation – from all the fossil fuel burning activities going on all over the earth.

In China, they are opening up a new plant every seven to ten days although that appears to be slowing down recently. But coal trains rumble by my home above the Burlington Northern railroad tracks on Puget Sound – bound for shipping to China from a port in Bellingham north of Seattle.

Left Coast / Right Coast: The Free Market Capitalist System

Mike Gold in his Porsche. Photo credit: Nancy Gold.

I participate in a discussion group, which meets every Wednesday. Today the subject came up about how our American economy is the largest (by far) in the world. Trailed by China, then Japan. I maintain that the singular reason was the brilliance of our founding fathers. In drafting the Constitution these men, all of whose families came to the fledging United States from Europe, they recognized what worked and what didn’t work.

Left Coast / Right Coast: The Academy Awards and other Outrages

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

Okay, I’ll admit it right off the starting mark. I can’t stand the over-blown over-exposed, over-anticipated ceremony marking the annual pilgrimage of the world’s greatest “stars” to Hollywood.

What do they do there? They give themselves awards. And for what? An actor, by definition, reads words written by someone else. What is so noteworthy or difficult about that?

Left Coast / Right Coast: Volunteering

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass. building anti-aircraft missiles (ground to air).

At any rate, when the Raytheon annual picnic (for employees) came around each spring, I volunteered to dress up as a clown (some say it absolutely fits my personality – and I don’t actually have to pretend at all!) to entertain the children at the picnic.

Left Coast / Right Coast: Growing into Curmudgeon hood

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

As kids, we all knew an older person who lived in the neighborhood and would scream loudly whenever your ball wound up on their front lawn, “GET OFF MY LAWN.

That, to me, is the absolute definition of someone who has become a curmudgeon. There are many other indications that, whoever you are, you have entered into this realm of adulthood.

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