Author Archives: hbreck

About hbreck

Writer, debater, contrarian, storyteller, occasional troublemaker. I'm mostly just making things up as I go.

It’s the end of the year as we know it

…and I feel ambivalent. That doesn’t rhyme. With apologies to Michael Stipe and Co., nothing else has occurred in any sort of rational way in 2017, so why should I come up with a clever lyrical parody? I’m just trying … Continue reading

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I talk a lot about politics. Sometimes I talk about science, sometimes economics. But usually I stick to discussing topics that tend to be more serious. That said, sometimes one needs to turn toward more light-hearted topics, at least as … Continue reading

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Them Too, Mr. President

If one wants to know why women often take years to come forward after being sexually harassed or assaulted, Exhibit A currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C., 20500. But let’s backtrack briefly. There’s a social wave occurring in … Continue reading

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A Well Regulated Debate

So, a whole bunch of people died recently (again), and, once again, we can trace the basic root cause back to the easy availability of firearms in the United States. And, once again, American consistency rules the day, and we … Continue reading

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Me too

Over this past weekend, a post by the actor Alyssa Milano turned into a viral call to arms for those who have been victims of sexual abuse. The phrase “me too” has been used to refer to (primarily) women who … Continue reading

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Chicago Nope

Two weeks ago, in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock barricaded himself in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers below. He killed 58 people and wounded 489 more … Continue reading

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False Equivalence

I posted this on Facebook yesterday. After the riots and terror perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, a significant percentage of the right-leaning media bent over backward to shift focus, and claim that the Black Lives … Continue reading

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