#1195 – Dick Bernard: Hacking my Facebook, and the Tweet Dilemma, and a special guest.

A few days ago I got several e-mails reporting that my Facebook account had been hacked. There is something humiliating about such a violation of boundaries, but it happens. I changed my password (a story in itself), but decided not to close down and start over. I know, now, how to shut it down if […]

#1160 – Peter Barus on politics; plus, an opportunity to view the entire 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

NOTE from Dick Bernard: Peter commented after last weeks post on Swiftboating Hillary Clinton. His always perceptive remarks are below. He writes from Vermont. His previous posts can be found here. In addition, recently I received the link to all of the plenary session talks at the outstanding 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. […]

#1158 – The "Swift-boating" of Hillary Clinton: the e-mails and Clinton Global Initiative and whatever else is next….

An 1879 Essay about Running for President by Mark Twain: here Many days when I walk I wear a perfectly good old t-shirt that goes back to the summer of 2004. (click to enlarge) It was the year John Kerry (now U.S. Secretary of State) ran for President against George W. Bush. And it was […]

#1157 – Dick Bernard: Two Books Well Worth a Read: Shawn Otto's "The War on Science"; and Lois Phillips Hudson's "Unrestorable Habitat"

Back in January a mysterious e-mail appeared in my in-box from someone named Cynthia. She had googled the name Lois Phillips Hudson to see if anything would come up, and found me. More on Mrs. Hudson’s book, “Unrestorable Habitat“, “below the fold”… (click to enlarge photos) A few months later came an invitation to hear […]

#1152 – Dick Bernard: The Newspaper; Government by Twitter

Those interested in why I very strongly support Hillary Clinton for President can read my post from Sunday here. The post includes several comments pro and con as well. Personally, I always find the perspectives of Just Above Sunset informative. The latest is here. (click on all photos to enlarge) Monday evening came one of […]

#1142 – Dick Bernard: The State Department E-mails, and a Personal Reflection Back

I write after FBI Director Comey has made his report on the Hillary Clinton e-mails a few hours ago. The assorted “spheres” will make of the report as they will, over, and over, and over, and over…. Permit me a moment to share a bit of historical perspective. It happens that in the last few […]

Peter Barus: A Talk By Amy Goodman

NOTE: Peter is a longtime great friend from rural Vermont. He is an occasional and always welcome visitor at this space. On May 22, he had an opportunity to hear journalist Amy Goodman in Troy, New York. His comments follow, with his permission. (click to enlarge) Peter Barus: May/22/2016 Amy Goodman spoke last night at […]

#1132- Dick Bernard: The Spymasters, and related.

Last night we watched what I’d consider a must-watch two hour special on CBS’ 48 Hours: “The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs“. If you missed it, I think you can watch it on-line here. Ordinarily these are shown free for a very limited amount of time. Succinctly, we live in a complicated world. The constant […]

#1115 – Dick Bernard: A Sad First Day of Spring, 13 years ago. The Day the Bombs Fell on Baghdad.

A few days ago a good friend, Barry, sent some of his friends, including myself, a brief e-mail: “This week on March 20 marks the 13th anniversary of our invasion of Iraq. I encourage you all to send of letters to the editor and remind folks what a fiasco that was and continues to be. […]

#1089 – Dick Bernard: December 7, 2015, "War" to Peace: Changing the Conversation.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Anyone who knows me, knows my Uncle Frank Bernard went down with the USS Arizona Dec 7, 1941. A year ago, Dec. 7, 2014, was especially emotional. I was given an opportunity to speak publicly about my Uncle at the December 7 observance at Landmark Center in St. Paul. The […]