#928 – Dick Bernard: Greg H on Ferguson MO

UPDATE: Overnight, August 22, “Policing the Masses”, some thoughts on the down side of crowd control. Grace Kelly’s proposal, presented in the August 7 post (written back in May, before Ferguson; it is at the end of the post), is the basis for conversation and action anywhere. If you haven’t read it yet, consider doing […]

#915 – Dick Bernard: Some very sad news: Journalist Andy Driscoll takes his final bow.

We had just returned from several days out of town and catching on what’s been happening, Cathy noted the death of a friend of mine, Andy Driscoll. Indeed it was true, and this morning I woke up with a ever-longer Facebook entry with tributes to and about Andy. I looked at the home page of […]

#913 – Dick Bernard: Politics, Money and Media

$1 million equals about 20 cents per Minnesota resident (5.4 million population; triple the population in 1905) $1 billion equals about 3 dollars per United States resident (314 million population)* Earlier this week I was visiting with my local state Legislator, Rep. JoAnn Ward. Rep. Ward is an outstanding Representative: very intelligent and hard-working. She […]

#911 – Dick Bernard: Those "illegal" children: whipping up the hysteria.

The below letter of mine, published in the July 9, 2014, Woodbury Bulletin seems to fit todays post about the so-called crisis at the Mexico border. My letter was about war versus peace; the letter to which I refer in my letter was about revulsion towards a certain flag that represented “utopian” ideals. No matter, […]

#910 – Dick Bernard: Prairie Home Companion at 40 – Chapter 2

I wrote yesterday about my personal “history” with Prairie Home Companion; then I spent four hours at Macalester, and added a few photos of the event to the post. You can see it all here. There is a temptation to go back today…and tomorrow as well. But there’ll be plenty of other folks there, and […]

#909 – Dick Bernard: Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion at 40.

UPDATE July 5, here. There are big doings at Macalester College in St. Paul this weekend, celebrating 40 years of Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion (PHC). The St. Paul Pioneer Press (last Sunday) and Minneapolis Star Tribune (yesterday) had long articles about the anniversary. You can read them here and here. Thanks to my […]

#902 – Dick Bernard: The Summer Solstice, Reflecting on Global War and Peace.

“Outtakes” after the photos. Check back in two or three days for additions at that space, and comments. Today is the Summer Solstice. On June 7, between meetings, I drove over to the Lock and Dam by Minneapolis’ Stone Arch Bridge, and a group of people were rehearsing a dance (see photo). Turned out, they […]

#901 – Dick Bernard: Back to Iraq; the propaganda mill begins to churn…again.

Pre-note: three interesting links at the end of this post. First Comment from Kathy M, June 18: To your point of questioning what our media tells us…You may have heard that the religious leader of Shia Muslims was fomenting violence. This article is considerably nuanced…complexity we Americans tend to overlook. More comments at end of […]

#894 – Dick Bernard: Remembering Pete Seeger

UPDATE JUNE 8, 2014: Here’s the May 3 “For Pete’s Sake” program. Today, June 5, and Friday, June 6, a very special event, the radio replay May 3, 2014, concert in tribute to Pete Seeger. As announced by the show producer, Larry Long, “We are happy to announce that For Pete’s Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger’s […]

#877 – Dick Bernard: A message to my 401 Friends on Facebook….

This afternoon my young friend, Raz, prodded me into action on getting out a Facebook notice about a special event on Thursday evening, May 1, at the Gandhi Mahal restaurant in south Minneapolis (27th at Lake Street). Here’s the Facebook entry (if you can access Facebook). This will be a very special event, probably of […]