If you woke up this morning, pressed the home button on your phone, and clicked the Facebook icon to make sure the world hadn’t melted, you’re not alone. In 2017, about 1.4 billion daily users across the world did the same thing. Of course, you could have looked out the window and realized the world had indeed shut down, except it was ice, not fire, that spelled our demise. Last week, for those who don’t know, the overlords at Facebook headquarters made a drastic change to your “News Feed” – the “news” your friends and favorite businesses drivel all day, every day. Facebook, in a moment of moral indignation, decided the posts you read have become cluttered with unimportant information. There are too many businesses posting information. Too many media outlets begging for viewers. … [Read more...] about A thumbs up is not a real life connection
Dear Editor: I’d like to correct a few misconceptions in the article on “Why do grackles congregate?” published in The Leader of Jan. 6, 2018. First of all, the large flocks of birds that are the focus of Mr. Kuhlmann’s article are made up of more than just grackles! Next time you see a flock of birds gathering on utility wires in the evening, take a closer look: they are not all the same size. In addition to common and great tailed grackles, these huge congregations include many starlings and brown-headed cowbirds (both species are a little smaller than grackles). It’s hard to tell them apart during the evening when they are lined up in silhouette, but during the day the species can easily be distinguished, not just by their size, but by their plumage. Male grackles are much larger … [Read more...] about Why do grackles congregate?
THE EVENING NEWS – Here is one of Donald Trump’s daughters – I can’t tell which one, they are all beautiful – standing in front of the White House saying, “I will be traveling across America and on April 15th will be seeing how happy everyone is to have their taxes cut.” Beautiful, but clueless. This April 15th is the deadline for filing our 2017 taxes, last year, under Obama. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts don’t go into effect until 2018. Nevertheless, it is easy to get confused over the new budget and how it will change our taxes, medical coverage and coffee we drink. It’s called America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, and costs $4.1 trillion. Your share is every dime you’ll ever make, plus money earned by your descendants even until the fifth … [Read more...] about When IRS eyes are crying
Publisher’s Note: For the first time in five years, this week’s column is taken from our archive folders (with a few updates). Honesty, it seems, is an important quality for someone who writes a column. We deliver about 34,000 newspapers every week, and while most people probably don’t care about my drivel, there are enough of you who will call me on a lie. So I’ve got to be honest about today’s column: I am in absolutely no condition to write it. This column is supposed to be written on Tuesdays, and on Tuesday of this week, I had neither the will or desire for creativity. You see, I was not born in Houston. I am from Tuscaloosa, Ala., a nice little town of about 100,000 people, where the Black Warrior River splits the pine trees and rubs the northern edge of the city’s largest … [Read more...] about College sports more than a game for many
Shervin Pishevar is taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the boards of several companies he sits on. Who exactly is Shervin Pishevar and why should we care? Because there have been reports that he sexually harassed or assaulted five women. There is a lot of this exposure going around, bringing in CEOs, TV and movie stars, politicians, and many we never heard of like Mr. Pishevar. Indeed, hardly a week, or even a day, goes by without some big name getting exposed as a sexual predator. (The latest count is 40.) This raises several questions which you and I shall answer. One question is: why now? Some of these accusations go back years and even decades. A most prominent case is Roy Moore, who ran for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, where folks go to family reunions … [Read more...] about The list grows longer