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As I See It: Love and insanity: AI and the reawakening of American humanity
02-09-2024 8:53 PM

By JON HUER

During this past Christmas, our son, who is an artificial intelligence expert for a Fortune 500 company, spent a week with us and convinced us that artificial intelligence’s involvement in our daily lives in America is much more extensive than...

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As I See It: Ignorance, stupidity completely different
01-26-2024 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

American society is now facing a choice between capitalist democracy (if Democrats win) and fascist democracy (if Trump wins). Whichever side wins, both capitalists and fascists —as advertisers do — count on one cardinal weakness that is abundant...


As I See It: Trump’s new American Revolution, circa 2024
12-29-2023 7:29 PM

By JON HUER

The most common description that liberal-democratic America uses to refer to Donald Trump’s GOP-MAGA followers is that they are “crazy.” This description seems entirely appropriate. Just watch and listen to Trump — and his followers in the street and...


As I See It: The Mother Teresa dilemma 
12-15-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

The season of love and giving makes me think about “The Mother Teresa Dilemma.” In an age of unbridled hedonism and self-interest, Mother Teresa was a rare person of devotion to her faith and humanity and the world admires and praises her.But,...


As I See It: Pictures without words 
12-01-2023 4:00 PM

By JON HUER

It was legendary how those who wanted Donald Trump’s attention had to use, as one report said, “Compelling visual material. Big fonts. With photos and graphics. In color.” Although this Trump anecdote is somewhat amusing, we all love big fonts and...


As I See It: Why are Democrats so fired up about abortion bans?
11-19-2023 2:15 PM

By JON HUER

Angry Democrats, united on the cause of abortion, scored wins earlier this month in several state elections and referenda.Amid all this, we need to ask: Why are Democrats so upset with the right-wing push to ban abortion in America? The anger cannot...


As I See It: Between Israel and Palestine: Which side should we be on, and why?
11-03-2023 5:35 PM

By JON HUER

On Oct. 7, Hamas, the militant faction of Gaza Palestinians, in a surprise attack, killed more than 1,400 Jews. Three weeks later, the avenging Israeli military has killed close to 9,000 Palestinians in Gaza, and counting. Such attacks and...


As I See It: Common sense and the myth of science
10-20-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

In our advanced civilization, we worship science but pooh-pooh common sense. But, perhaps surprisingly, science and common sense are conjoined twins, with common sense born first. As history, common sense is the mother of all science. For millions of...


As I See It: Why conflict, not peace, is our ‘biological condition’ 
10-06-2023 3:06 PM

By JON HUER

In the Sept. 6 Recorder, columnist Pat Hynes, in her appeal for world peace (“Peace is as possible”), quotes anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Warfare is only an invention — not a biological condition.” Hynes finds hope in the world’s peace movement and...


As I See It: How we became Old World peasants in the New World
09-22-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

Political observers are unanimous in predicting events in 2024: It’s unpredictable. Just now, change in American society is so ubiquitous that nothing seems to remain the same. Except one cardinal fact: Virtually unchanged and unchallenged, the...


As I See It: No thinking necessary
09-09-2023 8:00 AM

By JON HUER

A front-page article in the Recorder [“Corn and Computation,” Aug. 25] makes me think about thinking: So, what is thinking?Right off, I will declare that only humans, not animals or machines, think because we are the only beings on earth that have...


As I See It: Speeding tickets and gun violence
08-26-2023 12:05 AM

By JON HUER

We are told that the speeding ticket business is a $6 billion dollar a year racket collected on a half-billion tickets given out in America.The half-billion tickets issued are for those who are caught. But an astronomical number of speeding drivers...


As I See It: Between the White House and prison — The case for a national jury
08-11-2023 4:51 PM

By JON HUER

Today’s Week magazine headlines: “It’s Prison or the Presidency” about Trump’s second federal indictment (Aug. 1) “for conspiring to overturn election.” The very next day, The New York Times-Sienna poll says Trump and Biden are tied at 47 percent as...


As I See It: Oppenheimer and me — Tales of fame and shame
07-28-2023 4:50 PM

By JON HUER

Today (July 20) we went to see “Oppenheimer,” a movie about a quantum physicist who built atomic bombs. And, surprisingly, I discovered intriguing facts and possibilities that connected the two of us — yes, Oppenheimer and me — the movie’s famous hero...


As I See It: Unlocking the secrets of beauty
07-19-2023 6:44 PM

By JON HUER

Among all the socially created privileges, physical beauty — typically among women in a male-dominant world — has always ranked high. Hence, our conventional wisdom naturally connects beauty to special blessings that few women get. John Keats even...


As I See It: Living in the Venus flytrap — Our downward mental spiral
07-14-2023 5:51 PM

By JON HUER

Three years ago, Congress activated a nationwide hotline 988 “for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies.” As you call 911 for physical problems, you call 988 for all your non-physical issues, like loneliness or depression. Stress is...


As I See It: What if we hadn’t won independence?
06-30-2023 4:21 PM

By JON HUER

What better day is there than our Independence Day to rethink the meaning of our nation’s independence?So, let’s start rethinking: What if our Founders had not won our independence from England? We can wonder and speculate only because, if we had not...


As I See It: In one man are four Horsemen of Apocalypse
06-16-2023 4:13 PM

By JON HUER

Amid the uproar over Donald Trump’s indictment, I am awakened by a sudden revelation that Trump is the Dark Angel of Apocalypse sent from Hell to bring the cataclysmic destruction to America. He is the very personification of the Four Horsemen —...


As I See It: ‘Doctor, it’s none of your (darn) business!’
06-02-2023 1:18 PM

By JON HUER

The May 19 issue of The Week magazine says that U.S. Surgeon General VivekMurthy reported “the epidemic of loneliness” in America. He recommended a nationwide revival of human connections (including 15 minutes of telephone conversations with someone)...


As I See It: What inevitable corruption of institutions means for Harvard
05-19-2023 2:26 PM

By JON HUER

As legend has it, St. Francis, then an unknown monk from Assisi, visited the Pope in Rome to ask for spiritual guidance. But, as the story goes, it was the Pope who found spiritual guidance from this ragged beggar who made the Pope realize how...


As I See It: Trump’s life after death: A modest proposal
05-06-2023 11:42 AM

By JON HUER

Our tribute to a great manNo man has held America, and the world, spellbound for nearly a decade like Donald J. Trump. But, at 76, Father Time is telling us that he has already lived the average age of the American male, and it’s not too early to...

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