Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 10: Overkill

“Pounding away until the point is crushed under the weight of redundancy.” Transcript: Welcome to the Uncomfortable Truth, today we’re talking about overkill. You ever hear anyone say that someone else is belaboring the point? A woman was trying to explain a bill to me the other day and I understood what she was saying and I said, “Okay, that’s good.”  Yet she kept telling me and I said, “I’ve got it, I’ll pay it.”, and she said, “No, let …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/26/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Film critic Pauline Kael, 40 years ago, actually said this: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” That is extraordinarily provincial. Yet it seems to me that today many people expect things to happen simply because “it’s their time.” No matter what your political persuasion, I think the Democrats lost …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/19/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I saw a woman in the lane next to me texting as she drove at about 45 MPH. I was behind her at first and watched her driving on the shoulder and at erratic speeds. I didn’t want to be behind her and, as I passed, I saw what she was doing. I’m sure she felt she was so adept that she could multi-task like that. I don’t object to her being personally foolhardy, but I do object to the …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth- Episode 9: Denial

“Why we make ostriches’ behavior in the face of threat seem reasonable.” Transcript: “Hey, that wasn’t me. I should have won it. It was luck. It was a bad call. Somebody cheated. Come on, not me.” I’m Alan Weiss with The Uncomfortable Truth, and today I’m talking about denial. Denial occurs when we refuse to accept truths not consistent with our beliefs. “She was lucky to win the race. I’m a better athlete.” Yeah, but she won, didn’t she? “He …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/12/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

“Trigger warning!” I’m about to voice an opinion, so someone is going to get upset! It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to be warned when we’re exposed to great literature or political opinions. When we’re insulated from life, we’re insulated from living. I’m a strong believer in social justice. People’s health, education, legal representation, enjoyment of aesthetics, and safety shouldn’t be dictated by how much wealth they’ve amassed. However, I also don’t believe that someone is entitled …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/05/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

In the 14th Century, the “black death” is estimated to have killed about 50% of the population of Europe. Today, we’re watching the deliberate depopulation of indigenous Europeans in numbers not reached for nearly 800 years (and back then caused by incurable plague). The cause today is mundane but serious: The mortality rate in Europe exceeds the birth rate, and has for many years. The US manages to repopulate itself (there are only two small states where deaths exceed births) …