Deadly Depression

Robin Williams Depression

Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?

Advertising of, by, and for the Rich

It is also a function of our own gullibility in making dimwit celebrities into members of the arrogant rich class. That includes all the obvious examples that populate the “entertainment news” shows – an oxymoronic tv genre as crazy as “reality tv.” And dimwit celebrities likewise include most of those with specific athletic skills who attended college without graduating, then signed $35 million contracts to throw or catch a ball because we are stupid enough to make that economically viable.

Larry Wines: Even if I’m writing the dialog for what I’m seeing, my tv is not safe from flying shoes. Every time I see that ad for The Cadillac Collection, I turn into Lewis Black.

Supreme Court Backs Anti-Choice Zealots

Anti-Choice Zealots

Larry Wines: How long before someone who is already emotionally distraught feels threatened by some screaming zealot whose tonsils are coming out of his mouth, and she pulls out her .38 and splatters his head all over the sidewalk?

How Not to Get Invited Back on TV

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Larry Wines: Sunday morning brings Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union,” one of CNN’s weekly contributions to the parade of sabbath gasbags. This week’s edition brought a teachable moment from a segment that was all heat and no light.

Supremes Breach Wall Separating Church and State

Separating Church and State

Larry Wines: Excuse me, but aren’t the people who are most demanding of government prayer the very ones who engage in proselytizing, petitioning prayer, intimidatingly aimed like a weapon at non-Christians who must be “saved” by the superior Christians who are the sole impediment to the road to hell?

Ready for the Big One Yet?

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Larry Wines: Solid ground isn’t solid. Things move. And we’ve come to understand the “how” and a lot of the “why,” and where it’s going.

NOAH?  Ah, No, Ah…

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Larry Wines: When we see Supreme Court cases in religious swaddling clothes, a movie may appear trivial. It isn’t. Hollywood drives culture, beliefs and opinions disproportionately, just as TV megachuch pastors do.

The Final Word on Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps Died

Larry Wines: Unfortunately, Fred’s ideas have not died with him, but live on, not just among the members of Westboro Baptist Church, but among the many communities and small minds that refuse to recognize the equality and humanity of our brothers and sisters on this small planet we share.

An MVP in the World Series of Consumerism?

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Larry Wines: Don’t even think about stopping to think, or you might miss an online bargain today, or fail to do your part in setting new profit statistics for some multinational megagiant corporation who gets their stuff for 9% of what you pay for it.

Go, But Watch Out for GOCE

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Larry Wines: We really need to coordinate these things. If GOCE could just hit Typhoon Haiyan, we could consolidate our concerns. And a viral video that would beat the cat-playing-piano on YouTube.

The Real Significance of the 2013 Elections

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Larry Wines: In New Jersey, Democrats will conduct a post-mortem. Everywhere else, it’s not too soon to begin opposition research. While he is the bane of the Teapublicans, what accounts for Christie luring the votes of moderates and the traditional Democratic Party base, when he is way to the right of their views?

Fallout Fragments

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Larry Wines: One group was dissuaded from having a mascot wearing an enormous tea bag, for fear the public would boil him.

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