I have been reading The New Yorker for fifty years. For many, that would peg me as a liberal. That august title is far more intelligent than almost any other media and tends to be far more balanced than media claiming to be. The magazine has always informed, explained, or entertained; I even enjoy reading the little advertisements.
Today, I read an article that reminded me of America’s greatness, something which daily media reports have tended to cause me to wonder about. The story was about NASA’s Mars program, with emphasis on the latest successes. No other nation could have done this...at this point in human history. Besides reassuring me of tarnished goodness, the article was very interesting.
As I watched a news report on the Mars landing, I felt a bit of pride in my country and respect for humanity. I am always impressed by intelligent, talented people, who manage to do something incomprehensible for the rest of us.It was heartening to discover creative use of technology, as opposed to destructive use.
And then, I had a few disturbing thoughts. I wonder how the Republican hate machine will use this to attack the government, the President, and Democrats. No success can be left untarnished by partisan misuse. Pride in country has no place in their drive to destroy everything in their path to dominance and increased personal wealth. Science has no place in their plans, because taxes are needed to pay the hefty price tag and pride delivers no profit.
I will avoid even flipping past Fox News to avoid a shadow on something positive about the U.S.
I read an article about a NASA photo series, which showed aircraft contrails over the North Atlantic. The point they made was that such a phenomena is visible from "space".
If they can do it, so can I--from below, not over the North Atlantic.
Configurations on the sky over Frankfurt often resemble children’s scribbles on a classroom blackboard. I find these interesting, which is why I used such a photo for the cover design of Taken For A Ride, my novel about a banker’s kidnapping.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.