Berliner’s Blogs: Telling It Like It Is. 2018-10-16T17:46:54+00:00


210, 2018

Has the World Become too Distracted for Real Heroes?

By | October 2nd, 2018|

Since I can remember, I have always been one who reads a little deeper into words and comments. I have always sought the true meaning behind speeches, offhand quips, novels, or just a short conversation between people at the bar. I have no idea where it came from. I wasn't raised in an environment where listening was valued, or where like in so many stories we hear about people gathering around the dinner table to talk about issues of the day. At my house, it was always mostly useless [...]

2709, 2018

Ageism: Making Experience & Desire Disposable

By | September 27th, 2018|

When we're young, all roads are open to us. We are, if lucky, encouraged to seek every avenue, try every gamble, become part of something. We are valued, and always considered to be full of possibilities.   When we're older, those roads are closed to us because of years. We are far too often discouraged from seeking something new, told the gambles aren't worth it, blocked from paths we'd like to try because there are younger alternatives for traveling those roads. We are less valued, and often looked upon as [...]

2609, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: “Fastest Show” returns, The Immaculate Reception, Flying Elephants

By | September 26th, 2018|

- It's not for everyone, but "This Is Us" is such exceptional film making. It's not just a TV show. It's wondrous writing and incredibly deep acting skills on display. The "time jumping" sometimes means the viewer has to work instead of just sitting back and taking everything in. That's OK. In our fast food world, it's refreshing to have something billed as entertainment and speak to such an emotional depth. What's not to like when the last few minutes of the season premiere showed "The Immaculate Reception"??? THAT floored [...]

2509, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Appalling local TV, Hellish heat, Winter means good honks

By | September 25th, 2018|

The lack of simple language skills on local television newscasts is appalling. I've worked at newsrooms where after every show, there was always a post-mortem to discuss what went right and what was missed. I know for a fact this doesn't happen in most newsrooms anymore, specifically the local ones, because, and I was told this recently, "management is afraid of someone being pissed off on being called out in front of everyone and gong to HR". The writing is abominable, the performances have become more bad acting than news [...]

2409, 2018

“New Yorker”s Story on Kavanaugh Accuser Sets Dangerous Precedent

By | September 24th, 2018|

The latest story from "The New Yorker" about a Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser could, as all stories begin, be completely true and reveal a new facet of the issue that begs attention and investigation. However, it could signal a turning point in the believability of such accusations, derail the movement designed to bring greater social awareness to sexual misconduct, and leave the magazine being viewed as little more than a rumor monger failing to follow the basic and irreplaceable tenets of good journalism. Debrah Ramirez is a former classmate [...]

2309, 2018

Battle to Shut Down Alex Jones a Media & Social Victory

By | September 23rd, 2018|

Six years. Hard to believe it's been six years since babies were murdered at a school at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. And here we are those six years later ,watching as a measure of justice is being exacted on someone who authored another despicable chapter in the deaths of 26 people, 20 of them children. Alex Jones is everything that is wrong with what the mass media has become in 21st century America. He, his "InfoWars" internet "network", and the reprehensible people who follow him blindly either [...]

2309, 2018

No arms? No problem. Meet Kendrell Daniels.

By | September 23rd, 2018|

Before digging too deep into this story, let's all admit we have, at one time or another, complained that things in life suck out loud and we deserve better. We have all felt as if there are forces against us, or failing to allow us to move ahead. My hand goes up first, so as to not make you believe I'm talking about a rhetorical. Over the last year or so, I have shaken my righteous fist at the fates more times than I can count. I have wagged my [...]

2309, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: 23 September 2018

By | September 23rd, 2018|

As the Brett Kavanaugh story continues to divide America, let's see if we can do this without rancor and with a modicum of decorum. - I wasn't there. Neither were you, unless of course you're one of the 5 people who allegedly were at the gathering/party where Christine Blassey Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. Therefore, everything outside of what these 5 people say is speculation, hyperbole, guesses and, in many cases, character assassination. Which thus begs for an investigation. A serious, thorough and complete investigation. With so [...]

2209, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: 22 September 2018

By | September 22nd, 2018|

Went back old school today. Left the smartphone at home and ventured forth for a coffee and breakfast sandwich. First, being without the phone was more liberating than I thought. Sat there with a crow perched on the back of a chair about 5 feet from me and just listened to him sing for a good 5 minutes. Didn't have anything to take a picture or video. More on that in a moment. Now I know why no one buys newspapers anymore. Has nothing to do with not wanting to [...]

1508, 2018

Facebook & Social Media: The Grand Waste of Precious Time

By | August 15th, 2018|

Why am I doing this? Why has it become so important? To what end does it take me? Why am I wasting my time? Finally, these are the questions I faced off with on this morning in regard to social media. Specifically, Facebook. It has become something of an autonomous knee jerk by billions of people across the planet. Wake, roll out of bed, reach for coffee or the cell phone in one order or another. Hell, in some cases, it's not even "roll out of bed". I know people [...]