Op Eds and Milwaukee Life

A Confession: Out of the Closet on UFOs

February 16, 2014

An op ed in the crossroads section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Let me put it to you straight. For 35 years I have been exploring and investigating UFOs and UFOlogy (both the serious endeavor and the silly speculative fare that fills popular culture) and … well, UFOs are real: They fly, they evince technologies […]

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What We Can Do About the Milwaukee Malaise

February 1, 2013

The Milwaukee Malaise – What We Can Do About It by Richard Thieme Published online (jsonline.com) by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in response to responses to The Milwaukee Malaise   February 1 2013 To call for systemic change when our culture – like all cultures – resists change with all its heart and soul is arguably […]

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The Milwaukee Malaise

January 27, 2013

The Milwaukee Malaise Richard Thieme Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 27 2013   An old Far Side cartoon depicts a dog on a tightrope, balancing a cat on his head, hoops spinning on his paws, above this caption: “High above the crowd, Rex tried to remain focused, but he couldn’t shake one nagging […]

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Living in a World Without Walls

December 1, 2012

Living in a World Without Walls   Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    September 16 2012   “You have zero privacy,” Scott McNealey, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, said in 1999. “Get over it!” He wasn’t kidding.  Privacy is gone.  But ordinary people do not yet “get”  the full implications. We still live as if […]

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Mayor Stay Puft Just Doesn’t get It

November 11, 2007

When one of our daughters was a teenager, we often found ourselves at the bottom of the stairs, needing to leave and late again as she continued to apply the lotions and creams essential to her well-being. We listened to the whirring of the hair dryer with growing frustration, and at last one of us […]

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Privacy: an op ed rant

April 7, 2007

Privacy? Never again. Our option? As Scott McNeeley of Sun Microsystems said years ago, “Get over it.” A good friend, a well known information security expert, was asked this morning whether or not one can still do something to have privacy. He said, “When people who are serious ask me what to do to prevent […]

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Refusing to Age Gracefully: The New Frontier

March 29, 2007

Mid-life issues, I learned from twenty years of professional ministry and my own life experience, are as predictable as those of adolescence. When they emerge, it doesn’t always mean a crisis but it does generally mean that a passage is under way. Carl Jung illuminated the midlife passage by describing the process of individuation. During […]

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Entitlement and Empire

March 7, 2007

A few of us silverbacks were sitting around the coffee shop talking about the newest generation. Someone mentioned the sense of entitlement we hear about these days, how they were raised to think that one opinion was equal to another, that everyone should be making a hundred thousand dollars a few years out of college, […]

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Bipolar Disorder: an op ed rant

March 1, 2007

No, I don’t mean the condition we used to call manic depression. I mean the compulsion of television news programs to divide every issue into yin and yang, for and against, two often arbitrary but always oppositional positions that polarize a discussion. This method of “delivering issues” creates a false aura of importance, requiring opponents […]

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Branding Milwaukee

March 1, 2007

The Milwaukee 7 and their supporters and allies are struggling to give birth to a new vision for Milwaukee and South-east Wisconsin. They are getting it almost right … but “almost” doesn’t win a cigar. They are trying too hard to turn what isn’t into what is and what is into what isn’t. The Milwaukee […]

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