Op Eds and Milwaukee Life

Dismantling

June 27, 2017

Dismantling by Richard Thieme   We are continually challenged these days to restructure a sense of who we are in response to rapidly changing conditions and reinvent ourselves. A career change, the end of a time of life, a major life event like marriage or divorce or selling a home and moving — any one […]

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It’s True What They Say About Aging

April 19, 2017

It’s True What They Say About Aging by Richard Thieme There are lots of funny stories about the erosion of physical and mental processes as we age, and it’s true that when I meet old friends near my age (73) or older, we often spend the first half of the conversation discussing health issues, friends […]

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What’s real in the post-truth era?

December 4, 2016

What’s real in the post-truth era? by Richard Thieme From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, December 4, 2016. http://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/crossroads/2016/12/03/thieme-real-getting-harder-tell/94911082/ A web of truthiness, post-truths, and half-truths is replacing a once-shared goal of knowing the truth itself. The task of understanding our world has become more and more complex and difficult to navigate. As the recent presidential campaign […]

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November 20, 2016

Trump Trauma by Richard Thieme November 11, 2016 Op Ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – a USA Today Publication http://milwaukeejournalsentinel.wi.newsmemory.com/?token=8f6d212d116c9d90a5f91a5b32b0bcf9&cnum=23568963&fod=1111111STD&selDate=20161120&licenseType=none& A younger colleague, a brilliant guru in the security world, said of the impact of “the Trump event” on his family, “Well, on the galactic scale, none of this matters one whit.” That was […]

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Why We Are All a Bit Crazy

January 11, 2015

  http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/ RICHARD THIEME Why we’re all a bit crazy James Jesus Angleton embodied the inevitable trajectory of a person committed to counterintelligence. Maybe he got a little crazy at the end but that might explain why we are all getting a little crazy, too. Angleton was director of counterintelligence for the CIA from 1954 […]

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Giving terror events less frightening names may ease fears

October 19, 2014

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/giving-terror-events-less-frightening-names-may-ease-fears-b99371245z1-279669642.html Giving terror events less frightening names may ease fears by Richard Thieme Acts of terror are primarily intended to 1) degrade trust by a people in the ability of their government to defend and protect them and 2) deliver blows to the economy and bleed critical resources into protecting against attacks. By that measure, […]

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Remembering Gary Webb Ten Years Later

October 16, 2014

Seeing “Kill the Messenger” reminded me that I wrote this ten years ago. Webb and his example meant a lot to me. But it also prompted an endless echo in my mind. If we don’t tell the truth, then they win, he said, and after they stripped him of his reason to live – more […]

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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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