Doctor Who: Oxygen

The episode “Oxygen” begins with the Doctor saying “Space: the final frontier.” He then talks about space, the void, wanting to kill us. The first scene after the credits features the Doctor lecturing about how space kills us (eventually leading to a student asking what that has to do with crop rotation). Responding to a distress call, [Read More…]

Economic Eschatology

The “end of the world” is typically good news for someone. In some dystopian scenarios, big corporations make enormous profits. And in some utopian scenarios, those same corporations get what’s coming to them. What are your thoughts about this cartoon? [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Green Death

The Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Green Death,” witnesses the departure of Jo Grant. It explores matters of environmentalism and big business in a way that will be a theme again in “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” in the subsequent season. The episode highlights early on the challenge of bringing about social [Read More…]

From Chicken to Pizza: Papa John’s, Obamacare, and the Intelligent Consumer

I admit I was astonished by the blatant self-interest and attempt at manipulation of consumers that John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, offered recently, saying that he would pass on the cost of Obamacare to consumers in the form of pizza costing at least $.10 and perhaps as much as $.20 more. This is [Read More…]