Category Archives: Politics

NYT interview: Dean Heagle has a big list!

Your 4-part article about the 2016 election was recently published in Rolling Stone. Was that a big surprise? It was a really big surprise. I had already been turned down by The Nation, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Dissent Magazine. So I submitted to Rolling Stone as a last ditch effort before I self-published. Wow!

Have you had other writing published? My writing always get published, but usually it’s self-published.

Why do you write about politics? I think it all comes from the desire to make the world a better place. I was an anthropology major for my undergrad,  so I’ve gotten some perspective on history and different cultures. In looking at our American politics, I decided that since it really is a two party system, that it’s important to throw down with one of the parties. Then it gets into a matter of values. Even though their are a tremendous amount of things wrong with the democratic party, their core values and most of their historic stands on issues, more closely reflect my own values. Ultimately it would be better to change our political system so that more voices get heard. However, change in this area is very slow going.

When did you start writing? I wrote some in college and became the publisher of a “zine” called Nowhere which was a mixture of art and politics. My personal treatise began, “Out of boredom, I became a revolutionary…” That was in the 80’s. And I really didn’t start writing again until George W. Bush became president. After 911 there was an absence of dissenting voices, so I was motivated to write about things that I felt were under-represented. In time, there were plenty of voices of dissent against the Bush administration and I also got busier with family matters so I found that I wrote less and less.

I have begun to write more again, mostly in blog form. So many things about our society seem more like distopian science fiction than reality. I find these trends both humorous and scary at the same time. So I write about them. And as a political topic, we now have Trump and that trajectory is so unfathomable that it’s motivated a lot of activism, not just writers, but a lot of other people are getting out there and trying to make their voices heard.

Were you surprised that the NY Times wanted to interview you for their Sunday Magazine? I was really really surprised.

What’s your fantasy project? I actually have several. They are not so much fantasies as things I hope to ultimately get around to doing. First, of course, I want to write the great american novel. I have a few ideas, one is just writing about the current state of the society which is almost like science fiction that writes itself. Another is a novel about moving to another country where one is suddenly displaced and has to learn everything quickly to survive. I also have an idea for a series of tween novels in which the main characters will somehow help save the world. I know that “saving the world” sounds grandiose, but hey, why should it be about anything less? I also have ideas for a few photography and coffee table books. And I’d like to get back into doing more with music.  So, I have a really big list.

What’s next? I have notebooks with lots of unfinished projects. So sometimes, I just pick something and try to see it through. Finishing often gets harder than it should be. There’s lots of unexpected obstacles. I hate that part, but I love the satisfaction of seeing something  through.


  • Dean is an award winning New York City based graphic designer who also writes about culture and politics. Besides numerous writing projects, he is also putting together his first solo photography show.
  • Age: 59
  • Occupation: Designer / Writer / Producer
  • Hometown: Buffalo, Minnesota (I have now lived in NY twice as long as I lived in MN)
  • Heroes:
    • Kurt Vonnegut
    • Carl Jung
    • Al Gore
    • Gandi
    • Thorstein Veblen
    • Rachel Corrie
    • J.K. Rowling

 

COMING NEXT?: politics, politics and more politics

Gonna see my smiling face on the cover of the Rolling Stone. But which picture? I just can’t decide…

This blog was going to be reserved for politics for the next month, as I was finally posting my longish 4 part analysis about the 2016 election.

I had already submitted these articles to a few different publishers and was universally turned down. So I was about to throw in the towel and self-publish.

But just now  realized that I hadn’t yet submitted to the Rolling Stone. So I guess  I should give them a shot first. That only seems fair.

=======================================================COMING NEXT SOON?:
Election 2016 Analysis
It’s All Your Fault! And why it isn’t.
PART 1: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
By Dean Heagle
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holy carbon footprint AGAIN Batman! (Why I “love” Amazon (moreover!))

Just got the batteries I ordered from Amazon. I’ll admit that I was a little worried that they’d arrive damaged.

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Amazon didn’t scrimp on packaging for the batteries I ordered.

 

But Amazon had my back and provided lots of extra cushioning. This is why I love Amazon, it puts extra effort and thought into how every order is packaged. I hate getting imperfect batteries.

Who cares if I have to throw away a lot of plastic. It’s really important to me that the batteries I ordered arrive without a scratch. These are for my son’s watch. And among the values I am trying to teach him is the importance o being on time. And Amazon is a good role model. I got these batteries with 2 day delivery.

I love Amazon because they put the customer first. Why do you love Amazon?

=======================================================COMING NEXT WEEK:
Election 2016 Analysis
It’s All Your Fault! And why it isn’t.
PART 1: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
By Dean Heagle
=======================================================

Trump signs executive order changing April Fool’s day to April 2nd

Trump signed an executive order changing April Fool’s day from April 1st to April 2nd. In doing so, he said he has proof of a long standing conspiracy within the Democratic party. According to Trump’s sources it was FDR who changed April Fool’s day to April 1st following direct orders from Joseph Stalin but against the wishes of Churchill.

Trump proclaimed this is a huge victory for the American people and said he knows some of the best people, really great guys, who have told him that because of this date change that America will great again. Trump added, “I’m so great, so now America can be great too and this date change will make me even greater.”

 

2 TRUMP STORIES (I found extra disturbing)

 

DISTURBING ITEM #1:
TRUMP CAN READ FROM A TELEPROMPTER, SO NOW HE’S PRESIDENTIAL

It’s hard to fathom the extent that Trump was praised for his speech before the joint session of congress last Tuesday. And this praise was mostly just for staying on script, not messing up and reading from a teleprompter.

It might have been any other boyhood rite of passage. Pissing contest anyone? And for this he’s presidential?

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DISTURBING ITEM #2:
TRUMP MAKES UNFOUNDED STATEMENTS AND ACCUSATIONS (AGAIN!)

Then on Saturday, Trump tweets that Obama had been tapping his phone. On the face of it, this accusation is so outlandish that it just seems farcical. But then once the Trump tweet gets served up by social media it mutates to become something even more absurd. So the headline on my phone becomes  “Trump Calls for Probe.”

And what is this you ask, that Trump might be probing? Of course as president, Trump can basically probe whatever or whomever that he wants. Maybe that’s what got him interested in the job.

And the “media” will continue keep us informed about his every condiment, fabrication or tweet.

Come on people, don’t you see that this sound bite journalism is just making us even more stupid? And just when we really needed to start getting so much smarter.

*Note: And the Republicans in congress go along for the ride and agree that the most recent Trump ravings should be investigated at the same time they look into real election interference by top Russian officials.

And while they’re at it, they agree to look into another outlandish Trump claim that over 3 million people (illegal aliens no less) illegally voted for Hillary.

And as I wrote earlier and I must  ask this Republican majority again, “is staying in power under these circumstances, really even that worth it?”

 =======================================================Stay tuned for my important multi-part election analysis.
COMING SOONISH!
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The 54% (Women’s March NYC, January 21, 2017)

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Women’s March against Trump January 21st, 2017 (45th and 5th Avenue, NYC)

54% of voter’s didn’t vote for Trump.

A day after his inauguration, some  of them showed up in cities across the country. I brought my kids along. It seemed like the thing to do.

I told my kids that the news story about the march would be buried on page 21, but that we should show up anyway. I am trying to teach them that they are not powerless.

To my surprise, the NY Times put this on the front page of the Sunday edition. Their photo is much better than mine.

So I figure, even with the lame stream media covering this, how could we go wrong? Let the Donald just try to call this “fake news”.

Pat Buchanan says Trump might win. Pat who, you say?

In a recent interview, citing wide-spread discontent among the white working class, Pat Buchanan said that Trump might just win this election.

You remember Pat Buchanan don’t you? You don’t?

This election has been more about the media deciding what we should be thinking rather than about the issues or even the candidates.

They have artfully succeeded in turning this race — between a pompous ass who will say anything to get attention and an extremely qualified candidate who’s main sins are her husband, that she’s a woman, and a politician — into a horse race where the pompous ass might just win.

Yet this same phenomenon is true in most elections, it’s just that this year, with Trump as a candidate, it seems even more untenable and over the top.

The media has dumbed everything down to the 3rd grade level, “Trump said what?” is on the first page.

Editor’s comments: “What Trump said is a lie.” are buried much later reserved for the small minority who are not just passing by.

Buried still further, but you really have to dig for it: “Most of what Trump says is a lie, well 80% or so at least. At least!”

And then the next day, almost the same headline. And the same buried analysis.

This is not done in the service of the public, or even to dumb us down as that already seems to have happened. What it does do is make for a good story that even a child could grasp: i.e. He said, she said with no pretense of the most rudimentary character judgments or even the facts. It grabs eyeballs. It’s easy to understand. And most importantly it sells advertising.

So who is Pat Buchanan you ask?

Pat Buchanan was a senior aid to Presidents Nixon through Reagan. He was the original host of CNN’s Crossfire. He ran for president in 92, 96 and 2000. He has been a contributor on CNN, MSNBC and now with Fox. In his hey-day he was considered somewhat of a right wing extremist, but now post-Tea-Party and Post-Trump, he seems a little less extreme, even though his views have not changed.

But how much of what Pat Buchanan says is simply to say something or say anything? Just like Trump says anything. Just like most of the rest of the media seem to just be saying anything.

So, simply stated, you should listen to Pat because he is still speaking.  He still has a platform and a megaphone. He’s been a commentator for so many years that now he’s famous just for being famous.

And he thinks Trump could win. It makes a good story. At least it got him another interview didn’t it?

dump Trump items now available for express shipping

Some of the other items that I created.

If you choose express shipping (which will probably be more than the price of your order) you still might get something back before the election.

I think the Trump Pig head could have been a meme for this election, but maybe it still might become one after the election. Souvenirs anyone?

Dump Trump Items Now Available for Express Shipping

holy late to the party Batman!: dump Trump items now available for express shipping

Trump is a Pig Man
Now available for express shipping!

Every recent election cycle, I create some bumperstickers and such. Last year I got mad at Cafe Press, so I quit them in favor of Zazzle. I found the Zazzle interface painfully tedious and time consuming (not to say that the Cafe Press interface was any better). And I also had other priorities for my time. So this is coming very late.

I’m just publicizing this now, which is totally ridiculous since the election is less than a week away. If you choose express shipping (which will probably be more than the price of your order) you still might get something back before the election.

I think the Trump Pig head could have been a meme for this election, but maybe it still might become one after the election. Souvenirs anyone?

Dump Trump Items Now Available for Express Shipping

why I don’t want to live on this planet any more

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First they came for the proofreaders… (why I don’t want to live on this planet any more)

So I saw this cute shirt. Just one problem, well maybe two.

1.
First problem may seem minor but it’s actually really huge, because while the sentiments of this shirt might seem at first to be clever and cute they are actually superficial and banal, if not just poorly thought out.

I mean can’t you come up with anything better than “I don’t want to live here anymore?” What next, are you going to cry about it? Do you think you are the first one to come up with the idea of escaping reality by claiming that the current reality is somehow beneath you? Like you don’t live in an entire culture that increasingly does nothing but try to escape?

Bad show I say. Instead why don’t you get truly clever and come up with a slogan that instills in young children the need to take more civic responsibilty? Then maybe in another 20 years or so we could start to dig our heads out of our asses, take some responsibility for what’s going on and not be quite in such a mess that we find ourselves in now.

2.
Second problem, who the hell did the proofreading? Don’t you see it?

Dear “very clever shirt-makers”: if you have the audacity to put Trump and Clinton in the same category, at least give a shit about your stupid shirt enough to spell Hillary’s name right.

Which leads me to another tangent:

First they came for the Proofreaders, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Proofreader.

With such faith in spell check, soon we’ll all be riding in self-driving cars and then why not self-driving helicopters, drones and nuclear substations. Hey, the whole world could be put on auto pilot. And then how far off are we from having Governmentgoogle?


But I digress…


Revealing my sources…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.