Coming soon Election 2016 Analysis (in 4 parts)


Election 2016 Analysis (In 4 parts)
It’s All Your Fault! And why it isn’t.
By Dean Heagle

Summary: This is a four part series about the 2016 presidential election encompassing issues of voter apathy, the mainstream media, the vanishing middle class and a way to make the system better. Many of the topics introduced include additional information as sidebars.

In writing on the subject of the 2016 presidential election, I found that exploring any one topic, consistently shed light on more and more details. Gladly, the passage of time has helped solidify and expand these ideas. Thus, what was originally intended as a short article has become a four part series, replete with sidebars and additional analysis.

errata and correction

No, I wasn’t on the cover of the Rolling Stone and I also I didn’t get interviewed by the New York Times. That was just wishful thinking on my part which I would still prefer to hope is a sort of prescience.

Legal authorities from these two organizations should understand that I posted these ditties in the spirit of respect with the hope that I am foreshadowing an altered career. Yes I work harder at it than some people do but apparently I still have much work to do to fully understand that writing is it’s own reward.

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.
By Dean Heagle

this is getting personal

Some might say, I am in a personal crisis. At least it seems that my personal life’s issues and decisions might make better reading than much of the rest that I’m usually prone to publishing.

However, I’m not quite ready to post much about my personal life, since I feel it needs to be separated from my political and other commentary posts. This blog, is after all, something that potential employers might just happen to see.

So right now, I’m trying to figure out whether to go with a WP multi-site or just start yet another blog. (I would be happy to hear a recommend of a WP guru if anyone knows one.) Until this is decided and made so, I’m not changing the format of this blog. But in time, this is about to get much more personal.


the horseshoe pit in Ft. Tryon park, NYC originally began when I saw some +50 year old trees being needlessly cut down. Originally there was a desire to form or find a coalition of partners who could work together on various ecology issues in NYC.

When I looked into the laws, it turns out there are no protections in NYC for trees on private property. Quite simply, landowners can do whatever they want. Also in this particular case, it seemed that most people didn’t even notice the trees being sawed down or their absence. The same thing happened a year later, again with little notice from my neighbors. And so it goes. I haven’t completely forgotten about the original idea, but nothing much happened with my original web-site concept.

Recently has become the online home for the Margaret Corbin Provisional Horseshoe Pitching League, which is another pet project of mine. In time,  may expand and deal with more NYC city ecological and quality of life issues. But for now, I’m happy that the nascent horseshoe league has an online home.

May 4th is National Horsehoes Pitching Day

Practice or just dumb luck?

Northern Manhattan celebrations will take place about 7:00ish at the horseshow pits in Ft. Tryon Park near the A train station at 190th St.

“National Horseshoes Pitching day” began in Northern Manhattan with the awareness that there was already a perfectly good horseshoe area in Ft. Tryon that had long been neglected and just needed to be cleaned up. Once this cleanup was accomplished, a national day of celebration seemed in order.

Be advised the “National Horseshoes Pitching day” is not to be confused with “National Horseshoes Pitching is Fun day” which is sponsored by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

Questions?: admin (at)


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.

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.
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)



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?



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.

The 54% (Women’s March NYC, January 21, 2017)

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”.