U.S. soccer’s future is expansion, not World Cups

U.S. soccer’s future is expansion, not World Cups

Beau Dure, a Virginia sportswriter, has a column in The Guardian this morning (Why the US men will never win a World Cup — and that’s OK). It’s an entirely acceptable restatement of the current consensus among American soccer writers, a relatively...

Muddling through decline, happily

Today’s long but thought-provoking read is Dylan Matthews’ “The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy/It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It won’t get one,” at Vox....

2018 Black Sheep Manor ag plan

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the run-down on the current state of the 2018 BSM food-raising plan. BACKGROUND In 2016, we cleared an overgrown, eroded field that I calculate at about 0.30 of an acre. We made a vegetable garden on about 2k square...

The Republic is doomed. Here’s why.

While searching today for the answer to a relatively simple question (“After three-fifths of the Senate votes for cloture, can the bill itself pass on a simple majority of those present during the vote?”) I was reminded of what should be the most obvious...

Thrown overboard into a cold, dark sea

In 1620, an indentured servant named John Howland climbed the rigging aboard a ship called the Mayflower in the middle of a storm and was violently thrown overboard. As the 28-year-old plunged toward certain death, his hand touched a rope that had come loose from the...

Get ready: The crisis is almost upon us

If President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller — which I believe he has already decided to do once there’s no other way of avoiding pending criminal charges — then 2018 is shaping up to be a year of national crisis like no living American...

It doesn’t all come down to money

The one quote by Mao Zedong that every American seems to know is this one, from 1938: “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”  A couple instances over the past week reminded me of this line. The more recent one was something Jeff Daniel’s...

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

If you were to observe spirituality as a theme in my life, the intensity of the attention I put toward it would look something like an electrocardiogram: A wobble, a relatively short burst of energy and insight, followed by a longer period of integration and/or...

What are the limits? A guide to better decisions

I logged about 12 years as a newspaper editor of one sort or another, with roughly seven of those years spent as a city editor. City editors typically supervise the largest staff of reporters and editors in the newsroom, which means you have to develop functional...

Dan Conover

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Howdy! This is my current blog, and the best place to find out about our ongoing adventures here at rustic Black Sheep Manor. It’s also not a bad place to keep track of the work on my latest novel, find out more about my first four books, and otherwise just generally browse whatever happens to be flitting through my mind at any given moment. You can also find me on social media via the links below, get all sorts of information on my previous incarnations via my personal website here, or mainline directly into my index of media futurism essays here. Thanks for stopping by.

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