Scott Pickard

Scott Pickard

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What Does It Mean to be an American?
It is defined by what we believe in, what we do, and what we don’t do, that can be common to everyone…more

Social Parasites
Massive social institutions attract a percentage of impostors with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly pursue evil and wreak havoc…more

In My Lifetime…
…we started yelling NO! to police violence, but poverty & inequality continue to plague us; however, eventually, we can and do change for the better…more

Existential Risk Does Not Touch Us
Sci-Fi visions of existential risks are so massive and abstract that they do not alarm us or cause any sense of urgency in the microsphere our daily lives…more

Everybody Has an Opinion
Then, as if in a miracle, enlightenment and change can happen in an instant and open one’s heart to truth and empathy and support for a loved one to live a happy and healthy life…..more

Three Kings at the Masters
Golf is so much more than just a game for most of us golfers. It becomes a golden thread that weaves its way throughout our entire lives…..more

Top Ten Things Robots Cannot Do (well)
10. blend in with a crowd…..more

What Is a Hero?

Colin Kaepernick took a risk and single-handedly started a conversation intended to inspire constructive solutions to unjustified police violence…more

An Interview with 2018 CrossFit Champion Tasia Percevecz

This article was ghost-written for Erin Scheele (ES) to be published in SEAL Grinder PT (SGPT).

I Know You Know

… he is a cheater, because we’ve all grown up with and dealt with cheaters, and cheating for him is a way of life, and yet, you don’t say a thing…more

Two Party Madness

Our two-party system — fueled by tribalism and disinformation — has devolved into a poisoned institution that is like a badly divorced couple who demonize each other at every turn…more

Is there a better plan for Student Debt Accountability than wholesale write-off?

Students and parents must be accountable and if they can step up to that challenge, maybe a United America can help out in a way that does not overburden students’ lives in the process…more

Eventually, We Will All Be Melting Pots of Each Other

Go to an airport someday and look around. Clearly America is no longer a land of white Anglo-Saxons. We are from every location, every race, every color, every creed…more

Evangelicals, how long do you apologize and put up with Trump’s lies and vulgarity? (Liar, Liar)

The cumulative time and scope of his lying is stunning and pathologic. So why do his apologists and sycophants say nothing?…more

Does Character Matter?

Where I heard a lude, rude and crude ungentlemanly silver-spoon brat from Queens groping anything that moved, they heard “locker room talk”…more

Striking the Balance Between Lives and Livelihoods

Striking the right balance is the key, but where and how to strike the balance between livelihoods and lives has to be one of the most difficult and critical in our lifetimes…more

Weapons of Mass Artificial Intelligent Destruction (WoMAID)

There will always be a scientist (s) who will do anything for career fame and money, letting the apocalyptic chips fall where they may while still sleeping well in their gated communities at night…more

Agent Provocateur

When large groups of peaceful people assemble, there are always a few violent agent provocateurs that use this opportunity to embed themselves covertly with the intent to incite chaos…more

Augmyntia (fiction)

The AI-augmented person and the humanized robot will someday meet each other, and you won’t be able to tell the difference. It’s not the singularity we are headed for. It is convergence…more

Fascism and the Rise of Dystrumpia

Fascism creeps up on society like a slowly-leaking faucet that eventually overflows the sink: drip, drip, drip…more

The Culture of Politics

Attorney-Politicians need to leave their stubborn and aggressive tactics at home with their private practice and bring their bipartisan A-game to Washington in better service to our democracy…more

Balance is the Ultimate Truth

The process of balancing is rocky, mistakes are made, and the pendulum sometimes swings too far, but over time the balancing will happen and stability is achieved.

When Is It Time to Retreat From Climate Change?

We should never underestimate the randomness and power of planet earth and the potential existential threats that can arise. We do so at our peril!…more

The Republican Senate is Like a Gated Golf Community (fiction)

You might think of the Republican Senate as a “Privileged White Male Evangelical Christian Golf Community” (PWMECGC), locally known as Whispering White Palms Golf Community, or shorter still, “The Palms”…more

Illinois Needs a Moon$hot

If/when the doomsday clock strikes midnight, the State will hit the wall and the next day impose a simulated bankruptcy process…more

Was Trump Ever the Chosen One?

Was Trump truly the “Chosen One” for evangelical Christians? Was he really the flawed man God tapped to lead America out of depravity to the promised land?…more

What Does Sport Teach Us About Leadership?

During their days as NFL Referees, they were chief executives of successful corporations, but on the weekends they exchanged their business suits for “zebra suits” to become NFL referees…more

Beware of False Prophets

It is frustrating to the average civil person who plays by the rules when a person in a position of leadership and power can be as successful as they are mean, conniving, unprincipled, and dysfunctional…more