Author Archives: Thomas Mets

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com

Thursday Throwback: Changing Election Laws

Several years ago, there was a brief discussion about whether Republicans might change the law, so that key swing states, the electoral votes would go to the winner of congressional districts. This is the current system for Maine and Nebraska. … Continue reading

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When Comics Suck

In Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Sean Howe summed up an uninteresting period Throughout the line, the creative assignments began to resemble a laconic game of Whac-A-Mole, with each substitution having little effect on the acceptably bland quality that had defined … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Can the Democrat’s Reagan lead to the Republican’s Clinton?

Years ago, there was some speculation that President Obama might be the Democrat’s Reagan, leading to a period in which the party dominates the White House. Andrew Sullivan had has a slightly different take on the idea, focusing on what Obama can … Continue reading

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Dunkirk and the Bechdel Test

A portion of a positive review of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk has resulted in some controversy. The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of … Continue reading

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A Story of Monopoly and Regulation From Mark Twain

In his memoir Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain has an interesting anecdote about the emergence of a monopoly. This was when he was a young steamboat pilot. It started with the development of a union, to protect wages at … Continue reading

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Movies Watched in 2017 Part 4

Earlier in the year, I set a goal of watching at least 100 films, and to make sure it includes some older stuff, included an additional challenge of focusing on at least ten films per decade (counting the 2010s as … Continue reading

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Florida Voters

A weird thing about Florida. In the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections, turnout in Florida was higher than in Texas, despite Texas having a much higher population. In 2012, 8,474,179 voters came out in Florida compared to 8,077,795 in Texas. New York … Continue reading

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