Archive for the 'Superstition & Ignorance' Category

HOW ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DOESN’T WORK…

August 1st, 2015

WHAT IS AN ATHEIST PICTURE…?

April 18th, 2015

BAD PARENTS ABHOR DISSENT FROM THEIR KIDS…

April 14th, 2015

Every year the American Library Association published a list of the most-challenged books, i.e. books people want to ban from libraries and, by extension, the view of those they wish to control. This year Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian came in at No. 1. I met Alexie briefly at Oberlin […]

RELIGIOUS WRONG LOSING HATE CAMPAIGN…

April 4th, 2015

Hating the sin but loving the sinner still brands you as a hater and increasingly makes you irrelevant in any political discussion in the United States of America. The latest stealth campaign from the religious wrong to banish members of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning community from political and social commerce is falling flat despite the best efforts […]

ENLIGHTENMENT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES…

March 5th, 2015

A co-worker sent me this story by Katharine Zaleski for Fortune magazine. I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then managing editor and pitch a partnership […]

WE NEED MORE STEPHEN FRYS IN THIS WORLD…

January 30th, 2015

WHAT IF MR. DANIELS HAD STOOD HIS GROUND…?

January 27th, 2015

I offer the following without further comment: “He’s got a gun,” yelled Michael Foster, a white, 43-year-old man before tackling 62-year-old Clarence Daniels, a Black man shopping for coffee creamer for his wife. While tussling on the ground, Daniels repeatedly yelled, “I have a permit.” That did not stop this want-to-be vigilante from trying to […]

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

I AM, WE ARE; THE REST IS MINUTIAE & BULLSHIT…

January 17th, 2015

Mano Singham explores The shifting language of race and ethnicity. I left this comment. The challenge lies in attempting to create a taxonomy where no significant difference exists. The word used in any classification is far less important than the intent of the word in the mind of the user. Richard Pryor could entitle a […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

JE SUIS CHARLIE

January 7th, 2015

[Update at 0441 on 13 January: Derf elaborates…] Derf is far from alone…

MANO SINGHAM: AN ATHEIST’S CREED…

December 9th, 2014

I believe* in a purely material universe that conforms to naturalistic laws and principles. I believe that the life we have is the only one we will have, that the mind and consciousness are inseparable from the brain, that we cease to exist in any conscious form when we die, and that it is therefore […]

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

December 8th, 2014

Jess Zimmerman: Hi, Rebecca! First of all, thanks for talking this out with me, and I hope I don’t come off like a jackass. The internet exerts a powerful jackass ray, and lord knows so does talking about race, and we are essentially crossing the streams here. Anyway, after the Ferguson grand jury verdict came […]

WHY BUCKEYES ARE CALLED WORTHLESS NUTS

November 7th, 2014

The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all. The cases decided were from […]

FUCK VOTER SUPPRESSION…

October 11th, 2014

To all politicians who’ve ever tried to block access to voting: What the hell is the matter with you people?! You need to get your head on straight. The cornerstone of this great country is the right to vote—and you should be fighting to make sure that every citizen who can vote, does! But instead […]

APPROVAL VS. LEGALITY…

October 10th, 2014

The comic notes a curious inversion between the timing of legal and popular opinion trends for interracial marriage vs. same-sex marriage. In the 11 years since Massachusetts first legalized same-sex marriage, at no point have there been more people living in states where it’s legal than there are people who support its legality (although this […]

NOW IF OUR CEOS HAD THIS ATTITUDE…

September 20th, 2014

Earlier today I addressed the media and through them the Australian public about ongoing investigations into a group of officers and NCOs whose conduct if proven has not only brought the Australian army into disrepute, but has let down every one of you, and all of those whose past service has won the respect of […]

ANOTHER LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR…

September 20th, 2014

This is the letter-to-the-editor I’m sending to The Marietta Times in response to Glenna Clutter’s letter this morning calling David Burton a mild-mannered and intelligent man. Clutter went on to write that Burton’s reasoned explanations make sense to those not too deaf to listen. He does not peddle hate and intolerance, but he does promote […]

THEY ARE THE POWER BASE FOR THE NUTTERS…

August 24th, 2014

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