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protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights"
of all men, and the First
(or even the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America.
This is an archive edition.
Science. What, exactly, are thought experiments? Glimpses
into Plato’s heavenly realm? Simple, ordinary argumentation? They may be
something else entirely: mental modeling.
Another Sky. By itself, travel does produce epiphanies. But it also
makes clear that the language of location is relative —
everywhere is to the east of something and to the west of something else.
Boxes: The Newest Government Tool for Warrantless Privacy Invasion.
Why these cell phone tower-mimicking devices could become a civil
Trump's nominee for U.S. District Court judge in Eastern North Carolina,
Thomas Alvin Farr, is a protégé of Jesse Helms with
documented ties to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and pro-eugenics groups.
Moral Monsters Make Good Movies? Should we despise movies made by
despicable men? Are we right to direct the same moral outrage at
the art as we do against the artist?
Here is the obituary
Hunter Thompson wrote about Richard Nixon, originally published in
Rolling Stone in June 1994. Journalism written in blood.
"The Edge ... There is no honest way to explain it
because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have
Is It Like to Be a Bee? You have six hairy legs, five eyes, a tongue,
but no taste buds. Red looks like black, and you see in pixels: You
are a bee. What does that feel like?
Age of Outrage. A good education provides tools for understanding the
world. Indoctrination offers just one lens. On many college
campuses, that lens is power and privilege.
TED: Can We Build AI Without Losing Control Over It? Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.
Can Be Racists, Too. The jarring story of the major role played by
white supremacist women in the South during the twentieth-century—and
"Man becomes the sex organs of the machine
Santa Claus and His Reindeers Begin with a Mushroom Trip? It makes the
case that maybe, just maybe, "the story of our modern Santa Claus,
the omnipotent man who travels the globe in one night, bearing gifts, and
who’s camped out in shopping malls across the United States, is linked
to a hallucinogenic mushroom-eating shaman from the Arctic."
Claus Builds a Flying Machine. As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s,
many Americans felt that old Saint Nick needed a new way of getting from
house to house.
Jesus Have Been Deported/Crucified? Jesus was an undocumented alien
from the point of view of Pontius Pilate, and he was treated differently
than a dissident in Rome would have been. He was an outsider. He was a
colonial subject. He was an undocumented Mexican farm worker, from the
point of view of Roman authorities.
"Baby It's Cold Outside" a little rapey or innocuous? Time
for heated holiday debate over whether “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is
genuinely problematic or just innocuous art from another era.
Weird Story of the FBI and "It's a Wonderful Life." It
bombed at the box office before becoming a Christmas classic. Along the
way, it also caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The film supposedly had Communistic tendencies.
Psychology of Santa Claus. It's weird, isn't it? Parents lie to their
kids about a mysterious, bearded gift-giver, only to set them up for
inevitable heartbreak. Except, it's not so simple.
Nazis Won't End Fascism. Antifa argues that violence is necessary. But
a rigorous democracy is a far stronger weapon. [I find Antifa's
arguments intriguing. Here's another opinion and interesting
Christmas Paradox. Once a year, the rich decide that “the
undeserving poor” need help after all.
Dickens Had Serious Beef With America and Its Bad Manners. He found
Americans vulgar and insensitive, braggarts, hypocrites, and acquisitive
beyond all imagining.
Facts were facts, and [Nobelist Charles] Richet’s list of scientists who
had examined the most gifted physical mediums for trickery “not once,
but twenty, a hundred, or even a thousand times” — and found none —
included Alfred Russel Wallace, a colleague of Darwin’s who wrote on
various aspects of evolutionary theory, and physicist-chemist Sir William
Family Dolls, Featuring Charlie, Leslie, and More. Why it's okay to
play with Manson family paper dolls: The first six installments of John
Reed's Manson Family Paper Doll book. Print & Color Yourself!
Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein. Was the den mother of modernism a
"We did not elect a swamp-draining reformer. We just
gave our PIN number to a Nigerian prince."
in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse. A sufficiently advanced
extraterrestrial intelligence may be indistinguishable from God.
Truth About Those "Alien Alloys" in NYT' UFO Story. What to
make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys?
Desire for booze lubricated the course of history: agriculture,
civilization, revolution. What is it about getting drunk that we
love so much?
the Right Dose of CBD? "If you’re using CBD for anxiety, there
may be that sweet spot middle dosage that has the best effect, and can
become less effective if you increase the dose."
I guess he did warn us fair and square:
"We're going to win so much. You're going to get
tired of winning."
We presumed the "We" he referred to was us, not
his rich buddies.
"Make no mistake. The tax bill is a victory for the
largest and most profitable corporations in this country who, despite
record-breaking profits and decades of corporate welfare, will now see
hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks."
Brown Stakes Out Stance Against GOP Tax Plan. Hours after the Senate
approved the final version of the GOP tax plan Wednesday, Congressional
5th District challenger Lisa Brown railed against the bill in the basement
of the Spokane Valley Library.
Republican Tax Bill Codifies a New Gilded Age. The GOP tax plan harks
back to an idea that the poor should be humiliated and the rich are
Are Humans Violent? A deeper understanding of how and why violence
emerges, or doesn't, might help us achieve a less violent future.
Cold Blood. Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel
interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet?
Mischievous Mavericks Shaped the 20th Century. The friendship of
Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp was a benefit to both artists even if
they might have seemed dissimilar.
Made Out of Meat, from Omni Magazine, 1990.
"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
How to Levitate a Frog. You might associate levitation with magic, but
science has its own version.
is the 102nd anniversary of Spokane's Division
Street Bridge collapse. "On December 18, 1915, at 6:11 in the
morning, a steel bridge across the Spokane River at Division Street
collapses, sending five people to their deaths and injuring a number of
Trump Word Ban Extends to Other Federal Agencies. They’re not just
trying to downplay the phrase “evidence-based.” They’re trying to
ditch the whole idea of basing policy on evidence.
Libertarian Case For Abolishing Traffic Stops Altogether. Unfortunately,
rarely are traffic stops really about traffic enforcement.
in the Ballroom: Doctors Practice Their Craft at US Hotels. As
surgeons practiced on a donated human cadaver in a ballroom salon of
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts Convention Center in Florida, a
selection of tea and coffee sat in the corner.
Incredible Legacy of the Bauhaus School of Design. Discover the
incredible legacy of the Bauhaus from its beginnings in Thuringia,
Germany, to today.
Banned From Using Seven Words, Including "Science-Based".
It's a move that some are calling downright Orwellian.
Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it
“humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its
beholder with wonder.
in the Scanner. Freud’s theories don’t mesh well with modern
science. Yet he represents something important for neuroscientists: the
possibility that laws govern mental life.
Backstory of a Wintery, Death-Struck Painting by Andrew Wyeth. What
you don't see is the artist's father's horrible death on the other side of
With North Korea Appears More Imminent Than Ever. Provocative US
military exercises in Northeast Asia aren't helping.
China's Vast New Experiment In Social Ranking. Imagine a “social
credit” score that determines your place in society by ranking
everything in your life. Where a good score grants you preferential
treatment in society, and a bad one brands you as the digital underclass.
This isn’t a dystopian thought experiment: It is reality in China. Could
America be next?
ACLU: Congress Must Step In to Save Net Neutrality. We just lost an important battle in the war for an open internet. But that war is far from over.
Will Sue Again. Washington state Attorney General says he'll sue the
federal government over FCC's net neutrality repeal.
in Bill Legalizes Cannibalism Instead of Cannabis. Canada is one step
closer to the accidental legalization of cannibalism after the House of
Commons passed a typo-ridden Bill C-45, formerly known as The
Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election. "When it comes to either
matters of life and death or personal commitments of the human heart, no
one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity’s
integrity is severely tarnished."
Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? "A president who would all but
Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack
Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush."
Morris Examines MKUltra. Morris' latest documentary,
"Wormwood," an investigation into whether
the CIA assassinated one of its own scientists, pushes the boundaries of
"documentary" further than ever before.
Write Fiction in 2017? "It’s an act of refusal, of
relinquishment, and of retreat, a decision to turn away from the world and
its noise of possibilities, to chase instead a signal down the quiet of a
WashingtonPost: Alabama Democrats Deliver on Trump's Turf. Doug Jones wins Alabama US Senate race, first Democrat to do so in 20 years.
Politico: Trump Suffers "Big Black Eye" in Alabama. A state thatadored him in 2016 delivers the most serious setback of his presidency.
Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns. Doug Jones strikes a blow against Trump
and for morality in American politics.
MSN: UN Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama. UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said earlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits.
[You think maybe this had something to do with it,
There a Limit to Scientific Understanding? Is a full
understanding of physical reality within humanity’s grasp? Probably
not, says Martin Rees. Some insights will have to await a post-human
Nazi-Puncher's Dilemma. Inside the antifa movement's struggle to
continue its long, colorful legacy of cracking white supremacist heads
without alienating, well, just about everyone.
Truth about Cultural Appropriation. Campaigns against "cultural
appropriation" are bad for politics and bad for art. To put identity
over aesthetics is to render art meaningless.
of Us Are Safe. If police can execute an innocent man on video, none
of us are safe.
"By desiring little, a poor man makes himself
WashingtonPost: Questions About Jerusalem You Were Afraid to Ask. To understand what’s going on in Jerusalem, it’s essential to understand why the city feels so crucial to Muslims, Jews and many Christians.
The root is here: Christian
with Manure. In Vermeer's time, an artist had to be a chemist —
weighing, grounding, burning, sifting, heating, cooling, filtering, all
before applying a drop of paint.
Playboy: Is Quentin Tarantino's "Star Trek"
Bad Sign for the Franchise?
White House Weighing Plans For Private Spies to Counter "Deep
State" Enemies. The Trump Administration is considering a set of
proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired
CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in
the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the
White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent
official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and
former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals.
Is the American Far Right? Whiteness has replaced racism as the
problem that bedevils the world. It's a profound and beguiling change in
the intellectual terrain.
Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's
Sam Harris: Trump
Is a Child In a Man's Body.
Hitler. Who was the audience for Mein Kampf? Scribblers and
middlemen. Indeed, the disregard of academic readers was essential to
Nazism from its inception.
Words. Historically, books were read out loud, to an audience —
lighting was expensive, illiteracy common, and reading was deemed
We Need Art. People make music, dance, paint, tell stories, adorn
objects and themselves. The creative impulse is universal. Why? Can
evolutionary biology explain the human impulse to create?
Trickle Down Economics
Lawyer Says Trump Knew Flynn Lied. Trump’s lawyer said Sunday the
president knew in late January that then-national security adviser Michael
Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account he
provided to Vice President Pence about a call with the Russian ambassador.
War on America. That sound of doomsday you hear in the distance is not
“ka-boom.” It’s "ka-ching.”
on the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency was established 47
years ago this week. Betsy Southerland worked there for more than 30 of
them. Here, she speaks about working briefly under Scott Pruitt.
Musk recently asked, "Why is there no Flat Mars Society?"
Also, this might not be the best
year to hang that Mistletoe up in the office...
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