A Whole Crypto-Zoo of New Species

The deep diving robot that explores the ocean off Monterey Bay takes photographs of tiny new species almost every time it goes down. In Alaska, astoundingly, a new species of beaked whale, 24 feet long, was discovered only in 2016. Numerous new species on land have been discovered in recent … Continue reading

Engineering Specs for Trump’s Wall

Have you seen the engineering specs for Trump’s Wall? — No? Neither has anybody else. There’s plenty of time between now and Election Day for Trump’s campaign to draw them up and make them public, just so the American people can verify they aren’t buying a pig in a poke. … Continue reading

When You Don’t Like Reality, Yell “Hoax!”

From the Boston Marathon Bombing to the Newtown massacre, from Climate Change all the way back to the Holocaust and beyond, if a certain mentality doesn’t like a certain reality, it was all “staged.” We recently marked the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (Tsarnaev apologized! Did that kill … Continue reading

Cheering Muslims A Trumped Up Charge

Since it happened several days ago, it’s probably well on its way to vanishing from the public memory. But regarding Donald Trump’s recent claim that he saw thousands and thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center pancaked to the ground, some thoughts come to mind. … Continue reading

A Christian-Muslim Clash of Civilizations? It’s Uncivilized.

As the storm clouds of hatred expand between the Christian and Muslim worlds (and others, but mainly those two) certain things seem important enough to write down. In a coffee shop, where I sit amongst a noisy crowd that probably contains some Christians and Muslims, and having just come from … Continue reading

“The Paradoxical Commandments” Still Stand

Apparently, exceptions can be found for virtually everything we accept as a rule. The latest example is a motivational poster with a message that actually is motivational, not to mention genuinely encouraging, moving, and insightful. Bear in mind that I am aware more than most people of the click-over point … Continue reading