A Permanently Divided Country?

The famous quote “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts,” comes from Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Unfortunately, it does not take into account human psychology, which can skew facts like a funhouse mirror, or worse, blank them out entirely. A classic example of this is … Continue reading

A Steady Diet of Paranormal Baloney

I once saw a video of Richard Dawkins speaking at a skeptics’ conference. His subject was the “paranormal” versus the “perinormal.” What a difference a couple of letters can make. The perinormal means all those things that exist in reality that we do not yet know of, and may never … Continue reading

Three Old Songs from the Heart

Winding up a fairly bizarre year, and starting one that’s sure to be only more so, let’s leave off from outrages and bottomless pits for a little while and consider something else. How about a style of music that is never made anymore? In this case we’re talking about moody, … Continue reading

Conspiracy Drivel Compounds Vegas Tragedy

The October 1st massacre in Las Vegas gave us an object lesson in the intellectual poverty and psychological troubles of a large segment of the population. Not the sniper himself, who was an obvious mental defective, but rather the people who are bent on finding conspiracies whether any case exists … Continue reading

GREED. (The movie, that is. From 1924.)

I am a classic movie fan, which on Twitter would be known as #OldMovieWeirdo. But only just now have I seen a legendary film of the distant past which is ranked among the greatest ever made. 1924 saw the release of the truncated, butchered, surviving version of Erich Von Stroheim’s … Continue reading

One Massive March for Science in Boston

What a positive, upbeat and spirited crowd we had in Boston today for the     March for Science. I wish I could better estimate crowd size, but the tremendous turnout in Boston looked to me as follows. At peak attendance, about half of Boston Common was full of standing people. The … Continue reading

Diaper Banks to Combat #DiaperNeed

Here is a national issue with a funny-sounding name. Diaper Banks. It is also a little-known situation that is not receiving anything like proper attention or support. If you are like me, you had never heard of this at all. Diapers for babies are not covered under government assistance programs. … Continue reading

The Realities of the Casino

During one of the countless pharmaceutical ads on TV (in which we consumers learn which drugs to tell our doctor to prescribe to us) the list of side effects was being recited. Usually this takes up most of the commercial, and features the most intense smiling on the actors’ faces. … Continue reading

Meet Doctor Doom, AKA Guy McPherson

The only good news about Guy McPherson is that his unprecedented bad news is wrong. Unfortunately, while he is wrong now, he won’t necessarily be wrong for many more decades. And Guy McPherson’s bad news is about as bad as it gets. He might not look like it, but Guy … Continue reading