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

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

Potholer Breaks Axles of Climate Change Denial

It can be baffling, trying to determine who is ahead in the battle for public opinion in regards to climate change. It would seem to be all over, on the one hand. Nobody can doubt that it is happening. But then you continue to hear people claiming that a locally … Continue reading