The Anti-Intellectual Revolution

  Many times it has been pointed out that the great irony of the internet revolution has been the proliferation of egregious stupidity and mean-spirited neurosis that has followed in its wake. Imagine what intellectuals of centuries past would have thought if you had described for them the basics of … Continue reading

Authoritarian Siren Song Will Play On

I was always a big fan of the Twilight Zone TV show, so I haven’t been as dismayed by the 2016 presidential campaign as many people. But as the surreal extravaganza winds down, some very troubling thoughts come to mind. First we should at least briefly consider the obscene waste … 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

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

Taking Your Seat in the Sky

The powered parachute has been called the closest thing to bird-like flying that a human being can achieve. Beyond that it is perhaps the safest, easiest, and most affordable means of flying, bar none. On first glance the rig resembles a wheeled frame that looks a little like a go-cart. … 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