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Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

A BRIEF CHRONICLE OF UNAPOLOGETIC HYPOCRISY “But then I sigh, with a piece of Scripture Tell them that God bids us to do evil for good; And thus I clothe my naked villany With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” (Shakespeare, Richard III) … Continue reading Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

I compliment Sen. Mallory McMorrow of the Michigan Senate who says it much better than I can. I hope that more citizens of the USA start speaking out against the hateful fear-mongering and wedge-driving that is the Republican playbook. The Republicans and their abetting pulpits and their media propaganda outlets have weaponized civil rights, education, … Continue reading Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

The End Justifies the Means? Really?

There's a subgroup of humans I find particularly contemptible. Usually I use the term "contemptible" to describe politicians and their remora, but more and more I find it an apt label for the "Christians" who advance their check-the-box systems of belief by cozying up to scumbag politicians who have their own self-serving agendas.  Maybe they … Continue reading The End Justifies the Means? Really?

Political Cultism

It takes no great insight to see how political parties resemble cults. Why anyone would surrender his or her autonomy, volition, and common sense to become a thrall to some oppressive and authoritarian lout is not easily answered. However, our history as a civilized species demonstrates time and again that it's not at all remarkable … Continue reading Political Cultism

The Private Life of a Cat

The Private Life of a Cat is a charming 1946 short film by Alexander Hammid. There was a longer (scrapped) sound version narrated by Hammid's wife Maya Deren, an important figure in the history of experimental film, but this first twenty-two minute b&w silent version seems especially appealing given the clamor and commotion of our … Continue reading The Private Life of a Cat

Before you apply sunscreen this summer…

...make sure you find a product that won't expose you to benzene, a truly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad health hazard. As always, forewarned is forearmed as we spot the tip of yet another iceberg on our sailing trip through the Anthropocene. For more information, here's a Guardian article, "Carcinogenic chemical benzene found in … Continue reading Before you apply sunscreen this summer…

Are humans good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy.

I started thinking about this perennial question again after studying a post at another blog. Given the sickening war in Ukraine (and other ongoing conficts which for the most part go unmentioned in the "news"), the human-caused degradation of our mother the Earth, the themes of violence running through much of what we create as … Continue reading Are humans good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy.

Big Oil’s Blah Blah, Blah

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here, and I strongly urge you to do just that. In my opinion, Grist addresses the issues most fundamental to our continued existence on the Petri dish we call home. The massive disconnect between Big Oil’s words and actions, in data … Continue reading Big Oil’s Blah Blah, Blah

Aid for Ukraine

It's hard to imagine what the men, women, and children of Ukraine have been going through since February 24th. Please consider joining me in making a donation to help them through the humanitarian crisis created by the Russian invasion of their country. If you are so inclined, and I hope you are, the Charity Navigator … Continue reading Aid for Ukraine

All Too Human

As humans unleash an ugly primitivism upon themselves on a grand scale again, it brought to mind the BBC video below which I viewed a few years ago. Baboons are limited to using their formidable teeth to maim each other whereas we have much more sophisticated weaponry with which to shred ourselves to pieces. However, … Continue reading All Too Human