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Happy Hallowe’en: Political Posterboards, Death Threats, and Videography

Happy Hallowe’en!

Professor Matt Warshauer, who teaches political science at Central Connecticut State University, and who puts up a political Hallowe’en display every year, invited me to come back this evening while a videographer conducted some interviews in front of it. These are some images of the display, taken in daylight a couple of weeks […]

We Broke Laws That Disadvantaged Us. We Must Do It Again.

Our nation was founded by those who broke laws that disadvantaged them.

Since then, those of us who continued to be disadvantaged by the new legal system continued that tradition.

We must do that again.

There were dire consequences for doing so, ranging from being jailed and force-fed (women suffragists such as Alice Paul), to […]

Thinking of Concealing a Controversial Opinion? That’s an Exercise in Futility.

Most of us can relate to the feeling that we ought not to express our opinions.

This usually comes from holding a controversial opinion.

Here is one: Brett Kavanaugh lacks the temperament necessary to sit as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court and rule on cases that will affect our nation’s future […]

Fox News – How Dare It Share My Cool Last Name! – And Other Observations

Fox News – how dare it share my cool last name!

Actually, I prefer to call it Fixed Noise, a la Keith Olbermann. He switches between calling it Fixed News and Fox Noise, but I like my combination of his terms.

Fox News/Fixed Noise is anchored by a disturbing mix of college dropouts, spin doctors, […]

DeVos is with the Kochs, the Uihleins, the Mercers, the Trumps – not with the People.

Betsy DeVos has never had to worry about money.

We have a Non-Secretary of Education in Betsy DeVos.

Betsy DeVos. Photograph by Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call, ZUMA

She has no idea what it feels like to worry about paying bills, about being able to pay bills, about how she will pay student loan […]

The Water Will Cover Florida…and a Nuclear Power Plant.

Miami, Florida is just a few feet above sea level, and within a few decades, it will be level with the sea.

The water won’t stop there.

It will rise another few feet, and likely another few feet after that, for a total of at least 9 feet above its current level, before this century […]

Iris Blossoms, Peonies, and Global Footprint Calculations.

Sometime last week, I received an e-mail from the Global Footprint Network that said that this year, Earth Overshoot Day will fall on August 1st.

Global Footprint Network

It gets earlier every year.

-40% The Carbon Calculator Price: $5.99 Was: $9.99

Next year, we’ll have it in July. Yay, humans, for depleting a […]

Scott Pruitt is the Bear Guarding the EPA-Beehive – It’s a Blatant Conflict of Interest.

I wrote a book a few years ago about honeybee colony collapse that outlines the legal obstacles to applying scientific solutions to the problem, plus obstacles posed by wealthy and powerful corporations, which include the money that they throw at politicians and the lobbyists they hire to achieve this. The corporations inflict permanent damage on […]

Mitigative Action versus Corrective Action – Postponement Is Always Easier Than Prevention

It is always cheaper, easier, and involves far less change of long-established habits, practices, and preferences to mitigate conditions that, if left unchanged, will inevitably lead to disaster, than it is to take corrective action and prevent that disaster altogether.

We just had this year’s World Water Day, and meanwhile, in Cape Town, South Africa, […]

Journalists Are Delighted to Disgust Bigots

Journalists are delighted when bigots are disgusted that they can present anything they wish to present.

They live to do that.

It is their mission in life.

It is their raison d’être.

Okay, you get the idea. I fun iterating it several ways.

Authoritarian bigots who disdain in-depth reporting backed up by sound research […]