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#MeToo Madness

So, first of all, yeah, me too.

But in my opinion this #MeToo campaign is totally unscientific, which means that whatever we think we’re learning from it is most likely wrong, if not trivial. 69 more words


Book of the Month :: Traversing the Fringes

In my youth, I read a remarkable amount of science fiction, the majority of which was fairly safe and non-confrontational fare. In the summer of 1984, as an impressionable and naive 18-year-old, I was urged by a friend to read Iain Banks’  1,443 more words

General Writing Post

What an "Active Shooter" Bulletin Should Look Like On News Outlets, and What It Does Look Like.

I’m gonna make this post real simple.

What an active shooter bulletin should look like on informative news outlets:

A suspect opened fire at (facility, event, etc.) in (town), (state) today at approximately (time). 556 more words

36,361 People Died Violently In Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2015...

…But first let’s figure out why this guy (pictured) killed less than 100 people in Las Vegas over the weekend, because let’s face it, we’re all just… 300 more words


Giving Energy and Paying Attention

There’s a difference between giving your energy to something and paying attention.  It can be hard to distinguish sometimes, since these days there are things screaming at us all the time to “look at me” and “pay attention to me” and so forth.   953 more words


All Sound and Fury signifying...?

Disclaimer:  I wrote most of this on Wednesday when  local hysteria started to metastasize. Some of this blog is written tongue-in-cheek as I am not trying to offend mother nature nor those who cower before her right now. 1,270 more words

The Damage of Sensationalizing Hurricane Coverage & Ignoring Climate Change

First Hurricane Harvey, now Hurricane Irma, next week Hurricane Jose, and even Hurricane Katia is being teased. Cities have been destroyed, lives have been lost, hundreds of billions of dollars in damages are being tallied. 1,384 more words