“I saw a supposedly dead person was alive in a photo, therefore dying is a hoax.”Continue reading
I was Wrong on The Internet when I raised alarm over FaceApp. It blew up. People got mad. Here’re the highlights.Continue reading
The phrase “slippery slope” takes on new meaning when watching the oncoming avalanche from the foot of the mountain.
Sure, God commanded us to obey the laws of the land, but surely he didn’t mean this!Ultraconservatives
Such statements from ultraconservatives can mean only one thing: God didn’t foresee the current state of affairs, so God misspoke. Surely, then, God is not a god. Or maybe such a statement is deeply, sinfully flawed.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.Ben Franklin
Too many Americans forget this distinction. See also “tyranny of the majority.”
Apple capitulated* to more than 140,000 people who signed an online petition to remove a “Gay Cure” application from their App Store. While the ignorance of those who attempt to “cure” homosexuality still astounds me, I admit I have mixed feelings about Apple’s actions and wonder if a small adjustment might get them out of their current “Moral Police” predicament.Continue reading
Today I read yet another example of censorship that made me quite sad. In order to make the world a better place, some upstanding citizens decided to expunge an awful word from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s not that the offensive word “nigger” will be changed to the dubiously better word “slave” but that there are people actually asking for it and buying censored history from a publisher. It’s all the nuances of history that allow us to understand it. If we expunge the offensive bits of history from our collective memories, we only doom ourselves to repeat it. I hate the word but value the lesson its use teaches us. So did Samuel Clemens.Continue reading
I’ve been reading about John Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity vs. March to Keep Fear Alive. The way Stewart sold it is from the angle of “they shout loud but we have shit to do” (to paraphrase). I wanted to expand on that because it touches on a post I made more than a year ago.Continue reading
Barney Frank’s response to the moron at the town hall meeting was perfect. These people – morons like the woman in question , I mean – have no problem whatsoever lobbing strong, hateful missiles to promote their views. Why the hell shouldn’t we respond just as strongly?Continue reading