How come only “American Indian or Alaska Native” peoples must maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition? Why don’t “White” students have to prove tribal affiliation or community recognition to have their whiteness accepted? […]
On the morning of February 27 2015, Newt Gingrich issued a call for questions at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) via the Twitter hashtag #CPACQ:
Neither he nor any of the CPAC leadership had bothered to check the #CPAC hashtag they’d started up the day before: people everywhere, not just conservatives, were asking […]
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Maybe I’m not reading properly, but it looks to me as if Michelangelo never said these words at all. […]
J. Clifford’s one-image review of the new Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson reminded me that this third movie in the series had come out. I had forgotten, honestly, and that’s saying a lot. I have watched every minute of the making-of footage of each of the three Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson, […]
No, I’m not talking about aliens doing watercolors.
There’s an opportunity to mark the historical significance of earth-bound humans, but to do so on the planet Mercury.
There are five unnamed craters on Mercury, and the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging Team is sponsoring a contest to determine names for them. Up through […]
Today, I got the news that I have been accepted as a disciple in the Temple of Satan.
Do you know what that means?
Well, honestly, I don’t. I’m not sure if it means anything, necessarily.
What do you think that means?
I welcome your thoughts.
This morning, I found myself reading the Bible book of Exodus, which features six chapters describing ten plagues brought down upon the Egyptians by the god Yahweh in order to punish the Pharaoh for hemming in Yahweh’s favored ethnic group.
Almost all of the ten plagues of Egypt struck an eerie chord with me: bloody […]
The NASA Curiosity Rover team calls the findings “incredibly exciting”. Yesterday, they reported finding organic compounds in Martian soil, as well dramatic fluctuations in atmospheric methane – “the first in-situ detection of methane on Mars”. Given that methane breaks down quickly in the Martian atmosphere, these fluctuations suggest that a dynamic methanogenic system of some […]
For a generation, Americans have disagreed about climate change. They have debated whether or not scientific data shows that Earth’s atmospheric temperatures are warming, and whether human activity is to blame.
Throughout it all, Americans have at least agreed on one thing: They have agreed that the issue of climate change is important to consider, […]
A boycott of Black Friday, the day on which Americans are labeled as “consumers” and expected to shop, comes from many corners this year.
Some are boycotting Black Friday as a way of protesting disproportionate violence against Black Americans at the hands of the police:
Others ask you to stay at home on Friday […]