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Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who [...]

Alien Space Probe? Beings Of Light Around The International Space Station?

A group calling itself Secureteam10 claims to have “footage showing a very large flying object” approaching the International Space Station. A video posted by the group does indeed show something odd in the same frame as an external shot of the space station.

What that thing is, it’s impossible to say. It looks and behaves [...]

Do Not Fear To Be Eccentric

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, because every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell

It isn’t good advice just because Bertrand Russell said it… but it is good advice.

Detroit Institute Of Arts Orchestrating Depopulation Program

Lisa Haven of Pakalert Press has published revelations that blow the cover off the Great Lakes arts community. It’s a genuine conspiracy that stands out among the long record of failed predictions and weird paranoia that typically characterizes Pakalert publications.

Haven’s research has uncovered evidence of a secret plan by the leadership of a museum [...]

Tracking The Leshy

The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. [...]

Wherefore Monday

Goal for the day: Use the word wheretofore correctly, inconspicuously, in conversation with the same person twice.

Exterminate The Dalek Commemorative Coin?

Most nations are happy to put the face of a national leader or an iconic animal on their currency. Not New Zealand.

The Kiwis have chosen to place the image of a cybernetic monstrosity that seeks to kill all humanity on their money. They have minted an official Dalek commemorative coin, including, as you [...]

You Just Didn’t Hope Enough

That sure is a lovely, comforting yellow flower. That sure is a lovely, comforting notion.

And yet, despite the considerable hope Christopher Reeve communicated, over and over, it wasn’t possible, was it? It didn’t happen, did it? He never walked. He’s dead.

The message behind the faux-serenity yellow-flower making its way across social media [...]

The Politics Of Horned Sea Creatures In The Workplace

Quora is a social media site that’s organized around questions and answers. Members ask each other about things they want to know, and provide insight where they can. Questions range from the professionally practical to the abstractly philosophical.

And then there’s this one, posed by an anonymous user: What kinds of issues could arise from [...]

Cabalicious Sex Plans

The traditional, divinely-endorsed form of marriage that we all can agree upon is the union between a man and a woman, just in order to make babies – this is what right activists say, at least. But then, reality confronts their vision of a unified, restrictive marriage state. The majority of Americans actually support the [...]

Agenda 21 Jump Street Seeks To Control America

Johnny Depp is the secret leader of an international cabal of French explorers who infiltrated Hollywood in the late 1980s with the goal of building an empire, using the weapon of gluten intolerance, to make right wing conspiracy theorists look ridiculous just in time for the Sochi Olympics. [...]