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In a World of Hard Choices, an Easy Choice: Be a Bone Marrow Match

The world is full of difficult choices. Some political debates seem irreconcilable : just walk into a room and ask loudly what anyone thinks of gun control and you’ll get an earful from people who voiciferously disagree. Some personal choices can leave you feeling uncertain and can prod your friends into judgmental clucking no matter […]

UnKoch Your Campus

The Koch Brothers, who fund Republican candidates for public office, also donate money to colleges and universities. Supporting education is a wonderful thing to do.

According to an organization created by Greenpeace and Forecast The Facts, “There is mounting evidence to suggest that the Kochs are giving this money with strings attached. Their donations influence […]

Raising a Joyous Oddball? Check Out Learning Unlimited and Splash In

Raising a teenager who takes more joy in set design and coding and tropes than in playing soccer or cruising the popularity circuit or being voted King of the Prom, I would like to say that I found the perfect experience for him later this month in MIT’s SPLASH program. For just $40 (or free […]

Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left […]

Plant It Forward

There are many things going wrong in the world, and we write about a good deal of them here at Irregular Times. However, it’s important from time to time to give simple recognition to some of the positive efforts that people are making things a bit better in the world.

Among these is the Plant […]

Hard Dawn’s Beautiful Satire Of Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists

Right wing conspiracy theory web sites are adept at skirting the line between leading questions and blatant falsehoods. They offer questions that suggest to gullible readers that the ideas being questioned are, in fact, well-established, supported by evidence. For example, the sites Pakalert Press and Before It’s News are currently presenting articles with the following […]

Safe Haven For Emerging Secular Americans

My earliest memories of religion are experiences with harassment. Living in communities where Christianity was the norm, I was openly nontheist when I was young. Other people didn’t want me to be that way. I got nasty notes in my locker telling me to accept Jesus or else. There were taunts on the playground. Even […]

Finding the Principles of the Forward Together Movement

Earlier today, blogger Docdawg reflected on his participation in the second year of weekly “Moral Mondays” protests held in Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina:

“In the face of Moral Mondays’ incessant reminders of NC voters’ discontent and revulsion, state Republicans (not too long ago a fearsomely united bloc) are beginning to unravel at […]

Outrage Over Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court Decision Grows

Recent writings in protest of the Greece v. Galloway decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing religious discrimination against non-Christians by local governments in the United States. […]

The Mallard Of Diversity

GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The Global Biodiversity […]

Shame On Senator Feinstein

A genuine grassroots coalition of 24 organizations and over two thousand individuals from California has come together to sign an open letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, deploring her consistent support for abusive government programs that use electronic communications networks to spy on Americans. The coalition, calling itself Shame On Feinstein, expresses “concern and outrage”, and […]