It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
If Henry Waxman, Doris Matsui and the rest of the Congressional Climate Fan Club truly believe that the time for action is now, then all they have to do is introduce a copy of the legislation already written by Boxer and Sanders. That’s it – not much work involved. [...]
Da da, dada? Et tu?
In the U.S. House of Representatives last week, Congressman Trent Franks and a long list of Republican cosponsors introduced H.R. 447, “A bill to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.”
Discrimination on the basis of race against anybody sounds [...]
This week in Congress, while President Obama and Senate Democrats gave general statements deferring vague ideas of action to address the climate crisis, Representative Earl Blumenauer outlined a specific plan:
“Congress and the administration should begin serious conversation about a broad-based carbon tax. This would give the right signals on energy sources and use. It [...]
What does it matter if the “fragment” actually comes from where it was initially said to have come from? Would that make it any more fake than the New Testament? [...]
She thinks the stones are six thousand years old. She doesn’t know the word “fossils”. She calls them “Noah Stones” instead. [...]
The experience of driving a Porsche Cayenne SUV is advertised to be something like this:
They call it “sporty”, and for the amount of money that a person has to pay to drive a Porsche Cayenne – over $100,000 – you might think that the vehicle could accomplish sporty easily enough. Sporty ought to [...]
Ram Bomjon, aka Palden Dorje aka Dharma Sanga aka Tamang Tulku Rimpoche, was said to be an enlightened Buddha Boy. More recently, however, he’s been holding people prisoner and physically attacking anybody who challenges his authority. [...]
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