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Good Mourning

Memento mori. Do what you can in the time that remains.

It’s been a Big Gay Year. Where are the Hurricanes of Doom?

Motivational speaker Ken Crow is the latest right-wing Christian to declare that God will use natural disaster as an instrument of judgment against communities that allow same-sex marriage. Crow posted to Twitter yesterday: “Will gay marriage destroy America?”

Crow links to his own article in that Tweet. Crow’s article supplies the answer to the [...]

Calculating the Incalculable Loss

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

After a Big Gay Fall, How has the Vengeful God been Dealing out Hurricanes?

A number of prominent fundamentalist religious preachers in America…

Stephen Bennett Harold Camping Graham Dow John Hagee Yehuda Levin John Piper Pat Robertson

… have repeatedly insisted that God uses weather disasters to punish communities for allowing gay people to hold hands, kiss, speak to each other or live with each other — the [...]

Which Kills More: Terrorists Or Air Polluters?

Reducing air pollution doesn’t involve the creation of a new cabinet department, starting new wars, or violating the Bill of Rights, but as you can see, it’s a much more deadly problem than terrorism. [...]

The Limits Of The Phrase: Passed Away

What are the limits of the phrase “passed away”? Can we say that a person “passed away” in an accident involving an industrial rock crushing machine? [...]

I'm Alive. I'm Dead. I'm Missing Parts. I Can't Move. I Am A Dog. I Am Cotard's Syndrome.

It’s commonly described as the walking dead disease, but Cotard’s syndrome is broader than that.

New Scientist has interviewed a man who once believed that he was dead (he got better). The man had attempted to kill himself by electrocuting himself in a bathtub, but had succeeded only in badly damaging his brain. His belief [...]

Death Means Business

Statistics on death at work. [...]

Skull Appreciation

Why do we fear skulls, yet keep images of them all around us? [...]

Death Is The Ultimate Conformity

Finally, you’re willing to settle down and fit in, with a sarcastically smiling skull announcing that you are eventually going to be like everyone else… when you die. [...]

Climate Change Raises Stakes Of Economic Inequality

The report notes that one of the major impacts of climate change has been and will continue to be extreme weather events. The report also points out that over 95% of deaths from natural disasters have taken place in “developing countries” – the poorer nations of the earth. [...]