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America, Your Child is Safe from Murder. Your Child is Safer from Murder in School.

Last week, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report on safety in U.S. schools, bringing our knowledge of school killings up to date for the 2011-2012 school year. Our mass media worries incessantly about the murder of children in the United States, but if you read the report you’ll learn two things.

First, […]

Born Free and Not Really Taxed To Death

If the person who made the sign and put it by the side of the road was truly taxed to death, how did he make that sign in the first place, and then tow it out to the roadside? […]

In The Long Run We Are All Dead

Friday seems an apt time for this reminder: Economist John Maynard Keynes advised, “In the long run we are all dead.” Invest wisely.

When a Loaded Gun is in your Handbag, it’s not an Accident

“US woman accidentally shot dead by son, two, in Idaho Wal-Mart,” the BBC writes in a news headline today.

The woman in question had a handgun. She put it in her handbag. Before she put the handgun in her handbag, she put bullets into the handgun. When she put the handgun in her handbag, […]

Can Feeling Younger Really Cause Older People To Live Longer?

The results of a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, have received a good deal of attention online. The research found that elderly people who reported feeling younger than their actual chronological age had a greater rate of survival in the period before a 99-month follow-up than their peers […]

Death of a Generation

By all appearances, gone.  I have to believe something will come up from the roots.

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 sort […]

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. […]