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Juntos Somos 99%: Ocupa Rio Protest June 20-22

Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations “Earth Summit” on global development, the international Occupy movement is calling for protesters to gather in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22 to stage social movement pressure on the invitation-only participants in Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Countering last year’s (fair) criticism of [...]

International Donation: Foundation Beyond Belief Horn of Africa Crisis Fund

To help pay for the costs of the Irregular Times website, we sell a few liberal t-shirts through the Ohio printer Skreened. The shirts we print on are made in the USA because clothing factories in the U.S. are regularly inspected and meet some basic ethical standards for the compensation and safety of workers. This [...]

Combined Political and Overseas Donation: World of Good Development Organization

When you buy one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts, you do more than spread a liberal political message across your chest. For every shirt we sell, we pledge to donate $1 to a progressive political cause and to send another $1 to someone starting up a small self-administered enterprise in the developing world.

This month, we’re [...]

Republican Party Continues War Against Contraception (H.R. 2458)

Let’s talk about fertilized eggs. Read up on the stages of human embryological development and you’ll see what a tiny, tiny thing a fertilized egg is. Read some more and you’ll figure out that many stages of development, over many days, must occur before an embryonic disc develops so much as a neural groove. You’ll [...]

Midcoast Plans for Biking and Walking, Preserving Health and Sense From the Ground Up

While Senator Jim DeMint uses his seat in our nation’s capital to mock energy efficiency and shoot down plans for efficient, economical transportation in the United States, local groups are doing the quiet work of building a better transportation system from the ground up.

The Friends of Midcoast Maine, for instance, have been scheduling [...]

Embryonic Brain Development and the Myth of 40 Days

Hang around anti-choice activists long enough (or let them hang out long enough around you), and you’ll hear one say something like this:

Brain waves have been recorded at 40 days on the Electroencephalogram.

The medium-form version of the claim goes something like this (see Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish):

40 days: Brain waves [...]