When the royal family advises me about how their web site is going to track me, it leaves me feeling like simply turning my back on Elizabeth and walking straight out of the room normally the next time she comes to visit. [...]
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.
In absolute numbers, the number of Christians in England and Wales declined by four million, while the population in general rose by 7 percent. The number of people who described themselves as Jedi, followers of the religion of Star Wars, also declined, to 177,000. [...]
Violence took place 821 years ago today should remind us that those who launch attacks against Muslims are likely to enjoy violence against Jews as well. [...]
Scientists currently meeting in Copenhagen are discussing how predictions made about likely sea level increase now appear to have been too conservative. They’re now predicting sea levels of about a meter over the next 90 years. [...]
In my college days, the red diaper babies who taught my social science classes loved to refer to Europe, especially Northern Europe, for examples of what the United States could be if it would only shed its capitalist blinders. Wouldn’t everything just be better?
Not everything. To be sure, there are areas in which European [...]
Nobody knows what this flying lozenge was, and that’s pretty cool. It’s good to know that there are some things we don’t have answers for. [...]
There was no Intelligent Design necessary to get these worms to evolve the capability of eating soil that contains high levels of heavy metals. Natural selection did the trick [...]
John McCain doesn’t want to debate with Barack Obama. He says he just doesn’t have the time. John McCain says that he has to rush off to Washington DC right when the debate would be and, um, singlehandedly save the entire country right then and there.
Funny thing. John McCain doesn’t have time to debate [...]
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