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In the 631 Days Since National Terrorism Advisory System Started, Not One Terrorist Alert

Under the old color-coded “Terrorism Alert” system, there was always an “elevated” risk of terrorist attack, kind of like Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average. But starting on April 7 2011 a new system was put in place in which the United States Government would put away its general colors and instead [...]

Technical Glitch: Americans Elect Corporation wants to run private presidential nomination without a hitch, needs 2 Extensions to file with the IRS

Americans Elect says it’s got the technical know-how needed to run the nation’s first-ever online presidential election safely, securely and verifiably, pulling it all off in just six months’ time.

Americans Elect filed with the IRS for an extension on filing its Form 990 as a 501c4 corporation earlier this year, explaining that despite its [...]

The Need to Feel Safe is a Bottomless Pit

A letter-writer responds to someone who suggests cutting the military budget to better satisfy “domestic needs”:

Personally, I have a domestic need, as most other people do, to feel safe within my own country, unafraid of attack from without – and filling that need is not without cost.

Too right that is. According to the [...]

John McCain: Nuclear Safety is Extremist

“Senator Obama will tell you, as the extreme environmentalists do, that it has to be safe.” — John McCain, referring to nuclear power during the October 15, 2008 debate

Safety, schmafety. I mean, that’s so extreme.

A Meditation on Salvia Divinorum, Passing (Podcast)

[Uptight legal disclaimer: I am not by explaining my experience suggesting that you, yes you, little Timmy, smoke salvia. Surely, if you do it, then your head will explode. Besides, if you really are little, Timmy, it will make your 'nads shrink. Seriously, people who behave recklessly with salvia around have gotten hurt. So you [...]