The Horrible French vs. One Poor, Delicate Muslim Beachgoer

A constant for those of us on the left is our "rage against the machine" vibe. When it comes to the power of government or the rights of the individual, we're totally tuned in to those individual rights.When a story floats across our attention about a kid sent home from school for wearing "inappropriate clothing" -- a provocative blouse, for instance, or a t-shirt with a comically dirty picture on it -- we're right there swinging, often screaming that the teacher should be fired, or the … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Left Lane Driving

The Book of Good Living, if you're new here, is my concept for a broad, basic guide to living well and living with others. It's all the stuff we SHOULD know about living life among other humans and on Planet Earth.Rather than some silly Ten Commandments focused on duties to a mythical god, this would be a searchable online multimedia encyclopedia something like Wikipedia, constantly updated by users and powerfully cross-referenced, covering every area of life, everything from basic morality … [Read more...]

The Shocking Truth About Hillary Clinton

I came across this incredible article about Hillary Clinton: #HillaryCoverageIsCrap.It is >>shocking<< because it's not only true, but glaringly obvious. And yet nobody  talks about it.Media coverage of Hillary Clinton -- Hillary the candidate, even Hillary the person -- is so blatantly vicious, so casually demeaning, so gleefully mean-spirited, it's ... disgusting. Horrifying. SICK.I'd like to select out a pithy quote from it, but the whole damned article is so good, so … [Read more...]

Randall Eades: On Beta Culture

Randall Eades is a Facebook friend, and is responding to the four-part intro post on Beta Culture. He posted on Facebook, but is allowing me to echo it here.-----------------------I have to preface this by stating it is coming from an autistically wired brain, i.e., high intelligence and analytical skills, minimal social connectivity and a penchant for systemizing the world around me. So my opinions may be a bit atypical.I am a Betan. I am an atheist. I am rational and curious. The … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 1

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4I had a request for more information on Beta Culture, to help readers better understand where I was going with the idea. Coincidentally, I've been asked to contribute a chapter on the subject to an upcoming book written by Patheos Atheist writers.I worked for weeks to get that chapter-piece complete, to make it so that it introduced the whole concept, and yet fell within the length parameters given me. I failed at both. There's SO much more to be said … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 2

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Full Culture Already described above, full cultures cover everything, every aspect of life, providing both game and gameboard for living. Full cultures have an elaborate social framework that takes into account every aspect of life, with all the details worked out.In New York state where I live, full cultures include the Amish and Hasidic Judaism. However confining or silly they might look to those of us outside them, from the inside they provide a place … [Read more...]


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