Neil deGrasse Tyson! Over Here!

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks for help on Facebook: I hardly ever ask questions on this wall, but I feel compelled: Tuesday I'll be at the White House. If you had one sentence for the President, what would it be? My response was: Mr. President, let’s amp up U.S. science education by devoting ourselves as a nation to an Apollo-type program in medicine: Launch “ABCD by 2023” to discover even more effective treatments – or cures! – for Alzheimer’s, Birth defects, Cancer, and … [Read more...]

Hey! Avengers Trailer!

I buried this at the end of a previous post. I suspect its totally awesome total-awesomeness escaped certain of the FtB audience, who probably glanced at the FtB home page and found only a vanilla headline, and thought: Meh. But here, again: Avengers! Fucking Avengers!! Coming May 4!!! I am so there for the midnight showing. … [Read more...]

May 3: National Day of This and That

The National Day of ... huugh ... (sorry, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth) Prayer is this May 3. Wikipedia explains the event this way: The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". Fortunately — man, talk about your happy coincidence! — there's also a National Day of Reason on the same day. I say fortunate not … [Read more...]

Church Claims God Heals, Gov’t Heels God Claims

According to a BBC story, Great Britain's Advertising Standards Authority concluded that a certain downloadable leaflet was misleading. Healing on the Streets (HOTS), the group distributing the misleading message, was banned from spreading it. The claim? God can heal you. … [Read more...]

“They Fucking Hate You”

You REALLY might want to read this: Via Balloon Juice, They Fucking Hate You They fucking hate you. They want you, and everyone who speaks for you, and every institution that represents your values, whether it be Planned Parenthood or food banks or ACORN - you name it. They want it destroyed. I just do not understand why more people do not recognize this. The Republicans have declared total war on America, and people are responding like this is politics as usual. It isn’t. It really isn’t. … [Read more...]

Flash vs. Substance

[If you liked my piece on Transition and Turbulence, maybe you’ll like this too. It might also work as an entry in the Book of Good Living.] ------------------------ We live our lives on a human stage. Which means: A great deal of the stuff we do, we do for the benefit of the people around us. And by “benefit,” I don’t necessarily mean “to help them,” although that can be a part of it. I mean this: “Human stage” implies an audience of some sort, and that audience is the … [Read more...]


Behind the scenes here at FreethoughtBlogs, in between bouts of hot tub bacchanalia and assorted inebriated goings-on, there's talk of a redesign of FTB Logo 1.0. I already know what *I* want. But knowing these rational types ... … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living – Preface

I wish there was a Book of Good Living. Someplace where a lot of useful lessons about Life were collected, something you could read at your own speed, and that would help you figure out how to be the best possible you that you could be, and how the society you live in could be the best possible society. It would be a book full of general rules about how things should run for the best result. Short rules, but also stories illustrating them, all of it written in a simple, easy-to-understand … [Read more...]