Reason Not to Rest

I'm reading the book American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, by Nancy K. Bristow.It's pretty good by the way, well worth a read. It's amazing reading about how many people were dying, and how the public reception, including media coverage, was so casual for so long. And really, how the thing mostly vanished from the public mind after it was all over, despite its impact.Wikipedia says "Between 50 and 130 million died, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters … [Read more...]

A Day to Draw Mo

Speaking of anniversaries (re: PZ's 10 years), today is the second annual anniversary of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.From the Wikipedia entry, here's a paragraph honoring people who live in some alternate universe in which the concept of freedom of expression is poorly understood: Law professor and blogger Ann Althouse rejected the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day idea because "depictions of Muhammad offend millions of Muslims who are no part of the violent threats." James Taranto, writing in the … [Read more...]

Interlude, With Pack Mule

Sorry, all, about the recent paucity of posts. Among other things, I’ve been busy getting some stuff ready for an event – Mule Days, it’s called – happening in Bishop, California, where I used to live and where my Dad lived.I’m trying to get all the people who knew him to contribute stories, photos, etc., memories of his life that will go up on a couple of memorial-type web pages. This event will draw quite a few people into the area, some of which will be old friends or acquaintances of his, s … [Read more...]

Celebrate, We Must. Yes.

According to the Wikipedia article on PZ Myers, "Pharyngula.org was started on June 19, 2002."Surely that means there will be some sort of celebration — on or about June 19, 2012 — in honor of a full DECADE of delightful and curmudgeonly atheist blogging? (Few will remember that PZ's entire first year was devoted mostly to talk of squid sex.)I'm thinking backyard barbecue. Liquor should be involved. … [Read more...]

Book Review Love from a Fellow FTBer

Al Stefanelli of A Voice of Reason says some flattering (and totally true) stuff about my book, Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith. Packed into twenty-five chapters is the wisdom of a lifetime and proves you do not have to be a great thinker to think great things. The foreword begins not with a treatise on astrophysics, molecular biology or archaeology. It starts with, “My dog died,” and flows into life in the Eastern Sierra’s of California, dealing wit … [Read more...]

That Swooshing Noise? Oh, That’s the GOP Sliding to the Left

A GOP pollster who served George W. Bush in the 2004 election, Jan van Lohuizen, fired out a confidential memo telling Republican operatives it's time to run like hell from the anti-gay-marriage rhetoric. … [Read more...]


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