Archives for March 2013

Atheist Discrimination by the U.S. Post Office?

Are U.S. postal workers tampering with or destroying U.S. mail? According to this article,Packages sealed with "Atheist" tape go missing 10x more often than controls... the evidence suggests they are. … [Read more...]

Short Stack # 20

If you’ve liked my Short Stack features, you might enjoy the new book coming out in a couple of months. I hope to have it completed and for sale by the end of May.Draft cover design to the right (click to enlarge). Note the word “draft.” I think the title is pretty much set, but I reserve the right to radically redesign the cover. I’m certainly open to input on that, by the way, so fire away if you have any criticism, suggestions or better ideasBrainDrops will roll out on Amazon in trade pape … [Read more...]

The Infiltration Makes Progress, Comrades

Saw this story on today: Is Religion Good for Your Health? ... and got the shock of my life.Okay, well, it wasn't the shock of my life, but it was surprising, and more than a little pleasing.What would you expect from a story with that headline in any mainstream news medium in America? They wouldn't dare answer anything but --> YESYESYES!! <--, right?But this writer, Dr. Richard Besser, sort of DID answer something other than yes. … [Read more...]

Sorry,, I’m Not On Board

Got an intense email about a petitionTSA: DO NOT allow knives on airplanes!... to stop the TSA from allowing pocketknives on planes.Ian Funderberg's petition says:"I am a flight attendant and this news outrages me: the Transportation Security Administration just announced rollbacks of security rules -- allowing pocket knives to be carried on US planes, starting April 25. This policy would affect the safety and well-being of FLIGHT CREWS and PASSENGERS. This decision must be … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Adrift in an Ocean of Lies

One of the things I have in mind for Beta Culture is a culture-wide focus on – and awareness of – lies.____________________A quick aside: One of my Wise Old Sayings I Just Made Up is:“Lies are camouflage for predators, protective coloration for the weak.”Meaning I separate lies into two broad categories, based on the relative power of the entities involved. In other words, though I have strong feelings about not telling lies – I try to NEVER do it (which doesn’t mean I’ll answer every que … [Read more...]

Disturbing Early Morning Thought

If you lived with someone who had done EVERYTHING, say a superstar father or mother – a famous author or adventurer or actress or athlete – how would you gain a sense of your own worth and value? How hard would it be to chart your own life course? To find and develop your own talents?Would you live your whole life feeling inferior and lesser? Knowing that you could never do or be anything unique, that you would always live in the giant shadow of their spectacular accomplishments, that by com … [Read more...]