20 Ways To Take Action in Trump-America

I’ve been seeing the lists other people are making of things to do after this election. Taking nothing away from them, here’s MY list of things to do. This it the first 10.(Fair warning: I'm going to use the F-word, and more than once, in this post. I think this is a moment for it.) 1. Accept what’s happened Hillary Clinton isn’t the President. It’s unfair, it’s criminal, it’s ugly, but it’s also this:>> OVER <<<It’s done. Finito. Deal with it.Even if Donald Trump … [Read more...]

Trump’s America: How We Got Here

At this point in American history, the Democratic Party is a lot like a henpecked husband. Kicked out of the house, he stands on the sidewalk with his meager possessions strewn around him, wondering what just happened, and why. Meanwhile, the GOP is the spiteful wife, eagerly, viciously, turning the kids against him, telling anyone who will listen what a miserable bastard he is, and planning how to take for herself the house, the car, everything they once owned together. The point isn’t just to g … [Read more...]

Petition the Veep: Stop Evil-lution in Schools!

Ooh, sign me up!A petition addressed to VP-elect Mike Pence asks for (drum roll, clash of cymbals!) ...A NATIONWIDE MORATORIUM ON THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION IN SCHOOLS(A "moratorium." Just until we can figure out, you know, whether it's really true or not.)They're looking for (drum roll again, even louder clash of cymbals)>>> OMG!! ONE THOUSAND SIGNATURES!!! <<<—You know, a stunning tidal wave of deep passionate concern from Americans.Some absolutely v … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Honoring the Fallen … of Science

I'm not a big fan of that pro-military, jingoistic "Support the troops" and "Freedom isn't free" crap, mainly because it compresses a very complex situation down to a simplistic slogan, with an added "with us or against us" flavor. When I visit Washington DC, I'm always impressed with how MANY memorials there are glorifying war, how few there are -- zero -- glorifying peace.Also, in counterpoint to the two national holidays we have honoring soldiers, I've suggested a national holiday, SALT … [Read more...]

Well … Wow.

President Trump, with A GOP Senate and House, in Washington DC.Yes, I'm joking about the game of Clue, and what looks like the murder of America.I suppose I should feel worse, but ... I already think civilization is coming to an end. I thought it would be in about 2030, but it looks like things are speeding up. One wonders if those women who ask the police for protection from abusive husbands feel one small moment of satisfaction -- "See? I TOLD them he'd come here and kill me!" -- in … [Read more...]

The Death of My Dad, Five Years On

Daniel Franklin Farris, b. March 22, 1934, d. Nov. 6, 2011I'm writing a piece for American Atheist with the working title "The Idea of Souls," in which I look into some of the civilization-wide cost of believing in ensoulment. The writing of it coincides with the 5-years-ago-today death of my surrogate Dad. What follows is a feelings-level reaction to dealing with that anniversary.This is an atheist -- me -- grappling with the death of a loved one. Nothing in atheism says we don't feel … [Read more...]