The Hillary Campaign. No, the OTHER Hillary Campaign.

As a lifelong wordsmith, I notice the nuances of language -- how the words are used, and the sometimes hidden implications behind them.So I think you should read this:The Great American Brainwash: Half a Billion Dollars to Turn the Public against HillaryFor some years now, I've watched this thing happening out in full public view, wave after wave of attacks on Hillary Clinton. I figured out eventually that there was something deliberate behind it. I didn't know who, exactly, was … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Movement Cuckoos

I've said many times that every time atheists put up a billboard or other public display, they should absolutely expect it will be vandalized, and should set up cameras to record the vandals in the act. Anytime we think "billboard," we should also think "vandalism preparation."It's probably impossible to prevent the vandalism, but we could start a YouTube video collection to argue that nice Christians vandalize atheists' property about a thousand times more often than evil atheists target … [Read more...]

When We All Grow Up

Every major change in life -- and probably a lot of the minor ones -- is accompanied by something I call Turbulence.New job, turbulence. New baby, turbulence. Loss of a loved one, MAJOR turbulence.It's that period of discomfort and confusion that happens between one steady life state and another. Eventually you get used to new conditions of life -- the new job is as familiar and comfortable as the old one -- but meanwhile, you suffer the bumpy ride of the necessary transition.I bring … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Beyond Veterans Day

I confess to mixed feelings about November 11.I have a number of fairly conservative friends, and you can count on Veterans Day to kick off a massed booming v0lley of flag-wavery -- heartfelt prayers, cheers, and best wishes for the men and women in uniform, those gallant, selfless warriors willing to give their lives for our freedom.I can never join in with such fervent abandon. I mean, I GET Veterans Day. But still, considering some of the things the U.S. military has done ... mixed … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Dealing With Conservatives

Had a little epiphany today about the sense of humor, and why ultra-conservatives don't seem to have much of it.Humor requires a certain flexibility of mind, a capacity to quickly change mental directions. The lead-in to a joke sets up a certain expectation, then the punchline forces a radical departure from that expectation. The unexpectedness makes us laugh. A Hasidic Jew walks into a New York City bar with a frog on his shoulder. The bartender says "Where the heck did you get THAT?" The … [Read more...]

One Billion Atheists: Two Additional Ideas

As the name of the hoped-for movement states, my interest in the free-thought spectrum is this one specific thing: Atheism. Everything else flows from that, in my view, and a coordinated effort to empower and expand atheism will throw off benefits to every one of the sub-genres of the larger field of free-thought.Regarding which, here are a couple of ideas I'd toss into the mix for One Billion Atheists by 2025: Atheist Leadership Academy Years back when I was working on a magazine in … [Read more...]


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