Beta Culture: The Poison of Stories

I'm having this idea. Haven't worked it out completely, but … here's the main part.First, let's go back to earlier in the year and look at this post: Beta Culture: Seeing the Brackets. (Its illo is just to the right here.)This is a sister post to that one, and to me clarifies and expands what I was really getting at back then. So:A great deal of what we humans do in day-to-day living is creating stories to live by.Some of them might be stories of personal identity – Faithful Bel … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: The Healthy Dog Registry

Pug dogs are an abomination. There, I said it. Someone had to.But seriously ...A few years back, I was taking pictures of people's dogs for the fun (and sometimes money) of it, and a lady called me asking if I would take pics of her little black pug. We met to discuss the project, exactly what she wanted and expected, and I got to meet her little dog.The entire time we talked, the dog in her arms made a growling noise. I baby-talked to him "Yes, you're scaring me! You're scaring me … [Read more...]

American Atheist: Toward a New Definition of Atheism

The following article appears in the September 2015 issue of American Atheist Magazine.American Atheist is sold at Barnes & Noble, and a digital version is available via iTunes. Of course you can also SUBSCRIBE to it (hint, hint)._____________________ Toward a New Definition of Atheism by Hank FoxSooner rather than later, every fledgling Atheist gets swept up in the definitional debate. Atheism is this, Atheism is that, agnosticism is the other thing, and one disturbingly … [Read more...]

Power: The Source is the Limit, the Source is Us


Would you believe me if I told you "government" doesn't really exist? That when we talk about government, there's nothing really there? It's as fictional as religion?So where do I think all those government buildings come from? What's all that business you see in Washington DC -- Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court and all those museums and monuments and stuff? What's the deal with all the cop cars, and the uniformed people driving them? What do I think the IRS is, or the U.S. … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Self-Contained Living

“The right to swing your fists ends where your neighbor's nose begins.” I first heard that saying something like 50 years ago, and it made immediate sense. Obviously, you have no “right” to be hitting other people in the nose, accidentally or deliberately. Besides the fact that Fist vs. Nose is a fight nose always loses – meaning you hurt this other person – it also sparks Other Fist into action, putting your own nose in danger. Other people can be drawn in, starting a melee. Property can be dam … [Read more...]

Short Stack #24

Just sent in my application to the United Nations for the Pig Latin interpreter post.I think my chances are good. I've been speaking it since the third grade.--------------------------One bad shower can scar you for life.--------------------------When you think about it, The Joker is the ultimate example of motivational success. He's upbeat, cheerful, he has high self-esteem, he's willing to try anything, and he recognizes no limits. He's like the perfect corporate … [Read more...]