Thoughts on the Fourth of July

I'm not very big on saluting the flag, or flying one at my house. To a lot of people, that would probably spell a serious lack of patriotism.But my view of America is probably different from yours. To me, America isn't about a flag, or soldiers marching in parades, or posts on Facebook about "Support the Troops." It isn't even a country. It's this whole other thing, something you can't see or point to or wave overhead.America is a body of ideas. As such, it can be anywhere. It's the idea … [Read more...]

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...]

Reaction to the Orlando Shooting

There was a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last night. Described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the 3-hour-long incident left 50 people dead, more than that hospitalized.The shooter has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen.Interesting thing in the tone of most of the early articles I read on the incident: People were LEAPING to declare the shooting had absolutely no connection to Islam, the Religion of Peace™. The fact that some of us were frantic to a … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Pics: The Scene

Final photos from Reason Rally 2016. Also see Signs & Wonders, The Famous & Infamous, The People, and The Assholes.Any of the pics you want to see larger, click and click again to get the full-size image.The Scene: … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: The Speech That Didn’t Happen

This is a repost from 2012, some things I wish had been said back then. (Look at the fifth paragraph in the Given Future section. Was that prophetic, or what?) Fortunately, Lawrence Krauss and Bill Nye addressed some of it this time around, but here I am anyway: Hank's Reason Rally Speech Just as we still talk about the Enlightenment, or the discovery of fire, a thousand years from now, people will still be talking about this moment.Because this is the moment when civilization left the … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Pics: The People

More photos from Reason Rally 2016. Also see Signs & Wonders, The Famous & Infamous, The Scene, and The Assholes.Any of the pics you want to see larger, click and click again to get the full-size image.The People:  … [Read more...]


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