Randall Eades: Culture and Chaos

This guest post by Randall Eades follows an online conversation about Beta Culture.  ————— Okay, I’ve read enough of your Beta Culture to get an idea of where you’re going with it. It’s interesting. But before I get into that, I’d like to back up a bit to where we began — the end of the world as we know it— to fill in a little history of my point of view. Twenty-five years ago I read a piece by… Read more

Beta Culture: Culture Itself

In pursuit of my Beta Culture concept, I’ve been thinking a lot about Culture over the past couple of years, and I’ve recently been making some interesting connections. I like to think I’m getting close to understanding the meat of it. Here’s a recent thought: Your culture offers you Values, Ways, and Place. VALUES are obvious: Honesty is the best policy. People are suckers and deserve what they get. Hard work is the stuff of life. Honor your mother and… Read more

Pile-On Against ‘Rationalia’

Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted in favor of evidence-based policy. And the response was just weird. Read more

Negroes! Jews! Muslims! Martial Law! Listen, I Tell Yuh!

Facebooking this morning. I have some fairly conservative friends out west. And when I say “friends,” I’m not kidding, or speaking in the Facebook sense. I mean people I love, good people, people I want to have in my life forever. But THEY have friends, and those friends have friends, on and on outward on Facebook Planet, and I occasionally see posts my own friends liked or commented on, that are — let’s say — non-contiguous to me on the… Read more

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… 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 Hillary For 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… 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… 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… 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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