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 father. Family above all. Never stop … [Read more...]

Pile-On Against ‘Rationalia’

Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) fired out a tweet on Wednesday, June 29: Earth needs a virtual country: Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence ... and the response was weird.I know absolutely nothing about Tyson's motivation, but I suspect he put it out there in mild and humorous frustration at how utterly NON-rational current society and government is. Suggesting ONE way it could be better -- with a more-rational, rather than … [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 Venn Diagram of socio-political views.So … [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 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...]