A Magnitude of Horror, Inhumanly High

One of our human failings is that there are plenty of things we can know intellectually without feeling them viscerally. You can go to a dozen funerals, and not be very deeply touched by it all, until someone you really love dies. You can read or hear about the Holocaust in high school history class, and even see pictures of death camp inmates, and not really have any least idea about what the whole thing means until you walk through… Read more

The Book of Good Living: Moving Forward

[If you get nothing else out of this post, know this: I am (WE are!) asking for input. Seriously, I think this thing might work. Also: If you can’t help in any other way, but like the idea, you can Facebook, tweet, Google-Plus, or otherwise snork (social network) the hell out of this post.] I know you all, avid readers that you are, saw my recent post on The Book of Good Living. It’s kind of a no-brainer, don’t you… Read more

Coincidence? I think NOT.

After Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a request on Facebook on Monday, asking for things he might say to President Obama on Tuesday … I hardly ever ask questions on this wall, but I feel compelled: Tuesday I’ll be at the White House. If you had one sentence for the President, what would it be? … and I replied on Monday with my ABCD by 2023 idea … Mr. President, let’s amp up U.S. science education by devoting ourselves as a… Read more

Fanboy Strikes Again: Spider-Man Trailer

Coming July 3rd:   Plus, a little bonus, snaked from Token Skeptic. Ha! Fantastic! Read more

Neil deGrasse Tyson! Over Here!

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks for help on Facebook: I hardly ever ask questions on this wall, but I feel compelled: Tuesday I’ll be at the White House. If you had one sentence for the President, what would it be? My response was: Mr. President, let’s amp up U.S. science education by devoting ourselves as a nation to an Apollo-type program in medicine: Launch “ABCD by 2023” to discover even more effective treatments – or cures! – for Alzheimer’s, Birth defects,… Read more

Hey! Avengers Trailer!

I buried this at the end of a previous post. I suspect its totally awesome total-awesomeness escaped certain of the FtB audience, who probably glanced at the FtB home page and found only a vanilla headline, and thought: Meh. But here, again: Avengers! Fucking Avengers!! Coming May 4!!! I am so there for the midnight showing. Read more

May 3: National Day of This and That

The National Day of … huugh … (sorry, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth) Prayer is this May 3. Wikipedia explains the event this way: The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Fortunately — man, talk about your happy coincidence! — there’s also… Read more

Church Claims God Heals, Gov’t Heels God Claims

According to a BBC story, Great Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority concluded that a certain downloadable leaflet was misleading. Healing on the Streets (HOTS), the group distributing the misleading message, was banned from spreading it. The claim? God can heal you. (more…) Read more

“They Fucking Hate You”

You REALLY might want to read this: Via Balloon Juice, They Fucking Hate You They fucking hate you. They want you, and everyone who speaks for you, and every institution that represents your values, whether it be Planned Parenthood or food banks or ACORN – you name it. They want it destroyed. I just do not understand why more people do not recognize this. The Republicans have declared total war on America, and people are responding like this is politics… Read more

Flash vs. Substance

[If you liked my piece on Transition and Turbulence, maybe you’ll like this too. It might also work as an entry in the Book of Good Living.] ———————— We live our lives on a human stage. Which means: A great deal of the stuff we do, we do for the benefit of the people around us. And by “benefit,” I don’t necessarily mean “to help them,” although that can be a part of it. I mean this: “Human stage” implies… Read more


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