The Fountainhead: As Long As It’s Black

The client’s wishes count, assuming it’s what I wanted to do anyway. Read more

Skeptic Magazine’s Impotent Attack on Gender Studies

Many of our so-called thought leaders have forgotten a basic principle of rationality. Read more

Why I’m Vaccinating My Son

Each shot is a vote of confidence in the power of science to push back the darkness. Read more

Friday Night Music: Diet Cig

This song from the pop-punk duo Diet Cig is a silly little bit of fluff, but damn if the video didn’t make me smile: Read more

The Fountainhead: Hard Hat Zone

How many people died building those majestic skyscrapers? Read more

More Atheists, Fewer Creationists

Even the more optimistic earlier surveys may have been an undercount. Read more

Dystopia Journal #5: Nixonian

I’m not at all surprised that an abuse-of-power scandal is threatening to topple the Trump administration. I admit I’m a little surprised that it’s all happening so fast. I’ve already written about the deep and worrying ties between Trump and his cronies and Russia. It’s gotten even worse since then, with news that Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a level of detail that might jeopardize its source. It’s an open question whether… Read more

SF/F Saturday: Parable of the Sower/Curse of Chalion

Last year, I mentioned that I was making an effort to read more science fiction and fantasy by female authors. I’m still working on that goal – I’m now up to 15 out of 100 – and here are two of the latest ones I’ve read from that list. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler I’ve had a hard time getting into Octavia Butler’s writing. She’s a gifted author, but I read fiction mostly for escapism, and her books… Read more

The Fountainhead: Remembering Seneca Village

Roark only cares about his buildings, not any people who may have been displaced to build them. Read more

God Won’t Repay Your IOUs

An intangible assurance of trustworthiness can’t substitute for a tangible one. Read more