The Sandy Hook Truth Movement has Found a Victim

Gene Rosen's story at Salon jumped out at me:“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog post … [Read more...]

Religion and Economics Don’t Mix

The phrase "fiscal cliff" was coined by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to describe the expiration of certain stop-gap economic measures at the beginning of the new year (that being today.) I suspect that Bernanke now regrets the hell out of inventing the phrase. He forgot how much our media loves little pithy labels and looming disasters. "Fiscal cliff" has become the most overused phrase in politics.My impression is that the "fiscal cliff" is an entirely political problem. Economists seem … [Read more...]

Subway Death Caused by Religious Hatred

On Saturday, Indian born Sunando Sen was pushed in front of an oncoming NYC subway car and was killed. His attacker was Erika Menendez, who has been charged with second degree murder and a hate crime because of her justification (pdf):It is further alleged that the defendant admitted pushing the victim and said in sum and substance “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.”It's p … [Read more...]

Planned 2nd Amendment Utopia

It's one of the ironies of American history that the capitalists who created America's industrial economy were often uncomfortable with some of the effects of capitalism itself. One of the most common methods of reducing the "creative destruction" was the creation of planned communities, where the industrialist controlled not just the factory but the development of the surrounding community. From Lowell, Massachusetts to Hershey, Pennsylvania, these were attempts to preserve some ideal of … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Butt-hurt British Bigots

Today I want to analyse a story that I read on the BBC during my lunch break. It's a story that... Well... It ground my gears. It's a story about homophobic bigots who hide behind religion and claim that their intolerant, hate-filled bile is actually "morality".It's this story. The basic theme is: Roman Catholic Bishop uses Christmas sermon to attack UK Gov plans to legally recognise gay marriage (as distinct from Civil Partnerships). I want to pick out some passages and pass my own (fair … [Read more...]