November 9, 2018

The benefits of downsizing. Read more

November 7, 2018

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms, I was deliberately avoiding the polls. If they looked promising, I might have started feeling optimistic, and then I would have run the risk of having my hopes dashed again. If they looked ominous, I would’ve felt angry and depressed before it was strictly necessary. As it is, this is a middle-of-the-road outcome, neither the best nor the worst case. One thing to take comfort in is that we avoided the… Read more

November 5, 2018

A moment of silence for the passing of a telescope that changed our view of the universe and humanity’s place in it. Read more

November 2, 2018

The dark side of homeownership. Read more

October 31, 2018

By James A. Haught A jobless West Virginian, living on welfare, began preaching in Pentecostal tabernacles to support his family. Within a few years, T.D. Jakes had raked in so much money from believers that he was able to pay $870,000 for two side-by-side mansions, one with a pool and bowling alley. Then his soaring cash flow enabled him to pay $3.2 million for a Texas megachurch vacated by a crooked evangelist who went to prison. Before long, Jakes was… Read more

October 29, 2018

By now we’ve all heard of the latest horrible outbreak of slaughter: a shooting at a synagogue outside Pittsburgh where eleven people were killed by an armed white supremacist screaming, “All Jews must die!” (Israel’s chief rabbi condemned the assault but refused to say that it happened at a synagogue, because in the eyes of Israel’s fundamentalist rabbinate, any denomination other than Orthodox isn’t truly Jewish.) Within the same span of a few days, there was also the “MAGA bomber”,… Read more

October 26, 2018

Cooperation is for suckers and inferior mortals. Read more

October 24, 2018

By James A. Haught In 1988, fundamentalist Christians in several nations vented rage and violence because a movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as a wavering human, lusting for the prostitute Mary Magdalene. A Parisian theater showing the film was firebombed, sending 13 people to hospitals. Another at Besancon, France, suffered a similar attack. Tear gas was loosed in some French moviehouses. Israel’s government banned the film. In America, theaters were ransacked, one was burned, another had its… Read more

October 22, 2018

I was last on the Feminist Coffee Hour podcast* in 2016 to talk about Ayn Rand and gender roles in Objectivism. Well, I’m back! This month, our conversation is about Shitty Atheist Men. And boy oh boy, is there a lot to cover. We discuss Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, David Silverman, Michael Shermer, Richard Carrier… the list goes on. It includes clueless stuck-in-the-past white guys, misogynist snarlers, accused sexual predators, lawsuit-happy hypocrites, and all the other species in the anti-feminist… Read more

October 20, 2018

On their third album, the Scottish electropop trio Chvrches delivers a grimmer, more defiant, more pessimistic verdict on the world’s problems, including songs that allude to religious hypocrisy, inequality and the European refugee crisis. I’m all for it: I’ve been listening to this album a lot while I’m writing my next book. (Did I say that out loud? More news to come soon…) Read more

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