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Dark Mountain and Transhumanism

Reading Time: 8 minutes Introduction   Utopia or dystopia; which is it? There is a growing realization among those who think about the future that we are headed for some kind of major upheaval in human events. Some foresee a catastrophic end to modern industrial/technological society. There is considerable evidence supporting this.  We are on an unsustainable path, with […]

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The Greatest Fear

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fear of death is a great motivator. Everyone has this instinctive fear, and its counterpart, self-preservation. Religious belief allays that fear with the promise of an eternal soul. Children learn early that all people eventually die. They are especially susceptible to the promises of “salvation” through religious belief. Once implanted, those ideas become a virtually […]

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Mad as Hell

Reading Time: 4 minutes Much has been written in the media, from the mainstream to the crazy far right, about the anger in our society these days. I am not going to rehash all of that. So don’t tune out quite yet. Pundits have pontificated about this ever since Trump’s stunning win in ’16. The anger and distrust of […]

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Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

Reading Time: 2 minutes How many readers here remember the title of this piece, or who uttered those words? How many remember the name Spiro Agnew? I am old as dirt, and I remember. Agnew was Richard Nixon’s Vice President. The former governor of a corrupt political establishment in Maryland, he was no advocate of media honesty. Quite the […]

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Humanism and Post-humanism

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of the growing cohort of religious nonbelievers refer to themselves as humanists, rather than atheists. Atheism still carries a negative connotation in US society, although it has faded a bit in recent years. Still, few politicians have had the courage to “come out” as atheists…and for good reason. A significant portion of our population […]

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Yes, it was an insurrection

Reading Time: 3 minutes I thought the last piece I wrote on this subject had nailed it down, and beaten it to death, but our usual bunch of Trump supporters and apologists said no, it was just a peaceful and legal political demonstration. How could it be an insurrection if there weren’t any guns? Even though none of the […]

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The Pandemic Is Making Us Crazy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Well, not all of us. Only certain segments of the population. Examples:   On a recent flight from Texas (where else) to North Carolina, a woman went completely nuts, and tried to open the door at the front of the passenger cabin. The flight crew had to bind and gag her with duct tape (Yet […]

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Just Some Tourists Having a Little Fun

Reading Time: < 1 minute Insurrection : an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government   This is horrifying. We have all seen some bits and pieces of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, but this 40-minute video from the New York Times shows the magnitude and viciousness of the violence. More importantly, it […]

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Misogyny

Reading Time: < 1 minute “Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.” Call it sexism, male chauvinism, or any other name, it adds up to the same thing: ideologies and methods for controlling, restricting, suppressing, denigrating, […]

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What Does It All Mean?

Reading Time: 2 minutes What does it mean, and why is it important? Cisgender: A term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.  For example, someone who identifies as a woman and was assigned female at birth is a cisgender woman. The term cisgender is the opposite of the word transgender. Transgender: Denoting or relating […]