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Courage and Cowardice

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a comment thread recently, the subject of cowardice came up. Participants in the discussion were a notorious troll and several regular commenters. I won’t identify the troll. I do not want to give him any recognition at all. The discussion went like this: Troll: One ongoing Big Lie is that the 2020 presidential election […]

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Big Lies

Reading Time: 4 minutes There have been countless Big Lies spread by individuals and groups throughout human history. Our species seems to have a proclivity for prevarication. Some of the biggest ones in the last couple millennia were intended to promote religious belief, because that was a powerful lever to gain political power. Lies committed to gain political power […]

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Does Behavior Justify Discrimination?

Reading Time: < 1 minute In a recent discussion in a comment thread, I encountered an individual who justified discrimination against LGBTQ persons because of his faith. He said, “Without freedom of conscience, there is no freedom.” I replied, “So, let’s say you are a shopkeeper, and your conscience tells you that Black people are evil, then you should be […]

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The Other Holocaust

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Holocaust everybody knows about is the one that happened in Nazi Germany eighty years ago. But there is another one that started with the arrival of Homo Sapiens on the planet and it has been ongoing ever since. The scope of this Holocaust is truly mind-boggling. About fifty billion people. You have probably figured […]

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Populist or Demagogue?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasize the idea of “the people,” who are exploited and even oppressed by “the elites”. The term became prominent in the 19th century and has been applied to various politicians, and political movements since that time. A demagogue is a political orator or leader who gains […]

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Short Termism

Reading Time: 2 minutes Short Termism: The tendency to focus attention on short-term gains, often at the expense of long-term success or stability.  I was reading yet another article about the infamous Marjorie Taylor Greene yesterday. Greene, a House Republican from Georgia, came under fire last week after making comments to Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody comparing the mask […]

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Not MY President vs. Not THE President

Reading Time: 3 minutes By now, we are all tired of hearing the repeated baseless claims that Donald Trump won the election and it was “stolen” from him by massive election fraud perpetrated by…um…somebody(s). The continued repetition of these claims by Trump and the right wing media have deluded a sizeable part of the electorate into believing that the […]

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Political Labels

Reading Time: 2 minutes They call us “libs.” Or “libtards.” You can’t see the sneer when they write it, but it’s there. I call them “right wingers.” If they provoke me, I retaliate by calling them “repugs.” (an abbreviation for “repugnant Republicans”) And yes, the sneer is returned in kind. More descriptive, and less combative terms to define the […]

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A Billion Year Day

Reading Time: < 1 minute Harrumph. Here’s my sermon for today. When God made the Universe, and all the stuff in it, It took him five days, according to book of Genesis in the Bible. Now some people think those were regular days, Like the ones that you and I spend. Others say no, those were very long days. Maybe […]

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Reading Time: 3 minutes Confirmation bias: The tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs. Confirmation bias is like a coin. It has two sides, Heads and Tails. Heads I Win If I read or hear something that conforms with my worldview, I tend to accept it without question. If […]