Category Archives: Stop the planet, I want to get off!

Looking for the Keys Where the Light’s Good.

There’s this old joke about a guy looking for his keys under a streetlamp: A passerby comes along and offers to help. After several minutes of fruitless looking, the passerby asks where the guy lost his keys. “In that alley” … Continue reading

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Five Theories on the Fitz: Leftoverture

When you’re writing a book that involves a lot of research, there comes a point when you have to tell yourself, “Enough! Write the book already!” The aftermath of this being, even as you’re finishing the final edits, you’re still … Continue reading

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“Strong” Passwords?

When I logged into my email today, as usual I checked my spam folder first, to make sure there wasn’t anything good in it. The only thing in the folder was a notice from WordPress that my “login credentials were … Continue reading

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Deaths of Despair and Natural Selection

Economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case have discovered a rising trend of “deaths of despair” (suicides, alcohol abuse, and drug overdose) among middle-class American whites. They look at Europe and don’t see the same rise in middle class deaths, nor … Continue reading

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Fix “The Problem” or at least a problem

(A response to “Safe Spaces, Toxic Masculinity and Guns” in Manward) First of all, “The Problem” didn’t stem from any one thing, and isn’t going to get fixed with any one thing. So, let’s talk about a step to fix … Continue reading

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There’s a measles outbreak! Get your tetanus shot!

Tetanus shots for a measles outbreak. Doesn’t seem very sensible, does it? Measles and tetanus are two different diseases. But this is essentially what happens every flu season. And this year especially. A few days ago, one of the national … Continue reading

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The difference between “Health Insurance” and “Health Care” and why it matters

Is health care an entitlement, or a right? Well, first we have to determine what we mean by “health care.” Most proponents of the ACA (or some equivalent legislation) assume it to mean “affordable health insurance,” and further assume “health … Continue reading

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