Category Archive for 'Philosophy'

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It’s long past time to call Republicans on their dangerous BS Blood is in the streets, theaters and cafés of Paris. The worst thing we can do now is… do what Republicans are already doing. “How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now?” tweeted South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan. “How about that mass migration into Europe? […]

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Evolution vs. creationism: A Ham on Nye sandwich A handful of science Grumpycats warned Bill Nye to not do it. Don’t get onstage and debate that creationist guy. It’ll lend credibility to the anti-science crowd. Nye went ahead with it anyway. Tuesday night he crawled into the den of ignorance, defending evolution against Ken Ham, […]

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The sad and funny untruths of Pro-Lifers From the window of the bus this morning, on my way to the office, I saw that the Pro-Lifers, as they call themselves, have taken over the lawn of the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building on State Street, filling it with gruesome photographs of dead fetuses. One poster […]

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One-reel nightmares Perhaps my sleep patterns have changed. My Rapid Eye Movement phases may be overlapping my slow-wave sleep phases. But for the first time in years, I’ve been remembering my dreams when I wake up. They’re not epic dreams. More like one-reel shorts. Or, from my perspective, one-reel nightmares. A couple of nights ago, […]

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The coming Zombie Clown Apocalypse As always, conversation Saturday afternoon at Java’s at the Market came around to the Apocalypse, which now appears set in stone for Dec. 21, 2012. This is according to the Maya “Long Count” calender. I have enough free calendars coming to the house as it is, but the one from […]

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Adolph Hitler and your appendix The Jehova’s Witnesses stopped by the house the other day. Two women and a young kid. They waited patiently at the end of the driveway while I finished mowing the lawn, then complimented me on the fact that I was taking care of my yard. I’m not exactly sure how, but […]

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The Abby Wambach bobblehead and the electric chair Our hometown U.S. women’s World Cup star, Abby Wambach, returned Wednesday night, and Kerry managed to secure tickets to the game. Nearly a dozen women who played in the World Cup were on the two teams, Wambach’s Florida-based majicJack (I guess that’s named for some kind of […]

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Pursued by your own death I dream. But when morning comes, I’m one of those people who rarely remember what was creeping around in my head at night. Last night was an exception. I was in some kind of dark Gothic tattoo shop, flipping through a loose-leaf notebook of tattoo designs. I’d pretty much settled […]

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Is there such a thing as a genius? A friend recently said to me, “I don’t understand why people keep calling Jay-Z a genius.’ ” And yeah, I have to agree. Nothing against Jay-Z. He’s a successful entertainer, but I’m not sure where the “genius” part comes in. It’s this over-use of the word “genius” […]

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Ed Spevak, 1929-2011 The execution papers were in my brief case. My father’s living will. It called for this nonsense to be ended. He’d turned off all of the lights in the house and tried to grope his way upstairs in the darkness. Mom always told him to leave the light on when he came […]

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