Trust the Science,” Indeed

Although one could be forgiven for not keeping up with every outlandish and misinformed statement uttered by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R, Georgia), this one deserves some unpacking. (I generally link to these things, but I don’t want to give her the signal boost.)

According to Greene and to other sources, her colleague across the hall has expressed support for the Equality Act, the first Federal act to address LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections (Passed the House of Representatives, 2/25/2021).

Marie Newman (D, Illinois) both confessed concern about her own transgender child and hung a transgender flag outside…

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Amy Coney Barrett Can’t Read

Through a new technique, using deliberate anachronisms and false attributions, Menard (perhaps without trying to) has enriched the static, fledgling art of reading. Infinite in its possibilities, this technique prompts us to reread the Odyssey as if it came after the Aeneid and Madame Henri Bachelier’s book The Centaur’s Garden as if it were written by Madame Henri Bachelier. The technique fills the mildest of books with adventure. To attribute The Imitation of Christ to Louis Ferdinand Céline or to James Joyce — would this not be a satisfactory renewal of its subtle spiritual lessons?”…

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The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory, is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic. The truth is that it is not The Iluminati, or The Jewish Banking Conspiracy, or the Gray Alien Theory.

The truth is far more frightening — Nobody is in control.” (Alan Moore)

Recently, an acquaintance on FaceBook has started posting stories on their feed that comment on raids around the country that “recover” or “find” hundreds of missing children. …

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Is It 1920, Again?

And what will your judge say? That this is your house. Your house and your children? What am I to you, Tom? What am I then in your house? Chattel?” (from Iron Jawed Angels)

What year is this? It’s 2020? Really? Are you sure? ’Cause it seems like it’s 1920, again.

Of course, 2020 is the 100-year anniversary of woman suffrage. After a 144-year struggle, women finally got the right to vote and to run for office. …

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So welcome, to the machine.” Pink Floyd

If it weren’t already obvious, it has become even more so during 2020.

Unless you are among the 1%, unless you are in the inner sanctum of those people in positions of power, you are not essential. You are expendable.

On the one hand, this fact is not new. In pre-capitalist societies, the peasants and slaves were wholly expendable. They were cannon fodder. They were mere resources to be exploited to finance the lifestyles of the nobility and royalty. They did not give a fig about the welfare of the peasants. They had…

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The Amy Cooper Problem Is a White Problem

I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner, NYC, July 17, 2014
I can’t breathe.” George Floyd, Minneapolis, May 25, 2020

Look, I am not the first to write about this incident. And, with any luck, I will not be the last. Others (here on Medium and elsewhere) have made very astute, very coherent, and very emotional cases. And, yet, here I am. Because this— apparently — needs to be said again, and again, and again, and again….

Amy Cooper is just one very recent and very visible example (thanks to Christian Cooper’s cellphone video)…

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The Necessity of Paper Ballots

On November 3, 2020, the citizens of the US will (presumably) hold another national election. COVID-19 notwithstanding, the local, state, and national trajectory has been toward electronic voting. So far, that has largely meant booths at polling stations that electronically tabulate and return results. Longer term, the movement is toward online or mobile voting. Both of these are catastrophic developments for democracy.

I am — like so many people today — heavily reliant on electronics. I use my smart phone for way too much stuff. I use my laptop for even more. Like seriously. I…

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The Face of God (What the Actual Hell, Ohio?, Part 5)

But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
Exodus, 33:20

On May 5, 2020, Republican state representative Nino Vitale announced that he would not be wearing a mask because his face is the likeness and image of God.

One hardly knows where to begin.

Not a Christian Nation

In his announcement, Vitale claimed that the US is a Christian nation, founded on “Judeo-Christian Principles.” That claim is often repeated, and demonstrably false. …

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Gay Adoption
(Myths That Will Not #$%&@*# Go Away)

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’
(Bob Dylan)

On January 15, 2020, the Tennessee legislature passed a law that would allow agencies to deny adoption to gay and lesbian couples. The bill had been proposed in the House in 2019. It was the very first act…

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No, Soy Will Not Turn You into a Girl
(Myths That Will Not #$%&@*# Go Away)

I, I don’t want tofu
I’d rather have a mouthful of beef stew
I don’t wanna be a vegetarian
Why eat beans when you can have steak instead?
(“Vegetarian Mumbo Jumbo,” NOFX)

Some myths just will not die. But it’s not because it has any validity to it; it’s not because it’s such a compelling myth. It’s because it serves a purpose.

I think the latest version of this myth began with the emergence and acceptance of the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat. These…

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