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The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

anger, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, Civil War, community, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, Criminal Procedure, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, election year, Enlightenment, Equality, Ethics, Executive Branch, Fascism, hate, history, Hope, injustice, justice, political rhetoric, Presidency, race, racism, Resistance, Secularity, Separation of Powers, sorrow, Speak out, Supreme Court, Trump, Uncategorized
I believe the greatest rock song ever written is The Eagles' "Hotel California". I have believed this for some time, and for a variety of reasons.  But I have come to believe it even more recently, because "Hotel California" is turning out to be the anthem of any nation -- at this time, the United States -- which allows itself to be seduced into tyranny by the meretricious charms of simplistic solutions to problems which, though genuine enough, may be used to further the demagoguery of people whose only loyalty is to their own power. Our fear and perplexity are their strength. The latest highway signpost pointing the way to our Nation's Hotel California is the 20-page memorandum arguing that the President is a law unto himself. We can hear the music and read the lyrics even now.
Two And A Half Cheers For The “March For Science”

Two And A Half Cheers For The “March For Science”

activism, Astronomy, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Big Bang, Biology, Challenge, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, Cosmology, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Current Events, Ecology, Education, Enlightenment, Environment, epistemology, Evidence, Evolution, Freedom, Fundamentalism, Ideology, Imagination, March For Science, Myth, Mythology, Paleontology, physics, progressive politics, Rationality, Science, Secularity, Speak out, Thermodynamics, Trump
I normally do not revise an already-published column, except in vanishingly rare cases of especially egregious error. But just this morning, after this "Skeptic's Collection" column had been published, my MSN feed contained a story about the urgency of finding a Planet B, quoting no less than Prof. Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge -- Sir Isaac Newton's old position -- corroborating my warning in the following paragraphs by predicting, basically species extinction if the March For Science rhetoric turns out to be correct that "There Is No Planet B".  For the sake of the human species, there damn well better be! ************************************************************************* I hate to nit-pick people and movements with which I am otherwise in to
Pathology, Premiums, And Pedagogy — ACA Repeal As A Teaching Moment

Pathology, Premiums, And Pedagogy — ACA Repeal As A Teaching Moment

ACA / Obamacare, awareness, Biology, birth, body, Christianity, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Education, Evangelicalism, Evidence, Fundamentalism, Game Of Thrones, Healing, health insurance, Healthcare, humor, Ideology, justice, mathematics, Pain and Suffering, Presidency, progressive politics, Rationality, Religion, Resistance, Science, Secularity, social justice, Speak out, Statistics, Trump, Trumpcare, Uncategorized
Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa! I owe the Republican Party an apology.  I have long believed and said, both verbally and in writing, that the Republican Party, supposedly tainted by its association with conservative-evangelical / -fundamentalist, anti-intellectual Christianity, culminating in essentially unanimous Republican support for Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, has styled itself the anti-education Party, the Party that has become the political home of people like HUD Secretary Ben “Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Big Bang” Carson, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry who, fortified with a C grade-point average earned on the way to an animal husbandry baccalaureate degree from Texas A&M University (football cheer: “Whoop-Haw!”), assumes the custodianship of the Nation