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Coughin’ Your Way Into A Coffin During The Government Shutdown

Coughin’ Your Way Into A Coffin During The Government Shutdown

"Life" Issues, activism, awareness, betrayal, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, culture, Current Events, Discernment, Economy, General Interest, Healthcare, humor, Laughter, Secularity, Uncategorized, Women
Several weeks ago, as this “Skeptic’s Column” column is written (14 Jan), I came down over the weekend with my usual annual case of the “cruds”:  stuffy nose, scratchy throat, sinus drainage, etc., etc. No fever, but inside my head, I could hear the wheezing, especially as I lay in bed at night. It sounded like a gunny-sack filled with cats being tortured. (Apologies to cat lovers. I am one. But it sounded like it sounded. So sue me.) Worst of all, I could only log perhaps 2 hours sleep per night. The tortured-cat symphony kept me awake. So next morning, I hauled my sleep-deprived, zombie-ized, bleary-eyed, Walking Dead carcass into one of those walk-in clinics a couple miles from my house. (My wife drove the car. I did not trust myself.) The doctor on duty took my temp and
Cracked Christmas Carols — A Yuletide Musicological Post Mortem

Cracked Christmas Carols — A Yuletide Musicological Post Mortem

"Life" Issues, 14th Amendment, 5th Amendment, Abrahamic Traditions, Advent, awareness, bible, Christ Child, Christianity, Christmas, conservatism, critical judgment, culture, December, faith, Gospel of Luke, Holy Mystery, Ideology, misogyny, monotheism, Mystery, Myth, Numinous, praying with music, Religion, Secularity, Uncategorized, Women
Now that Christmas is over -- unless you celebrate Christmas from the first Sunday of Advent through and including the Feast of the Epiphany -- it might be a good time to examine the political and ideological questions raised by Christmas carols ... which I do in this week's "Skeptic's Collection" column in hopes of increasing the "woke-ness" level for Christmas of 2019. No reason to thank me ... ===================================================== Recently, the cultural outrage factory, never short of work, has managed to evoke a sense of high dudgeon about the allegedly sexist lyrics, amounting to an advocacy of date rape, attaching to the well-known Christmas carol “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Before following the controversy on Facebook, I would have thought that this kerfuffle
Cui Bono?

Cui Bono?

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This will be the shortest “Skeptic’s Collection” column I have written in my six years of writing for Beguine. There is a heuristic rule of thumb that I have never seen employed in comparing the credibility of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This principle is, as I say, purely a heuristic rule of thumb. That is, it cannot, nor does it profess to, constitute a fundamental evidentiary principle. It proves nothing “beyond a reasonable doubt”. But it is a good hip-pocket question to ask in “he said / she said” situations. It is a simple, two-word Latin expression: Cui bono? Cui bono may be interpreted variously as “Whose value” or “Whose advantage” or “Whose gain”. In this context, “value,” “advantage,” and “gain” should be interpreted as tangible advantage in te