At 86, the Amazing Randi is retiring, as he explains here. And as recently pictured here. For those who don’t know, he’s an American hero: immensely talented, with a lifelong mission not just to entertain (I mean: he’s amazing! he was once encased in a block of ice for 55 minutes!) […]
I’ve never been brave. My general rule? If it’s not paved, it’s not safe. I’m keen to help save the rain forest — but from the safety of the donation page.
Frank Kameny was brave. Nearly a decade before I wrote about being gay — under a pen name — astronomer Frank Kameny was picketing the […]
Disaster: More people have health insurance; none of us can be turned down for affordable care if we develop a pre-existing condition; and now, Bloomberg reports, Obamacare will cost 20% less than projected.
We’re clearly on the wrong track and should repeal rather than improve this law — as Republican leaders have been saying all along. […]
John Seiffer: “You haven’t posted a time-waster in a while – here’s a great one. Use the arrow keys to get it to move.”
COSMIC THINKING: THE NEXT 15 YEARS
As you know, I love this kind of stuff. I think you will too. Under two minutes. (Thanks, Tom Stolze!)
Marc B.: “Last week’s post on ‘two pernicious misconceptions’ (you wrote, ‘there is a lot of misinformation out there’) brought up a couple points that struck me as ‘misinformation’ on […]
Yesterday I argued two things:
> We don’t have to pay down the National Debt.
> Taxing the wealthy will not cost jobs.
These are fundamental misunderstandings the right has used to great political advantage, benefiting the very best off to the detriment of everyone else.
DEBT: Unless we’re planning to close up shop as a […]
STATE OF THE UNION
Vince DeHart: “Is this a GREAT president, or what? Barack Obama makes me PROUD to be an American!”
TWO PERNICIOUS MISCONCEPTIONS
The Mitch McConnell crowd believe that “by any standard” the President “has […]
What really impresses me about this three-minute video (thanks, Mel), where a young pilot in an emergency situation lands his harrier jet on a “stool,” is not the landing itself but that someone had the foresight to design and deploy such stools in the first place. Because, when you think about it, was this emergency […]
KIDS AND MALARKEY
So get this: It now turns out that 6-year-old Alex Malarkey didn’t go to heaven!
KIDS AND MEDICAID
Republican governors spurn federal funds for Medicaid expansion — they care deeply for you until you’re born; thereafter, not so much — yet it turns out, as the Times reports, “Giving [children] health coverage may boost their future […]
Today’s a holiday so, technically, you deserve respite. But I did threaten you with “animal pictures Monday” and who am I not to follow through on a threat?
Have you seen Selma? I keep thinking, as we celebrate Reverend King’s birthday, that the monumental struggle it recounts — with all the hatred and beatings and murders — culminated […]
Quote of the Day
If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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