Jihadists slaughtered Charlie Hebdo's staff for printing a provocative cartoon of Mohammed. The mass reaction in support of the satirical weekly teaches us something about France--and about essential freedoms as well (Part 1 of 2)
Cardinals, already complicit in the coverup of child abuse in the Catholic church, have elected a pope who is a past master at consigning to silence crimes against humanity: In this case, the torture and murder of thousands in 1970s Argentina
The debate has been hot, not to say inflammatory, surrounding Satoshi Kanazawa's blog on the physical attractiveness of black women, the storm of response that followed the blog, and Psychology Today's decision to suppress that post. It's time for a little perspective on all of this--and some history as well.
Relax. You know why? Because Armageddon already happened. It happened ten or so millennia ago when sedentary agriculture allowed stockpiled wealth to fund a class of priest-kings who made up idiocies like organized religion, and Armageddon--and had the power to enforce them.
This blog was originally started to discuss issues from Zero Decibels, namely, the search for silence, the dangers of noise. However I've used it occasionally to sound off on different subjects. I'll probably do more of that as I work on other books and topics. I hate the game of focusing on pop culture (Snooki!), or on anything to do with sex, to boost readership. But an article on Katie Perry's breasts does get more readers than my piece on winter kayaking so I'll write about Katie occasionally. If one person enjoys, even profits from, the sea-kayaking piece, it's worth it.