Rush to Equality

The Trees There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas The trouble with the maples (And they’re quite convinced they’re right) They say the oaks are just too lofty And they grab up all the light But the oaks...…Read More


I went dark yesterday Got up, turned off the phone, the iPad, the MacBook Air and didn’t rejoin the digital world again until this morning. My birthday gift to myself. Didn’t watch any TV—except episode after episode of Breaking Bad in a dark room (midway through season 3, now). Yea, I know, so don’t bother...…Read More

Gun LOL: Seattle Cops Get Pwned

Pwned Nothing gives me an eye roll quite as much as hearing the phrase “gun culture” applied to America. Alls I can’t figure out is which is dominant. Is it the “gun culture,” “big-car culture,” The “drive-in, diners & dives culture,” or something else altogether? Or, do all these sub-cultures simply have a common thread...…Read More

Teach Literal Creationism in Public Schools NOW!

Let’s just cede the entire public school system to the Fundamentalist Christians. …the state of Colorado, apparently, still wants to live in the 15th century: Just a few days ago, a bill was introduced into my home state’s legislature that would allow teachers “to miseducate students about evolution, whether by teaching creationism as a scientifically...…Read More

“Oh, the Pasta-Bilities”

Made me chuckle, so why not a post so you can too? It came via one of those emails this morning. Y’know, the ones you get from your health care provider—in this case, Kaiser Permanente—because they want to see you making better lifestyle choices in the pursuit of lower costs and hence, greater profits. Nothing...…Read More

Fear of Fat, Fear of Fatness, or Both?

This, from The New York Times, came to me a while back and initially gave me a raised eyebrow. Our Absurd Fear of Fat. Interestingly, the original working title is likely this: Our Imaginary Weight Problem: ( This tells me that the author, Paul Campos, changed his title in draft, not bothering to go back and...…Read More