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We Do Love Our Noise

This is a screenshot of the middle of Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth at the top, San Antonio at lower left, and Houston at lower right. My city barely shows up at this level of zoom. (Click image to see full-size screenshot.) So there’s a noise map now, if you need a temporary-but-fun diversion from other[…]

Do We Need A Better Way To Address False Convictions?

As I read A Botched Trial Leads To $30 Million Judgment For Nebraska County That Can’t Pay (Washington Post), I was struck that the story sought sympathy for the county (Gage County, Nebraska) rather than for the six wrongfully convicted people who filed the lawsuit. In short: 68-year-old Helen Wilson was murdered in 1985 by[…]

A Day Without Women

This is the official logo for the March 8 event. Organizers of the Women’s March are calling for a “general strike” on March 8, which they have dubbed “A Day Without A Woman”. The idea is that if enough women stay home from work that day, the rest of society will see how important women[…]

Those Pesky Facts: The #MuslimBan Edition (UPDATED)

While President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration isn’t technically a “Muslim Ban”, it does bar entry into the U.S. for citizens of Muslim-majority nations. Specifically: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban is 90 days, except for “indefinitely” in the case of Syria. Trump’s stated purpose in this order[…]

‘Why Did They March?’ — A Question From Privilege

Screenshot from Oxford Dictionary app I’ll admit my bubble has grown thicker over the years, so I was flummoxed when I saw multiple posts over the past two days wondering why women marched — in at least 600 cities worldwide — on Jan. 21. Twenty years ago, I probably would have been asking the same[…]

The Most Important Freedom, At Least For Now

I would someday be interested in an informed discussion on whether some of our constitutionally-protected rights are more important than others, or should be. For example, if you had to give up one enumerated freedom, which would you choose? (If we’re going with the original Constitution and Bill of Rights, I would give up the[…]

Inauguration: Just The High Notes

Instead of dissecting the new President’s inauguration speech for undertones of fascism and demagoguery — as some have been wont to do — I will point out a few positives that I took away from the event. First note that I didn’t intend to watch, but changed my mind at the last minute when I[…]

The Impact Of Celebrity And Celebrity Deaths

I will leave to the social psychologists the matter of why so many people fawn over celebrities, and why so many of us experience more sadness over the death of a single celebrity figure than we do over the deaths of millions of other people (4.7 million every month). It’s a fact that many people[…]

The Fake News Epidemic

(Click to see it full size) Someone — I wish I knew who, so I could attribute — made this helpful chart showing where various news agencies fall on the left/right political spectrum, as well as on the worth-reading spectrum. Note that this chart doesn’t actually include “fake news” sites — sites that invent stories[…]

We Need To Stop Disagreeing On Facts And Start Arguing Solutions

Oddly, too many arguments between the left and right in our country have shifted into arguments about whether facts are true. Evolution is real! — No it’s not! Climate change is real! — No it’s not! Racial bias in policing! — Doesn’t exist! Guns are dangerous! — Second Amendment! Tax the wealthy! — Taxation is[…]

American Christians Confused About Own Doctrines?

Apostles’ Creed (from Wikipedia) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the[…]

VP Debate: Far Better Than Last Week’s Embarrassment

As expected, last night’s VP debate (Tim Kaine and Mike Pence — again excluding all but the two most prosperous parties) was calmer, more measured, and much more like a traditional political debate than was the debacle of the week before. We knew this going in because both Kaine and Pence are known for being[…]

Considering ‘Guaranteed Basic Income’

Have you heard of “Basic Income”? It’s not a terribly new idea, but has crept back into the news lately, mostly due to fears that VERY SOON automation will render millions of jobs obsolete. The idea of a guaranteed basic income is simple enough: with money raised from vastly increased taxes, the government will cut[…]

Enter The Spin Doctors

The New York Times home page this morning, a rare example of relatively unbiased headlines (Click image to see it full-size) Privately, I predicted to myself that the most interesting thing about last night’s presidential “debate” (Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump) would be the next-morning spin from various news outlets. And I was correct. If[…]

UPDATE: August 2016: Warmest Month Ever Recorded

Instead of continuing to fill my blog’s database with new entries, I’m just going to update this old one. Annual global temperatures; each line indicates a year, spanning 1880-2016 Click here to see it full size (NASA/Gavin Schmidt) NASA’s global temperature average dataset was released a couple of days ago; it shows that August 2016[…]

‘ISIL Isn’t Muslim’ = Non Sequitur

Screenshot of tweet, seen on Facebook This edition of Stupid Meme Saturday focuses on the logical fallacy known as non sequitur, which means the conclusion does not follow from the premises. The example provided here, at right, is a screenshot of a tweet that someone posted on Facebook. “ISIS just bombed a mosque in the[…]

Black-And-Blue Lives Matter

Campaign Zero poster Click here to see it full size #blacklivesmatter #bluelivesmatter #alllivesmatter I fail to understand why people are still arguing over this. It is insane to shoot and kill police officers because other police officers executed black men without (apparent) cause. This is not justice, any more than it would be justice for[…]

My Genetic Fallacy On The Brexit Vote

Photo of Boris Johnson holding a brick, with EU and UK flags overlaid Click here to see a larger version (Image combination by Wil C. Fry) It was clear to me the moment I began seriously considering the “Brexit” vote (read more on Wikipedia) that I was engaging in what’s called genetic fallacy (see also[…]

May 2016: Warmest On Record

2016 is set to outpace previous years Click here to see it full size (Image source: Climate Central) Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months. “So far this year every[…]

Video Edit Debunking: The Couric Edition

SVHS cheerleader with sign Odessa, Texas (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Last year, when the heavily-edited anti-Planned Parenthood videos were debunked, liberals cried foul, as well they should have. In a true democratic republic, we shouldn’t have voters and their representatives depending on deliberately false information when making decisions that affect the citizenry.[…]

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