The World’s Oldest Honorable Profession

Johnston Bergman of the Ziegfeld Follies

My apologies to regular readers who come around here for the creativity and not the politics. Please skip this post if you are not interested in a powerfully worded opinion. Buckets of digital ink have already been spilt online over the debacle of FOTSA and SESTA and the seizure of… Continue reading

Review: Sex, Lies, and Statistics by Brooke Magnanti

I originally wrote this review in 2013 for the UK release of the book in question. I am re-posting it here, because the book has now been issued in the United States. The American title is Sex, Lies, and Statistics while the British issue was called The Sex Myth. Having… Continue reading

Ethical Autodidacticism

Learning is a skill. It is, in my opninion, the single most important skill a person can acquire. Without it, one is forever constrained by one’s culture and peer group and the narratives that form around them. A person who has not learned to self-educate has little hope of adapting… Continue reading

Truth, Justice, Debate, and Democracy

I frequently preface and postscript posts where I talk about politics, ethics, religion, philosophy, or other touchy things with the categorical statement “I’m interested in the discussion/conversation. My opinion doesn’t matter.” The last couple weeks have reminded me of just how odd that sounds in our current cultural context, and… Continue reading

Link Salad, Jan 10, 2011

It’s mid January, and time for your vegetables. This year’s first link salad is here–I hope you enjoy this sampling of my weidrness and wanderings from around the web! Continue reading

Link Salad, Oct 22 2010

And, from the kitchen this weekend we have for you a lovely Link Salad, with leaves of history and science, garnished with a healthy dose of whimsy. But first, I begin with a special treat for my free-wheeling brewer friends. Beer has always been a problem in space — not… Continue reading

Lets talk about Sex!

Why is “Sex” capitalized in the title? Well, because it’s so much fun – and scares the hell out of so many people. The latest episode of Apologia features your humble narrator going toe-to-toe with one of my friendly neighborhood evangelicals, Apologia’s own Kevin Harris, on the topic of sexual… Continue reading