“I’m against all violence!”

These four words have been almost a mantra from the embarrassed members of America’s right wing trying to salvage some semblance of the former dignity to which their party aspired to the fervent faux centrists desperately trying to grasp hold of a middle ground between left-wing protests and the right-wing attempted insurrection at the capital.

In 508 BC, Athens was invaded by a Spartan army in an attempt to stop them from shifting into a democracy. The Athens rose up, blocking the Spartans in the Acropolis and laying siege until they were willing to leave peacefully…

Here’s a quick primer on climate change, discussing the data, organizations, consensus, and other relevant information and resources to understand what climate change is, and why it matters.

What is Global Warming/Climate Change?

There are some great resources that breakdown Global Warming, or Climate Change effectively.

The New Mexico Solar Energy Association has a decent primer.

Global Warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect.

I think that Cracked said it best, on their report on Men’s Rights Activism, when they said “Men’s Rights Activism began as the natural response of American males to the growing threat of feminism, in much the same way that burning your house down is the natural response to the threat of ghosts. In both cases, a better solution would be to walk away and let a less emotionally fragile man deal with the situation.”

The Men’s Rights Movements is actually quite a few fractured groups of men fighting against that horrible act of women asking to be treated as…

Well, Tiny Tim, it’s time that you learned about the war on Christmas.

It’s 2020 in America, and the war rages on…. Actually, no, it doesn’t. You see, there is an imagined war going on in America.

Um, well, perhaps I should start at the beginning, to give this a little perspective.

In the beginning, the Puritans banned Christmas. For about 30 years, it was outlawed in MA.

“But, I thought it was those atheists waging war on Christmas?”

Nope, at least not in the beginning.

Later, it was a Jewish war on Christmas, because, you know, they didn’t celebrate…

Over the years, I’ve had many accomplishments and many failures. Most of these things were in the same tasks, accomplished only by standing back up, beaten and bruised, and asking for more.

I’ve traveled extensively, met amazing people, and been part of spectacular projects. I’ve journeyed in and out of the science communication world, political activism, and non-profit work, and I’m proud of every moment of that.

At some point in my life, however, I had forgotten that mantra, the idea that you never give up if the goal is worthwhile. I let my failures stomp me into the ground…

A friend asked the question today: What does “feminism” mean to you?

This was followed by a whole lot of “evil feminists!” “humanism!” “egalitarian!” “manfeels!” and so on and so forth.

Here’s a better primer.

Feminism, as a philosophy is simply the concept that women have the same opportunities regardless of their gender.

Feminism as an American movement is something altogether different and it seems that many here grossly misunderstand it. Using this or that example that you personally don’t like as if it represents a movement dating back to its roots out of the abolitionist movement is fairly absurd.

There are a lot of activists for a lot of causes. The problem is that many of them don’t actually believe what they’re advocating. Let’s look at a few activist causes that really illustrate this problem well.

Pro Life

The pro-life stance is that a fetus or zygote is just as human as a baby. I promise you, most of them don’t truly believe that. You see, if you believe that the guy down the street is killing children in his basement and the police won’t do anything about it, you don’t picket his house. You do everything in your…

When I was in middle school, I was bullied relentlessly.

My parents went to the assistant principal who told them, “Every class has one kid they all pick on and it looks like your son is it.”

Those years were miserable, but they forged my empathy in ways only being dragged to the edge and back can, and so today I champion any cause worth fighting because no one should have to endure the horrific struggle that comes with being “it.”

The biggest benefit of having to retreat inward and hide from a world that sees you as “lesser” is…

The year was 1997 and it was the summer before my Senior year of High School. I was in Brazil as a Christian Missionary, spreading the “good word” to the poor, primitive foreigners as if they were somehow less enlightened for speaking another language and living in another place. My ignorance shone bright when I called home from a small border town near the jungle and squealed in surprise and excitement when I found out the operator spoke English. Her frustrated retort of, “Yeah, a lot of us speak English here,” barely fazed me, at the time, but resonates strongly…

There’s a regular argument that tends to pop up fairly regularly in regards to the entertaining of ideas and people. The idea is that blocking, unfriending, etc, is the same as being unwilling to hear opposing views.

This is incredibly wrong-headed.

It confuses being willing to hear ideas from people with whom you disagree with being willing to invite them into your home, letting them eat your food, and use your toothbrush, and no matter how much they disrespect your home, you shouldn’t ever ask them to leave, because that would mean you’re closed-minded.

Entertaining ideas opposed to your own…

The Vexed Philosopher

Philosopher, science communicator, and social justice bard.

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