idolatry as core liberal value

At Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams had some thoughts on Generation Z reaching voting age. Even the title illustrates dishonest liberal wishy-washiness: “Generation X’s kids have no idols, and that’s a good thing: Generation Z suffers from TMI, but they’re making the best of it.” The point of the article is that she wants them to…

how to acknowledge implicit bias

This article about Darius McCollum is great and you should read the whole thing. Much props to Maxfield Sparrow for writing this: I was eager to watch Off the Rails because I have been following Darius McCollum’s story for decades. I had also never heard McCollum speak before watching this film, and was immediately surprised…

autism very misunderstood indeed

The local paper in Valdosta, wherever that is, announced that the Baptist church is soon hosting an autism event (whichever one). They decided to include a bunch of Autism Awareness with the announcement, which was titled Autism very misunderstood. It then goes on to demonstrate that fact. For reference, autism acceptance is politically correct and…

alex wagner’s nazi sophistry

Alex Wagner is a CBS News correspondent and an editor at The Atlantic, so she’s a leader in telling normal people what to think. According to Wikipedia, she’s half-Burmese, and a self-described “progressive.” She just posted an article that does a good job of illustrating what liberal support for Nazism looks like. The title and…

the punishment for autistic do-gooding is head trauma

The full explanation of events is here. An atypical “vacation” Lovelace is a university educated Portland engineer with experience in mechanical engineering, software engineering and business information systems. Lovelace was on vacation in Detroit, a childhood holiday spot with pleasant associations. While camping nearby, however, they did not engage in typical “tourist” activities – activities…

my boyfriend smokes too much weed for his ptsd

Normal people have so many biases against me that it’s preternatural. Today let’s talk about cannabis and using a lot of it. Someone wrote in to Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column with the following concern: I am in love with my boyfriend. He is communicative and loving. He is willing to put in the work…

john horgan’s resistance to buddhism

John Horgan has been writing about his resistance to Buddhism for a long time. I was reading his profile of Thomas Kuhn, and there was a link at the bottom to Buddhism, the Good and the Bad. The occasion for reflecting on Buddhism was that he’d recently gone to a Dzogchen retreat, which affected him…

donald trump is mark wahlberg’s fault

There’s been a tremendous amount of hand-wringing about Donald Trump and the so-called alt-right “normalizing racism.” That is in fact their goal, and they’re succeeding at it marvelously. But why? Why is it that the alt-right can recruit through humor? Video games and nerd culture –> 4chan –> racist memes for the lulz –> racism,…

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