- New England, USA
- Philosopher, Technologist, Writer
- I've been using the net in various roles—technical, social, and political—for the last 30 years. I'm disappointed that most forums don't pay for good writing and I'm ever in search of forums that do. (I've not seen any Tippem money, that's for sure.) And I worry some that our posting here for free could one day put paid writers in Closed Salon out of work. See my personal home page for more about me.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Employers of Religion
December 06, 2013 05:32AM
- We The People (and
December 04, 2013 10:06PM
- Corporations Are Not People
December 02, 2013 05:48PM
- My Christian Sensibilities
November 19, 2013 02:14AM
- Time for Climate Action
September 27, 2013 12:18PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Yeah, they're not
exactly consistent on their
And a lot of it
December 11, 2013 07:51PM
- “Snoreville, yes, you're
right. And people will
December 08, 2013 11:18AM
- “I think the big danger
here is something I'll call
December 07, 2013 01:38AM
- “Kanuk, absolutely. The
very basis on which these
December 07, 2013 01:12AM
- “Abrawang, exactly, it's
hard to believe they have
December 06, 2013 09:59PM
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Corporations are not people, my friends, no matter what Mitt Romney says.
Corporations are corporations. People… Read full post »
As a kid, I went to church and Sunday school and even attended an Episcopal grade school for 3 years, which meant chapel 5 days a week in addition to normal Sunday school, so no shortage of religious guidance. We moved a lot, so I experienced quite a number… Read full post »
There's been a global consensus on climate change for quite some time, and it's not a pretty picture. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on climate change in 2007. That report is now several years old, but another is not… Read full post »
In case you didn't read The Offudio Project Begins—or in case it was too long ago to remember—please allow me to briefly recap:
The Offudio Project was a plan to convert my home “office” into a “studio.” The term “offudio” was just a… Read full post »
An NBC News poll says that “nearly 80 percent of Americans believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using force in Syria.” The same poll also concludes that “fifty percent of Americans believe the U.S. should not intervene.” And yet, as recen… Read full post »
President Obama has been talking up the idea of raising the minimum wage. I would certainly support such a move. But until we require the minimum wage to always be a living wage, there's more work to do.
Author's Note: This is the last in… Read full post »
We hear all the time how with great risk should come great reward. It's used as a way of justifying the flow of dollars to the founders of a company after it succeeds. These courageous benefactors of society have put their heart and soul into the company at great personal… Read full post »
When discussing the really obscene amounts of money some rich folks have amassed in the world, the justification I always hear is: “It's their due. They are the ones taking the risk, so they should get the spoils.” I understand why they say that, but… Read full post »
The verdict is in. Trayvon Martin has been found guilty. Oops, no, that’s not right. George Zimmerman was found not guilty. Yeah, that’s what I meant to say. Well, you can easily understand how I’d be confused. After all, this was really two trials for the price… Read full post »
We give up on our students way too easily. We expect only a few to succeed wildly, most to bumble their way through with mediocre outcomes, and a fair number not to make it at all. We’ve allowed that to seem normal, but it seems to me… Read full post »
There’s really no time to lose. This whole inauguration thing is a complete distraction.
To watch a lot of the news shows, you’d think it was time for touchy-feely reflection about all the lofty things we want to do in the next four years. In my opinion, that’s exactly wrong.… Read full post »
I voted today.
I declined to show my ID. To vote in NH, you don’t have to show ID, something my wife and I wanted to test. We found that they do let you, but they make you sign a scary affidavit which then goes into a folder the label… Read full post »
People are bad at discussing probabilities—and it could kill us all.
A weatherman may predict that there is an 80% probability of rain, but then when it doesn't rain we'll often say “he was wrong.” It's rare to hear anyone say “this must be the one in five cases where… Read full post »
I spend a lot of time working, and I like to be in pleasant surrounds when I do. The trouble is that while standard issue office furniture where I work is functional enough to use, it’s still more utilitarian than artsy.
Like most people, I’ll hang posters… Read full post »
Quite some years ago, I worked at a company that has long since vanished from the technology landscape. I loved working there, but it occasionally made strange marketing and internal administration decisions that drove me nuts. To cope, I often wrote parodies of the policies, mailings, and whatnot an… Read full post »
In a segment of the Melissa Harris-Perry show this morning on MSNBC, this interaction was notable and refreshing.
The rich are always coming up with reasons to sound envious of the poor, as if the poor… Read full post »
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) may or may not still exist. It’s been on its last legs as a formal organization, though some of us still converse over its mailing lists and it’s not clear to me in the slightest that if it disappears as a formal organization we shou… Read full post »
I had the good fortune Saturday to attend a writing workshop that Cary Tennis hosts. It was a great pleasure to meet one of the faces from the Open Salon mothership, Salon.com. But it was also really quite interesting to see how the writing workshop worked and to interact with the… Read full post »
The Libertarian movement wants us to believe that less government implies more freedom, and more freedom implies more happiness. It's so easily stated, what could possibly go wrong?
Their theory is certainly easy to act on. One always knows what to do next: “See government?… Read full post »
Sometimes we get so mired in the thick of things that we lose track of where we began and what we were about. I think economics is a lot like that. We’re all affected by it. We all have opinions. And yet we’re told it’s a vast topic about which we… Read full post »
When people die, we have very nice ceremonies to remember them. Often we end up saying things posthumously to or about them that we never managed to say to them while they were alive.
Why do we wait?
Memorial services are more for the living than the dead. They… Read full post »
This is a repost of an article originally published in March at another site that has since gone away. —Kent Pitman
Language is a complex beast. A single word, or a sequence of words taken together as a phrase or sentence, may mean one thing now and quite another thing… Read full post »
I signed Jennifer Tyrrell’s petition to tell the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy of discriminating against gay youth and leaders.
It had a place for personal comments. This is what I wrote. Feel free to borrow from any part of it if… Read full post »