From Eikasia to Noesis

Kyle Schmidlin

Kyle Schmidlin
Austin, Texas, USA
November 13
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The Middle East has been the focus of great fuss in the century or so since the discovery of its oil. Iraq has been of particular interest to the U.S. since the 1980s, when the Reagan administration supplied Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with weapons in his war against Iran, where a… Read full post »

America has spent the last seven or so decades shaping the rest of the world in the neoliberal pro-market, anti-people mold. An important component of that global plan is the Middle East, where Israel provides a foothold for Western interests in a region where the West is… Read full post »

If you move through city streets fearful of being assaulted, you better keep one eye on the police – especially if you live in Albuquerque.

Since 2010, police have killed 25 people in New Mexico’s largest city. For every 20 people murdered there, police kill an additional three.… Read full post »

Chances are you’ve heard, by now, of the great American frontiersman Cliven Bundy, whose decision to parade his inherited cattle on public land that belongs to the endangered desert tortoise has led to his being fined by the U.S. government. Bundy has refused to pay his fees and fines with arme… Read full post »

Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted six artists in its Performer category as its 2014 class. I really have nothing against any of them in particular. Each is an influential exemplar of professional musicianship, and I’d never tear any of them down on his or her own mer… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 2:50PM

CancelColbert trend goes way too far

Stephen Colbert was the shame of the internet on Friday. For a period of time, a joke appearing on his show’s Twitter page caused a firestorm on social media, with a Twitter hashtag, “#CancelColbert,” trending heavily. The joke was filled with Asian-American slurs in an attempt to s… Read full post »

The Fantastic Four may not be as well-known as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or the X-Men, but if it weren’t for them there’s a good chance comic books would have faded into obscurity and never recovered. 

By the time the team was introduced in 1961, Timely Comics, Marvel's precursor,Read full post »

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s recent suspension in the wake of his remarks on race and sexuality has brought first amendment issues back to the national forefront.


In an interview with GQ, Robertson repeated several commonly held Christian conservative tropes about homosexRead full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2013 10:50AM

It's time to get rid of religion

This article is sort of inappropriately titled. For one thing, it’s a little exaggerated. But perhaps more erroneously, it is not now time. The truth is, the time to get rid of religion happened long ago.

Arguments against religion have been made for as long as religion's been around. Plenty of… Read full post »

On Tuesday night, President Obama addressed the American people on the matter of Syria. In his speech, he offered evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, with whom the Bashar al-Assad regime has been waging a bloody civil war for years,… Read full post »

I’ve come to the conclusion that FOX News just pretends the rest of the world isn’t watching.  It’s got to be the only way they can get along.  For them, it doesn’t matter how many anti-FOX News posts get written all over the internet when they say something callousl… Read full post »

If Rush Limbaugh never had a popular radio program with millions of viewers, the world would undoubtedly be a happier, sunnier place.  All that he brings into it fosters resentment, regression, confident ignorance, fear, and woe.  So why am I skeptical amid reports that he may be losing his… Read full post »

Republicans stared a hard reality in the face during the 2012 election. Four years of lockstep, highly proliferated, extremely venomous, and nearly apocalyptic rhetoric proved insufficient to win them the Presidency.  Whether Republicans come along for the ride or not, America is younger, more p… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2013 11:38AM

Are sidewalks really for pedestrians?

I am a very conscientious bicyclist.  I use the sidewalk often because the street is simply far too treacherous, but I watch for pedestrians all the time and, when I see them, slow down significantly, ride in the grass if there’s room, or use the street for as long as it… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2013 10:06AM

The police are becoming a problem

If you care to follow stories about police brutality in America, you will see a disturbing trend emerge: it is routine; daily; even hourly.

In January, three off-duty police officers filling in as mall security killed a man for refusing to leave his theater seat.  The fact that the man,Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2013 10:41AM

Hysteria deadlocks the gun debate

Today, I did something I’m not especially proud of.  I participated, with two flippant comments, in a Facebook debate.  Specifically, it was the comment thread of a photo on the National Association for Gun Rights’ Facebook page with this caption: “Grassroots pressure is tRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2013 11:35AM

The Jones Delusion

There is one way in which Alex Jones and Noam Chomsky are alike, despite their difference of ideology and opinion.  Jones is the hysterical raving lunatic who has only in the age of the Internet risen as mainstream, while Chomsky is a studied academic who pays more attention to things like… Read full post »

The slaying last Friday of 20 Newtown, Connecticut elementary schoolchildren may be the most shocking thing that's happened to this country since 9/11.  Its effects have been the furthest reaching, and left everyone searching for answers and explanations - both the

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Ann Coulter is a vicious lady.  She has said brazenly cruel things, and for reasons I believe are motivated more by aggrandizement and financial self-interest than personal conviction or intellectual bravery.  Transparently, she has stewed the pot on purpose, and that she pumps out new book… Read full post »

From the moment I hit the “Back” button, erased my vote for Ralph Nader, and recast it for Barack Obama in 2008, I’ve harbored a guilty conscience.  I lived in Ohio at the time, always a key swing state.  John McCain and Sarah Palin seemed a particularly frightening prospe… Read full post »

Ann Coulter is in trouble again.  This time, it's for calling the president a retard.  But rest assured, because the criticism lobbied at her for that choice of words, including the thoughtful essay by insulted Down syndrome sufferer John Franklin Stephens, is going to give her the perfect… Read full post »

Free speech and the separation of church and state are two of this nation’s most important founding principles.  They are unique in the western world.  Prior to our Constitution, the head of the state was often, traditionally, also the head of the church, and open dissention was intol… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2012 12:54PM

Some definite lowlights of the VP debate

Watching a vice presidential debate feels a lot like watching a football game.  I don’t care who wins, I just watch for the social aspect.  A good argument in a debate is a “point” in favor of the candidate making it.  Biden’s silly facial expressions may have l… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 8, 2012 9:38AM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes a couple good decisions

It’s taken quite a long time, but it looks like art rock may be having its day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the loudest criticisms of the Hall coming from the rock crowd has been its exclusion of Rush, a band with some… Read full post »

Bullying is not a serious problem.

There, I said it.  Somebody had to.  Because all the rest of you are losing your grip on reality, blaming the problems kids face on… kids.  What a convenient thing for parents to do.

In the wake of a rash of teen suicidesRead full post »