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Let’s Talk About Race (again)
2020-07-05 22:52
My 2009 “Rational Optimism” book addressed race. Rejecting the trope of America as a fundamentally racist society, I saw a nation “that has made titanic efforts to right th… Read More
Covid-19: The March Of Folly
2020-07-03 12:29
From the start, Trump repeatedly assured us the virus was under control; no big deal; everyone could get tested; it would go away miraculously; and applauded his own performance as “tr… Read More
How Trump Sinks U.S. Global Standing
2020-06-28 12:42
One of Trumpdom’s most ludicrous lies is that’s he’s raising America’s world standing. In the Fox News alternate reality maybe. In the real world it’s the oppos… Read More
Confederate Flags And Statues And Racism
2020-06-25 13:26
They claim the Confederate flag symbolizes Southern cultural heritage, or independence, or states’ rights — or some such baloney. Who do they think they’re fooling? That fl… Read More
Big Bang, Big Questions
2020-06-22 13:17
Our Universe began with the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago. It started virtually volumeless, virtually infinitely dense and hot, and then expanded. What came before, and triggered the… Read More
2020-06-19 12:45
At a Buffalo NY Floyd protest, Martin Gugino, 75, longtime Catholic peace activist, was shoved backward by two policemen in full military gear. His head cracked on the pavement, spurting blo… Read More
Trump’s Death Rallies
2020-06-16 12:16
Many Trump supporters still think covid-19 is a hoax.* Now he invites them to stake their lives on that. He’ll hold a rally June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; later in Florida, Arizona, and N… Read More
The Biology Of The Pandemic
2020-06-15 02:10
My Capital District Humanist Society recently had a talk (over zoom) on the biology of the pandemic. It was a good scientific overview. The speaker, Ricki Lewis, is an Adjunct Professor at t… Read More
Margaret Atwood: The Testaments
2020-06-13 13:15
The Testaments is Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in Gilead, a near-future theocratic dictatorship, in lands between Canada and Mex… Read More

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