In Which I Get Twitter Banned

On Twitter, there’s a hashtag called #ExMuslimBecause, where folks talk about why they left Islam. In response to someone saying that they didn’t understand why ex-Muslims had left Islam and that they were wrong for doing so, and it was only bad or deluded Muslims that left Islam, I tweeted the following: Many ex-Muslims left…

The Social Benefit Of Carbon

Cross-posted from Watts Up With That, where I publish my scientific work. After my recent post on the futility of the US cutting down on CO2 emissions, I got to thinking about what is called the “social cost of carbon”. (In passing, even the name is a lie. It’s actually the supposed cost of carbon DIOXIDE, not…

Lost In A Dream Of Immortality

I had a most curious dream the other night, deeply moving. In the dream, my gorgeous ex-fiancee, my dear lady wife of forty years, had been told that she only had a week to live. So we flew to Fiji, where we lived for years. We rented a room in that most historic of buildings,…

To Err Is Human

Michelle Obama is in the news this week because of the publication of her book, “Becoming”. In the book, she makes the statement that she will “never forgive” Donald Trump because he pushed the “birther conspiracy”. For those wondering, that was the claim that Obama was actually born in Kenya. It’s clear from the context…

Is Google Even-Handed? Is The Bear Catholic?

Here is a story of three simple searches. The search I did is for the following terms: left wing political violence united states   First, the results on Bing, Microsoft’s search engine … All but one have “left wing” or “left” in the headline. Next, the same search on DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine … Again,…

Quoted and Misquoted

I really don’t like being misquoted. In discussing my scientific work, someone will inevitably pop up to say something like “But you claimed that XYZ was absolutely true”, when in fact I actually said something like “XYZ might possibly be valid in some limited specific circumstances”. The distortions, the misunderstandings, the misquotations are astounding. And…

False Alarums

Even young children are aware of what is fair and what isn’t … and boy, they’ll let you know about it. Heck, even the animals know about fairness. As a teenager, a primitive form of animal life to be sure, I remember coming home from my first day at high school and telling my long-suffering…