Entries by Jason

Be a skeptic, be be a skeptic

This right here cuts right to the chase on the Trump-Russia cyberwarfare thing: It’s so easy to decide that someone must be right because their arguments play into your biases. None of us are immune: it recently happened to me initially with Eric Garland, whose Twitter feed I still follow, but now with heavy doses […]

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On Poor-Shaming

I’m back home in rural New York for a brief visit with my parents while Representative Jason Chaffetz is shaming poor people for spending too much on luxury items and not “investing in their healthcare.”  “Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone” Americans “should invest in their own healthcare” – Rep. Jason Chaffetz https://t.co/sxWaRohbEh pic.twitter.com/aEWYikdWiw […]

11-year old nihilist

I grew up about 10 miles from a US Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) base. In November 1983, the TV movie “The Day After” was released, and for whatever reason I and a group of other kids were sat down to watch it at church. I can’t really say whether it scared me or […]

Science Schmience

I’m sitting in my living room this evening on 12 February with the doors and windows open, wearing a t-shirt. I’m feeling particularly feisty about climate science denial, and science denial in general. Today I decided to poke at my congressional representative on Twitter about the recently passed House bill that is designed to stifle […]

Finding the Target

Some of the best advice I’ve read for those of us who are outraged with the first few weeks of Trump’s regime is, “focus your energy on one or two issues.” It has taken me some time to bounce back from the fire hose of unbelievable bullshit insanity, but it occurred to me, as a 44-year […]

A little sunshine

I don’t know if he’s the only U.S. President to be published in Science, but I have a bad feeling he will probably be last. This month Science published an optimistic article by Barak Obama about the momentum and economic viability of renewable energy. From the article: The United States is showing that GHG mitigation need […]

Lamar Smith: “I for one welcome our new idiot overlords”

From the Washington Post yesterday: In a remarkable Tuesday night floor speech, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, praised the physical and mental powers of President Trump and encouraged people to get “unvarnished” news directly from the president, not from the news media. The author closes the […]

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass …

When I think back upon recent months, the thought keeps going through my mind, “You didn’t do enough.” Enough with that. 2017 is the year to kick more ass than ever before. To start off, I won this needlepoint in a silent auction to benefit local abortion access.