Huck Finn and Harper Lee in the crosshairs Fox reports (yeah, yeah, I know): Minnesota school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn from required reading due to n-word. “It’s wrong. There […]
New study appeals to bias, probably still right?
I’m almost embarrassed for The Guardian for pushing this story Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study “Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was […]
When speech isn’t free — but ought to be
If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. […]
Really? It was ‘Science Day’ in Congress?
Scientists should be allowed to conduct rigorous research independent of government interference. But Rep. Smith does not trust scientists, whom he considers politically motivated. How nice of the retiring Rep. Lamar Smith […]
Remove words? Control discourse? That’s power.
Those who can control language have power over those who cannot. That has been the most corrosive power exercised by President Donald’s administration. This is especially true in matters relating to science. […]
A day to not be thankful …
Since I left college in the ‘60s, my “thankful” list has shrunk. The “not thankful” list is on its second ream of paper. Ah, Thanksgiving. The time to be thankful, as tradition […]
Coda: resisting McDonaldization…
There are ways of resisting McDonaldization. They require some effort, and not all will be doable at once. But resistance is vital if we hope to reclaim the humanity of our human […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 5
Part 5 of a series… “The bureaucracy is a dehumanizing place in which to work and by which to be serviced. The main reason we think of McDonaldization as irrational, and ultimately unreasonable, […]
Flat Earthers at the end of the world
Flat Earthers are a microcosm of so many things. It had to happen eventually. I was bound to visit the Flat Earth Society’s website. I just had to. I’m filled with derision […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 4
Part 4 of a series… The enormous success and wealth McDonald’s achieved through its methodology has produced a mantra embraced by disciples of its core principles, who now apply them to any […]