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The Future is so Yesterday

What could possibly go wrong? Those five words have prefaced some of the worst ideas in history. Whether it was Harvey Whetstone strapping a rocket engine to a Chevy or your clean freak aunt mixing ammonia and bleach to better scrub her floors (FYI, don’t do either of these things), the memories of the world are littered with bad ideas. And yet, just when you think the world’s run out of them someone comes along to prove you wrong. I’m not just talking about stupid political agendas, although those make…

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Yes, Your Life Matters Too. Now Shut Up About It.

Chicago author, Steve Silver, made an interesting post yesterday on Facebook. In it he asked men who have caused sexual harassment, or worse, to own it. He wants them to post a social media status beginning with I HAVE. This is in response to all the women who have been posting ME TOO and admitting they were sexually harassed or raped. I would caveat Steve’s brave thought with this; DO NOT name names when you make that post. Do not post “In 1986 I grabbed Cindy-Lou Who by the woo-hoo…

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Mania de la Mandalay

The fun thing about conspiracy theories is they require no facts. All they require is the ability to hone in on a fear or belief, often combined, that the person reading them can accept. Often times they will be wrapped with the bon mot “common sense says …” Somehow the definition of common sense in these cases is often bent beyond recognition. The Mandalay Bay Casino massacre is no exception. The difference between the conspiracy theories here and, for example, the ones surrounding 911, is that they are so easy…

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You’re Wrong!

We live in amazing times. What was science fiction is rapidly becoming fact. In 2012 a scientist in England posited that an engine could be built that would have reaction without action. It was a silly fantasy. Now? The damn thing is being beta-tested and the argument isn’t IF it can work, but how. And that is one hell of an argument. Ten years ago being paralyzed was a slow death sentence. Now it’s rapidly becoming just another inconvenience. Oddly, at a time in our lives when science is denounced…

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