The Benefits of Legal Cannabis
Thanks to legal cannabis Pueblo, Colorado is undergoing an unprecedented green revolution. Legal cannabis has brought more jobs, businesses and investment to Pueblo than this community has seen since the industrial revolution. Legal cannabis is a clean, green industry that is helping Pueblo become a more vibrant, safe, healthy and wealthy community.
Monday, March 21, 2016(7 comments)
Donald Trump: The Racist Messiah
Trump has been running farcical presidential campaigns since the 1980s. Trump's Achilles Heel has always been his mouth . Every time Trump opens his mouth he lives up to his reputation as an obnoxious racist buffoon . Traditionally, after the first stump speech of each political season Trump supporters have evaporated faster than popsicles in the Mojave. But not in 2016. Series: Racism and Democracy (5 Articles, 4521 views)
Friday, March 18, 2016(1 comments)
Racism 101: Debunking White Supremacy
Describing the US as a white supremacy isn't an ad hominem attack. It is simply a statement of fact. The only people in the room when the founders mapped out the contours of American democracy were greedy white guys. Is it any wonder that the only people who have enjoyed unrestricted access to American democracy throughout its history are greedy white guys?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(24 comments)
Donald Trump 2016: Making America Racist Again
White supremacists like Donald Trump take pleasure in fomenting racism. Given Trump's nauseating popularity as a 2016 presidential candidate, it is also obvious that many Americans share Trump's White supremacist hatreds.
Friday, January 8, 2016(11 comments)
Ten Reasons Why I Am Voting for Donald Trump
Ten reasons why everyone should vote for Donald Trump:
1. Donald Trump is not a p*ssy.
2. Donald Trump will kick out the Mexicans.
3. Donald Trump will ban Muslims.
4. Donald Trump will make us all rich.
5. Donald Trump will end socialist healthcare.
6. Donald Trump will put a white man back in the White House.
7. Donald Trump will trample Hillary Clinton
8. Donald Trump is a real American.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015(3 comments)
Black Lives Matter Cracks the Blue Wall of Silence
For decades, people of color have protested the horrific abuses that they have experienced at the hands of sadistic cops. Middle class America paid little heed to those protests because it was difficult for Ozzie and Harriet to imagine that police could really be as barbaric as people of color made them out to be. Series: Racism and Democracy (5 Articles, 4521 views)
What is White Privilege?
Whites often react with hostility to the suggestion that white privilege exists. If white privilege exists then, on some level, whites must admit that they owe their good fortune to past and present injustices. Series: Racism and Democracy (5 Articles, 4521 views)
Thursday, November 19, 2015(1 comments)
Old Racists Never Die
This is a satirical response from Reverend Billy Bob Butthole, Jr. to a Washington Post article about the insufferable anti-white prejudice that white racists claim to besieged by the contemporary USA. Series: Racism and Democracy (5 Articles, 4521 views)
Stephen Hawking's God: A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion
It boggles the mind that two eminent physicists would be so unwilling to embrace the full implications of quantum uncertainty. With apologies to Einstein, quantum science has revealed the inescapable truth that determinism is naught but a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Planet of the Persnickety Apes: Darwin and the Aesthetics of Survival
Thanks to Darwin, the most straightforward answer to any question regarding survival vs. extinction is simply: advantageous evolutionary adaptation. Humans are discontented aesthetes because--at least, so far--it has been evolutionarily advantageous for humans to be agents of change.
Paula Deen and Pop Culture Racism
As the Paula Deen case illustrates, racist vernacular among pop stars can stray too far across the line of good taste and decency. I think it is incumbent on responsible adults to impress upon our kids that using racially denigrating language--no matter which pop culture hero the user may be emulating--is hurtful, damaging and wrong.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013(59 comments)
Einstein's God is Irrelevant
Einstein's oft-repeated, and dogged insistence that "God does not play dice" is scientifically wrong-headed for a number of reasons.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013(4 comments)
Fate or Folly: The Mind of God and Other Known Unknowns
In spite of its scientific veneer, fate is a patently unscientific superstition. Determinists admit that in order to predict future events with 100% certainty, an observer would need to be endowed with some form of superhuman omniscience.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013(5 comments)
Where humans were once the relatively helpless pawns of almighty nature, super-adaptable agents have transformed their former master into their servant. Nature now answers to the beck and call of its human masters.
Monday, May 6, 2013(1 comments)
Angela Giron: The Hardest Working Senator in Colorado
Thanks to Senator Angela Giron, our kids will be better protected from rampant gun violence. Thanks to Angela, Coloradans will have better-funded schools in their neighborhoods, and more access to higher education. Thanks to Angela, when our kids complete their educations they are going to find more and better jobs waiting for them in an energized economy.
Thursday, April 4, 2013(2 comments)
Race: The World's Deadliest Social Disease
Racism is a socially-constructed disease of the mind. Racism is an infectious disease that is caused by a specific form of ignorance: a groundless, pre-scientific belief that race is based in fundamental biological differences among humans. Nothing could be further from the truth. When it comes to biology, humans are all like (Gregor Mendel's) peas in a pod.
Friday, March 8, 2013(2 comments)
Immediate Nationwide Moratorium on Guns and Ammo
Beginning today, Americans should demand a national policy of Zero Tolerance for Gun Violence. In order to prevent any more needless deaths, Americans should also call for a nationwide moratorium on gun and ammunition sales until every gun, gun owner, and in particular, every wacked-out sociopath can be "well regulated" by appropriate, Constitutionally-empowered authorities.
Thursday, March 7, 2013(3 comments)
Racism and Hypocrisy: Celebrating Diversity--Just Not Among Humans
Remarkable as the human enthusiasm for diversity may be among canines, humans tend to deplore diversity among their fellow humans. For example, common as racial discrimination has been among humans, has there ever been a dog park that discriminated on the basis of fur color?
"No black dogs allowed!"
Thursday, March 7, 2013(9 comments)
The NRA: Proud Sponsor of Mass Murder Since 1871
Here are the facts: The National Rifle Association delivers unlimited guns and ammunition to trigger-happy gun nuts, while simultaneously preventing law enforcement from impeding even the most reprehensible psychopaths who are bent on carrying out mass murder against innocent victims--all too many of whom are sweet, little kids.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013(2 comments)
Prove it! Scientific Prediction vs. Teleology
The predictive power of science has made it possible for humans to exert unprecedented control over the natural universe. In the days before science, the winds of human fate were largely blown about at the mercy of the elements. But science changed all that.
Feynman's Cosmic Onion
Albert Einstein believed that the universe was governed by a rational god who would never play dice with his precious creation. Yet, if scientists have learned anything over the past century, it is that the universe is anything but rational. Thus, if there is a god, he does play dice. Further, scientists who don't wish to crap out would be well advised to wise up to the increasingly bizarre rules of his game.
Friday, January 25, 2013(6 comments)
Evolution 2.0: Lamarck, Culture and Human Ingenuity
observers have also noted that humans have been liberated from the strict constraints of biological, or Darwinian evolution. For example, in Wired for Culture , Pagel (2012) argues that humans have been able to subvert the biological evolutionary process due to their unique capacity for cognition and cultural adaptation.
Thursday, January 24, 2013(1 comments)
Sapient Apes Ascendant: The Costs and Benefits of Human Agency
Having succeeded in asserting unprecedented mastery over the planet, can super-adaptable apes draw upon their intellectual agility in an entirely new way in order to evolve from ruthless, insensitive combatants into judicious stewards of their own and their planet's better interests?
Evolution at the Speed of Thought
Humans are the first super-adaptable organism to evolve on earth. Rather than being determined by the constraints of Darwinian biology, humans are the only terrestrial species that is graced with the Lamarckian capacity to "redefine reality."
Wednesday, November 21, 2012(18 comments)
Thanksgiving at Walmart: Strikers Plan a Nationwide Celebration for Black Friday
There is a tragic chink in Walmart's "populist" armor. While there is no doubt that Walmart loves to deliver severely discounted products to its customers, in order to maximize discounts, Walmart is infamously stingy with its employees. Actually, stingy is too generous a term: when it comes to caring for its employees, Walmart is like Ebeneezer Scrooge on steroids.
It's Alive!! Ray Kurzweil, AI, and Frankentelligence
Kurzweil not only believes that AI is inevitable, he also believes that AI will be a uniformly positive phenomenon. For example, AI-enhanced machines could repay their human creators by helping solve variety of currently intractable problems. However, no one should be surprised if sentient machines decide to focus on their own priorities.
Blinded by Faith: Religion as Institutionalized Ignorance
If the Bible encourages its followers to believe that dinosaurs accompanied the preposterous menagerie on Noah's ark, then I think we can safely conclude that the bible is not a tool of enlightenment, rather, it is an instrument of intellectual stultification.
Ward Churchill, the AAUP, and Academic Freedom
Should the AAUP have done more to assist Ward Churchill in his long struggle to preserve and advance the principles of academic freedom? To that I can say, yes. Emphatically, yes! Indeed, I also believe that the AAUP needs to do more--much more!--to ensure that Ward Churchill's academic freedom (and, by extension, every scholar's academic freedom) is restored, reaffirmed and strengthened.
The Future is a Fantasy: A 100YSS Presentation*
Why bother with space travel? Because, quite simply, the stars light the way to a brighter future. Space travel paved the way to Kennedy's New Frontier in the 1960s. If the US remains committed to accomplishing ever greater feats in the future, then we should look to the stars to light our way. Thus, space travel is not a distraction. Space travel represents the path to America's--nay, humanity's--next Great Frontier.
There Ain't No Justice in Putin's Russia: Closing Statements from p*ssy Riot
On August 8th, the three members of Russian feminist punk band p*ssy Riot delivered their closing statements at the Moscow Khamovniki District Court. Charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were first arrested on March 3, a day before the controversial re-election of Vladimir Putin.
Sunday, August 19, 2012(22 comments)
Putin's p*ssy Problem: From America with Love
Pussy Riot's protest was an exceptionally courageous act because of Vladmir Putin's infamous knack for disposing of political critics in a heavy-handed fashion. In short, Putin's critics usually end up in prison or dead. Indeed, if I were a Russian citizen, I and my family* (*Putin likes to play rough and send clear and terrifying messages to his critics) could very well end up dead for defending p*ssy Riot.
Don't Bother Apologizing for Joe Paterno
The following message is for anyone who would like to suggest that, due to a selective reading of the Freeh Report, Joe Paterno should be exempted from blame or criticism for the egregious role that he played in the Sandusky Scandal.
Queers Need Not Apply: The Boy Scouts of Amerika Continue to Disappoint
On July 18, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America announced the results of a confidential, two-year review of its policy that explicitly excludes gays. The Boy Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, stated that a special eleven-member committee came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy ""is absolutely the best policy'' for the 102-year-old organization.
Thursday, July 19, 2012(66 comments)
Say It Ain't So, Joe: Another Sports Legend Bites the Dust
Unfortunately, Joe was not a man of his word. Winning football games did matter to Joe Paterno, and, it has come to light that winning obviously, and distressingly, mattered more to Paterno than the welfare of kids. Winning mattered so much that Joe Paterno, that great and honorable man, was willing to make a deal with the devil.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012(1 comments)
The Federal Budget for Dummies: Tax Cuts + Increased Spending = Red Ink
In the late 1990s, Bill Clinton managed to produce a series of record-setting federal budget surpluses. Not deficits, surpluses. For those who are unacquainted with such a foreign concept, budget surpluses occur when the federal government collects more revenue than it spends--which, as we all know, doesn't happen very often.
Thursday, July 5, 2012(14 comments)
Catholic Bishops Fortnight Fiasco: Government Grants Freedom, Not God
Via the Fortnight for Freedom, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are attempting to make the argument that the AHA's mandates will inhibit their religious freedom. In this case, "religious freedom' is defined rather broadly as "blocking access to contraceptives for Catholic Church employees.' On July 4th, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, asserted that "God grants freedom, not government.' However, on that poi
The First Star Warrior: Galileo's Assault on Catholic Cosmology (Excerpt from Good Science)
Following the invention of the first telescope in 1608, Galileo took up this new instrument with uncommon zeal. Imperfect as early telescopes may have been, Galileo was nonetheless enthralled by the wonders that his new star-gazing tool exposed. One glance through the telescope revealed that there was much more to the heavens than anyone had previously imagined: more stars, more planets, more beauty and more anomalies.
Power to The People's Attorney
Since both candidates are Democrats one might assume that Bill Thiebaut and Jeff Chostner are interchangeable. Not so. Apart from the fact that they are both members of the same political party, each candidate emphasized throughout the debate that their views about criminal justice, the state of public security in Pueblo, and the manner in which the DA's office ought to be managed differ in practically every respect.
To Infinity and Beyond: New Frontiers in the Science Wars
It's easy to beat up on postmodernists these days. Ever since the Sokal Hoax, the postmodernists' Waterloo, the science wars have been a rout. Once it became clear that postmodernism was incapable of distinguishing between valid scientific perspectives and gibberish, postmodernists have bolted from the battlefield.