(Originally published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the day after Donald Trump won the electoral college, while losing the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes) ‘”This isn’t some village. This is Kabul. Women here used to practice law and medicine; they held office in the government’… “…Men wielding pickaxes swarmed the dilapidated Kabul Museum and smashed pre-Islamic … More “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
At the very beginning of every single school day, students are asked to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States, and acknowledge the existence of a god in doing so. My informal argument for why this is problematic follows. We teach students, or at least we ought to, to take their words … More Stop Making Kids Pledge Their Allegiance To The Flag.
(Originally published on Monday, June 18th, 2018) My library account is currently suspended because of this book. Well, that’s not entirely fair. It’s suspended because I haven’t returned the book. Not really fair to blame it. Someone put a hold on this book after I checked it out and I have not yet checked it … More “Tulalip From My Heart” by Harriette Shelton Dover
“Today I take Matthew, my younger son, to the Sierras; or we glide in a skiff on the bay a few miles away, across the flats, and he watches stingrays scatter like bats; or to the giant in-shore kelp forest, richly populated with fish larger than men. Over the edge of the boat, peering down … More “The Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv
Juneteenth I just finished reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. The amount of information this slim book contains is staggering. I’m really grateful it’s in a book, actually, since my brain struggles to retain anything books are where I keep most of my information. The book touches on many subjects that fit … More “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking
Please sign and share! https://www.change.org/p/washington-state-senate-thurston-county-must-be-renamed It is time to rename Thurston County. This name gives honor Samuel R. Thurston, a virulent racist who demonized Blacks and Native Americans. Thurston worked tirelessly to strip the Native Americans of their rights to their ancestral homelands. He was a hero to the white invaders of the land, writing … More Rename Thurston County
If the system was such that you could never afford a loaf of bread, would you steal or starve?
What if there was a teleporter that could send you all the way across the world at the speed of light? Would you try it? Even if the way it worked was to utterly destroy you? Watch the video to find out more!
The Skeptical Paradox is essentially the recognition that, as a fallible being, your perception of the universe might be entirely flawed, and so nothing is as it seems. In acknowledging that this is the case, you seem to eliminate the justification for any of your beliefs, and if you have no justified beliefs then you … More The Skeptical Paradox
Yeah, I’ve talked about it before, but now you can see my face when the words come out of it, so it’s better. Plus there’s a whiteboard, see?