MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

May 2014

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The Grand Old Tea Party

TweetHere is Grover Norquist speaking in a Los Angeles Times article about the Tea Party: Once there were Republicans who voted for tax increases, but they aren’t here any more.… The Republican Party has largely…


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Albert Camus re-examined

TweetIf readers need a new translation of “The Stranger” to understand that Mersault was not a “monster” but “painfully without pretense,” they have not understood “The Stranger.” Also, Andrew Sullivan, quoting Claire Messud writes: Claire Messud…




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In God we don’t trust

TweetFunny how “small government” conservatives want to have their cake and eat it too by using the engines of government only when it serves their purposes, say, when local officials want to put “In God…


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Two amazing, amazingly pointless inventions

TweetI’m not sure what practical purpose this invention serves, other than wowing us with science, but it does provide a stunning visual: Here’s another one (embed disabled) in which people can walk through falling water…


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Israelite selfies

Tweet Perhaps if God, in all his wonder-working power, could have moved human technology along a little faster and let the desert dwellers have smartphones, maybe the events of the Bible could have been better…


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Argument from disproof

TweetSilly as it may seem, this is actually a popular argument apologists try to make when all of their other stock arguments have been exhausted. Here is the argument from disproof in all its glory,…