See updates through December 18, 2021, at end of post.
A while ago, Nancy Gibbs penned an op-ed for the Washington Post arguing that medical providers should continue to provide even scarce intensive care to people who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine because—this is a slippery slope argument—many of us do things we shouldn’t or fail to do things we should. Once we exclude one group, people who have refused vaccines meant to control a life-threatening pandemic, where, really, do we draw the line? What, for example, about people who fail to quit cigarette smoking? Read more
See updates through October 11, 2021, at end of post.
Something that has mystified me for quite a long time is that some folks insist on censoring other people’s speech.
I can certainly understand, with the b-word (rhyming with rich) and the n-word, how some words transgress a boundary into hate speech and these I agree should be avoided. But when folks object to other words, I have to wonder why they insist on controlling people’s utterances. There isn’t a “good,” as in justifying, answer to this question. Read more
See update for September 24, 2021, at end of post.
If you’ve been confused by the decision after decision after decision that seems to plague the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration process on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, well, me too. Read more
See updates through November 6, 2021, at end of post.
I have previously argued on numerous grounds that justice does not reduce to law. This conflict arises again with U.S. Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling that a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized migrants cannot be included in a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package whose prospects for passage anyway remain very much in doubt. Read more
See update for October 3, 2021, at end of post.
I’ve been a little slow getting to this but the proposed state of Jefferson is being mentioned in the context of the failed attempt to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom. Probably a few folks are wondering what the fuck a state of Jefferson is. Read more
See update for October 11, 2021, at end of post.
I have been mostly silent about the recall campaign against Governor Gavin Newsom in California. California became a state too much enamored with artificial idiocy and money for me. I am no longer a California resident and Californians are no longer my people, so, to some degree, it’s really no longer my business. Read more
See update for September 13, 2021, at end of post.
I needed my sleep.
But my neighbor, a friend from the Star Trek fan club chapter we were both members of, was banging on my door. “You have to see this,” he yelled.
It was September 11, 2001, and the scene on his television set (I didn’t have one) was of smoke rising out of a World Trade Center building. CNN would become notorious for endlessly showing again and again video footage taken of planes crashing into the towers. Read more
I have noted, for a while now, a strong bias among social scientists in the “nature versus nurture” question in favor of nurture, that is, that traits can largely be attributed to one’s social environment, especially as a child. The most obvious counterexample is sexual orientation; many gays and lesbians insist strongly that they were “born that way.” I think people whose gender identities do not accord with their biological sexual characteristics would make a similar claim. Read more