The Best of the Blogosphere

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The latest from a few of our favorites:

Wonkette: a variety of edgy commentary

New Civil Rights Movement: news and opinion focused on issues that affect the LGBTQ community

Scholars and Rogues: a diverse band of political and social analysts, activists, jesters, and troublemakers

  • Yasukuni rain
    Second in my S&R Tokyo series… Yasukuni Shrine is an interesting place, but I won’t make more of visiting it than doing so deserves. Suffice it to say the Japanese struggle spiritually with militarism far more than we Americans do. … Continue reading →
  • Morning light
  • Random thoughts about the record album – part 2: the Beatles up the ante…
    “Full grown men, full of emotion and on top of the world. Meet the Beatles.” – Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone  (Part 1 here) When Bob Dylan met the Beatles in late August of 1964, the exchange was significant for both … Continue reading →
  • Export U.S. coal to Asia? Not so fast, say three West Coast states — and Canada?
    It appears Canada may no longer be a willing partner for American coal companies wishing to export coal to Asia. No economically feasible alternatives to get coal to Pacific Rim markets exist for those companies, either. News item from October … Continue reading →
  • Saturday Video Roundup: this week in 3MS
    I have invited everyone to investigate 3rd Millennium Sound on Spotify and Facebook, and I’ll reinvite you now. The project is zipping along wonderfully – I have discovered dozens of artists I didn’t know in the last few weeks and … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 28, 2017
    Let’s start calling it al-Abama and see if we can fool Trump into thinking that hillbillies are Muslim terrorists. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 28, 2017
  • A change of sand
    I’m shifting now from the desert to a similar landscape … the ocean. Here, I’m discovering the huge horizontal spaces both ‘scapes offer. There is a magnificent ever-changing pattern of sky, wave, surf, sand. And light. The various shapes take … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 27, 2017
    Healthcare “reform”: don’t be sick. Tax “reform”: don’t be poor. Immigration “reform”: don’t be brown. I’m sensing a pattern here. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April … Continue reading →
  • Is Trump right about “fake news”?
    Yes and no. Let’s look at the cases of CNN, the New York Times and the Denver Post. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffett President Donald is big on labeling … Continue reading →
  • Donald’s “judge shopping” anti-liberal dog whistle tweets (Updated)
    Update: I got two terms confused, “judge shopping” vs. “jurisdictional arbitrage.” I’ve updated the paragraph accordingly On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick of California stopped implementation of Donald’s executive order to eliminate money for sanctuary cities because it … Continue reading →

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Peter Sinclair, a long time advocate of environmental awareness and energy alternatives

  • Airbrushing Science
    For more on these photos, see Scientific American. It’s a hallmark of totalitarian regimes, that inconvenient people and facts are scrupulously removed from public record, media, and textbooks. It was a famous joke, a few years ago, when the Republican Governor of Florida forbade use of the phrase “Climate Change” for state employees, even those whose […]
  • Alarmed? Hell Yes, I’m Alarmed.
    Lawrence Torcello in the Guardian: I’m a climate alarmist because there is no morally responsible way to downplay the dangers that negligent policies – expected to accelerate human-caused climate change – pose to humankind. There can be no greater crime against humanity than the foreseeable, and methodical, destruction of conditions that make human life possible […]
  • How a Climate Denier Flipped
    One-time denier talks about his change of heart. So, the question arises, what was the limit? Exactly what does it take to gag a maggot, or knock a buzzard off a shit wagon? Says we shouldn’t be mean to deniers. Hurts their feelings. Sorry. I’m not here to make you feel like, even though you’ve […]
  • Portugal. the Man: Feel it Still
    Filed under: Crock of the Week
  • New York Times Rocked: Angry Readers Cancel following Climate Denier Hire
    Stunning debut at the Times — Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 28, 2017 Twitter can be brutal. This time deservedly so. Willful ignorance may be protected speech, but it does not deserve a place in the United State’s most important newspaper of record. They let us down historically over Iraq. They apparently felt that Clinton’s […]
  • Climate Teach in From 350.ORG
    The first Earth day was started in 1970 as a Teach-in at the University of Michigan. Here’s a mini-Teach-in for today from Below, part 2.   Filed under: Crock of the Week
  • Bill Maher: Trump’s First Hundred Days
      Bonus: Below, Elizabeth Warren’s pep talk. Filed under: Crock of the Week
  • Climate Scientist to NYTimes. Cancel My Sub
    New York Times hires more reporters for climate issues. And a climate denying columnist. Oceanographer Stefan Rahmstorf cancels subscription To the executive editor The New York Times 27 April 2017, via email Dear editor, I am a climate researcher, professor for physics of the oceans and have worked for eight years as advisor to the […]
  • Florida Slowly Confronting Sea Level Nightmare
    If the video above doesn’t explain the dangers of climate change for coastal economies for you, try Bloomberg below. Bloomberg: As President Donald Trump proposes dismantling federal programs aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions, officials and residents in South Florida are grappling with the risk that climate change could drag down housing markets. Relative sea levels in South […]
  • They’re Coming for Your Children. Deniers Bring “Alternative Facts” to Education
    Vice: Legislation proposed across the country since Donald Trump’s election threatens to bring climate change denial into the classroom under the guise of “academic freedom.” Currently, six states have legislative measures pending or already on the books that would allow anti-science rhetoric, including the rejection of global warming, to seep its way into schools’ curricula. […]

The Friendly Atheist: Hemant Mehta, friendly and skeptical

Title image: Evolution of Religion, by Simon E. Davies.

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