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the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america’s surface

I SKIPPED “MONSTER TALK” with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tidCon in the latest Skeptic newsletter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn’t at­tract my in­terest. Nor did common mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­tical and fra­ternal twins. [Continue reading]

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that number has been greatly exaggerated by the rightwing

WE ARE SO USED to mas­sive gov­ern­ment spending that $678,000,000 is a rel­a­tively small number. Way too much to spend for a mal­func­tioning web­site, for sure, but still small in the scheme of gov­ern­ment spending. Until you look at it this way.” That number has been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated by the rightwing—of course. [Continue reading]

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it’s our job to figure out what happened in benghazi!

EVERYWHERE I TURN—whether  in con­ver­sa­tion, on in emails with my Re­pub­lican con­tacts, and es­pe­cially on Face­book and the other so­cial media on the internet—I hear people “quoting” then Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clinton on what hap­pened to the ef­fect that she said that the deaths in Beng­hazi “didn’t matter” or “doesn’t matter.” [Continue reading]

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waterloo, watergate, whitewatergate, and just plain old gate

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW what Wa­terloo and Wa­ter­gate and White­wa­ter­gate have to with each other? And what does a just plain old gate have to do with any­thing and where does ABBA fit into this? What if I brought an­other, more re­cent gate into the conversation—like Beng­hazi­gate? [Continue reading]

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how apropoe – on poe’s law and the wasting of irony on the internet

I AM A PRACTICING IRONIST. Need­less to say, I have run up against a few ob­sta­cles trying to use it ef­fec­tively on the internet, es­pe­cially on Face­book. I usu­ally use irony as a rhetor­ical de­vice when I want to make a point about someone’s ex­tremely ir­ra­tional or just plain stupid comment—a rather common occurrence. [Continue reading]