Thoughts on a Theft

So, a bunch of my backpacking stuff was stolen. It looks like someone got into our apartment building and ransacked the storage units in the basement. These were ultralight items that I invested in carefully over the past few years. When I moved up here, I gave away maybe four-fifths of my beloved books and … [Read more…]

We’re being played.

The Trump-Bannon team is playing us with the President’s whole “the dishonest press isn’t reporting terrorist attacks” line and Spicer’s list.   This is an attempt to push a narrative on the American people that our greatest existential threat comes from terror attacks by Islamic extremists. By responding to and covering the list, the media … [Read more…]

Why All Americans Should be Concerned, Regardless of Party

(Fred Korematsu was the subject of yesterday’s Google Doodle) All Americans should be scared about what’s going on right now, for non-partisan reasons: 1. The unprecedented concentration of power in Trump’s inner circle: They’ve been creating a “shadow cabinet” since day one, inserting senior staff members into federal agencies who report to and are accountable to … [Read more…]

2016: My Year in Books

2016 was the year I reclaimed my reading life: I read almost as many books in one year as I did in the previous three years combined. I credit some of this shift to GoodReads, which allowed me to keep reading as a priority, especially with social media and election news competing for my reading … [Read more…]

Guns vs Education

For every gun shop in America, there are about one and a half K-12 schools.  If you live in an average American community and count up about how many elementary, middle, and high schools there are around you, there should be two-thirds as many gun retailers. (This includes pawn shops licensed to sell firearms.) Of course, … [Read more…]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

I ran into this headline today: “PEW POLL: 63 MILLION MUSLIMS SUPPORT ISIS IN ELEVEN COUNTRIES” I won’t link to the article, but you can probably find this site through a quick search. My first thought was that this number seemed small–I was pretty sure that there were over a billion Muslims in the world. Sure enough, … [Read more…]

Secret Santa Can Suck It 2014: ShellHawk

As usual, I’m late, but as usual, I’m having a blast picking out Secret Santa gifties for someone I don’t know that I don’t actually have to give! Over at Shadow Manor, the Caretaker organizes an annual “gift swap” that involves unlimited budgets and lots of images but no actual exchange. It’s perfect. This year, … [Read more…]