There is no such thing as a “death tax” in the USA. The Death Tax is what Republicans label the Estate Tax as a way to manipulate folks who are not affected by it to condemn it, for the political benefit of their wealthy friends.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Rasputin comes to mind. Grigori Rasputin was a very famous peasant of late Tsarist Russia who had enormous influence over the Court in pre-revolutionary Russia. But his power was short-lived. So, no, Rasputin doesn’t make the cut.
The great Mesmer comes to mind. Franz Mesmer was a German physician who is credited with inventing (or discovering) hypnotism. So feared was he in his day that the word Mesmerism pre-dated the first use of the word hypnosis by nearly 100 years. I don’t know, is Mesmer the real deal?
But surely Grover Norquist is the real deal.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
|Scopes Trial Attorneys -- Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan|
How long have you wanted to have YOUR story respected? Surely since only a few years after Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859) and The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871). Surely since the awful Scopes Trial (1927), where the Christian prosecution prevailed, but not really. We have been fighting Culture Wars (between fundamentalist Christians and seculars) for as long as we can remember. And only one of the issues is the teaching of Darwinian Evolution in our public schools. And wanting to challenge it on its own turf with the Biblical Creation story. And being most recently slapped down by conservative Judge John E. Jones III, a George W Bush appointee, in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (2005).
Monday, January 9, 2017
Before we begin, I need you to perform an experiment. First, write down your estimate of the temperature of the water that you wash dishes (manually) with. Next, write down your estimate of the temperature of the water that you bathe in (shower or bath). In both cases, the hottest that you can tolerate without burning yourself. After you write these numbers down, I want you to find your kitchen thermometer and measure how hot the water really was under both conditions. When you have these four numbers, click below where it says “Read more »” and continue reading.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
|These are all Galaxies in a piece of sky smaller than the Moon|
This essay was written by a friend; I like it so much that I am posting it on my blog. It’s not about politics or governance but it IS about perspective and we both agree on the importance of perspective, in politics and everywhere else.
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Cosmos is Greek for the world of the Heavens, the starry world. That is: everything out there. Everything that we can see or grasp or imagine. All the big things (that, ironically, appear to us so infinitely tiny).
Most humans don't think cosmically. Most humans' view of “the world” is their local "world," frequently not more than a 20-mile radius world. Many affluent First-World citizens have a different perspective of "everything," perhaps the world itself, the planet Earth, or at least vacation spots in far-away places. But for the most part, most First-Worlders do not ever think about the Earth proper; it is too vast to imagine except in very limited discussions. For the most part, our “world” is our neighborhood, and we rarely think outside THAT box.