Human Nature

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History: Propaganda with Footnotes

History: Propaganda with Footnotes We define civilization as an organized society with writing. An organized society with oral history is therefore uncivilized. It’s pre-historic, you see, no matter how sophisticated it may have been. History is what is written and historians quote ancient writings and subsequently each other to provide accurate history. I like history, … Continue reading

Beyond Good and Evil, My Arse

Beyond Good and Evil, My Arse I watch true crime documentaries to research good and evil. We’d like more good and less evil, right? I just watched movie The Night Stalker, about Richard Ramirez, who terrorized California in the 1980s. A friend was there at the time and her boss made her take his big … Continue reading

Beating Stress-the Silent Killer

Stress is a perceived dangerous loss of control. The good purpose of stress: the leopard attacks- adrenaline/epinepherine and cortisol dumps into your body, your Blood Pressure rises, your heart races, you hyperventilate and your muscles tense. This is no time for analysis, your reason is not required and is not engaged. All other processes, growth, … Continue reading

Survival of the What?

Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ has been co-opted to justify all sorts of sociopathic behaviors, though Darwin himself was rather a nice guy. Survival of the fittest has actually been taken to mean survival of the most selfish, most brutal, the champion in the war of all against all. How did that work out for … Continue reading

On Manatees and Liberals

You gotta love manatees. Well, you don’t ‘gotta’ but I do. I love their obesity and the fact that when I snorkeled in Florida springs, they didn’t eat me. Unlike the alligators. Manatees, sea cows, munching, munching, munching. Supposedly sailors mistook them for mermaids. If so, they had been on that ship for way too … Continue reading

Abortion Debate: Could We Please Drop the Stupidity on Both Sides

I hate abortion yet I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-choice because God gives us free will. We can choose what to do with it. Have you noticed God didn’t stop you last time you did wrong? But even choices have limits that are not allowed. We call those crimes. I would like the abortion choice to be … Continue reading

You Can’t Kill a Virus

You can’t kill a virus, because it’s not alive. It just floats about as potential until it can hijack the cell of a living thing to make it reproduce more viruses. Some folks tried to kill Covid by drinking bleach, alcohol and other disinfectants on the theory that hey would disinfect their innards. It makes … Continue reading

Stereotypes and Racism

Lots of comedy is based on stereotypes, such as dumb Polacks ( I’m Polish) drunken Irishmen or Italian Mafioso. Stereotypes could be an element of racism, but let’s not dilute the horror of racism, which is the firm conviction that my “race” is superior to all others. This was the Nazi idea, but they didn’t … Continue reading

Your Last Dog

Dogs live for twelve, maybe fifteen years and become part of our family. There’s always a special one that just crushes us when it dies. My English setter Suzy Q. died when I was twelve and I’m seventy-one now and I still smile when I think of her, running through the golden autumn grass, tongue … Continue reading

Fatal Attraction

Praying Mantis’ Sexual Cannibalism It might seem like a high price to pay for sex, but about a third of male Praying Mantis are willing to take the chance. Females often eat their lovers at some point in the act of mating and misguided naturalists, who think they need to justify animal behavior on moral … Continue reading