Absurd Q #150: What % of Christians will vote for Trump because they believe he’s the Antichrist & will ensure Jesus’ return?

DISCLAIMER: It has been forever since I've read Revelations all the way through (trying to get through Proverbs still... again) and some of what I'm remembering may well have to do more with cherry-picked stuff from the pulpit, or Milton, or Dante. I don't know. I'm trying to go with what little I remember. I … Continue reading Absurd Q #150: What % of Christians will vote for Trump because they believe he’s the Antichrist & will ensure Jesus’ return?

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

Q #125: Lies, damned lies, & statistics; or, Coronavirus versus other modern contagions.

I talked to my mom this morning after debating with myself for 20 minutes on whether or not I should (not a promising sign). I was worried she was gonna be one of those hoaxers or conspiracy theorists about the whole virus deal. Well, only took three minutes to get into it, and thankfully only … Continue reading Q #125: Lies, damned lies, & statistics; or, Coronavirus versus other modern contagions.

This is the most sensible thing I’ve heard about “good guys with guns” yet…

I don't have an account to save YouTube vids I love or appreciate (gmail screws me every time and all the apps kill my computer), but Scottie's Toy Box occasionally snaps up videos by this gentleman. He's named Beau of the Fifth Column, and I gotta say, I'm gonna make a point to look him … Continue reading This is the most sensible thing I’ve heard about “good guys with guns” yet…

Great Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, by Thomas E. Bonsall

My Copy: 9780831777814 (image from amazon.com) I can't explain my fascination with shipwrecks. All I know is probably every other time mom took me to the public library, I'd end up taking this one home. When I found it on eBay--decades later--I couldn't believe my luck. Probably some of the best memories of my childhood … Continue reading Great Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, by Thomas E. Bonsall

#033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?

Years and years of checking figures and it came down to one sentence in a webpage that I'd missed until yesterday (Yes, I was watching A Night to Remember for the umpteenth time). This is a question I'd always wondered about. I mean, the story was compelling as hell, and I get wrapped up in … Continue reading #033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?

HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills

My Copy: 9780946184712 (image from abebooks.com) If I recall correctly, my mother bought this for me back when I was a young shipwreck nut and wanted to learn everything I could about the Titanic disaster. She figured a sister was just as good, and yes--it was. I've read it a few times now, and have … Continue reading HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

#019–What would it take to go from our current hodgepodge of public & private “healthcare” to universal healthcare in the U.S.?

Because healthcare is hard. More specifically, paying for the sonofabitch is what's so hard. We don't have the economy we used to have, and the insurance system we used to have, and the system in place that made it work because the jobs are gone that fed the beast well. And I don't mean the damned Obamacare/ACA thing everybody wants to bitch about.