Author Archives: themikeb

Will Anyone Learn Anything From PA18?

It’s official (sort of), Connor Lamb will be the next congressman from Pennsylvania’s 18th District.  And he’s a Democrat (sort of).  In Trump Country (sort of). See, there’s what we know and then there’s what we know.  Know what I mean?  And lest we forget, the Philadelphia Inquirer reminds us: And all this for a […]

How Trump Has Already Won on DACA

Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do. The Dems had all three branches of government back in 2008-2011, and they decided not to do anything about DACA. They only want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018 Donald Trump is many […]

ABC Takes Trash TV to a New Low

I’ll start by admitting something: I watched the season finale of The Bachelor last night.  That was difficult but I’m glad I got it off my chest.  If you saw it too then you know where I’m going with this. The Bachelor — perhaps America’s most respected piece of absolute garbage — hit a new […]

What do we mean by ‘gun control’?

GUNS. Did that get your attention?  I bet it did.  I bet you’re either thinking of all the innocent lives these killing machines have taken and the existential threat that those lobbyists-disguised-as-patriots of the NRA pose to our democracy, or you’re thinking about the good ol’ Second Amendment and how the liberal fear-mongering elitists want […]

How Will They Spin This One?

So it turns out Mike Pence used a private email to send and receive sensitive information while he was Governor of Indiana.  Not only that, he was hacked. From The Indianapolis Star: Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging […]

Are Public Schools Sovereign?

The answer is no, they are not.  But you wouldn’t know it based on the CSU’s recent memo advising students that they should call campus police if they are approached by immigration authorities. From The San Diego Union-Tribune: “I think the chancellor’s statement was just a re-enforcement of the values of the California State University […]

Basically, We’re All Doomed to Stay Stupid

Great article in The New Yorker, “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds“: Stripped of a lot of what might be called cognitive-science-ese, Mercier and Sperber’s argument runs, more or less, as follows: Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to coöperate. Coöperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For […]