Celebrities

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Rape: Why Has No One Investigated This Allegation?

For years, we’ve squealed with delight at all the ways Tyson annoys conservatives. The rise in their hatred for him has been matched pound for pound with how much we’ve grown to love him. He’s become a hero to atheists, to feminists, to late night hosts, to fans of space exploration, to nerds, to science-loving comic book readers, and to environmentalists. Is Tyson too much of a hero of the left for us to believe he could have moral failings?

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Personal Shit

“I’m not a criminal. I’m a good person.”

Incarceration often becomes our litmus test. It’s the dividing line between us, the generally “good” people, and them, the people who did bad things so often that they finally got the punishment they deserve. The danger with this methodology, though, is that staying out of jail is a lot more about luck than skill, about not being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Rants

What is the relationship between language, society, and culture?

I started writing a quick response to this question on Quora, but somehow it turned into a full essay. Let me know if I got it right in the comments. What is the relationship between language, society, and culture? Language can bind people together like nothing else, even if it is imposed from one culture […]

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Music

my response to a really old theneedledrop video

As much as any nerd and music critic, I’m aware of and generally enjoy Anthony Fantano’s music review videos. I haven’t seen ’em all, and I don’t always agree with him or feel a need to obsess about the music he obsesses about, but that’s to be expected–he’s got hundreds if not bajillions of videos. […]

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Science

the clergy helps science by electrocuting monks

If you’re a liberal SJW snowflake like me, you probably think of the Catholic church as a place of secrecy, oppression, and shame, where Nazis are ferreted to safety while Galileo is put under house arrest. Then again, Catholic priests and nuns have been at the forefront of all kinds of amazing scientific discoveries, from […]

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