Flaunt for Flaunt
August 9, 2019 · 1 


Angela Chen at MIT Technology Review says that resistance is not futile when it comes to platforms shutting down hate-sites, even if they just pop up somewhere else: …research suggests that deplatforming does hurt online communities even if they pop back up afterwards, and second because the decision by CloudFlare [which kicked out 8chan], a …

The Marketplace of Realities
August 8, 2019 ·


If elected president, Bernie Sanders will go on Joe Rogan’s show and tell the tRuTh about aliens. Yep: Rogan: If you got into the office and you found out something about aliens, if you found out something about UFOs, would you let us know? Sanders: Well I tell you, my wife would demand I let …

The Same Side of the Mouth
August 7, 2019 ·


Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Ould Mkheitir spent five years in prison on blasphemy charges, and he has now thankfully arrived in Europe (in an unspecified location) safely. He says: So much has changed over the past five years and I am still adjusting to life outside of prison. Now I am free, my hope is to …

Sounds Yucky
August 6, 2019 ·


Unexpectedly, Ross Douthat says Trump is “deeply connected” to the recent shooting massacres, but not in the way one might expect: … Trump participates in the general cultural miasma that generates mass shooters, and having a participant as president makes the problem worse. The president’s bigoted rhetoric is obviously part of this. Marianne Williamson put …

All of Our Music is Tainted
August 5, 2019 ·


I don’t know what to say about the shootings here. Nothing I could put here would be terribly meaningful or useful. Just to keep things in the Heresy wheelhouse, I will note that Cloudflare, a network provider, is giving the forum 8chan the boot, as it has been a home for content such as the El …

The Quickest Route to Ultimate Reality
August 2, 2019 ·


At the Washington Post, Tara Isabella Burton looks at the spiritual commonalities between Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump: At their core, both are … prime representatives of one of the most important and formative spiritual trends in American life: the notion that we can transform our material circumstances through faith in our personal willpower. Trump’s …

Physical Manifestations of a Psychic Scream
August 1, 2019 ·


Last night’s Democratic presidential debate, in which ten candidates were I guess just utterly disappointed in each other, didn’t raise too much that warrants attention/alarm/mockery here, but I did like this line from the climate-focused Jay Inslee, who pushed back on Joe Biden’s plan regarding transitioning from coal, “Your argument is not with me, it’s …

Maybe a Fun Kook
July 31, 2019 ·


Not a whole lot from last night’s Democratic debate that is relevant to this particular blog, but I can point out a couple of things that caught my attention. First, there was Pete Buttigieg, who attacked Republican opponents of a higher minimum wage for being insufficiently Christian: …so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the …

Pardon My Pneumothorax
July 30, 2019 ·


Amazon is called out for selling homeopathic fake medicine, including pills “derived from the urethral discharge from men infected with gonorrhoea,” by…The Daily Mail? Yes. The Daily Mail. One has to wonder what they were searching for when they found this product. There is a documentary about a marathon runner in India who claims to …

Trampling Carpets with Grubby Shoes
July 29, 2019 ·


Proving her point that we are living in “Billy Graham’s America,” Crissy Stroop at Playboy (turns out you can read it for the articles) shows why trying to shame Mike Pence and the theocratic right by calling them “fake Christians” is counterproductive and only fuels their fire: Instead of simply opposing our government’s gross human …