"Talks a good game about freedom when out of power, but once he’s in – bam! Everyone's enslaved in the human-flourishing mines."

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cyber Monday Product Recommendations

Apparently Cyber Monday is a thing now, so here are my product recommendations from this year. This is going to be really nerdy, but by far the best thing I got this year was these collar extenders. Every time I … Continue reading

Such Mixed Feelings About Crazymeds

Crazymeds.us is an excellent and highly informative site which I will never recommend to my patients. It’s excellent because it gives mostly accurate and readable descriptions of the costs and benefits of every psychiatric medication. It has a laser-like focus … Continue reading

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Why I Am Not Rene Descartes

I. Imagine that somebody wrote: Some of my friends support Ron Paul. I think that’s wrong. After all, he’s a libertarian, and Wikipedia says a libertarian is a person who believes in free will. But free will is impossible in … Continue reading

Race and Justice: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

Previously reviewed: effects of marijuana legalization, health effects of wheat, effectiveness of SSRIs, effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous Does the criminal justice system treat African-Americans fairly? I always assumed it obviously didn’t. Then a while ago I read this harshly polemical … Continue reading

Links 11/14: I Link, Therefore I Am

The American chestnut was once a contender for the most common tree in the country, by some accounts making up 25% of all trees in the Appalachian area and having a population of up to 3 billion. It was a … Continue reading

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OT9: The Thread Pirate Roberts

This is the semimonthly open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. You remember that time I tried to explain fashion using cellular automata, referencing hipsters in particular? A recent Washington Post article highlights the … Continue reading

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The Categories Were Made For Man, Not Man For The Categories

I. “Silliest internet atheist argument” is a hotly contested title, but I have a special place in my heart for the people who occasionally try to prove Biblical fallibility by pointing out whales are not a type of fish. (this … Continue reading

Prisons Are Built With Bricks Of Law And Brothels With Bricks Of Religion, But That Doesn’t Prove A Causal Relationship

Research Suggests Psychiatric Interventions Like Admission To A Mental Hospital Could Increase Suicide Risk says an Alternet article about a study that specifically mentions that it should not be used to conclude that psychiatric interventions like admission to a mental … Continue reading

Republicans Are Douchebags

Or, more technically, douchebags are disproportionately Republican. But I figure with this title I’m guaranteed front-page links from Salon and Daily Kos. A while back, I argued – not especially originally – that “conservative” and “liberal”, far from being mere … Continue reading

Ley Lines Of The Midwest

This is now unexpectedly a geography blog. That’s Ohio and Indiana as seen from space. And that’s Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota as seen from space. Each small grey dot is a town. Are there straight horizontal or vertical lines … Continue reading

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