UC Santa Barbara Shooting
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:36PM
I appropriately sympathize with the victims of this tragedy and certainly do not condone violence, but I also feel rather bad for the shooter because I very easily relate to how he feels. I am more than 12 years single and I have had to discover wisdom to overrule many of the very same ideas expressed by him in his video. I regard myself a kind and compassionate guy rejected by the majority of women I encounter and often cannot determine why. Meanwhile, I observe what I view to be lesser men... [more]
The Morality of Meat-eating
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 6:03PM
I have often wondered how long it would take for some vegan among my Facebook friends to get me to describe the moral reasons for my consumption of meat and animals products. I have been entangled in such a discussion and it has turned wordy, so here goes. This will be my typical format, breaking down specific arguments and rebutting them one-by-one.
Why would you kill animals when you know they suffer and plants don't? It makes no moral sense to consciously pay someone to kill animals. We... [more]
Answering an Anti-vaxxer
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 8:41PM
An anti-vaxxer was throwing some questions at me on Facebook earlier. My response became wordy. Time for a blog!
Let's digest this point-by-point.
getting the measles which in most cases is not life threatening or fatal.
The World Health Organization disagrees with you.
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
In 2012, there were 122,000 measles deaths globally – about 330 deaths every... [more]
Monday, Jan 13, 2014 1:19PM
Wow! It feels like it has been an eternity since I have bogged anything. I was going to do a brief Facebook post on this, but figured I'd turn it into a blog before it got too long. Let's have some fun. The following appeared in my feed today.
Most of you probably already know this, but... most artificial sweeteners cause autoimmune response effects which can increase inflammation around the body and therefor, worsen Fibro symptoms.
Easily the #1 thing you must cut from your diet... [more]
Occupy Concepts: Seriously Lacking in Journalism Skills
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 9:17PM
I want to start by saying that I fully support what the Occupy Movement has been doing since their emergence last year. They have spread like wildfire and while I don't always agree with their choice of solutions, or lack thereof, I applaud them that they are at least looking for solutions. Regretably, some of their numbers are in dire need of assistance in the world of journalism.
Earlier today, I was directed to have a peek at the wiki on OccupyConcepts.org. They have an article all about... [more]
9/11 Twoofers: Give me a Break
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 12:31PM
This is predictable. On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the twoofers are rampant with straw men, pseudoscience, and general ass-hattery.
"The official story is nonsense!" I'm not going to argue that. I give skepticism all the room it needs. However, skepticism is rigidly defined in such a way that positive claims are forbidden in order to remain skeptical. Twoofers have a tendency to claim that 9/11 was an inside job -- a positive, non-skeptical claim -- and once they are taken to task for it,... [more]
Rachel Parent and Kevin O'Leary Reach an Understanding
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 1:44PM
It is time for another round of "Tanoro analyzing dishonest propaganda." Today's piece of claptrap is this little gem making its way around Facebook.
I saw this discussion and the person who made this graphic is either a lying douche, didn't watch the same discussion that I did, or watched it through a bias thicker than coke bottle glasses.While Kevin O'Leary was, at times, noticeably speaking as though he were talking to a child, he asked some basic and very reasonable questions about the... [more]
Class A Censor
Friday, Jun 28, 2013 7:30PM
Normally, I prefer to reserve my blog space for topics interesting to wider audiences, but I have a statement to make on principle and it involves criticizing a person in particular and their willingness to win arguments to ensuring only their side of the story is allowed to be told.
Recently, I posted a screenshot from a Facebook wall post from someone who was, until recently, on my friend list. He is a vegan who had reached the limit of his willingness to tolerate civil discussion on the... [more]