Posted on Nov 20, 2018

My American Horror Story

Posted in Members Only, Society

When I first moved to America in the late 90’s (and then again in 2004) I remember listening to people’s horror stories about insane medical care costs. It was routine for people to face bankruptcy due to medical bills, despite having insurance. And then there were those without insurance who simply didn’t get treated and often died as a result. This was utterly alien to me. Coming from a...

Posted on Oct 30, 2018

Recognizing The Monster Within

Posted in Politics

The recent right wing terrorist attacks on American soil are evidence of a seething rage that simmers beneath the surface of society. These random, unprovoked acts of unthinkable savagery are almost always committed by men, usually white, and usually unremarkable in every way thinkable. They have failed in life and commit gruesome acts of destruction to give themselves some sense of accomplishment — a desperate cry for attention to...

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Donald Trump And The 48 Laws Of Power (Part 1)

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Almost 20 years ago, I came across Robert Greene’s iconic book “The 48 Laws Of Power” in a book shop in San Francisco. It was lying on the table I was sitting at, and I found the title so intriguing I started reading it, despite being there with a friend. The introduction was so compelling that I completely lost track of time and sat there devouring it for the...

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The American Narcissistic Celebrity Complex

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Over the past few days, two deeply damaged celebrities have injected themselves into the public discourse (again), pledging their support for another deeply damaged celebrity, who happens to be president of the United States. Kanye West appeared in a truly bizarre meeting with Donald Trump at the White House last week, where he expounded upon alternate universes he exists in, Trump masculine energy, and the super powers MAGA hats...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The War On Your Mind (And What You Can Do About It)

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information coming at me from every angle imaginable. Granted, I have just moved house (with a young child this is twice as stressful), but the non-stop scandals coming out of the White House and the devastating climate change report delivered by the UN climate science panel has been wearing on me in more ways...

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Liberals Do Not Understand The Deadly Game Republicans Are Playing

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The disgraceful nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court reinforced a notion I have come to understand about America for some time now. Beneath the exterior presented to Americans via the news, America is not a country with two political parties. It is not a country governed by democratic norms either. Without an all out war to preserve the ideals laid out by the Founding Fathers, America as...

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Bill Maher Is Not The Enemy, Part Two

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During “Real Time With Bill Maher” last Friday night, Maher made several references to Lindsey Graham’s sexuality that had many accusing the comedian of homophobia. The first joke was about Graham escaping from the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator in the US Senate because, according to Maher, he was “familiar with the back door.” Later during the show, Maher referenced Graham’s sexuality again while discussing...

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Andrew Sullivan Goes “Both Sides” On Brett Kavanaugh And Christine Ford

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As a gay, Catholic conservative who voted for George W. Bush, loved Barack Obama, and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, Andrew Sullivan usually does nuance pretty well. His transformation from arch conservative to non-ideological liberal (or small-c conservative, depending on your definition) has been fascinating to watch, and his analysis of US politics really is second to none.  After his move away from hard right conservatism, Sullivan became disdainful...

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Jordan Peterson’s Bastardization Of Biology

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I’ve largely written about Jordan Peterson in the Banter Members section and not on the main site to avoid the onslaught of pestering I would no doubt receive from his devoted fans. I do not fear intellectual criticism from his army of hardcore acolytes, but I do value my time and do not wish to spend it arguing with true believers who hang on his every word. For all...

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Hilarious, Depressing Republican Survey Confirming The Idiocy Of Their Voters

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If you’ve watched your paycheck diminish, education costs go up, and your health care costs spiral out of control, most rational people would probably think about not voting for Republicans. Why? Because Americans have been subjected to right wing economics for almost four decades now, and with very, very little to show for it.  Unfortunately, most self identified Republicans do not seem to be able to grasp this, believing instead that...