Westward, ho.

Hey friends, I’ve been working a plan for a while, and it’s gotten to the point where I can talk about it publicly, so I figured I’d mention: I intend to leave Chicago around the end of September. I’m headed toward Colorado, and I anticipate landing in the Denver/Boulder sort of area. I don’t know … Read more

You really should install Signal on your phone. Seriously.

Do this: Right now, take out your smartphone (presuming you use one that runs iOS or Android.)  Go to your app store of choice (or just follow this link) and install an app called Signal.  It’s free.  It costs you nothing.  But one day, it may help you in ways you cannot yet foresee. Signal is … Read more

The nice thing about the “Rule of Law” framing for an argument …

… is that it’s a really easy way to get people to ignore thinking about the ramifications and consequences of the particular situation, focusing their attention instead on the general opprobrium for the principle of order. The mind gets caught thinking about whether laws, in theory, are good on the whole, and forget to think … Read more

Every police officer convicted of murder …

Here is the entire, complete list of every single American police officer convicted of murder. http://t.co/HlBRWsP96D — Benn Jordan (@bennjordan) November 25, 2014

Liberia: Dead Ebola Patients Resurrect?

“Since the Ebola outbreak in Nimba County, this is the first incident of dead victims resurrecting.” I should think so. http://ift.tt/ZKzD5n Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died … Read more

Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

Alternative medicine. It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer’s claims to special powers. Click here for the full article Posted from Facebook

ISIS Claims to Have Beheaded Captive American

So, I didn’t know James Foley personally, but he and I had some friends in common. He graduated from the same journalism program as I did, just before I started. His public execution by Islamic fundamentalists is yet another glaring example of the harms that religion does to the world. The animals who killed this … Read more

Arson suspected in three Orlando fires

Had a lot of fun at the 123 Hill House. It had the best poker room/hurricane shelter within 100 miles. It was a landmark. Hope they catch the firebug. Three houses caught fire in the Thornton Park area of Orlando Saturday, all of them vacant homes — all of them possibly arson. Click here for … Read more

Would You Let a Friend Send Any Text to Any Contact in Your Phone? | Game|Life | WIRED

The game is called “Damage Control”. Who wants to play? David Sparshott Damage control is an excruciating, highly addictive game that among my friends has destroyed relationships, rekindled others, threatened to ruin careers, sparked sexual intrigue, and caused no end of terror and laughter. It is a game for two friends, and best played drunk. … Read more

Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws

Man, these Satanic Temple folks just get more and more excellent. First the whole monument to the devil outside of the Oklahoma courthouse, and now this. They will use the recent decision to exempt its believers from informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material. Click here for the full article … Read more