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Sunday, September 16, 2018

In the war over identity politics, the individual has been the first casualty. Both the champions and critics of identity politics often share the same view of the individual as someone defined by their colour, race, gender, age or sexuality. You aren't just you: you're black, you're white; you're gay, you're straight. The Of course we all have group and tribal affiliations, and they're important in creating a sense of belonging. You can't pretend you're not a woman or a member of a racial minority -- but that's just one aspect of your identity. The danger is when, in the name of identity politics, it becomes the primary or core definition of who you are.


Friday, September 14, 2018

The question, What happened to Tucker Carlson? is worth answering. If we can figure out how an intelligent writer and conservative can go from writing National Magazine Award -- nominated articles and being hailed by some of the best editors in the business, to shouting about immigrants on Fox News, perhaps we can understand what is happening to this country, or at least to journalism, in 2018.


Monday, September 10, 2018

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Metzger, who is lead author on the study, reviewed scientific literature from the past 200 years and found only one publication -- from 1802 -- that used the clearing-orbit requirement to classify planets, and it was based on since-disproven reasoning. Metzger recommends classifying a planet based on if it is large enough that its gravity allows it to become spherical in shape. "And that's not just an arbitrary definition, Metzger said. "It turns out this is an important milestone in the evolution of a planetary body, because apparently when it happens, it initiates active geology in the body." read more


If you happen to be in or around the general Los Angeles area and available on Saturdays for the next few months. Shia LaBeouf will be on hand to oversee the first semester of his new Slauson R.C. Theater School, and it seems all you need to do is just show up. There's no tuition involved. "I'll be there every Saturday from 9 a.m., building shit with whoever shows up. I'm trying to change the world, if you are too let's get it. Bang."


The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Metzger, who is lead author on the study, reviewed scientific literature from the past 200 years and found only one publication – from 1802 – that used the clearing-orbit requirement to classify planets, and it was based on since-disproven reasoning. Metzger recommends classifying a planet based on if it is large enough that its gravity allows it to become spherical in shape. "And that's not just an arbitrary definition, Metzger said. "It turns out this is an important milestone in the evolution of a planetary body, because apparently when it happens, it initiates active geology in the body." Pluto, for instance, has an underground ocean, a multilayer atmosphere, organic compounds, evidence of ancient lakes and multiple moons, he said. "It's more dynamic and alive than Mars," Metzger said. "The only planet that has more complex geology is the Earth." read more


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