Social Commentary

The Corpus Callosum

Category archives for Social Commentary

I Just Noticed

I just noticed this: the average workweek in the USA has declined to 34.1 hours (see the BLS report: Employment Situation Summary).   Last year, the average television viewing time increased to 151 hours per month, or 5.03 hours per day in a 30-day month, which comes out to  35.23 hours per week.  We now spend…

A few days ago, there was a minor ripple in the political world, when a media person tried to get John McCain to say that Obama is a socialist.  Even though McCain had hinted at that several times during the campaign, he would never state directly that Obama is a socialist.  Well, he still won’t…

What Hath Geology Wrought?

The earthquake in Haiti is only the most recent in a series of catastrophes stretching back over two centuries.  It was not always like this.  Haiti, in fact, was once the most prosperous colony in the New World.  When it was a French colony, known as St. Domingue ( also called The Pearl of the…

Pearl Harbor Day

This is a high-resolution photo of Pearl Harbor (click to enlarge). When I saw that it had been posted to the NASA Earth Observatory, I wondered — momentarily – why they would post a photo of Pearl Harbor. Then I remembered: December 7th. My father was 14 on 7 December 1941. He studied in high…

Texas Bans ALL Marriages

Reasonable persons still wonder why some others insist that permitting gay marriage will threaten heterosexual marriage.  Now we find out: it happens as an unintended consequence.  Take Texas (please): Texas’ gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages By Dave Montgomery Fort Worth Star-Telegram Posted on Wednesday, 11.18.09

Oxymoronic Prayer

A meme making the rounds in some circles is this: Prayer for Obama, Psalm 109:8.   This is what is known as an imprecatory prayer, that is, a prayer that expresses ill will toward another.  This particular bit of verse is one of the less appealing and less inspirational found in the Christian Bible: Hold not…

Gang Mentality

I spend a lot of time working with gang kids.  One of the amusing things, is to see some of these kids strutting around, feeling like a million bucks, because they are so smart.  In actuality, they have IQs in the 90-100 range.  But the rest of their crew is down in the 70-80 range. …

General Fatigue of the Insane?

This is about chronic fatigue syndrome and the association with XMRV.  I apologize in advance for the provocative title, and the subsequent gratuitous references to the Nobel Prize, but there is a point to this. Take a look at this summary of the “old-fashioned disease”: During the nineteenth century general paresis of the insane emerged…

This is a bad sign. Specifically, it is an instance of the mainstream media starting to hint at the truth. I take this as a sign that things are getting worse, as the effort to keep up the pretense is no longer even remotely credible. What this article shows, is that the economic models are…

Interesting Parallel

There is an interesting parallel between the fight over rural electrification, in 1935, and the current health insurance debate. (HT dangerousmeta) How FDR Enacted his “Public Option” By Bob Simmons, Crosscut.com, Guest Writer, 9-13-09