Media Matters has an amazing and rather depressing report out on the way broadcast media in the US covered climate change. I’m going to give you a handful of bullet points that reflect only some of the results of this detailed study, then you go read it. Bottom line: Coverage in 2016 was a fraction…

Everyone knows that you never say the name “Voldemort” because it gives him power. Like this: And perhaps for this reason, many non-deplorables wish to avoid using the name of Trump. I can understand their position, and I respect their point of view. Having said that, they are totally wrong, of course. Trump isn’t just…

And, can we hear the tapes please, before they get Wooded?

Donald Trump on Sesame Street

As I’ve pointed out before, New Yorkers have been dealing with Donald Trump for a very long time. Chris Hayes, on All In, came up with some great examples, the last one of which is … well, just watch:

Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution by Anurag Agrawal is a fantastic, readable, scientifically rich, detailed monograph about – you guessed it – the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant. The monarch butterfly begins a springtime northward migration by flying a good ways north, where females…

Go Fund David Weinlick

Some of you may know David Weinlick, especially if you are active in politics in the Twin Cities, or associated with the University of Minnesota. He is well known around these parts for his political activism and important role in the DFL (that’s how Minnesotans spell “Democratic Party”). He was the Party Affairs Director for…

The fun raising letter that’s gone around asks for 10 bucks to “enter to win.” But, of course, it is legally required that any such contest not require a payment, so you can enter for free! But hurry, the contest ends in just a matter of hours! SPREAD THE WORD! Here’s how: …you may enter…

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind is a new book on cultural evolution in humans from a biological perspective. This is an interesting book and a good book, and I recommend it, but I need to add a strong caveat. The author could have made a more compelling argument had he more…

The earliest life must have been something like a small single celled organism, like a bacterium. Or at least, the earliest life that we can usefully conceive of, and potentially connect with living life. It has been suggested that life could have initially evolved at the site of submarine hydrothermal vents, which is a place…

Climate Change Elevator Pitches

Rob Honeycutt is famous for his many contributions, at Skeptical Science, in the comment threats on my blog, and elsewhere, in defense of climate science, where that defense is largely against the deniers of science and damagers of civilization. (He is also the guy who makes these famous messenger bags) He deserves a lot of…