8. February 2016


Send in the Clowns

by Alton C. Thompson A fire broke out backstage in a theatre.  The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded.  He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater.  I think that’s just how the world will come to an end:  to general applause from wits who believe […]

Continue reading...

4. February 2016


Two Wealthy, One Good

As usual, there is a plethora of recent information below the following essay. Please check it out, directly beneath the embedded song. *** It’s been a year since my fund-raising campaign. Some readers probably remember Frank Friedrich Kling offering to match donations up to $2,500. The target was met within a few days, with my […]

Continue reading...

31. January 2016


Beyond Happiness

The birds are silent in the woods. Just wait: Soon enough You will be quiet too. “After Goethe” by Robert Hass, American poet and professor of poetry What does it mean to be happy? The simple definition, according to Merriam and Webster, is “feeling pleasure and enjoyment.” What is required to feel pleasure and enjoyment? […]

Continue reading...

27. January 2016


So Stupid It Berns

Had I not already offended everybody I know, and many people I don’t, I’d hesitate to post this essay. I’m an equal-opportunity offender, as I’ve written often in this space. My latest example, though likely not my last, is offered in this brief missive. It seems Americans are falling for it again. Afflicted with hope […]

Continue reading...

23. January 2016


Six Paths to Near-term Human Extinction

Loss of habitat for human animals could result from at least six different factors rooted in civilization. Some are nearer than others. Half fall under the broad category of abrupt climate change. Two of the remaining three fall under the heading of ionizing radiation, hence lethal mutations. I’m doubtless missing a few factors. In addition, […]

Continue reading...

19. January 2016


Annihilation or the Triumph of Consciousness?

by Fahrusha for her own blog. Links to McPherson’s recent interview with Fahrusha and Kate Valentine can be found beneath this short essay. This post was inspired by two articles that I recently posted on Shattered Reality Podcast‘s fan page on Facebook. The first article comes from the BBC and is entitled: Earth ‘entering new extinction phase’-US […]

Continue reading...

15. January 2016


Change is Bad

Nearly everybody complaining about the system — however defined — is doing so from within the system. They refuse to abandon the dominant paradigm even as it abuses them. They call for reform of a system incapable of reform. They refuse to change course while bemoaning a system that will not change course. Why will […]

Continue reading...