New on my blog: A discussion of Steven Pinker's _Enlightenment Now_, which I strongly recommend in spite of a few reservations. https://garymcgath.com/wp/enlightenment-now/
Twitter is having a "major reorganization." Not a hint is offered, though, of improving on its abusive treatment of users. https://www.engadget.com/twitter-new-ceo-parag-agrawal-major-reorganization-200951522.html?src=rss
Boston . com claims something called "Dirty Water" is the top Boston song. The notion that anything but "Charlie on the MTA" can claim that status is absurd. https://www.boston.com/culture/community/2021/07/01/best-song-to-mention-boston-reader-poll/
RIP Stephen Sondheim. (A few days late, I just noticed.) https://www.boston.com/culture/entertainment/2021/11/26/towering-musical-theater-master-stephen-sondheim-dies-at-91/
Nadine Strossen and Joe Cohn: The Department of Education must commit to free speech and due process. https://www.newsweek.com/department-education-must-commit-free-speech-due-process-opinion-1654146
Biden lied that the US is not at war anywhere. Meanwhile, the status quo continues. https://theweek.com/foreign-policy/1007578/biden-wont-reconsider-americas-imperial-reach
Majid Khan was allowed to testify about torture by the U.S. only as part of a plea deal, more than 18 years after his capture. https://www.ibtimes.com/guantanamo-detainee-sentenced-after-detailing-cia-torture-3327622
Holiday shopping for "smart" gifts? Check out @jcahealey's questions for assessing privacy risks:
• Does it connect to the Internet?
• Does it have a camera, microphone, or other sensors?
• How much info is collected?
• What happens to the data?
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1466056245622841356
Marcus Lamb, opponent of COVID vaccines, dies of the disease. His son: "There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a spiritual attack from the enemy. ... there’s no doubt that the enemy is not happy about that. And he’s doing everything he can to take down my Dad." In other words, God gave Lamb COVID to show his message was wrong.
Daniel Larison: The World Keeps Yemen Waiting With Deadly Results https://original.antiwar.com/Daniel_Larison/2021/11/30/the-world-keeps-yemen-waiting-with-deadly-results/
Another holy lynch mob in Pakistan. The country is full of them. https://apnews.com/article/asia-pacific-pakistan-arrests-peshawar-e58e48e13e0f709f30753056437568a3
Uploaded my non-religious seasonal song, "Beacons in the Darkness," to SoundCloud. Heather Dale sang it better, but I can no longer find her recording online. https://soundcloud.com/garym03062/beacons-in-the-darkness
The Biden administration's concern in pushing through the OSHA mandate isn't to get people vaccinated. It's to establish the power to decide on a whim who may work and who may not. https://reason.com/2021/11/23/the-biden-administration-is-asking-an-appeals-court-to-lift-the-order-blocking-oshas-vaccine-mandate/
New book review on my blog: _For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe_. Michael Servetus was burned at the stake, and Francis Dávid died in prison, but they started the way toward religious freedom. https://garymcgath.com/wp/for-faith-and-freedom/
Kevin Strickland has spent most of his life in prison for a murder conviction based on no physical evidence, just an eyewitness account that the police seem to have coerced. His conviction was recently overturned. https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-11-23/kevin-strickland-to-be-freed-from-prison-after-43-years-as-missouri-judge-overturns-his-conviction
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