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About bill

I'm a 75-yo white man who should have been a scientist, but never finished college. Now I'm retired and disabled. I was born into a fundamentalist Independent Baptist family, accepted Jesus at the age of six, and took 36 more years to get over it. I've now been an atheist for about 33 years. Politically, I'm fairly liberal. Almost always vote Democratic as the lesser of the two major evils. I write about science, space, evolution, and occasionally politics or whatever seems important or interesting at the moment.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Strange…a God who could make good children as easily as bad,
yet preferred to make bad ones;
who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short;
mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness
multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell;
who mouths morals to other people and has none himself;
who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all;
who created man without invitation,
then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man,
instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself;
and finally with altogether divine obtuseness,
invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!
— Mark Twain

Science in America

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this 4-minute video may contain the most important words he has ever spoken. I think he is probably right about that. This message may be the most important thing we need to hear today. Science is here to stay, and we all need to be scientifically literate. It’s truly urgent!

Listen to his argument. You need to be an informed citizen and voter, and that’s the truth.

I Love Optical Illusions

Puzzles like this can tell researchers a lot about how your eyes and brain work, but I won’t try to explain it because I don’t understand it myself. I just enjoy it.

When you casually look at the picture from a little distance,  the lines are all wavy. Or tilted. Or something. It’s hard to even say exactly. But examine it closely, and they’re absolutely straight. It’s all in your eyes. Furthermore, it’s a reminder that the world is not as it appears.

Remain skeptical.

But He Loves You

I miss George Carlin. Nobody could tell it like it was  better than he.

Carlin could be vulgar, but this short video is entirely clean. It’s one more example of how a vulgar funny man can still be funny without being vulgar. But even more than that, it’s one more example how somebody like him or Bill Maher can just state the obvious and make it hilarious.

A cousin of mine recently sent me this. (Thanks, Johnny.) Watch as George once again demolishes our favorite adult fairy tale.

First Santa Clause; now Him.

9-11-2001

9-11On September 11, 2001, I watched with the rest of the world as our nation was attacked and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came down. Only I watched from my mother’s hospital room.

She had had back surgery earlier that morning, and was under the influence of so much medicine that I’m not sure she knew what was going on. The noise from the TV bothered her, but my siblings and I could not turn it off. We had to learn what was happening to our nation.

Almost 3000 people died that day In the worst single attack on American soil since World War II. We must always be ready to defend ourselves from aggressors and make certain that such a thing never happens again.