A few blogs that rule

The internet is an enchanting place.  Double ditto for the Kingdom of Blogging.  I mean, there’s pixiedust in that shit.  I’ve been known to forget to go to work while entranced in my WordPress Reader thingy, which eerily resembles a Facebook newsfeed, but it’s forgivable because it aggregates the posts of every blog you follow … More A few blogs that rule

Patriot (head)games

Hi and welcome to the 2017 edition of the United States’ Independence Day! First, I must congratulate all of the awesome fellow bloggers who are using the correct term in their Independence Day-themed posts!  Independence Day in the US is not “the 4th of July” any more than Christmas Day is “the 25th of December” … More Patriot (head)games

Stratification ~ The other side of the prologue 

In writing my last post, I realized that there’s another side to this whole societal stratification thing: I inadvertently left out the ones who usually get left out of the conversation. Oops.  My bad.  Didn’t mean to do that. The oversight is especially surprising because this latter group is the one of which I’m a … More Stratification ~ The other side of the prologue 

Everything we’ve heard about nicotine is wrong

Evidence is mounting that nicotine might be the next “smart drug”. Yep, that’s right. Except that you won’t hear that – ever – touted in the US. Why not? I’m not sure–at least, I don’t have anything I can prove.  But I have my theories.  But I’ll get to those later.  Let’s start dispelling myths. … More Everything we’ve heard about nicotine is wrong

No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?

Let’s say you’re in the same boat as my partner and me.  We live in the US.  We have no health insurance.  We couldn’t afford health insurance.  Affordable group plans are not available to us (we’re self-employed).  We couldn’t afford (and frankly, don’t need or want) the lowest-tier “bronze”-level insurance plan.  We don’t qualify for … More No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?