Understanding Dr. Seuss — and why his books were cancelled

Continued">

I have been in love with Dr. Seuss since childhood, and happily raised my own children on his lyrical work. Much of his imagery is delightful because it is so exaggerated; some of it is racist. If you want to understand why the company that manages his content has ceased to publish some of his … Continued

How tragic is the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other causes of death?

Continued">

Today I undertake a morbid and probably misguided analysis of the depth of the COVID-19 tragedy in America, examining the number of years of life lost. Trigger warning: this post discusses causes of death including suicide. Why would I undertake such a task? We are all reeling from the shocking numbers here. Half a million … Continued

To Texas mayor Tim Boyd: bullying constituents in a crisis is not leadership

Continued">

Tim Boyd, major of Colorado City, Texas, posted a statement on Facebook telling his frozen citizens that lack electricity to “sink or swim, it’s your choice.” Then he resigned. Apparently bullying suffering people is not the right approach for government officials. As you’re no doubt aware, Texas is in crisis. It’s suffering through snow and … Continued

No bullshit impeachment statements from Mitt Romney and Susan Collins

Continued">

On Saturday, Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins joined five other Republicans and all the Democrats and independents in the Senate in voting to convict former President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. Rather than equivocating, these Senators issued direct, clear, and declarative statements. Mitt Romney’s statement is short and direct Romney, the only Republican … Continued

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true” — Marjorie Taylor Greene

Continued">

Most uses of passive voice are lazy, thoughtless, or evasive. But the “allowed to believe” statement from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s speech is in another category: in just nine words, Greene declares her own idiocy and ignorance, and then blames unspecified forces for highjacking her brain and her fingers. If there is a passive voice … Continued

The impeachment brief as a virtual clinic in passive voice

Continued">

The lawmakers from the House of Representatives sent a brief to the Senate about the single count of impeachment they’re about to try. For the most part, it’s clear and straightforward. But an analysis of the 115 instances of passive voice in it reveals a lot about what lawmakers — and former president Trump — … Continued

Jewish space lasers, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and conspiracy narratives

Continued">

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the wacko Georgia Congresswoman who supports QAnon, has also posted about a novel conspiracy theory on her Facebook page: that a Jewish cabal caused lasers from space to start the California wildfires of 2018. Yeah. I’m not making this up. Her Facebook post on the topic has been deleted, and she says … Continued