Archive for 2018

  • Neck Between Two Heads: a story of civilization and superstition

    Neck Between Two Heads: a story of civilization and superstition

    November 5th, 2018 | Fiction | journalpulp | 76 Comments

    CHAPTER 1 This happened shortly after his mother died, when he was seventeen-years-old and the real violence had not yet begun. The day after her death, he dropped out of high school and went to live with his half brother, whom he’d only met once, eight years before. His half brother’s name was Jon. He […]

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  • Frogs, Toads, & Bats

    October 17th, 2018 | Poetry | journalpulp | No Comments

    Frogs and toads and bats have had a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember. I love these beasties for their diversity, their versatility, their resilience, and for what they represent. Beginning about two years ago — for reasons which go far beyond that lovely ghoul-haunted month meaning “8th month,” […]

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  • Agriculture: How Subsidies and Socialization Destroy Good Farming

    Agriculture: How Subsidies and Socialization Destroy Good Farming

    September 28th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    Farm subsidies have never made any sense — and despite almost a century of entrenchment, this remains as true today as it ever was — and I will show you specifically how: how and why, I should say, the subsidization of agriculture devastates the vital, beautiful industry of farming and agriculture. My notions, first of […]

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  • “How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism”

    “How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism”

    September 25th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    That title is in quotation marks because it’s the title of an actual piece, which recently appeared in the Atlantic Magazine. This piece is an interview with a sociologist named Margaret Hagerman, who sought to “recruit white affluent families as subjects for the research she was doing on race” — and this is for a […]

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  • Universal Healthcare Myths and Truths

    September 24th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Often you will read or hear that except in America, healthcare in all developed countries around the world is recognized as the “basic human right” that it actually is, and this is why “America is the only civilized country in the world that doesn’t offer universal healthcare to its people.” You will often hear that […]

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  • The Path of the Just is as a Shining Light which Shines More and More Unto the Perfect Day

    September 22nd, 2018 | More and More unto the Perfect Day | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    This is a repost from some time ago — the most articulate and thoughtful and heartfelt review of this book that I ever received, from a wonderful person I’ve never met and with whom I barely communicated, and that was a long time ago: I finished reading Ray Harvey’s More and More unto the Perfect […]

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  • Higher Education: Institutions of Staggering Debt and Indoctrination

    Higher Education: Institutions of Staggering Debt and Indoctrination

    September 17th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    Why is college so expensive? For the exact same reason that healthcare has become so expensive. Which is the same reason rents in San Francisco and Boulder have become so expensive. Economist Daniel Lin, professor of economics at American University, explains this basic and well-known principle, in three short minutes: Even worse than the monetary […]

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  • Speaking of Corporations and Capitalism and Privilege

    Speaking of Corporations and Capitalism and Privilege

    September 14th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    I recently wrote about some of this, and then just last night I read the following. Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren, in kicking off what many think will be her 2020 Presidential run, proposes what she calls — apparently without irony — the Accountable Capitalism Act. As actual legislation, it will go nowhere and it’s […]

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  • Global Climate Action Summit

    Global Climate Action Summit

    September 12th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    Tomorrow — Thursday September 13th, 2018 — Al Gore, Van Jones, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, and many more will fly in on fossil-fuel-powered jumbo-jets and ride in fossil-fuel-powered motor cavalcades to gather together in fossil-fuel-temperature-regulated rooms (rooms composed largely of fossil fuels and their by-products) to lecture us again on our […]

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  • Quiddity

    Quiddity

    September 6th, 2018 | Bartending | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    This certainly beats most of the other stuff I’ve had sent to me lately. Thank you TRD! And thank you Merrriam-Webster for using my sentence. “Quiddity” — Word of the Day, September 6th, 2018. That article, incidentally, which discusses the difference between mezcal and tequila, was part of a monthly series I once wrote for […]

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  • Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Communism Is Good,” & Why California Cities Are Becoming Unaffordable

    Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Communism Is Good,” & Why California Cities Are Becoming Unaffordable

    August 31st, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    That tweet was recent. I know of a few hundred million people who’d probably be willing to debate the statement — except they’re in prison or were already murdered. (Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!) Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who called for tax cuts when she was running her own business) famously wants “healthcare, housing, and education for […]

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  • [UPDATED] Single-Use Plastic And Why Nine Out of Ten Statistics are Wrong

    June 28th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    [UPDATED] I was just sent this: SHOCKER:RECYCLING PLASTIC IS MAKING OCEAN LITTER WORSE This one is surging — or, I should say, re-surging, since it’s not at all new — and you will watch it go stratospheric. You will also watch the Texas-sized exaggerations and outright prevarications spread across the globe with pretty much the […]

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  • “Online Mobs Drive Ornithologist Into Research Secrecy After Learning He Killed A Bird”

    June 28th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    [Note: The subject of animal rights is complex, and I won’t get into the intricacies of it here — except to point out that those who are calling Christopher Filardi a “murderer” (for euthanizing a bird) believe perforce — by extension — that the domestication of animals is slavery, and that zoos are a form […]

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  • Intolerance, Individualism, and the Paradox of Dogma

    June 22nd, 2018 | Individualism | journalpulp | No Comments

    Did you hear about the 18-year-old Utah girl, Keziah Daum (non-Asian), who did nothing wrong last month? And yet she was harassed like hell, inadvertently sparking an outrageous and indefensible left-wing backlash merely by wearing in celebration and total homage a beautiful prom dress of qipao (Chinese) provenance. Her putative crime? “Cultural appropriation.” Let me […]

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  • The Beauty Of Laissez Faire — And How It Explodes Climate-Change Scaremongering

    June 10th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    It was just recently announced that a team of Harvard scientists, in collaboration with a private company called Carbon Engineering, have developed an inexpensive, large-scale method for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. In an excellent article titled Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline, Robinson Meyer, of the left-leaning Atlantic […]

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