I enjoy a habit of contrarian-poking at overused assumptions. Especially the hoary nostrum that humanity is not improving. Elsewhere I take on one aspect of this cynical calumny, where folks sadly shake their heads over how “our ethics haven’t kept pace with technology.” What malarkey. What stunning ability to ignore all we have done in the last 60 years.

FlynnEffectOh, I’ll avow we may not be getting better fast enough to save ourselves or the planet.  That tense race is central to my novels EARTH and EXISTENCE. I’m no complacent polyanna. Rather, the fact that we’ve improved a bit demands we redouble our efforts! It is cynics who are at best lazy and unhelpful.

Putting ethics aside, what other areas of improvement might do the most good? How about making everybody smarter?  Better able to grasp complex situations and knowledge. Better equipped to understand diverse views and…

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Ann Coulter gets served

Beautifully done.

The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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Dell® collaborates for IT education in schools

A PR stunt to cover up for the tens of millions of broken computers that Dell Business sold knowing that they were broken and then blaming the customer for any flaws…of course the businesses had to know something was up and that there had to be something weird going on for dell to underbid that much.

PUTTING POLISH ON A TURD, the herofication of Christopher Columbus – Democratic Underground×488417

Babbling bullshit. Columbus left a lot to be desired as a person but this is insane.

Where does this anti-European mindset come from? Only europeans conquer and enslave whole peoples? huh? No one remembers the barbarism of the Aztecs and tens of thousands of people sacrificed by Huitzilipochtli or the Mayans who murdered children each time a new building was made as they become part of the building? Or the plains tribes who would enslave or scalp people?

Mindless self hate whining.

Just say that Columbus was a flawed man of a flawed culture who “discovered” (the Portuguese had been fishing just off the coast and Vikings of course) the Americas. The natives weren’t saints. They for the most part were cruel and practiced ritual murder and never had the insight to question their insane religions and vile rulers and corrupt bureaucracies unlike brilliant people in ancient China, India, and Greece.

The world is lucky that the Aztecs didn’t have the tech advantage and discover the “Old World”. Imagine a culture that thinks that murdering as many people as the priests can get to for as long as they can is a holy act designed to perpetuate the world. Disturbing to think about…it would’ve kept the population growth negative though. About the only shining lights were the Quinalt and the Iroquois.