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  • January 10, 2014

    I AM NOT A COMMITTEE: Disney to form group to kill Star Wars Expanded Universe

    Disney appoints a group to determine a new, official Star Wars canon.

  • December 30, 2013

    2014 Predictions Part 3: Everything Else

    With little over 24 hours left in 2013, it’s time for my last predictions for 2014. I couldn’t be arsed to do two more bits, so I’m just doing one more blog post, and hopefully will keep this short.

  • December 27, 2013

    2014 Predictions Part 2: Science & Technology

    So after giving my political predictions, let’s move on to something eminently more satisfying and cool: that which is in my headline.

  • December 21, 2013

    2014 Predictions Part 1: Politics

    Recently, a friend of mine noted that not enough people–mainly pundits–actually put their reputation (and even money!) on the line and make hard predictions. He admired a lefty blogger for doing so last year when said blogger made a line-in-the-sand prediction that everyone would be sold on Obamacare by today. (Naturally, my friend disagrees with this lefty blogger on several issues, though not all.) That got me thinking to what predictions I would make, so, well, at the end of 2013, here are a few.

  • December 19, 2013

    Employment & Free Speech

    So A&E (apparently) suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Robertson clan from Duck Dynasty, for homophobic & racist statements he gave in an interview. Naturally, there’s been a lot of outrage on all sides.

  • December 14, 2013

    How much of a fuck I give about China landing on the moon:

     

  • November 29, 2013

    Geography Schmography

    Just before Thanksgiving, Buzzfeed posted an article about how some Brits couldn’t identify any of the US states. Then someone at BoredPanda responded that Americans could barely identify any of the countries in Europe. It’s a theme I’ve seen countless times before: Americans are unworldly, uneducated, and just plain stupid, especially when it comes to anything beyond their nation’s borders. The Buzzfeed article was, in some ways, a reprisal to that, noting “Hey, non-Americans are stupid too!”

  • November 27, 2013

    Scrapping The Welfare State, Giving Out Cash, & A New Future for Liberarianism

    Man, that title sounds hella-pretentious, but it’s immediately what came to my mind reading this article by Matthew Feeney on Reason.com, Scrap the Welfare State and Give People Free Money. It is a fine argument for replacing our current welfare system with a form of basic income, which I have come around to over the past two years (roughly) living in Washington DC. After leading in with the recent news that Switzerland has created a basic income (on top of their preexisting welfare system, which is dumb) he gives this key passage (emphasis mine):

  • November 25, 2013

    Can we just stop making stuff up?

    The title of a recent article at The New Republic reads:

  • November 24, 2013

    The Magic of Hulu

    I should be writing. But I discovered that we have Hulu. And on the Magic Hulu there are “Almost Human” and “Sleepy Hollow”.

  • November 11, 2013

    From @Superbus » Richie Incognito And The Male Disease

    » Richie Incognito And The Male Disease The Superbus’s Thoughtpad.

  • November 09, 2013

    GOP: Listen to Libertarians; Ignore Social Conservatives

    Earlier this week, Virgina voters went to the polls and narrowly elected Democrat Terry McAuliffe–who is a veritable dirtbag–over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who is pro-life, wants to force transvaginal ultraounds, hates gays, and is a climate change denier. Meanwhile, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis picked up 6.5% of the vote as well. Naturally, this means that Republicans are blaming libertarians (and Libertarians) for this loss (while some conservatives are already blaming “ze establishment.” More on that later.)

  • November 02, 2013

    Not doing NaNoWriMo, but Scrivener is a yes

    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. Again.

  • October 28, 2013

    Comment Archive: Response to Matt Zwolinski on Rothbard

    I hate doing posts like this, but the comment section on Bleeding Heart Libertarians is again acting up. So to preserve my comment in case of an error, here is my comment on Matt Zwolinski’s blog post on Murray Rothbard:

  • October 22, 2013

    A Truly American Centrism

    Before this week continues into the bloody mess that is the Healthcare.gov website, and the PR fiasco Obamacare is becoming for liberals and Democrats, I wanted to examine something far more promising and hopeful for America: that of the growing, silent middle.

  • October 22, 2013

    On blogging (and writing)

    [Scoville Blogs Again George Scoville](http://www.georgescoville.com/2013/10/george-scoville-new-blog-relaunch/).

  • October 19, 2013

    Response to Kevin Vallier: Um, no, Christian belief is not reasonable

    I am a huge fan of the website Bleeding Heart Libertarians. It’s one of the few blogs I read that is genuinely intelligent and intellectual, and while that’s probably because I don’t read too many philosophy blogs, it also makes it one of the most enjoyable. Unfortunately, every so often you get a dud. And, even more rarely, you get what can only be described as a rotten egg.

  • October 18, 2013

    Tweaking

    NOT twerking. Not at all.

  • October 15, 2013

    A fine comment on cronyism

    By yours truly, of course:

  • October 14, 2013

    Why I’m Not A Fan of Apple

    A couple of weeks ago I got into a debate on Facebook between Android and Apple. I have never really been a fan of Apple products, despite owning an iPod for two years and using an iMac and a Macbook Pro at work. There are many reasons why I prefer Android and/or Windows over Mac OS X and iOS. So let me go through them.

  • September 16, 2013

    Individual Sovereignty, Humanism, and Libertarianism

    I went off on a rant about humanism and individual sovereignty.

  • August 31, 2013

    Syria summed up in a tweet

    When the only answer to moral indignation is explosives and warfare, we are engaging in death-worship, plain and simple. — Shay O'Reilly (@shaygabriel) August 31, 2013

  • August 29, 2013

    Interesting discoveries in “God is Not Great”

    I am in the middle of Chapter Eight of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to it before. It’s actually a superb book, in that Hitchens is just a great writer, and his British tone is absolutely delightful to read.

  • August 25, 2013

    Words To Live By

  • August 22, 2013

    My pithy statement on Manning

    I am in full favor of morphologial freedom. I support everyone’s right to self-ownership, which includes the power to change one’s gender. I do not take issue with transgendered or transsexual Americans. I am not a conservative, and do not buy conservative arguments that one cannot change that. If we are to respect people as individuals, then that must include the power over one’s morphology.