Author Archives: Ray

You disparage wealth who have never known poverty. You disparage cleanliness and health from a tower of health and cleanliness. Let me tell you something:

You disparage wealth who have never known poverty. You disparage cleanliness and health from a tower of health and cleanliness. Let me tell you something: Poverty which is neither sin nor vice is also neither noble nor good. Poverty is hardship. Poverty is sickness. Poverty is misery. Poverty is death. The words well, weal, and…

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Plastic Strawmen and Noble Cause Corruption

As a bartender, the latest wave of environmental misinformation and exaggeration struck particularly close to home. I’m referring, of course, to the environmental push to outlaw plastic straws in bars, with, additionally, the threat of steep fines. Have you ever heard of “noble cause corruption”? It’s when you’re so convinced that your argument is on…

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Brain Damage & A Daredevil Too Slippery To Hold

______________   On a lovely spring day in Southern California, 2009, a young man with blue-black hair and dark skin arrived late and winded at the starting area of a much-anticipated track race. A small breeze blew down from the north and a whisper of lilac laced the currents. The young man was of Navajo…

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Covert Cannibalism and My Wild Plea

The over-population scare that was once all the rage has in the last decade or so been supplanted by food fastidiousness. The over-population faddists, as you may or may not know, are also the folks who brought us the offshoot peak-oil scare. Both of those, while not quite completely out-of-fashion (yet), have been bunked many,…

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On Wisdom, Knowledge, Cell Phones, & Unchaining The Learning Beastie Within You

This is the last and longest video in the course, and I urge you to watch it through to the end, because there are some surprises: Do you know what Google ethicists call cell phones?  Tiny slot machines. You know why? Because cell phones are hard-to-put-down. I recently heard a report — and I believe…

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Power Learner: How You Can Read 200 Books A Year

This is a brand-new course I’m teaching — name your price if you pre-enroll. Name Your Price! Reading is a dying art. And yet even as it dies, even as more and more people stop reading in favor of scanning, skimming, reblogging, LIKING, and so forth, it’s never been more important to become a real…

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The Great Electrifier Takes on Climate Change

Climate change — or global warming, if you’re antiquated — is a dead duck. It always has been. The Great Electrifier explains why:

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The Godless Constitution

There is, among rightwingers predominantly, though not exclusively, a rather persistent misconception that the United States is at its roots a religious nation. This is demonstrably false, and rather easy to verify, as we shall see in a moment, but first let us note that the subject is significant (and becoming more so) not because…

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The Great Electrifier: Nuclear Energy & the Myth of Nuclear Waste

There is no such thing as nuclear waste — and that’s just one of the many beautiful things about nuclear energy. A nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste. Quoting Dr. Pierre Guelfe, chief engineer of France’s main nuclear facility, in an interview he gave with William Tucker, author of an excellent book called Terrestrial…

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Wind Power: Sustainability is Unsustainable

Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Electrifier. Electrify me.

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The Dirty Secret of Renewable Energy

Something about solar you should know, if you don’t already. Brought to you by the Great Electrifier:

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Valedictorian Speech That Will Change Your Life: To the Graduating Class of 2017

Young women and men of the graduating class of 2017: You are the magic. You are the one. You are the magic and the fun. You are meant to be happy. You are meant to enjoy your life, before it’s done. So please, for goodness sake, have fun. You are a tightly packed pod of…

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The Art of Being Interesting

The first installment of Whiskey Wisdom is ready at last — CLICK-CLICK! It’s brief but penetrating, and so download it now: PDF, ePub, or Kindle.

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Are You Fascinating?

Well, are you, punk? Or are you boring as hell? How, furthermore, can you tell? How can you tell if you’re an inveterate bore, or if you’re just in a kind of long-term funk? Much of what we hear about commanding attention and the power to fascinate is theoretical and abstract, a sort of psychological…

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The Most Interesting Dog in the World

His bite is louder than his bark, which is saying a lot …

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