Guns Again!

On average 30.8 people are killed by firearms every day in the US.

  Alison Parker and Adam Ward joined a growing list of people murdered with a legally purchased handgun this year in the US.  Advocates of “gun rights,” of concealed carry permits, of maintaining an arsenal for protection against the tyranny

Posted in Politics, Reflections


No Selfies

The 2013 International Word of the Year from the Oxford Dictionary is… selfie.  It is defined as “a photograph of yourself that you take, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social networking website.”  Selfie won out

Posted in Anthropology, Reflections

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Figure 1:  Memorial at Charleston Emanuel AME church.  Such memorials are an odd way to show respect for the deceased.  Like the roadside memorials to accident victims, placing flowers on the sidewalk along with prayer candles, notes of condolence, and stuffed animals seems odd.  Why is it always a Teddy Bear?

What does it take to get gun owners, Second Amendment advocates, the NRA, and anyone who carries a weapon concealed or otherwise to get their collective heads out of the sand?  The recent mass killing at the Emanuel AME Church

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The Bible and the Lottery

Church of "Name It and Claim It"

As a card carrying atheist, I am a little fuzzy on the teachings of the Christian church, or for that matter, any church.  Like most of us who grew up in the South I went to church as a kid.  Like

Posted in Anthropology, Business & Finance, Politics, Reflections

Evolution and Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss on Southern Live Oaks in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.

What do Spanish moss, Jack Daniel’s No. 10, Yoknapatawpha County, and Darwinian evolution have in common?  The first three conjure up images of the American South, but it is Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss) that makes us think of expansive white

Posted in Anthropology, Business & Finance, Evolution, Science