Imagine that there are two types of genetic “thing” that l̵i̵v̵e̵ exist on the planet:

  • Life (e.g. archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, cats)
  • Viruses (e.g. coronavirus, HIV)

You could maybe add a third category called plasmids, which are little bits of genetic information that archaea and bacteria pass back and forth between each other. But that’s debatable since viruses replicate in a way that is quite different than DNA sharing, as all of humanity is painfully aware of right now.

Well, to this very brief list, we can possibly (maybe?) add a third:

  • Borg
Not as far off as you’d expect

In the Star Trek series, the Borg were…


Colorado City

A message from the mayor:

The crisis was so bad it got its own Wikipedia page. There are many harrowing anecdotes from the crisis, but the one seared into my memory is 11 year old Cristian Pineda dying while keeping his 3 year old brother warm through the night. It is unfortunate that, in Mayor Boyd’s words, that Cristian wasn’t strong enough to be one of the survivors. TBH, amazing to see this kind of Social Darwinism from the creationists.

But as with any scandal, Boyd had to resign not because he told a lie, but because he…


A Conservative Phase Change

An overly simplistic description of liberalism and conservatism is that the former is a party of change, while the latter is the party of order. But this isn’t quite right.


COVID-19, The Supreme Court, and the Failure of Federalism

The year is 2020. A global pandemic kills hundreds of thousands, shutting down the global economy and making every mundane choice — whether grandma watches the kids today, where to go grocery shopping — a life or death decision. The United States, with 4% of the world’s population and 20% of pandemic deaths, the federal government has largely abdicated any role in attempting to solve the problem. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), once a globally recognized leader in handling new disease outbreaks, issues political edicts and largely sits on the…


Let me preface this by saying first that I am not a pandemic specialist. I do have a PhD, but in anthropology, not anything useful. As a result, I am leaning heavily on the work of others who have estimated the capacity for the US health care system. While we don’t yet know everything about the spread of coronavirus, we do know a fair bit about ourselves. And that is one of the reasons you are starting to see real panic this week.

The problem isn’t coronavirus so much as our health infrastructure. Because we have a private health care…


The Atlantic today highlights a legacy of the 2008 financial crisis, the decline of the 4-year humanity degree.

Enrollment in the humanities has fallen off a cliff since the financial crisis of 2008. source.


This prescient story from early 2017 outlined a disturbing connection between newly elected President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This conversation relates to Anthony Kennedy’s son, Justin Kennedy, who was co-CEO of LNR Property LLC during a critical time for…


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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 ., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters…


Three years ago, I drove to a small village in Poland. It was a rainy day, and I spent my time alternating nervous glances between Google Maps and unfamiliar street signs while navigating the roads to the hotel. The houses were small, with occasionally large, vibrant green lawns. When I had time to find my hotel and look at the small town, it struck me how familiar it was. I found myself looking quizzically at those houses though, wondering how people could live here, go shopping, fall in love, get married, and go to work. …


15 years ago, to the day, this article was published by The Onion.

Not only was it accurate in the general sense — that the Iraq War’s consequences would be felt for generations — but it was also unnervingly accurate in its particulars as well, down to the specific years that effects would be felt. The fictional liberal, Nathan Eckert, provided the best assessment for the Pandora’s box that was about to be forcefully opened by the United States. …

Lee Drake

Μη κατατριψης το υπολειπομενον του βιου μερος εν ταις περι ετερων φαντασιαις... ορθον ουν ειναι χρη, ουχι ορθουμενον - Marcus Aurelius

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