Trump and COVID-19

[This essay was also crossposted to Facebook on October 2, 2020.] If your response to the news that President Trump has COVID-19 was “it’s a hoax,” then this essay is directed to you. Given all the gaslighting and lying from the president, skepticism is...

Stereotypes

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines stereotype thusly: n. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. n. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. Because human beings are...

Fourth of July 2020

Another day in Oregon with 344 new cases, second highest (yesterday was higher). The United States will report over 50,000 new cases nationwide. The to-do list would have seemed somewhat simple: Mask, meet outdoors, physically distance, ventilate interior spaces with...

Bostock v. Clayton County

A Supreme Court decision about the meaning of “sex.” Never a better time to say, IANAL! (I Am Not A Lawyer—what did you think I meant?) My initial reaction to Bostock v. Clayton County was concern. Not because of the immediate outcome. I hope...

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Scientists need your help in fighting the virus. Time to be a hero. Proteins are long chains of amino acids that perform a vast array of functions within organisms. They differ from one another primarily in the sequence of their amino acids. These sequences typically...

The (Practical) Biological Impossibility of Non-Binary

NOTE: Society is coarse nowadays. What is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)? When everything goes, maybe nobody cares? Regardless, this brief essay is about sex, the language we use to describe reproduction. Human sexuality typically makes for mature reading. Depending on your...