Angelina Jolie sharing her mastectomy publicly

Angelina Jolie, upon learning she had a rare genetic marker that indicates especially high risk for breast and ovarian cancer (the latter of which took her mother’s life at age 56), decided to have a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer from 89% to less than 5%. Then she decided to […]

Sometimes bad people do good things

Margaret Thatcher has died, and the world is suddenly just a little bit lighter, sweeter and more beautiful. Thatcher once said, “There is no such thing as society”, and people claiming that in context this wasn’t intended as Ayn Rand philosophy just don’t understand Ayn Rand philosophy. Perhaps the best way to remember Thatcher is […]

The US Supreme Court on Prop 8 and DOMA

The L.A. Times is reporting that it looks like the Supreme Court will lift the ban on same sex couples receiving federal benefits reserved for married couples. This would mean that same sex couples who have legally married in a state that allows them to would be able to get survivor Social Security benefits and […]

Chivalry and dominance: a case study

I just witnessed two middle-aged geezers refusing to let a young attractive woman carry some cartons of beer. Did they hasten to take these burdens from her and carry them for her in a possibly misguided yet well-intentioned bout of chivalry? No, they just told her where a cart was and argued forcefully every time […]