A most disturbing story: $50,000 worth of bull semen stolen

This came across the news wire a couple days ago, and it has been the most disturbing story I’ve seen in some time. The headline says it all: Someone or someones stole $50,000 worth of bull semen from a truck in California.

Except that headline doesn’t say nearly enough, which is what makes it such a troubling story.

I know, I know. There are stories of murders and rapes and the Flint water crisis and the refugee crisis. Those all seem like they’d be more troubling. But they’re not. Continue reading

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The folly of New Year’s resolutions

If you’re like most Americans, you spent some time coming up with resolutions to kick off 2016. And you’ve already failed at them. Whoops!

Now sure, you might be telling yourself that you haven’t failed, exactly, not yet anyway, that you’re going to get right back on them and everything will be fine. Just like every year, right?

But don’t despair. Let me tell you why it’s not your fault. Continue reading

The problem of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a fun movie that did a fine job of the difficult task of balancing being an homage to the original movies and creating its own movie.

Part of its own creation is the introduction of the new main characters, notably Rey, Kylo Ren, and Finn. The characters were well portrayed, fully fleshed out characters that were separate from the original movies, and were an absolutely welcome addition to the franchise.

While I’ve seen criticisms of Rey for being too adept too quickly, and for Kylo Ren being too emo to take seriously as a major┬ávillain, my problem lies with Finn. His actions are problematic, not just for his own character, but for all of the viewers.

Here there be spoilers, so if you still haven’t seen the movie but plan to, probably stop now. Why did you open this in the first place? I mean, thanks, but it’s really not for you. Yet. Continue reading