It's amazing how racist everyone is being about this. It really is just astounding. I mean, you can get really acclimatized to people saying really hateful things on the internet and say "oh, that's just internet comments - it brings out the trolls and the bigots disproportionately." And then you look at a poll like… » 7/27/14 9:41pm Yesterday 9:41pm

You can observe the same difference between Stand Alone Complex and Oshii's films. From what I understand, SAC is much more similar stylistically and thematically to Shirow's version of Kusanagi and Section 9, even though the first Oshii film is a direct adaptation of the manga's central storyline. » 7/26/14 1:04pm Yesterday 1:04pm

She's from Venus. If you listen closely to the Japanese audio track she says 金星(きんせい) or "kinsei," which is one way of saying Venus in Japanese. Jupiter would be 木星 ("mokusei") and Mars would be 火星 ("kasei"). It would be interesting though if she was from Jupiter, considering that's where a large portion of the next » 7/22/14 3:12pm Tuesday 3:12pm

What Do America's Religious Groups Think of One Another?

Well we already've heard what America's religious groups think of President Obama. So what do they think of each other? If you're curious, Pew Research has the answer. Pew asked five of America's largest religious groups: Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and atheists. The religious groups they asked… » 7/19/14 6:12pm 7/19/14 6:12pm

It definitely can get pretty ugly. I help moderate a Pagan news site as part of my job and whenever anything about Islam comes up all kinds of racists and xenophobes come out of the woodwork, who I have to knock back down. And Pagans, as a general rule, are pretty Democratic-leaning (although Heathens can be pretty… » 7/19/14 5:44pm 7/19/14 5:44pm

Chomsky's definitely a grade better than the likes of Alex Jones, but having seen him talk in person at my university, I can't say I'd call him a "rational skeptic" either. Talking on the Arab Spring (in its very early days, shortly before Mubarak was deposed), he seemed to pin the entire movement on a U.S.-Israeli… » 7/18/14 7:33pm 7/18/14 7:33pm