Author: Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.
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The Best of Ordinary Times 2019

This was a strong year for Ordinary Times, with contributions from many different authors. It included strong debuts from new voices and dynamite content from our regular contributors

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Attacks on Jews in New York. Again.

But regardless of which political tribe we pin this on, it’s a scary moment. Anti-semitism is never dead and never very far from us. The events of recent weeks are a stark reminder of that.

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The Dark Road of Censorship

The only answer — not just to the porn but to all of it — is “No”. No to every last stinking piece of it. No to porn bans. No to FOSTA. No to control of Facebook. No to censorship of Twitter. No to government crackdowns on “fake news”. No to laws on social media “addiction”. No no no no no.

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Devin Nunes and the Very Delicate Feelings

Nunes has claimed a news network, a social network, a fictional cow, and a few journalists have done almost a billion dollars in damage to his feelings

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The GOP’s Gossip Girls

I will not believe that the GOP is tired of Trump until they say so publicly. Until that moment, they own this. All of it. Every corruption, every racist utterance, every violation of norms. Every dollar of debt, every pardoned war criminal, every dead Kurd.

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Turkeys and Drumsticks 2019

I take advantage of the Thanksgiving Holiday to give out my awards for Turkeys of the Year and Golden Drumsticks

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Reflections on Impeachment

Supporting impeachment doesn’t mean I think the Democrats truly believe in the rule of law, nor do I believe the Republicans truly believed in 1998.

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Thursday Throughput: Nuclear Explosion Edition

So if you are standing next to a nuclear bomb, you will experience conditions similar to the core of the Sun. But…don’t worry. You won’t experience them for very long.

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Richard Spencer’s Mask Falls Off

The tape is horrifying. But the tape should be listened to. Because I don’t want anyone to ever forget what these people stand for, what they really believe and who they really are.

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The NCAA Gives In…A Little

The most important aspect of this is that the scales, long tipped against the athletes in almost every way, have been slightly tipped back.