I just chuckled deleting some spam from a site asking the question Am I Psychic? I can answer that to a near 100% metaphysical certainty: No, You Are Not. Really, one has to wonder if that is spam well spent, even if it only took a few seconds to post I believe that was a few seconds utterly wasted.
FreeThoughtBloggers probably lean progressive as a group but that’s not mandatory or universal, it’s just a practical result of two-party system in the US where one party is compromised by money, a little spineless and at times scatter-brained, and the other one is bug-fuck crazy. What unites our writers and at least 90% of our commenters are refined critical thinking skills and healthy skepticism, often paid for with years of study in a solid field and some degree of natural mental discipline.
I was just reading through some of the comments here and on other FTB sites and they make me damn proud. We’ve only been in operation for a few weeks, starting with a skeleton crew and two guys, Ed Brayton and our tech person, doing the work of ten. Already the comments are of impressive quality and have been since the doors opened; even when you guys and gals are arguing with one another or something I wrote it’s done almost exclusively with evidence and reasonable inference. The idea that a psychic site is going to garner paying customers from the reality-based crew that patrols these cyber waters is every bit as pitiful as the exploitive wares they offer to the incredulous.
If I ever have enough spare cash there might be a vacation in my future. If any regular reader is interested I could see wanting some guest writers. And no, it’s not a requirement to hew to my politics or specific takes on any of the issues I regularly write about. Just one warning: it’s not a gig for the thin skinned. If someone takes the time to read something you wrote they’ve bought a ticket to rip into it.