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Tom Paine's Ghost is a free thinker's cove; a bit of still-water in a sea of tumultuous opinion. My name is Kristopher Hite and I established this site in 2007. My hope is for the site to be a radical space for thinkers to discuss all kinds of ideas no



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Moon Speech

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:48:00 +0000

Today a student asked me why we don't send people to the moon anymore. I did not have a good answer but I showed her this clip from JFK's famed Moonshot speech. It gave me chills.

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The United States - #1 TRASH Producer in the World!

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:33:00 +0000

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Lauren Singer's Website is called "Trash is for Tossers" - Love that name!




"Like a Thomas Paine Pamphlet"

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:34:00 +0000

Jim Hightower gave ol' Tom Paine a shoutout in his recent show exposing the President as a faux populist. And here is the Video "Pamphlet" so far...

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What can be done with CRISPR-Cas9 Technology?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:29:00 +0000

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A Capella Science - Molecular Shape of You

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:46:00 +0000

A student e-mailed me a link to this awesome video last week. I can't contain my excitement about it. So many key concepts in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry covered so cleverly and is such a short time. Catchy!!!

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Dr. Jennifer Doudna in conversation with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:51:00 +0000

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Jack Johnson - My Mind is For Sale

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:30:00 +0000

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Don't Panic Starman

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:09:00 +0000

Elon Musk's brainchild is now live-streaming from outer space! The dashboorad is displaying a Hitchhiker's Guide to teh galaxy reference - "DON'T PANIC!) width="595" height="335" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aBr2kKAHN6M" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen>

According to TechCrunch the Tesla Roadster will be blasting Space Oddity by David Bowie throughout its Journey to Mars! Too bad sound can't travel in space. But it sure can here on earth so crank up your speakers!

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From NBC's Left Field - The Wild Route

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:16:00 +0000

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Celebrate Groundhog Day - Support Kishi Bashi

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:59:00 +0000

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Omoiyari - A Songfilm by Kishi Bashi - OFFICIAL TEASER from Rubble Films on Vimeo.




Is faux wokeness worse than staying asleep?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:49:00 +0000

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Does this critique of campus wokeness by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock  miss the mark by dismissing the pressing need to normalize consent? In a way I feel the writing in the above scene paves the way for the kind of disdain for feminist allies displayed below in this exchange between Joe Rogan and Jordan Preston. Thanks to Ed Brayton for sharing this comic summary by Gretchen Koch on Facebook

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Noam Chomsky on the 2016 Election Results

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:19:00 +0000




OK to use the D-word for Trump?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:19:00 +0000

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Sustainability, Hurricane Irma, Race, and Book Club

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:56:00 +0000

Ah Tom Paine's Ghost, I've been neglecting you to broadcast my thoughts more directly through Facebook and twitter. At least I syndicate the later here on the sidebar.
As we are now in the late third trimester of the Trump administration I want to get back to my roots on the web, reconnect with my blogging, and re-enter with some broader dialogues on Climate-Change and how the manifestations like Hurricane Irma bring the land ethic preached by Wendell Berry, Edward Abbey, and Aldo Leopold smashing (both metaphorically and physically) into the people-centered ethic preached by Dr. Martin Luther King and the long list of philosophers who hold human rights, and social justice at the top of the reformers to-do list. This ethical crossroads is grossly apparent when regions of the United States affected most dramatically by ensuring climate chaos are those regions who simultaneously experience the legacy of racial injustice.

So why talk about sustainability in a moment of immediacy, a moment when thumbing your nose at bottled water seems blithely out of touch with the immediate needs of flood victims?  Well, a deep ecological consciousness-raising followed by a massive political movement is the only way I can see to grab hold of the wheel and turn this ship around.  So where to start? If you like podcasts I have a recommendation - Think Sustainability -  this Austrailian podcast is a non-pretentious incredibly entertaining show with very doable advice. Last year while on a cross-country road-trip my wife and I listened to a bunch of episodes. One of our favorites was this one guiding listeners on home-compost best practices.

Remembering how impactful listening to this podcast was on me is inspiring and makes want to kick off my own podcast.   For the last year, I have been organizing a Men's Book Club.  I am considering spinning off some of our conversations into a monthly podcast.  Stay tuned for the premiere of "Chlorathropolis" podcast!

Comment here in if you'd like to be a guest and get on our first-year schedule.



Amy Shira Teitel: Excellent Eclipse History!

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:27:00 +0000

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War Department Anti-Racism Film from the 1940s

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:27:00 +0000

These clips are from a longer film titled "DON"T BE A SUCKER!"

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