A Note on George Floyd

This is unequivocally wrong. Yet… It also saddens me to see the plethora of social media posts suggesting that the atrocity that happened in Minneapolis is somehow mainstream. It makes it harder not only to deal with what happened here and bring justice to those who deserve it, but it propagates a falsehood; a falsehood…

Where On Earth is Mary Ramirez?

So. Where the heck have I been? If you’ve listened to The Chris Salcedo Show on Houston’s KSEV 700 for a while now, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been appearing on the show or doing much writing at all. All’s well! At the beginning of the year, I took some time off to address the…

We Planned for This.

Scientists must be willing to question everything. To be a scientist does not make you omniscient; it makes you an expert in the field, but even the experts get it wrong. Like the experts that Galileo bucked when he suggested the solar system revolved around the sun and not around the earth; like the ones…

COVID-19: I’ve Got Questions.

I haven’t said a lot about COVID-19. Not “politically,” anyway. It’s been a project in and of itself to be working full-time while wrangling two small children who are being just as patient as they can be. I’ve been listening to a lot of people. Medical professionals, commentators, our local and national leadership… and I’ve…

Control What You Can.

I’ve just finished one of the most hellish weeks of my life. In the course of just 7 days, I’ve gone from business as usual, to finding out my grandma has an inoperable, extremely aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme that will, barring a miracle in the most literal sense of the word, kill her.…

Witness Intimidation: A Primer

It’s snowing outside my window. The brightness of the Christmas lights on our pine trees (yes, yes we have Christmas lights pre-Thanksgiving, don’t @ me) fades as daylight tries to peek through the ever-present gray clouds of a Minnesota winter morning. Stores are already jam-packed on the daily with people vying for the best deal…