20 Ways to Take Action: Postscripts

[ Continued from Part 2 ] Postscript I: The Bargain You probably never consciously think about The Bargain. And it’s written into no law I know of. But it’s there, and you sort of know it. It’s that bargain we all make with the Powers That Be.Society around us is actually a complex web of agreements and compromises – and repercussions. For instance, part of my deal with the neighbors is that I will not start up my Harley at 2 a.m. and rev the engine. In return, they will not come out at 4 a … [Read more...]

20 Ways to Take Action in Trump-America — Part 2

[ Continued from Part 1 ] 11. Be the Better You: Recognize your strengths Recognize your own huge strengths.Look, you’re one of the most intelligent, most creative, most powerful and dangerous animals on this planet. Act like it!You and the people you choose to work with can come up with ideas and goals, you can work to make them happen. You can come up with crazy guerilla actions that spark the minds and hearts of every person in America. You can RESIST.Trump wants to build a w … [Read more...]

20 Ways To Take Action in Trump-America — Part 1

I’ve been seeing the lists other people are making of things to do after this election. Taking nothing away from them, here’s MY list of things to do. This is the first 10.(Fair warning: I'm going to use the F-word, and more than once, in this post. I think this is a moment for it.) 1. Accept what’s happened Hillary Clinton isn’t the President. It’s unfair, it’s criminal, it’s ugly, but it’s also this:>> OVER <<<It’s done. Finito. Deal with it.Even if Donald Trump … [Read more...]

Trump’s America: How We Got Here

At this point in American history, the Democratic Party is a lot like a henpecked husband. Kicked out of the house, he stands on the sidewalk with his meager possessions strewn around him, wondering what just happened, and why. Meanwhile, the GOP is the spiteful wife, eagerly, viciously, turning the kids against him, telling anyone who will listen what a miserable bastard he is, and planning how to take for herself the house, the car, everything they once owned together. The point isn’t just to g … [Read more...]

Petition the Veep: Stop Evil-lution in Schools!

Ooh, sign me up!A petition addressed to VP-elect Mike Pence asks for (drum roll, clash of cymbals!) ...A NATIONWIDE MORATORIUM ON THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION IN SCHOOLS(A "moratorium." Just until we can figure out, you know, whether it's really true or not.)They're looking for (drum roll again, even louder clash of cymbals)>>> OMG!! ONE THOUSAND SIGNATURES!!! <<<—You know, a stunning tidal wave of deep passionate concern from Americans.Some absolutely v … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Honoring the Fallen … of Science

I'm not a big fan of that pro-military, jingoistic "Support the troops" and "Freedom isn't free" crap, mainly because it compresses a very complex situation down to a simplistic slogan, with an added "with us or against us" flavor. When I visit Washington DC, I'm always impressed with how MANY memorials there are glorifying war, how few there are -- zero -- glorifying peace.Also, in counterpoint to the two national holidays we have honoring soldiers, I've suggested a national holiday, SALT … [Read more...]