Looking Past the Bright Sun of Crazy

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[ This is about somewhat the same subject as my recent “bracket” post – the ignoring of the full array of facts on a subject at hand by narrowly focusing one's attention – but spotlighting a somewhat different aspect of it. ]I saw some people taking a “group of happy friends” picture a week or two back at one of those highway rest stops. Watching them, I felt an urge to take the camera away from them and reshoot the picture, because I just knew what they were going to get – a silhouette with … [Read more...]

Race and Culture Again: Bessie and Lois

Jim Crow

Here's a chunk of memory that bubbled up when Facebook friend Dre Morell posted on The Old Jim Crow Etiquette.In 1950s Texas, when and where I was born, pretty much all of the Jim Crow stuff was in effect. Of course what you'll read in the linked article was in addition to the separate white and colored drinking fountains, separate white and colored restrooms, the No Negroes policies at "white" swimming pools and schools. I remember several conversations among adults where a black teenager … [Read more...]

Thoughts on “Privilege”

I've been hearing a lot about "privilege" lately, and I confess I continue to be disturbed by the subject, and how it is most often applied.I recognize that I have ADVANTAGES over some other people. For instance, I have the advantage that I'm healthy enough to donate blood, strong enough to carry a neighbor's groceries, perseverant enough to hold a job, bright enough to learn fresh skills or read a book in a day, creative enough to come up with novel ideas and think about things in new … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: A Third Approach to Gender Equality

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I’ve been thinking about feminism for a couple of years, and I’ve actually felt a certain amount of dread when I attempted to relate it to my conceptual work on Beta Culture. It’s completely obvious that Beta can’t work without a healthy respect for the needs of women, something better than what our western society has now, but I couldn’t see how ‘feminism’ – not the thing I want feminism to be, but the thing that it presently is – could be integrated into it without overwhelming the welcoming, i … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 2

Let me toss some sentences at you.I’M GOING TO HIT YOU. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK.But what if the real sentences, the complete sentences, were these?I’M GOING TO HIT YOU ... up for a favor. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS ... policy in this town. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS ... of hours playing videos games. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK ... Cheney into his arguments every time.I sort of cheated you with those half-sentences, didn’t I? If each of those piec … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 1

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I've been reading this business about ‘90-year-old arrested in Fort Lauderdale for feeding the homeless!’ and I keep thinking something isn’t quite right with the story.I commented on a couple of Facebook threads, suggesting that what was happening was probably not what was being reported. MAYBE nobody was getting arrested for "feeding the homeless" and maybe the law, and the arrest, was about something else.After looking into it, it appears that this might be the case. I’ll tell you some … [Read more...]


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