The Grenfell Tower Fire and Political Libertarianism

I would have been fourteen or fifteen. I was at summer camp, and cabin inspections generated intense competition. And no wonder---the cabin with the lowest cabin inspection score each day had to clean the bathrooms at 11 p.m., while everyone else was in bed. One morning one of the boys' cabins disabled their cabin's fire detector, taking out the battery and labeling it an OSHA violation. Oh boy did they get cabin inspection points for that. As the week went on, rigging an OSHA violation before ca … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 125: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]


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Saturday Link Love: Food, Strawmen, Tweets, and Thank Yous

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier."Are You Sure You Should Eat That?" on A. M. Leibowitz---"My kid is 11. Unless a child that age is under the care of a doctor, nutritionist, or other health professional, and a problem has been directly identified, here are the things they should not be doing (and absolutely NOT EVER un … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: The Death of Good Claudius

Voice in the Wind, pp. 201-211This week we're going to cover chapter 14. It begins like this: "They think it's my fault, " Julia said, tears streaming down her cheeks as she lay pale on her bed. "I see the way they look at me. They blame me for Claudius' death. I know they do. It's not my fault, Hadassah. It isn't, is it? I didn't want him to come after me." Her shoulders shook as she sobbed again."I know you didn't," Hadassah said gently, holding back her own tears as she tried to c … [Read more...]


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The Red Center: Not a Figment of the Imagination

In the most recent episode of Hulu's the Handmaid's Tale, we get perhaps the most disturbing glimpse yet of the Red Center. In it, one of the Marthas uses an electric shock prod on Offred as she berates the assembled women to humble themselves before God. As I watched, I wondered for the umpteenth time how anyone could believe engaging in such violence and humiliation could be right or good---or godly. And then it occurred to me. This already happens, right here in the U.S.I know these … [Read more...]


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Why Ken Ham’s Rhetoric on Race Is Counterproductive

Before we go on and dig further into this issue, I want to note that renowned creationist Ken Ham hit the blogosphere recently with this tweet:Text of tweet: I'm not a white person & there are no black people.Using terms like 'white' & 'black' promotes division, racism & prejudice--all are brown This feels like another version of the "I don't see color" statement. Proclaiming that color doesn't exist doesn't change the fact that people are treated differently based on their co … [Read more...]


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The Limits of Bystander Intervention

Late last year I witnessed what I believe was a racially charged incident. I only caught the end of the incident, and train doors were closing and people were moving. It all happened in a moment. I didn't do anything in part because of the aforementioned train doors, but also in part because someone else was already intervening---someone who was presumably more aware of what had happened than I was. As I read about the Portland MAX stabbings a few weeks ago, though, this incident came back to me … [Read more...]


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