Loosely Speaking

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Birthright

Knowledge is power. Lack of information, or the wrong information diminishes our real power as it increases our sense of helplessness and desperation, makes us angry until it seems our feelings are the only force we have to defend ourselves. This desperate anger is the fuel of mobs, it is the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 5, 2019

I made this, this morning

Finally... https://looselyspeaking.blog After several years of blogging on a paid site– http://blogit.com –and a few years editorializing on Facebook, it’s time to go beyond those limited landscapes and head cross-country. What I publish here will reflect my own considered opinions, beliefs, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

4th of July, 2019

I have mixed feelings this Fourth. You who read me here, you know I am a practical progressive, believe in compassion and justice, and utterly deplore the current administration's delusional justifications for it's program of malicious mischief. With the anti-Americanism rampant throughout Trump's... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gender-flex

So, I have been thinking a lot about this for the past little while for reasons sociological and personal, and this is where I have arrived. Top of the hill? Or a plateau on the way up? Don't know. The view is good enough from here, for a while. It doesn't matter if your maleness or femaleness is a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Reparations

Problem with reparations... for descendants of slaves... for America's native tribes dispossessed, subjected to child-theft, and ethnic 'cleansing'... For ethnic minorities like the Chinese who worked on the railroads who were abused and disadvantaged, for the Japanese who were interned for being... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Privilege and awakening

Sometimes I feel like I am in one of those novels like FARENHEIT 451, where I am one of those proud citizens of one of the world's best nations--gradually realizing that in fact it is one of the ugliest, most abusive, least honorable of nations... That its promises are lies, its ideals are hiding... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Everyone writes the histories

https://historycollection.co/20-myths-from-american-history-were-here-to-debunk/11/ There are some interesting updates and corrections to the usual US history as taught in schools. I have not linked to the entire article, it begins with section 11, the one I found most interesting, and the several... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Because we can!

Why do we make stuff that actually in the long run, diminishes us? Why are we so proud and excited by what we clever monkeys can make, like machines to do work for us, like AI to do that humans used to do? Think of the jobs loss, think of the boredom of forced retirement and unemployment; think of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stem cell 'miracles'

There have been a lot of ads on Facebook lately inviting people to come listen to providers of stem-cell therapies. They suggest their therapy offers real cures for nerve damage ailments, joint disease, and other things. I did some homework: looked up the companies online, looked up articles in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Commenting on Game of Thrones, without spoilers

I have kept up with GAME OF THRONES on tv, and some years ago, read all the available books. George RR Martin is still working on the last of the series, has been for years. Last night was the penultimate episode of the tv series. There's a closed forum we have over on Facebook for discussing it... Sign in to see full entry.

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