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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Fate of Empires: Can we beat it?

Sadly, the current political climate has given permission not only to act out hate and fear other ethnic peoples, other cultures, "others..." it has also given permission to celebrate ignorance, to claim that education is over-rated, that it's okay to believe what you want, and act as if it's true.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 14, 2017

United Airlines and Karma

No matter the legalities set by the fine print, United's chances in court, the anger of Just Folks will punish what they/we judge as simply wrong. United will suffer for this ugly, out-of-proportion incident, and the airline industry will also be forced by public judgements to reconsider how they... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remember the South Sea Bubble?

Remember the South Sea Bubble? Remember when Pres Eisenhower warned us against letting the military/industrial complex gain power in America? For generations, since the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the huge fortunes amassed by the private, corporate 'robber barons' of the last two... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Terrorism is stupid.

Here is why terrorist attacks work: The victims of terrorists are usually ordinary people going about their ordinary activities in normal lives, and as populations, such citizens are terrified, will consider where they go, what they do in public places, and while some will be defiantly optimistic it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Back to Trumpland

It has been just a little easier to ignore the man and his shenanigans from an ocean away. Here in the UK they have craziness of their own instigated by shallow, protectionist forces and voters who did their research on "What would it mean for Britain to leave the European Union?" the day after the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Charlie wrote this...

From several of my classes, my meetings with playwrights through UCCS, the mentorship of folks like Kevin Landis and Murray Ross, I've gotten this idea that there is a kind of magic in writing in a genre that you dislike. Find the last piece of fiction you'd ever want to touch, your least favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

It has been a while...

The sun just ducked under the afternoon cloud cover, and suddenly lit the kitchen... I am reminded of a song by Mimi Farina: As we go marching marching In the beauty of the day A million darkened kitchens, A thousand mill lofts grey Are touched with all the radiance That a sudden sun discloses...... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Racist and Sexist: Cut it out.

If you look at sex or gender as relevant to a conversation or description when it really isn't, that is being sexist. If you look at skin color or cultural background and insist on calling it 'race' and then bring it up when it isn't actually relevant to what you're saying, then that is being... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dealing with Bullies

Bullies rely on other people being nicer than the bully is. It is time to stop being nice. It is time to stop being polite to rudeness where it protects rudeness from consequences. Persistent passing on bullying is called 'enabling.' No, we don't want to become them, we don't want to be as mean, as... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tribalism is killing us.

It's all very well to have your own tribe, to build it up and maintain it with your own beliefs and ideas about who you are and what is your relationship with your universe, your deities, the other people you share the world with. It is beautiful to celebrate your worldview with dances and art,... Sign in to see full entry.

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