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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hey, Republican Congressman!

Honestly, Republican Congressman, can you really possibly believe that the current administration's and the Republicans' agenda is good for America, for all or even most of Americans? Can you truly actually believe that it is good for your particular constituency, whom you are sworn to represent?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Savagery vs Civilization

Tribal is not the opposite of civilized. You can have tribal communities within a civil nation, within a city that raises up all its citizenry, embraces and does not fear differences. The opposite of civilization is savagery. Tolerance is the keystone of civil behavior. Patience is how a mature and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Values and Inevitability

The idea that companies exist solely to serve the interests of shareholders—rather than also to serve workers, customers, and the larger community—has been dominant in the business world in the past thirty years. Sheelah Kolhatkar Seems to me, this current business mindset has placed the value of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

This is kind of terrifying

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one... especially if anyone you care about lives in the Pacific NW of the US. Living in an earthquake-vulnerable zone, or any natural hazard zone, we are so ready to ignore and deny the risk, to optimistically assume it will never happen... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Lessons from binge-watching AMAZING RACE

Tonality sinks more ships than flapping lips, and triggers more reactive explosions than the thing said. History, geography, and basic manners are neglected studies these days. Judging people by superficials--their accents, background, nationality, religion, physical attractiveness, or skin tone--is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Amazing... !

I am currently catching up old episodes of THE AMAZING RACE. It has always been one of the best of the 'reality' shows, with great scenery. Every now and then they go someplace I have been, sometimes even pretty specifically, like the corner of Penang Road and Orchard Road which is very near where... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Why are we so afraid?

Fear is behind all the hatred, all the defensiveness, all the resentment, all the turning away, running away... What makes some white people so afraid of black skin, brown skin, yellow skin, red skin that they will call the cops to protect them from a black woman eating a sandwich, a brown family... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The thing about bubbles...

They think they're building a monolith, but it is nothing but a huge, toxic bubble composed of lies and selfishness, filled with immorality, treason and hot air. The pretty sheen they admire on its outside is the same as that on an oil slick. It gets bigger and bigger... and so does the shiny pin... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Not too hard to imagine...

So, here's a scenario... Trump and Putin, a few years ago: T: I really have to admire how you are so incredibly rich and powerful! You can have anything you want. You can do anything you want. How do you do it? P: I have a system. I don't let anything or anyone get in the way. T: Sure, that works... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

About Heroes

Heroes... perched on pedastols, enthroned, enshrined... And suddenly one day they come toppling down, to be charged with heinous behaviors, to be run out of town on a rail in a suit of feathers and tar... Or we just tear them down on principle, for daring to rise above the ordinary, pitching stones... Sign in to see full entry.

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