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Pick a hill worth dying on, America



There is no question anymore for those not deluded by supremacy or religion or self-preservation: this thing currently steering us is an abomination.
It is an abandonment of empathy, a rejection of personal liberty, a human rights violation, a squandering of radiant lives.
There is nothing redemptive or life-giving in it.
The only question remaining is if you’re okay with it—and you get to answer for yourself, by your movement or your inaction.

In these very seconds, you and I get to decide whether our children and grandchildren will inherit something beautiful or grotesque. It’s really that simple, that elemental, that close.

This is not about waiting for God to do something, or a political party, or a social media celebrity, or some faceless people you imagine will rescue you.

No, friend, there is no superhero flying into save the day—you need to save it.



I'm sure that silly font in the "Be Best" logo is the most searched thing on Google...


Voting in the California Primary? I am. Good thing I have some help.

I got my official voter info guide for the upcoming 2018 California Primary Election. Lotsa reading.

Fortunately I have help.

Nancy's great. She picks out all the biglyest, stronglyest most viable conservative christian candidates and issues. Nancy wants to make sure that my white, affluent, privileged lifestyle remains intact.

Thanks, Nancy!


Abdul-Jabbar: The NFLs plan to protect America from witches


(N.F.L.) insist on being the self-appointed guardians of America’s mythological vision of itself. Malt shops on every corner, Pat Boone crooning on the jukebox, and modestly dressed virgins sitting around with knees clamped together waiting to be asked to prom. This 1950s, Father Knows Best soundstage fantasy doesn’t stop with paternalistic and puritanical gender stereotypes, but also promotes simplistic notions about race and patriotism. The NFL’s anachronistic fancies aren’t just a misguided attempt to pander to what they think their traditionalist fans want, but also projects the hard-core conservative values of the mostly rich, white one-percenters who own the teams. We must live in their Disneyland – or else.

The country would be outraged if a team’s rules stated that if a black player was eating at a restaurant and a white player walked in, the black player would have to leave the restaurant. Yet, those are the rules for Saints’ cheerleaders, who must leave a restaurant they are eating at if a Saints player arrives. We would be equally outraged if a company demanded that office personnel address top executives only with “hello” and “you’re wonderful”. Yet the Saints’ cheerleaders are restricted to saying only “hello” and “great game” to players. Other restrictions about weight, makeup, body hair, tampon use and forbidding sweatpants in public make it seem as if the Saints watched The Handmaid’s Tale and thought, “They just don’t go far enough.” In other words, shut up and jiggle.

Molly Ringwald on John Hughes (New Yorker)

This is not the already-posted 4/6/18 Vanity Fair piece by Yohana Desta. This is Ms. Ringwald's piece in The New Yorker


How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.

I added the bold to this.

Here's to the future of this administration...

...and to the futures of their families, friends, children, soon-to-be ex-wives (she wants that money before RICO gets it), and all other partners in organized crime!

Rebecca Solnit on Facebook...

I'm not deleting my FB account anytime soon. We are in a constitutional crisis/slo-mo coup (in part thanks to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica), and in responding it we will need to share information. FB is how I stay in touch with a lot of people (including many I am in touch with no other way), send out some news and analysis and occasional calls to action, follow many activists and find some news stories. Shutting down that capacity now would reduce my range and access to information and allies, and I doubt it would harm Facebook.

Use them. Try not to let them use you. Remember to disable Platform, which is how they pimp your data, use Adblock and Ghostery, don't click on the ads, and say as many bad things about FB as you can on their platform (and cheer their stock crashing). The time may come when we can say goodbye to a destructive and amoral corporation without saying goodbye to each other.

p.s. I'm glad people are outraged but they could've been outraged last June when most of this information was summarized in the NYRB or earlier when other versions of it appeared. I might add that all this data was to manipulate us. What makes people manipulable is lack of scrutiny of sources, being uninformed, herd behavior, unexamined assumptions, gullibility, jumping on bandwagons, taking slogans for ideas, etc. Critical intelligence, being well-informed, and researching what you're responding to are acts of resistance.


A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America


The baby boomers are conventionally defined as people born between 1946 and 1964. But I focus on the first two-thirds of boomers because their experiences are pretty homogeneous: They were raised after the war and so have no real experience of trauma or the Great Depression or even any deprivation at all. More importantly, they never experienced the social solidarity that unfolded during war time and that helped produce the New Deal.
I think there were a number of unusual influences, some of which won't be repeated, and some of which may have mutated over the years. I think the major factor is that the boomers grew up in a time of uninterrupted prosperity. And so they simply took it for granted. They assumed the economy would just grow three percent a year forever and that wages would go up every year and that there would always be a good job for everyone who wanted it.

This guy would have liked my boomer mom. She used to say that post-war actors were inferior because they had never actually experienced suffering; they had to make it up and it showed.
This is a generation that is dominated by feelings, not by facts. The irony is that boomers criticize millennials for being snowflakes, for being too driven by feelings. But the boomers are the first big feelings generation. They’re highly motivated by feelings and not persuaded by facts. And you can see this in their policies.

Oh yeah. Big Time.
More than voting, though, millennials have to run for office because people have to be excited about the person they’re voting for. We need people in office with a different outlook, who see the world differently. Boomers don’t care about how the country will look in 30 or 40 years, but millennials do, and so those are the people we need in power.

"I don't care 'cuz I'll be dead by then." Yep. Heard this A LOT -- from GenX'ers too.


Some good points here. I have been consistently found myself on the millennial side of the fence. This interview has a few holes in it, but maybe the book is better.

BTW I'm GenX, born the night of Altamont.
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