Archive for the 'Politix' Category

Happy May Day

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

As I researched the Haymarket Affair and the history of May Day in America, it was interesting to learn that Bohemian anarchists played a prominent role in the campaign for an eight-hour day and other labor struggles of the late 19th century. That caught my eye because I recently learned that one of my Bohemian […]

Green Convention

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Over the past couple weeks, volunteers (including yours truly) have attempted to call every registered Green in the state of Lousiana, just to let people know that we’re organizing this convention on January 25. Our 2012 presidential candidate Jill Stein will be there. Don’t let the slick graphics fool you: This is a grassroots, seat-of-the-pants […]

Institutionalized Insanity

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Sitting thru my employer’s mandatory benefits workshop reconfirmed my belief that health insurance is institutionalized insanity. There must be a better way. I’ve never liked the concept of health insurance. It seems wrong to me at the very core. It feels like a perverse form of gambling. You’re putting down all this money against the […]

Epistle to the Ecotopians

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I don’t often do this, but here are some words written by someone else. I guess I should add a few words of my own. I read Ecotopia in the late 80s. Written by Ernest Callenbach, it’s an imaginative novel that speculates on what would happen if the west coast of the United States seceded […]

Blasphemers and Apostates

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

March 14, 2012: International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates. I suppose I am both an apostate and a blasphemer, at least by by some definitions. I’m fortunate to live in a country where religious freedom, though constantly contested, is guaranteed by the constitution. But things are very different in some other nations. […]

B&w

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I’ll take this article with a grain of salt, but I did find the parenthetical explanation of the racial politics of capitalization helpful. Readers frequently write to ask why I capitalize “Black” but not “white”. Often the question comes with racial resentment attached: there is a feeling that the use of the capital letter reveals […]

“The Oil is Not Gone, and Neither Are We”

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

This just in from Cherri Foytlin, who will be on the Social Media, Social Justice panel at Rising Tide 6 (register now): “thanks to all who attended – please read and share the link” The day before yesterday, on August 4, 2011, one year after the President of our United States stood on national television […]

Obama Prediction

Friday, July 1st, 2011

I’m going out on a limb and predict Obama wins in 2012. You may scoff but remember I have an unblemished record of success in this arena.

Låtom Oss Fröjdas i Ungdomens Vår

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

25 years ago today I was singing this song and graduating from high school in Sweden.

Social Media, Social Justice

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

After the Beyond Jena forum in January of 2009, I had the idea for putting together a one-day conference on the intersection of social media and social justice. Alas, though I blew some hot air around the office, I never actually did it. A combination of distractions and personal lethargy (on my part) got in […]

World Events

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

News from around the world certainly has been interesting of late. Unfortunately it shows no sign of letting up. I call that unfortunate because “interesting” usually means “bad” so far as news is concerned. Even when bad news doesn’t affect me directly, it’s troubling and problematic for me in two different ways. Of course it […]

Medical Madness

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Even though I’ve been feeling much better after my initial bout with bronchitis, I’ve continued to have minor relapses. I exert myself and then feel funny in the lungs and fatigued. So I made an appointment to see my doctor Tuesday morning. And it was such a strange doctor visit. I was informed that my […]

Profiles in Bloggage, Part 4.5

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Yesterday evening, I made my presentation, “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans,” to a special interest group of the AERA. I related five prominent stories that have emerged in, around, through or about the local blogosphere since the flooding of the city in 2005. Even though the presentation is over, I’m […]

Profiles in Bloggage, Part 4

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

In a few days, I’ll be making a presentation to a special interest group of the AERA titled “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans.” My plan is to relate certain prominent stories that have emerged in, around, through or about the local blogosphere since the flooding of the city in 2005. […]

No Surprise

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

It really comes as no surprise to read the following in today’s paper: The Rev. Grant Storms, the Christian fundamentalist known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter, was arrested on a charge of masturbating at a Metairie park Friday afternoon. Storms, 53, of 2304 Green Acres Road in […]

Profiles in Bloggage, Part 2

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

In April, I’ll be making a presentation to a special interest group of the AERA titled “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans.” My plan is to tell five separate stories that have emerged in, around, through or about the local blogosphere since the flooding of the city in 2005. I thought […]

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I was just coming home from the first real parade of the carnival season, fired up and aglow with the love, and I get online and I check my e-mail and I find myself on Facebook, looking at a kindly invitation to enjoy the next night’s diversions, looking at the profile of a friend, and […]

Fixed Vote = No Vote

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This sign is on a house on Canal Street. I’m not sure but I strongly suspect this may have been placed by a guy calling himself shaman_nation who popped up on the Mid-City discussion group and started posting the most inane conspiracy drivel I’ve ever read. He’d post some links and then add: But, I’m […]

Pull Quote

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This caught my eye on the the front page of today’s Times-Picayune: “It always amazed me that you had these two universities that were right next to each other but they didn’t talk to each other,” Bruno said. “Why do we have two libraries? Why do we have two cafeterias?” For a brief moment I […]

Profiles in Bloggage, Part 1

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

In April, I’ll be making a presentation to a special interest group of the AERA titled “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans.” My plan is to tell five separate stories that have emerged in, around, through or about the local blogosphere since the flooding of the city in 2005. I thought […]