See updates through June 20, 2021, at end of post.
Note: I am aware of concerns that ‘vaccine passports’ may be unfair to those who are unfairly disadvantaged in accessing vaccines. This post does not address those concerns, which are diminishing within the U.S., nor the problem of medical apartheid and vaccination resistance, but rather the conservative objection to such ‘passports.’
According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, “[i]t’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.” Read more
Lindsey Graham says he “needs his own AR-15 . . . in case disaster strikes and he needs to defend his home against a roving ‘gang.’” Let’s be clear about what this says. Read more
See updates through July 31, 2021, at end of post.
I go in today for my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19. I had symptoms, all pretty much on the list of side effects, with the first shot, and I’ve heard that the second shot is worse, so I’m taking this one seriously, expecting to take the day off sick.
I hadn’t really considered the vaccine a matter of white privilege. Read more
“Are you kidding?” I exclaimed as I saw the headline on a San Francisco Chronicle story in which a San Francisco School Board member, Alison Collins, had been accused of racism and her resignation demanded by a significant chunk of The City’s political establishment. This is, after all, the very same school board that attracted national derision for a decision to cover up a mural in my old high school, then for deciding to rename (a decision later suspended) schools that had been named after famous whites, including presidents.
The reality is a bit more nuanced. And much of what I will write here is based on my own recollections. To call my account of the context here incomplete would likely woefully understate the matter. What I want to do, at the same time I think maybe The City’s establishment needs to catch its breath and step back a bit for a broader perspective, is to explain that there is more to the story that helps to understand what’s happening. Read more
See updates through May 5, 2021, at end of post.
When I saw the headline for a Washington Post story, I knew what the argument would be. Because it really isn’t a new argument.
In essence, capitalists insist that innovation requires incentive. Incentive means profit. Profit means intellectual property rights. Read more
Something snapped. Actually, I know what snapped.
Somebody posted a lack of appreciation for Bruce Springsteen on Twitter.
It’s probably been a few months now since I got into an argument on Twitter over use of the term ‘Latinx.’ Some do indeed object, saying that Spanish (really many languages) are gendered and that we should embrace speakers’ usage. Read more
See updates through August 26, 2021, at end of post.
The Alden South Hills, managed by Aion Management, where I presently live, made the news for a batch of evictions last October despite a ban due to the pandemic. But it became apparent to me that the Alden has been hard at work in an ongoing effort to evict people when I found materials on my doorstep offering resources to folks facing eviction and this is now confirmed. Read more
Perhaps it says more about my Twitter bubble than anything else, but I’m seeing a lot of desperation in my feed. People feel betrayed even by the looming $1,400 pandemic payments—they say it should be $2,000 and, pointing to promises made in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff, they aren’t buying the $600+$1,400 argument (the Trump administration had sent out $600 payments because that’s what it could get out of Congress). They say that pandemic aid really should have been $2,000 or even $3,000 per month, at least for the duration of the pandemic, and really as a permanent basic income. They are, of course, also incensed that a long overdue and also-promised move to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour failed. Read more