See update for July 27, 2022, at end of post.
Moving to Pittsburgh, as I did a little over three years ago, has been an eye-opening experience.
Not only have I witnessed a remarkable toxically masculine viciousness and a shamelessly blatant racism I certainly never expected to encounter in the 21st century, but as I have driven around, revisiting the places of my childhood—I lived in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb, and walked to my grandparents’ house in nearby Dormont for a couple years—I have had an intensive look at a vignette of that experience. Read more
See updates through December 2, 2022, at end of post.
Fig. 1. “Elon Musk shared a video of his entrance on his Twitter account.” Photograph attributed to Elon Musk, October 26, 2022, via the New York Post, fair use.
Unlike Boris Johnson, who is having to resign as British prime minister, Elon Musk has not yet met his comeuppance. In the long and annoying saga of Musk’s agreement to buy Twitter, we’re seeing yet again that Musk, like Johnson, believes he is invincible, in no small part on a profoundly defective personality. Even to the unbelievably rich, this world is a harsher place: Read more
See update for July 7, 2022, at end of post.
The thing about apologies is that they should be genuine. And to be genuine, they should mean a commitment not to repeat the mistakes that have led to the apologies.
By such criteria, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s apologies have not been genuine, and a whole bunch of Tories are pissed. But all this is not quite as simple as Johnson’s ego. Read more
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision expanding gun “rights,” we have yet another mass shooting, not really ironically at a Fourth of July celebration celebrating “freedom.” At least six are dead; I guess they’re free now. Read more