See update for April 15, 2021, at end of post.
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police are offering up the same excuse for killing Daunte Wright that San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police offered for the killing of Oscar Grant, specifically that the killer cop mistook her gun for her taser. Read more
Amazon managed to persuade its workers in Bessemer, Alabama, to vote against unionizing. Its tactics in doing so skirted and may have violated laws meant to ensure that workers have a right to collective bargaining and a fair shot at asserting that right. I am, of course, disappointed. Amazon is one of many employers, some of which deny they’re even employers, that make low wage work abusive; this evil is vast and well-documented. Read more
This is a loss. Hans Küng died Tuesday (April 6, 2021). At least one of the unread books on my shelves is by him. Another, his work on Islam, featured in the comprehensive examinations for my Masters’ degree (in lieu of a thesis). Read more
Sadly, Bandy Lee’s The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump is one of many books that sits on my shelf, unread, because I’m so busy trying to keep my head above water driving for Uber and Lyft that I cannot take time to catch up on reading that I’ve thought important. Read more
Some things are just weird.
There could only be two possibilities. One is that there is something genuinely paranormal happening, and if that is true, that would be amazing. Or, alternatively—which is more the line that I do favor—it tells us something very interesting about human psychology. So either way, it’s worth taking seriously.
See updates through April 3, 2021, at end of post.
In Pittsburgh, it’s gotten tough to get an Uber or Lyft ride. I gather this is also the case elsewhere.
I know, because whenever my car is in the shop, I rely on Uber and Lyft to get around. Until this week, that is. Read more
See update for April 3, 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 April 4, 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