Category Archives: rhetoric

No Words, No Ideas, No Future

The following blog contains mentions of suicide, child abuse, bullying, homophobia, and transphobia. Poll: Only 52% of Democrats oppose Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ policy (Yahoo! News)Alabama lawmakers approve bill that criminalizes gender-affirming care for trans youth (USA Today via msn.com)Celebrating International Asexuality Day 2022 (thefword.org.uk) I don’t remember if the dune buggy in the back corner of my family’s backyard ever really worked or not, but I remember its rusting shell staying there for year after year when I was very young. It wasn’t exactly…

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Destroyed Discourse

One of the common refrains in this past week’s online discussions of the violent incident at the Oscars was just how much attention was being paid to the interactions between Chris Rock and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith on the one hand, and how little attention was being paid to other issues that many people believe to be far more important. From global climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic to the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine, every other news story that felt like it would…

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Scarier Than Fiction

[The following blog includes a mention of assault.] ‘Don’t Look Up’: Real-world scientists comment on new movie’s climate message (phys.org) Working on new graphics for my Twitch channel this past weekend — finally leaning more into the chill vibes I want to put out (and so desperately need right now) — reminded me a lot of when I did website design work in the 1990’s, and that’s probably a very good thing for my mental health. There will always be a part of me that…

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The Prison-to-Prison Pipeline

No Excuses Schools: Bad Theory Created by Amateurs (tultican.com) It’s impossible to research the history of minority schooling in America without repeatedly coming face-to-face with how the reality of that schooling was far worse than even the popular misconceptions of it. Despite the “separate but equal” litmus test established in Plessy v. Ferguson in the nineteenth century, what few schools that did exist for African-Americans in the south were often so neglected that they were barely worth having at all. The idea that Brown v.…

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Neither Free Nor Brave

Independence Day and the Loss of America’s Democratic Public Schools (nancybailey.com)Canada Day muted as country reckons with treatment of indigenous, other minorities (Reuters via news.yahoo.com) One of the reasons Mom kept using her VCR through her final years was so she could keep watching her recordings of the Independence Day shows put on by PBS and A&E every year. She didn’t care much for the holiday itself, but she always loved the music, especially the orchestral pieces that played during the show-ending fireworks displays. Even…

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