this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)
I remember watching Bob Crosby and the Bobcats on the telly vision when I was a young ‘un. They had a half-hour show in the afternoon.
It’s no surprise, I guess, that some Trump supporter has resorted to animal cruelty and is putting Donald Trump bumper stickers on wild bears in North Carolina. Here’s a bit; more at the link.
The latest report was made Friday and involves a different bear, based on the position of the sticker, HAB (the bear advocacy group Help Asheville Bears–ed.) said. The person who photographed the bear was identified by HAB as “Shelia” and she was quoted saying: “No words can describe my anger and sadness.”
State wildlife officials told McClatchy News they suspect the person responsible for the stickers is using food to get close to the animals, which is illegal in Buncombe County (home of Asheville). It’s also illegal to deface state property, which is another law violated by the stickers, state officials said.
“It appears someone has been feeding bears on purpose and was able to get close enough to slap the sticker on,” according to Colleen Olfenbuttel, the black bear and furbearer biologist for the Wildlife Management Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Once again, we are reminded that politeness is child’s play.
Anyone who thinks golf is exercise has never lived next to a golf course and watched the golfers.
Werner Herzog’s Bear is becoming even less sanguine.
Experiments fail, even noble ones.
Robert J. Cramer, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, explores white privilege, its symptoms, and its effects. Early in the piece, he provides a definition (emphasis added):
Privilege is the enjoyed benefits afforded by society based on race. To illustrate, White privilege is getting pulled over by police and not having to worry about your life. Or calling the cops and filing a false report against a Black person on their own property without experience (sic) actual consequences.
A common misconception of whiteness or “White privilege” is that they imply White persons do not work as hard as other minority group members. This is not the scholarly definition and the misunderstanding can lead to needless intergroup tension. Rather, from a social science vantage point, whiteness or privilege does highlight how racial stigma about work ethic, safety, and other characteristics of minorities create systematic inequality.
Follow the link for his discussion of techniques used to deny or distract from the existence of white privilege and some thoughts on how to combat it.