May, 2021 archive
A Memorial Day Thought 0
My father was antifa.
He fought against Hitler.
Like most persons who actually see combat, he almost never talked about his experiences. I remember only two comments he made about it in my hearing, and both of them were spontaneous unintentional outbursts in response to scenes on television.
I recall that Bill Mauldin had a term for persons who might talk about combat. He called them “garritroopers” and described them as “too far forward to wear dress uniforms and and too far back to be shot at.”
Every American should be proudly antifa. Being “fa” is antithetical to being American.
Vaccine Nation 0
At The Sacramento Bee, Catherine Flores-Martin is disturbed at the amount of anti-vaxx hooey being propagated on “social” media. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.
Coordinated campaigns by the anti-vaccine industry to propagate disinformation are threatening national progress and the health of individuals. Leaders in the anti-vaccine space are exploiting social media platforms and targeting communities who are susceptible to their messaging due to long-held distrust in the government or organized medicine.
These individuals are not credible health experts or medical professionals. In truth, they are irresponsible “influencers” peddling disreputable medical advice that lacks evidence and scientific basis. By spreading disinformation that plays on people’s fears, they’ve created lucrative networks and channels of promotion from which to sell books, solicit donations and generate advertising revenue.
One more time, “social” media isn’t.
Taking the Low Road 0
A century after the Tulsa riot, which destroyed a thriving black neighborhood and led to the murder of many of its residents by the white mob, Oklahoma has chosen to name a highway after Donald Trump.
The Aggrieved 0
You will sometimes hear folks on the left theorizing that right-wingers do hate-full things solely to “own the libs.” Steve M, though, thinks there is more to it than that. In an article about the recent anti-vaccine stunt by hatWRKS, he observes:
But they don’t do this just because they want to trigger us. They do it because they sincerely believe that their grievances are as bad as any grievances in human history, or worse. They can’t bear the thought that other people might have greater grievances.
Follow the link for the complete article.
“Our Low-Grade Civil War” 0
Werner Herzog’s Bear is less than optimistic.
The Lies of the Land 0
At Psychology Today Blogs, Gary Wenk explores the human tendency to believe in lies. A snippet:
Trump and QAnon exemplify leaders trying to control followers by offering a comfortable myth consistent with their own fears and desires. Therefore, it should not be surprising to learn that fifty percent of Republicans believe that Biden lost the election. How can so many people be so comfortable with such blatant untruths?
Follow the link for his answer to that question.
A Well-Turned Phrase 0
One member of the coroner’s jury to another, who is being rather obnoxious, in R. Austin Freeman’s The Eye of Osiris:
The Void 0
At NJ.com, a woman describes witnessing first-hand an outburst of hatred against an aged man of Asian descent. It is quite appalling. But, in her article, I think she may have gotten to a nugget of truth:
People who target Asians or the Black or gay communities are weak, senseless sheep. They have no strong sense of their own culture, so they are building a new one founded on hatred toward others.
Follow the link and read the rest.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
The Las Vegas Sun’s Brian Greenspun begs to take issue with the above slogan from the NRA.
Methinks he has a point.
When the Truth Hurts . . . 0
The Electronic Frontier Foundation documents how the Trump administration tried
to make the truth go away to penalize “social” media outfits for fact-checking.
Just read it.
The Noaccount Recount 0
Driftglass has been kicked off Twitter.
Remember, “social” media isn’t.
I am a long-time listener to his podcast.
Karen Karen-Like 0
Words fail me.