Category Archives: Modern life-as-we-know-it

They’re coming to our bathrooms! (Or, “Fear Itself,” Chapter 3)

652x360Leftover sends this, a really awesome essay by Elizabeth West at CounterPunch on the use of fear in public discourse, from  center of the universe for the battle for civil rights, the lowly (but necessary) bathroom to the Zika virus.

…perhaps what ought to scare us most are the devastating tornados of intentionally generated fear and loathing for one another that seem to be wrenching people right and left, off their feet and out of their minds. And many of us, we are frightened: building walls, banning people from the US based on their faith–to name just two of these whirlwinds–denote a madness, a profound disconnection from the innate capacity of human intelligence to analyze and solve the problems we face. This sort of fear—a projection onto the other–contracts and paralyzes. It shuts down minds, sends us scuttling in circles, robs us of the ability to see the big picture. It is a virus that makes us weak and distracts us from responding to the real crises.

To start your Monday: Science!

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

Is Facebook a liberal tool?

News-guySome people seem to think so. Gizmodo ran a piece yesterday that quoted former Facebook employees who said they’d been instructed to give preference to progressive news — and deep six conservative news.

This is in stark contrast to Facebook’s claims that their content is created strictly by algorithms. Facebook has denied the claim.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

The party’s over, Boomers

Cg6Y45VWYAAMhg_Millennials outnumber boomers now. From Pew:

Millennials, whom we define as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69). And Generation X (ages 35-50 in 2015) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028.

History for conservative kids

Enjoy this piece from Professor Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian®..

Here’s what happens when you gut the Voting Rights Act

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You can read more here.

Let’s call Sweden. Or something.

telephoneI love the idea of a Swedish tourism agency creating a phone number where you can call a random Swede (who has volunteered to answer such calls) and chat and, well, anything.

What if we set that up for fundamentalists, or other groups that are maybe misunderstood? Imagine how cool it would be to, say, talk to a hillbilly. Or an Oklahoman, or a Valley Girl.