Archive for politics

Linda Tirado reflects

This is an excellent interview by WCCO Channel 4 in Minneapolis with author / reporter / photographer Linda Tirado, who was blinded in one eye after being shot by a police offer during a 2020 demonstration in that city. Tirado is both purposeful and poignant here – and instructive; she always wants to teach … and *to show people how*. You will be surprised by some of what she says. (Click on the image to see the video.)

“Harbinger of Doom”

This is how author and defense analyst Brynn Tannehill describes herself. She’s really smart, and she’s not kidding. I admire someone whose prose style remains peppy no matter the despair it conveys. Here she is on guns and the end of America. And on the genocide in front of us. Have a nice day!

“righteous certainty”

I’m a big fan of Atrios and his blog, Eschaton. Here’s a worthwhile thought on which to end a year that ought to have been instructive:

There’s a kind of righteous certainty among people who succeeded because they knew how to check all the right boxes when they were 15, a belief that if they (and you) do check all the the right boxes then everything will go as planned. High fives! (Snuffy Walden score!) [link added]

Not a lot of self-doubt, not a lot of self-recrimination. Among other things, it’s a worldview which is very unsympathetic to the failure of others, failures that could not have resulted from anything other than a failure to check the boxes.

This is from a post called “Good Boys and Good Girls.”

November 3, 2020

Pretty sure this date will be the period at the end of a sentence, or the sentence at the beginning of a period.

‘Sudden mass intake” of up to 300,000 Canadians

China watchers in B.C. expect return of expats from Hong Kong.” As one of my students wrote me, “Best to get out now. That potential extradition agreement is horrifying.”

I imagine that most of these expats will be coming to my neck of the woods in the Lower Mainland. It is hard to conceive how this will affect our services, infrastructure, and education. I would take an educated guess and say that most of these folk come from families that already own property here.