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The first step in truth and reconciliation is truth. But the radical right fears that slippery slope. So they attack the truth in the form of a “Critical Race Theory” strawman they’ve created in their own minds. Few can articulate the details of what they are attacking or support the flaws in their own whitewashed version of history. Most of what we call Critical Race Theory isn’t a theory at all, it’s what happened. But the radical right has a one-drop aversion to these truths:

  • In 1860, the economic value of slaves in the United States exceeded the invested value…

Posted on June 26, 2016 in GreenProphet by Brian Nitz

I normally write about environmental science and technology but I can’t help but notice when governments and economies behave like damaged environmental systems or unstable high voltage oscillators. Global economies have taxed future generations via inflationary policies and amplified the gap between wealth and poverty. The hot smell of ozone should warn us that a fuse is about to blow.

Donald Trump, the cults of violence, the treatment of refugees, unnecessary wars and Thursday’s Brexit vote demonstrate that even the wealthiest, most stable, well-educated and sensible countries can choose a…

It’s disappointing but not surprising that the 57% vote to convict Donald Trump of incitement fell short of the 2/3rds required for impeachment. I listened to some of it during my evening runs, watched parts during the day and am glad I did. The hearing made history and undermined the future of the GOP. I’m glad to be able to say I tried to stop it. Like Lieutenant Colonel Vindman’s testimony in Trump’s first impeachment hearing, there were moments which make me proud of the patriotism which shines bright through the deep shadows of Trump’s corruption.

The impeachment hearings were…

Unfriend screenshot and Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936.
Unfriend screenshot and Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936.
Dorthea Lange’s Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California. November 1936. The Public Domain source is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division
under the digital ID fsa.8b31646.

If you get your news, facts and truths from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, OAN, MRCTV, Newsmax, FoxNews, Russia Today, AM Talk Radio, Parler and other alternate reality profiteers which helped inspire the Michigan “covid ain’t real” kidnappers, the Nashville “lizard-people conspiracy!” bomber, the Wisconsin “vaccines alter your DNA!” saboteur or the “Stop the Steal” domestic terrorists… please check your sources and at least look for something to cross-check your beliefs.

When family and friends say something which contradicts these sources, they’re not trying to hurt you. You might even consider giving them five minutes to speak their mind even if…

20 years after we saw a waxing gibbous moon over Bantry bay on the Bush/Gore election night I see a waning gibbous moon over the Irish sea and the U.S. election is in that indeterminate state like Schroedinger’s cat.

We stepped into a cobblestone pub to have lunch. Turf burned in the fireplace behind me as we enjoyed another excellent meal. We continued towards the southwestern corner of Ireland. Here mountains blocked the north winds and focused the remnants of the Gulf Stream to warm the shoreline of Bantry Bay. We found a sign for a B&B atop a hill overlooking the narrow bay. We arrived at the top of the hill as night deepened the blue and purple colors of the sky. It appeared that no one was home. I rang the doorbell and a cheerful woman came…

From the Evening Sentinel, Volume 4, Number 286, 5 May 1900:

A Binghampton high school pupil was taking a history examination which contained a question on Nero. For the moment he could not remember who the gentleman was, so he wrote this:

“The less said about Nero the better.”

His paper was marked one hundred.

Future history students, make note of this. The same will be true of Donald Trump.

Exulansis n. The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it — whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness — which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land. (Dictionary of obscure sorrows)

March 19, 2001
My wife and I were photographers when we met in the U.W. Oshkosh Advance Titan newspaper darkroom. We have family and friends in Southeastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley but in 2001 we decided to try something different. We moved to a village on the Irish Sea just north of Dublin, Ireland.

March 19, 2020: Exactly 19 years later our daughter made her first solo flight back from her experience as a high school student in Appleton Wisconsin. The pandemic cut her time there short and kept her granddad, aunt and cousin from accompanying her on the…

One of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s last dissents was against the conservative majority’s ruling that forced Wisconsin voters to decide between their own health the their constitutional right to vote.

On the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg:

May the blessing of her memory remind all of us that we many small raindrops can become a sea of change.

According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on an any holy day is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. Even more so for people who die on Rosh Hashanah, which began that evening. NPR’s Nina Totenberg explains,

“A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment because they were needed most and were the…

William Jennings Bryan — Library of Congress, Public Domain,

My great uncle John was born in Germany in November 1895. He brought knee-slapping laughter to our family and always called me William Jennings Bryan. It was the first thing out of his mouth every time we met, spoken with the deliberate timing of a comedian who knows exactly how to prime a joke told so often that laughter was a reflex.

“William — Jennings — Bryan!” He would pause and seemed to expect that a child born almost four decades after Bryan’s death would understand exactly who he was and why his nickname for me was as good of…

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