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Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps."

On a cold Thanksgiving Day in 1994 I was about to interview Karen Armstrong about her new book, “A History of God’.  All I wanted was for her to be as wonderful in person as she seemed as a writer.   160 more words

Psychology

What To Do (And Not Do) When Someone Asks for Different Gender Pronouns

Back in the day you insulted “a negro” or “colored person” by calling her “black”.  Most offensive of all was (and still may be) “black nigger.”  Nowadays, for some of my friends “he” or “she” is the new “black”.   17 more words

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Feed Your Mind With Optimism!

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” – Jefferson

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The Neo-Knights of the KKK?

The image is fake but it is apparently true that John Abarr of the Montana KKK sat down with Montana NAACP leader Jimmy Simmons.  Abarr, described as a “former white supremacist” now says he wants to form a new, more inclusive branch of the Klan.   182 more words

News/politics

Bay Area activists declare victory after Israeli carrier cancels all ships

The BDS movement seems be gaining steam in lots of places.  Nonviolent, principled and on the move.  What’s not to congratulate?

On 28 October, San Francisco Bay Area activists organizing to block the unloading of Israeli shipping vessels… 97 more words

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Legless, trangender, teenage diva - Piyah Martel - This Is The Beginning.

A week ago someone like Piyah Martel would have been unimaginable to me, inconceivable in fact.  Now she is a source of inspiration, a measure of the possible.   45 more words

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Guy Scott, first white African president in 20 years

This is obviously a step…. in some direction.  Well, OK not obviously but as step.  Alright, he was vice prez when the elected one died so it’ not exactly that he was voted in.   16 more words

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