Monday, February 24, 2020

Bernie and Birdie: Meanwhile, on Wall Street....

Things shared on Feb 24ths: fairness vs justice, economic justice vs social justice, more

I'd rather talk about fairness than justice. Too many people who talk about justice are more obsessed with judging others than with making a fair world.


Social justice explains why oppressed groups in the US are better off today than they were in the 1960s.

Economic justice explains why the gap between the rich and the poor is worse than it was in the 1960s.


The class system is the structure for structural racism.


Has social justice ideology hurt your ability to think critically? Did you believe Jussie Smollett? Believing a story without evidence can be rationalized. Believing an extremely implausible story cannot.

"Believe the victim" sometimes means "believe the innocent are guilty".


The Dred Scott decision tells us to never say the Supreme Court got something right or wrong. It just got it the way it wanted to get it.


Prequel: stuff that was too boring to include in the first story.


Should you ask rhetorical questions if you're not prepared to have people answer them?


Worst advice: Stop overthinking. Now I'm overthinking how anyone could possibly make themselves think less.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bernie and Birdie: What does Russia want?

Things shared on Feb. 23rds

Capitalism isn't inherently racist and sexist; it's historically racist and sexist. Neoliberals want identity-blind capitalism, which is possible in theory. But in reality, capitalism's limited class mobility will keep its racist and sexist past with us until wealth is shared.


The people who say Bernie Sanders is "too white" don't care that he's most popular with black people. Identitarians care more about presentation than policy.


Dear #NRA

FYI, "Well regulated" is the opposite of "unregulated".

You're welcome.



There are more things everyone should know than anyone can know.


From 2014:

the Dogness Monster?

Between the sidewalk and the street, there're a long mound in most parts of Minneapolis that's three feet high or more. When I looked out the window yesterday morning, I saw the upper body of a man walking with one arm slightly extended. About eight feet ahead of him, moving at exactly the same speed, was three inches of an upright, slightly wagging tail.