Saturday, December 7, 2019

Things shared on Dec 7ths

People in District 1 love thinking the problem with District 12 is racism and sexism.


Interviewer: What happens to people of independent mind?
Noam Chomsky: They become taxi drivers.


My friending policy: I friend anyone who makes a request who doesn’t look like a spammer. I don’t friend anyone who is suggested because I already can’t keep up with my FB friends, so I‘d feel funny asking more people to give me a chance to neglect them.


A thing I hate about #Patreon reward structures: those who can only give a little get less in return, even if they're giving the larger percentage of what they have.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Martin Luther King never supported reparations—his "check" referred to job programs and universal basic income

Identitarians claim Martin Luther King supported reparations and quote him saying, "We are coming to get our check." But when they do, they erase the context. The full quote is "Now, when we come to Washington in this campaign, we are coming to get our check." The campaign was the Poor People's Campaign, and the check was for all poor people.

King was a democratic socialist. He wanted to help all of the poor. He first supported guaranteed jobs, and then moved on to universal basic income.

In 1964, in Why We Can't Wait, he argued for a Bill for the Disadvantaged that would guarantee jobs to help all poor people. He explained, "Many poor whites...were the derivative victims of slavery. As long as labor was cheapened by the involuntary servitude of the black man, the freedom of white labor, especially in the South, was little more than a myth. ... It is a simple matter of justice that America, in dealing creatively with the task of raising the Negro from backwardness, should also be rescuing a large stratum of the forgotten white poor.”

In 1967, in Where Do We Go From Here?, he argued for basic income: “In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike. ... I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

The idea that King would support solutions that do not help three-fourths of the poor because they ignoring the Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and white poor should immediately seem silly to anyone who knows anything about King. He was a democratic socialist. If you doubt that:

“Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.” -Martin Luther King

“If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.” —Martin Luther King

Things shared on Dec 6ths

If your solution hurts innocent people, it is a bad solution. #ThingsThatShouldBeObvious


Why modern feminism’s “Believe the victim” slogan seems so juvenile: Believing women never lie or are mistaken and men do not deserve the presumption of innocence is the next step from believing girls are made of sugar and spice, but boys are made of puppydog tails.


“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian-Soviet poet


The rich do not become philanthropists to ease an unjust system. They become philanthropists to keep it going.


The best-paying job for mediocre writers: confirming other people's biases.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

On the earliest date for comics' Atomic Age, which falls between its Golden and Silver Ages

Caring about comic book continuity is crazy, but I was a hardcore fan for decades, so I know it's my kind of crazy.

On one hand, I believe every writer in a shared universe creates a new alternate universe because any writer's version of a character has unique traits. Which means there are more comic book universes than there are comic book writers since many writers have written characters in different continuities.

On the other hand, it's convenient to talk about broad periods of superhero time. The superhero craze of the late '30s and early '40s and the successful superhero revival of the '60s are the obvious ones. DC institutionalized them with Earth 1 and Earth 2, and fans talked about the Golden Age of superheroes and the Silver Age.

But what do we do with superheroes who were published between those time periods? I like the suggestion they're part of the Atomic Age, named for the development of atomic energy. The Atomic Age heroes are characterized by their writers' love of pulp science fiction—the characters of the '50s often traveled through time, fought robots, and visited distant worlds. While they sometimes interacted, they never had a reason to create a team like the Justice Society.

The comic book ages have to have fuzzy beginnings and endings to make any semblance of continuity. For me, the Atomic Age begins with the invention of Superboy at the end of 1944—that's the character who grows up to become the Superman of the Atomic Age.

Things shared on Dec 5ths

I want a Basic Income that will cover our needs and a Job Guarantee that will cover our wants.


If you have to explain why what you're doing isn't censorship, it's probably censorship.

When people do something that looks like censorship and try to explain why it’s not, they’re admitting it's censorship and trying to explain why they should be allowed to silence the rest of us.

I have never met anyone who thought he should be fired, banned, boycotted, or mobbed for saying what he thought. #censors #hypocrites

If your ideas require censoring others, they are bad ideas.


If you support the Electoral College, you also support the right of the Electors to choose who they please. (first pointed out by Douglas Lain)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Things shared on Dec 4ths

Why you should never mention your diploma when you're in an argument:

A diploma is what the Scarecrow got to make up for having no brain.


Why do some women assume most men must know who the abusers are? Do women tell each other about creepy and illegal things they do?


I won't be adopting the term "non-reformist reform", but I will think about a simpler way to express the idea that we should support reforms that get us closer to our goals.


'"Donald Trump" is an anagram of "old rant-dump".' —Simon Kongshøj


Dear internet, when someone disagrees with you, consider the possibility they're right.

Haha! #FunniestThingIEverSaid


The only thing harder than knowing yourself is knowing someone else.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Things shared on Dec 3rds

People who don't know their belief system has a name are like goldfish who don't know they're swimming in a glass tank.


Tell me not to derail, and I will do my best to blow up the tracks. People who want to control the discourse are not taking part in a discussion; they are seeking submission or validation.


Trickle-down economics aren’t about wealth trickling down to the poor. They’re about wealth trickling down to the children and grandchildren of the rich.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Things shared on Dec 1sts

"perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why they are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus"
—Jackson Browne, "The Rebel Jesus"


Hollywood, stop making stories where strange things happen and then the characters realize they’re in purgatory or hell. No one older than thirteen should use that shtick. Ambrose Bierce was the last to do it well.

I am a leftist who believes interim steps matter. This puts me at odds with leftists who focus on the goal and are willing to let working people suffer in the interim.


The best rich people tell their children to treat servants with respect. They do not tell them there should be no masters and no servants.


Democrats support political censorship too: Hillary Clinton co-sponsored bill to jail flag burners in 2005 - AOL News