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Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 1 of 2

From a Book in Teacher's Library ...much can come And much can go, And yet abide the world! First Things It puzzles me whenever I run across someone who doesn't know anything about the Long Last Days, but it probably shouldn't. Stories from the times that saw the superbug pandemics, the New Coast Wars and … Continue reading Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light Chapters 1-10 Serialized

I've been thinking about serializing the  my novel in bite-sized segments for a while now, and that's what I'm going to do beginning tomorrow. The segments will be short as I am well aware of how little time there may be for reading in the midst of a busy life. Of course, if a reader … Continue reading Not Even Light Chapters 1-10 Serialized

A Despicable Human Being?

A new low in American politics has occurred. The future of a livable planet? Meaningful action on the climate crisis? There's someone who really doesn't care. Follow the link and decide for yourself whether he's a poster boy for despicable human beings. Don't worry about hurting his feelings if you think he is. Unless enough … Continue reading A Despicable Human Being?

Excerpt #2 from One Hundred Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075

Historical Note: One Hunded Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075 was one of a number of paper and ink manuscripts that were carefully copied again and again and secretly circulated among resistence groups during the earliest period of the Long Last Days. By the time Travis penned Not Even Light, the only known copy, brittle with age … Continue reading Excerpt #2 from One Hundred Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075

Excerpt from “And So It Went: Corporate Sovereignty and Ecocide

Historical Note. "And So It Went: Corporate Sovereignty and Ecocide" was an essay circulated by ItTolls4Thee, a founding group of the Sacred Planet Consortium most of whose members were chased down and "disappeared" during the corporate-underwritten "cleansings" between 2084 and 2087. A small number of ItTolls4Thee refugees escaped certain death by crossing the heavily surveilled … Continue reading Excerpt from “And So It Went: Corporate Sovereignty and Ecocide

Excerpt from One Hunded Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075

Historical Note: One Hunded Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075 was one of a number of paper and ink manuscripts that were carefully copied again and again and secretly circulated among resistence groups during the earliest period of the Long Last Days. By the time Travis penned Not Even Light, the only known copy, brittle with age … Continue reading Excerpt from One Hunded Years of Lunacy, 1975-2075

How to Move to Canada

As the prospects for anything resembling representative democracy in the USA dim, as the "Supreme" Court continues to chip away at voting rights and separation of church and state, ask yourself this. Why not leave the shitstorm behind and move to Canada? It's not as simple as showing up at the border, saying you are … Continue reading How to Move to Canada

Moral Reasoning and the Supreme Court

As a free individual with the capacity to struggle with and figure out moral issues for myself, I believe and live by the idea that my moral reasoning about good and bad, right and wrong, justice and injustice defines me to a large extent. And like you, I do not like being defined by others. … Continue reading Moral Reasoning and the Supreme Court

Flags at Half-Staff

If our incumbent lawmakers and candidates really want to honor victims of gun violence, I'd suggest they do something substantial to minimize the madness in the USA. (See my previous post for some suggestions.) Until then, let's stop kidding ourselves and just keep the flags flying at half-staff.

A Modest Proposal Regarding Gun Violence in the USA

First, full disclosure. I am a law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I was raised in a family of game hunters who ate everything they harvested from nature. I received my first gun, a .410 shotgun, when I was thirteen. I hunted alongside my grandfather, my father, and my uncles because I was expected to, and I … Continue reading A Modest Proposal Regarding Gun Violence in the USA

Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

A BRIEF CHRONICLE OF UNAPOLOGETIC HYPOCRISY “But then I sigh, with a piece of Scripture Tell them that God bids us to do evil for good; And thus I clothe my naked villany With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” (Shakespeare, Richard III) … Continue reading Empty Talk After the Texas School Massacre

Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

I compliment Sen. Mallory McMorrow of the Michigan Senate who says it much better than I can. I hope that more citizens of the USA start speaking out against the hateful fear-mongering and wedge-driving that is the Republican playbook. The Republicans and their abetting pulpits and their media propaganda outlets have weaponized civil rights, education, … Continue reading Fighting Back Against Hateful Garbage

The End Justifies the Means? Really?

There's a subgroup of humans I find particularly contemptible. Usually I use the term "contemptible" to describe politicians and their remora, but more and more I find it an apt label for the "Christians" who advance their check-the-box systems of belief by cozying up to scumbag politicians who have their own self-serving agendas.  Maybe they … Continue reading The End Justifies the Means? Really?

Political Cultism

It takes no great insight to see how political parties resemble cults. Why anyone would surrender his or her autonomy, volition, and common sense to become a thrall to some oppressive and authoritarian lout is not easily answered. However, our history as a civilized species demonstrates time and again that it's not at all remarkable … Continue reading Political Cultism

The Private Life of a Cat

The Private Life of a Cat is a charming 1946 short film by Alexander Hammid. There was a longer (scrapped) sound version narrated by Hammid's wife Maya Deren, an important figure in the history of experimental film, but this first twenty-two minute b&w silent version seems especially appealing given the clamor and commotion of our … Continue reading The Private Life of a Cat

Before you apply sunscreen this summer…

...make sure you find a product that won't expose you to benzene, a truly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad health hazard. As always, forewarned is forearmed as we spot the tip of yet another iceberg on our sailing trip through the Anthropocene. For more information, here's a Guardian article, "Carcinogenic chemical benzene found in … Continue reading Before you apply sunscreen this summer…

Are humans good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy.

I started thinking about this perennial question again after studying a post at another blog. Given the sickening war in Ukraine (and other ongoing conficts which for the most part go unmentioned in the "news"), the human-caused degradation of our mother the Earth, the themes of violence running through much of what we create as … Continue reading Are humans good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy.

Big Oil’s Blah Blah, Blah

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here, and I strongly urge you to do just that. In my opinion, Grist addresses the issues most fundamental to our continued existence on the Petri dish we call home. The massive disconnect between Big Oil’s words and actions, in data … Continue reading Big Oil’s Blah Blah, Blah

Aid for Ukraine

It's hard to imagine what the men, women, and children of Ukraine have been going through since February 24th. Please consider joining me in making a donation to help them through the humanitarian crisis created by the Russian invasion of their country. If you are so inclined, and I hope you are, the Charity Navigator … Continue reading Aid for Ukraine

All Too Human

As humans unleash an ugly primitivism upon themselves on a grand scale again, it brought to mind the BBC video below which I viewed a few years ago. Baboons are limited to using their formidable teeth to maim each other whereas we have much more sophisticated weaponry with which to shred ourselves to pieces. However, … Continue reading All Too Human

Breaking News (!!!) brought to you by…a talking lizard!

I haven't listened to televised news broadcasts on NBC, CBS, and ABC here in the USA for some time now, and I've never watched FOX "news" at all because, well...you know. The main reason I seek news elsewhere (AP and Reuters online) is that the principal objective of programming of any sort on commerical television … Continue reading Breaking News (!!!) brought to you by…a talking lizard!

“Legitimate Political Discourse”

"The Republican National Committee censured two GOP lawmakers on Friday for participating on the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and assailed the panel for leading a 'persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.'" (AP, February 4, 2022) legitimate (lə-jĭt′ə-mĭt) adjective: 1. Being in compliance with the law; lawful. 2. Being in … Continue reading “Legitimate Political Discourse”

Of Mice and Members of a Tennesee School Board

When I first spotted the headline "Book about Holocaust banned in Tennessee School District" today, I began reading the article wondering if Maus had at least in part been banned because of its deliberately insulting depiction of Poles as pigs. Of course, that wasn't the reason at all. Why was Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus … Continue reading Of Mice and Members of a Tennesee School Board

Beef Barley Soup Recipe

It's been pretty darn cold in my neck of the woods, and that's inspired me to share our recipe for a cold weather favorite, beef barley soup. INGREDIENTS (enough for 2 days’ meals for the two of us and a goodly portion left over for freezing). The stuff in parentheses is optional. Extra virgin olive … Continue reading Beef Barley Soup Recipe

What would Orwell say today?

George Orwell first published his essay "Politics and the English Language" in 1945 and Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949. Both works address serious issues Orwell observed in the world of his day, which, to most of us, must seem forever ago. However, see if these passages from "Politics" do not ring true today, perhaps more conclusively … Continue reading What would Orwell say today?