Bob Briggs
bopbriggs
Aug 3
Save

I agree with both of you. Dino is right... I hope this gives us a chance to re-evaluate toxic individualism. But Bonerland is also right... I see the possibility of that happening in today’s super-polarized America with negative partisan politics as exceedingly slim.

Aug 3
3

I spent most of my childhood obsessed with genealogy, because my Grandmother had done enough of our family tree to connect us to some European royalty (even the root of European royalty, Charlemagne, a few ways). So I had this whole noblesse oblige persona built up. Read more

Aug 3
13

We didn’t even realize we needed to be worried about this still in the 21st century until at my son’s 5th grade ‘graduation’ a teacher was leaving, and he claimed to be proud to have been able to teach about ‘the war of northern aggression from the southern perspective.’  Richmond, VA, 2013.  I mean, I was exposed to Read more

Aug 3
13

Telling the tale of how Black people got screwed over in no way ‘blackwashes’ or takes away from the tales of how other people of color, including native Americans were screwed over.  That is just a false narrative that is intended to divide people of color.

Aug 3
Save

My American History teacher in 9th grade took the textbook and literally threw it into the trash the first day of school. He gave lectures that rambled from one point to another, showing how everything was interconnected, and instilled a love of history in me that persists to this day.
But I never realized until Read more

Aug 3
Save

The irony being that by the time of their assassinations, King and El-Shabazz had started to grow closer in their positions, with King radicalizing and El-Shabazz moderating.

Jul 31
Save

I sincerely hope my son doesn’t write the same thing 10 years from now. My narcissist ex wife successfully alienated him from me over the past 3 years, starting from when I got remarried.

Jul 31
Save

Probably both.  Narcissism helps people amass money by ignoring rules of fair play, but power corrupts.  Remember the Sanford Prison experiments.  You can flip a switch to dehumanizing others very quickly with power.  And great wealth is power.  So I’d say it is a feedback loop.

Jul 31
Save

Especially as the white supremacy apparatus is predicated on shutting down black (and all POC) political power. The Dems having a black element to them sure, does earn opposition from some white people that don’t think they are racist, but support keeping things the same as they are (white supremacy and all), but an Read more

Jul 29
4

Well, I didn’t know that. That would be a bad fit, then. I was just going from the excellent work he did rescuing Jordan’s legacy. Melanie Rawn? She has no problems killing off characters and tying up loose ends. I think before ASOFAI, she held the title for shocking me most in a fantasy novel for making me care about Read more

Jul 29
6

My assessment of both Martin and Jordan is that they are great at spinning off divergent stories that help make the world seem lived in... but suck at resolving ANY of the thousands of plots they spin off in that way, which leads to an inability to truly resolve anything... including the main storyline.  At this point Read more

Jul 29
9

From experience, they do tend to get affronted that you would dare to correct them.  They are offended that you feel that they need correction.  It doesn’t lead to a useful conversation 9 time out of 10, but can sometimes shame them into shutting up about that particular racist thread.

Jul 29
2

When driving my now wife and 5 year old stepdaughter from California, her daughter kept asking “are we in Alabama yet?” And when we did get there, she said “Mama! Duck!” Read more

Jul 27
Save

That’s it. I mean, the NRA and Ronnie Raygun backed an open carry ban because the Black Panthers marched to the California Capitol. Just like Stand Your Ground defenses are, like 1000% more likely to succeed if the shooter is white (that was number was pulled out of the aether, and is probably a gross undercount), and Read more

Jul 27
1

For a good reference of how technologies would have to be adapted to preindustrial setting, see 1632 and the following books by Eric Flint et al, about a West Virginia town thrown back into the thirty years war.

Jul 27
Save

The GOP gave up on Democracy circa 2000, when they lost the popular vote. Ever since then it has been a machine for whittling down the vote, and skewing it to disproportionately harm POCs that tend to vote Dem. That was, to my memory, about when you started hearing Republicans claiming that we do not live in a Read more

Jul 24
1

Oh, LBJ was pretty racist.  But he was also willing to see the strategic value in fighting racism.  Results matter more than his heart of hearts.