Military Law , Personal Updates , Racism

CLE Seminar on Military Racism: Reality & Remedies

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Online CLE: Military Racism – Reality & Remedies Live via zoom at Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. On-demand (recorded) format starting on October 1, 2023. Program Description: The Government Accounting Office report released in May 2019 found evidence that black and Hispanic troops were more likely than their white peers to be investigated by military commanders and tried in courts-martial, but not any more likely to be found guilty. The report also found inconsistencies in how racial data related to court cases is collected and chastised military leaders for being slow to react to the report’s […]

Climate Change , Current Events , Public Health

Local transmission of MALARIA happening in the US for the first time in 20 years

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NBC News: CDC issues alert after 5 cases of locally acquired malaria reported in Texas and Florida — The cases were the first in 20 years to be acquired in the U.S., with no links to travel outside the country. Yet another sign of #GlobalWarming. I’m writing this post how as a memo to my future self, 20 years from now, who wonders if people in 2023 were really unaware of what was happening. This story is a perfect example of where we are at today. The obvious (but unstated) conclusion from this story is that the upswing in malaria is […]

Socialism

The French sausage of protests?

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CNN: The spicy hotdog sausage fueling French protests – by Oliver Briscoe Excerpt: Protesting in France is a hungry business, and when the country’s angry citizens put down their placards, they seek out sustenance. Not for classic French cuisine though. Above all else, demonstrators demand spicy hotdog sausages. Beef and lamb merguez sausages, spiced with cumin, chile or harissa to recipes imported from North Africa, are the food of the streets in France – and not just in the recent protests against pension age reform that have spread through the country. There was merguez in May 1968 when student uprisings whetted appetites […]

AI , Social Justice , Socialism

Advice via AI – How can capitalism be defeated?

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What follows are some results I received today from Bing’s AI tool wih this question : Tell me how capitalism can be defeated.   Searching for: how to defeat capitalism Searching for: how to defeat capitalism Generating answers for you… Generating answers for you… This is Bing. I found some information from web search results that might help you. There are different perspectives and strategies on how to defeat capitalism, depending on one’s political and ethical views. Some of the ideas that I found are: Delegitimize capitalism by exposing its harmful impacts on people and the planet, and by promoting alternative values and […]

Free Speech , LGBTQ , Oklahoma

Oklahoma needs public television! Save OETA!

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https://www.oklahoman.com/story/opinion/2023/05/08/outdoorsman-tell-gov-stitt-and-your-legislator-to-support-oeta/70194158007/ Please take a moment and call or email your state legislator, urging them to override Gov. Stitt’s painfully stupid (and hateful) veto of funding for OETA (Oklahoma’s PBS network — FYI, the only network that serves the entire state). #PBS #OETA #Oklahoma #LGBTQ

LGBTQ , Theology

A response to the Word Nerd about LGBTQ-inclusive theology

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The following is a letter-to-the-editor that I wrote to Bible Study Magazine in response to “Word Nerd-Language & the Bible,” a column by Editor Mark Ward in the September/October 2022 print issue of the magazine. Dear Editor, I am deeply disturbed by your decision to use your Word Nerd column in the September/October 2022 issue to promote a theology that is hurtful and dangerous. It is simply not true that I Corinthians 6:9 contains “explicit prohibitions of homosexuality,” as there are many who argue that it is not so clear at all (see for instance this essay by Rev. Adam Erickse, this essay from […]

COVID19 , HIV , LGBTQ , Literature

Launching 28Barbary.com – a fan website for Tales of the City Fan by Armistead Maupin

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This was originally posted on facebook. I’ve been sick this weekend (bad allergies/hay fever, but thankfully not COVID! (EDITORS NOTE: It turned out it was covid.) so I felt too crummy to do much in the way of law work, so instead I created the start of a long-contemplated fan blog that will be providing commentary on the Tales of the City series of books (and other media) by Armistead Maupin. If you have never read Tales of the City, I would strongly recommend the series. It began as a serialized novel in the SF Bay area in the mid-1970’s, but later became much […]

Judaism , Reproductive Justice

Judaism and Vasectomies

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This was originally posted on Facebook. Kveller.com: I’m a rabbi who had a vasectomy even though Judaism prohibits it. A very thoughtful piece but the headline is misleading. #Judaism doesn’t bar vasectomies, but rather #halakha does. Most Jews today (but especially those in the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Humanistic movements) do not treat halalah as binding in the traditional sense. On a related note —- getting a vasectomy was one of the best decisions of my life, so I am always glad to talk to anyone who is considering the procedure but who is nervous about it. #Mazeldon

9-11 Attacks , Beer , Blogging , Cannabis , Christian , Current Events , JMBzine Vault , Texas

From the JMBzine vault: November 1, 2001 – Talking about beer, news headlines and hatemongers

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This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion, politics, and many other subjects have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post. – I generally do not edit my past writings, except to fix obvious spelling and grammar issues, or to fix broken links (most often replacing with links to archive.org). I do add some more recent editorial updates (with dates), which are shown in blue and italicized.   […]

9-11 Attacks , Austin , JMBzine Vault , Oklahoma , Peace , San Marcos , Visual Arts

From the JMBzine vault – Oct 31, 2001

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This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion, politics, and many other subjects have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post. – I generally do not edit my past writings, except to fix obvious spelling issues, or to fix broken links (most often replacing with links to archive.org). I do add some more recent editorial updates, which are shown in blue and italicized, along with dates. Wednesday, October […]