Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life

Tradition is no Excuse for Cruel, Harmful Behavior like the Faeroe Islander Dolphin Slaughter

It’s time to stop excusing cruel, unjust or destructive practices simply because they are traditional.  This week, people from the Faeroe Islands, an autonomous territory within Denmark, hunted down a pod of 1428 white-sided dolphins, highly intelligent social animals. The … Continue reading

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Believe Women is the Beginning of a Process, not the End

Followed blindly, ‘believe women’ diminishes both women and men—and our quest for justice. Many women who have been part of the #MeToo movement, including public leaders, continue to support Joe Biden despite Tara Reade’s accusations. Trump believers and some diehard … Continue reading

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Why Conservative Religion Has Become a Disease Vector

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Religious believers are spreading coronavirus through the same mechanisms that spread religion itself. What is it about religion and COVID-19? Across the U.S., conservative Christian leaders have fought to be exempted from public health limits on social gatherings. In state … Continue reading

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Racism is Real, but the Concept of White Fragility Could Use a Closer Look

Disagreement or raw feelings in race-forward situations can have many causes, and overly-broad use of concepts like white fragility may do more harm than good to the mission of reducing racism. Elizabeth is a progressive activist who signed up for … Continue reading

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“The Worst Possible Way to Win Over Rural Voters”

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We have trained ourselves far more in the art of vilification than communication.  Devin Poore grew up near the northeast corner of Washington State. Ferry County is one of the poorest in the state, with a median household income of … Continue reading

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