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Moving On From LiveJournal

Jun. 26th, 2005 | 05:59 pm

It's time to move on: I've recently discovered both BlueHost and WordPress. LiveJournal's lack of interest in things like layouts, styles, and photo galleries just totally killed the flexibility I was looking for in my blog.

So, I'm no longer updating on LiveJournal, and will shortly have migrated it all to:


I hope that you all will follow me there.

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Three Random Thoughts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Jun. 19th, 2005 | 02:07 am

It's way early in the morning, and I can't sleep, so it seems like a good time to post an entry. Here are just three observations from thoughts I had yesterday about "race," the poor, and the hurting:

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"What Does a Haitian Look Like?"

Jun. 18th, 2005 | 03:36 pm

I ran across this in the Haiti community, as posted by Kimmy:

"Hopefully one day the anesthesia and novocain that has been administered to you by the media and history will wear off and you will come to your senses and realize that America is not the only melting pot." [Read the whole post, here]

The author of the original message is apparently a Haitian poet, Prosper Sylvain, Jr.

This one caught my eye because I met so many wonderful Haitian people when last I lived in south Florida, and my wife's pregnancy was tended to in part by a Haitian physician who did ultrasound in such a way that I was able to determine the sex of our child without having to be told. Small thing, to be sure, but for that alone I will remember him.

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Having Third World Health Might Be Better for You

Jun. 18th, 2005 | 11:03 am

Ghana is a third world country with third world attributes: The capitol of Accra, a city of 1,000,000 people, has few hospitals and, as a life-long resident there once related to me, only one orthopedic surgeon.

But: Drive around Accra and you'll notice that the physical health of the average person, as judged by appearance and mobility, appears to be much better than the health of the average westerner.Read more...Collapse )

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(In)justice for the Black Man

Jun. 14th, 2005 | 07:20 am

Yes, I'm going to comment on the Michael Jackson verdict, at the end of this post. But first, let me give you these others of the day's headlines having to do with black men and justice, which did not get nearly so much attention:

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Does Globalization Harm the Third World?

Jun. 12th, 2005 | 11:01 am

Following on the heels of the Kunstler piece, I had a conversation with myself about the merits of globalization in third world nations. After all, it's not hard to infer that if jobs are exported from the U.S. to the third world, that poor working people in those nations will surely benefit. But is that truly the case? With all that we know today about global income inequality, is wealth (or the opportunity to acquire it) truly being spread around, or does the Third World have pretty much the same problems it has always had? Read more...Collapse )

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You Wanted Them, You Got Them

Jun. 7th, 2005 | 11:00 pm

The whole world knows that Americans are currently asleep at the switch. The fact that George Bush won the 2004 election with a scant 51% of the vote says less about him than it does about the ability of corporate interests to distract and blindfold Journalism and eek out an outcome. Political science, if it ever was science, is now the art of viewer manipulation; people these days are moved to action (or inaction) more by the momentary than they are by the momentous.

Enter Bill Moyers. Before George W., there was Harry Truman, and long before Fox News' concocted slant on the news, there was serious investigative journalism by a lone man whose sensibilities were never compromised by momentary trends in media or politics.

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Smells from My Kitchen

May. 31st, 2005 | 08:22 pm

You're the luckiest man in the world if you have a good wife, a happy family, and a kitchen filled regularly with the smells of good food.

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"Preyed On By Cloistered Pigs"

May. 23rd, 2005 | 05:45 pm

There is a certain kind of white man who goes to the Third World for reasons that he ought to be shot for:

"For years deplorable and disgusting human beings (and I use that term ever so lightly) have been traveling to the Third World to have their way with boys and girls of all ages. I remember in college I wrote my first senior thesis on child prostitution in Thailand. When I went to the library to conduct research, the library assistant (an old man) pulled me to the side and said, 'You want to know about Thailand? You can have anything you want there. Girls. Boys. Cats. Dogs. You name it, you can have sex with it.'" [Read the rest of Mark Radulich's editorial in Progressive Conservativism.]

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An Essential History

May. 19th, 2005 | 10:26 pm

We might call this an essential history for those who aspire to be true Third World White Men: 20th Century: A Bunch of Fives. I loved this one:

"When the white man came we had the land and they had the Bible. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed and when we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible." (Jomo Kenyatta, who led Kenya to independence)
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