There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label

Skulls. (Skulls from the collection of Samuel Morton, the father of scientific racism.)

From the National Geographic article:

Over the past few decades, genetic research has revealed two deep truths about people. The first is that all humans are closely related—more closely related than all chimps, even though there are many more humans around today. Everyone has the same collection of genes, but with the exception of identical twins, everyone has slightly different versions of some of them. Studies of this genetic diversity have allowed scientists to reconstruct a kind of family tree of human populations. That has revealed the second deep truth: In a very real sense, all people alive today are Africans.

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People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday.
—Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne)

Google and HTTP

Google logo. Jail cells. (Encrypt the content you want everyone to read, or someone might read it.)

Dave Winer’s post about what Google is up to now. If you’re seeing this on my site and you’re using Chrome you can see what he’s talking about in the address bar where my ‘favicon/site icon’ is supposed to be.

I don’t even have a mailing list sign-up form on my site, and Google makes it sound like visiting [...] 

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Maker

Soap bubbles (Universes.)

One morning the God of our universe
waved a soapy cosmic wand about himself
and dragged our stars into existence.

He stood contemplating the large bubble of light
as it undulated and shimmered,
drifting towards the edge of his vision.
He was pondering what possible futures it might have
when he was distracted by his friend [...] 

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…And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Pepe LaPue (Wayne LaPierre) (Wayne LaPierre wants the best for Puerto Rico.)

NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre has expressed concern that the percentage of guns and ammunition included in aid shipments to Puerto Rico is too low. “I think it’s important to remember that if you’re going to rebuild an infrastructure from scratch, you make sure the basics are in place first. Roads, medical supplies, and food and [...] 

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Flag On The Play

US flag and football referee.

The United States flag is a the chosen symbol of a people who have formed a great union. Thirteen stripes to represent the original revolutionary colonies. Fifty stars to represent all the states bound together on a common background.

After that its meaning is open to interpretation. There is no official document stating its exact meaning although [...] 

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One of Your Nicer Behemoths

NYC skyline. (Always with the making. NYC view from the north end of High Line Park looking east.)

Walking or driving around New York City, especially walking, I am of two principle minds.

The first is engaged in managing the interaction between three types information. That which I have carefully organized as my truth, that which has been flung haphazardly into storage, and that which is flooding in through my senses like refugees looking for [...] 

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This is what happened…

James Tate (Poet James Tate)

Two Poems from Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by James Tate

I just finished ‘Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by the late James Tate.
Absolutely wonderful.
Tate recounts experiences on the edge of absurdity but not so absurd you can’t say “You know, that’s exactly what happened to me.”

Here’s a link to an excellent review by Charles Simic: Inexhaustible [...] 

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The Thing I Didn’t Say On Facebook

Donald Trump President Donald Trump

Mr. President.


Rush Limbaugh thinks you did a good job yesterday. He’s wrong. You did a terrible job. I mean a really, really bad job.

In my life I have stood up in front of people and said some really childish, stupid things. Embarrassing stuff really. I’m ashamed of it.

Watching you yesterday I had to relive with a cold chill, those moments [...] 

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Proof Of Life

Charlton Heston rowing in Ben Hur. (I think we’re going in circles…)

Last few of a 20 minute piece…

You’ve heard of people with strange S&M machines in their bedrooms? Here’s mine…

 

I’ve been doing two of these 20 minute pieces everyday with Sundays off. Since my birthday in August, I’ve dropped 40 lbs., developed a hernia, and generally suffered. But as with most people who do this sort of thing voluntarily, it’s [...] 

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The Way I Discover Music

(The Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall – 2003)

The way it works is all the cool kids know about it before it’s even released…

Then everybody else finds out about it. Then there is the cool kid backlash because it’s old news. Then seven years later I trip over it because I’m looking for some geeky code snippet or something.

Here’s “Blue Diamonds” by The Long [...] 

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Check Mr. Popeye

Popeye. (Gonna take care ‘a some business.)

A Popeye sort of day today. Here’s a favorite that all you old Jersey rockers might know. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes…

You’d better check Mr. Popeye
Is your spinach running low?
You’d better check Mr. Popeye
You better buy some mo’
You’d better check that spinach
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Really Wasn’t That Dirty To Begin With…

Photo of outhouse interior (Might be time to modernize.)

Living as a bachelor, I’ve tried to make an effort not to engage in those stereotypical behaviors that make it so clear why one might…deserve to be a bachelor. Like never cleaning the bathroom.

So. Scrub down the tub and shower area. Put a bucket in the tub, fill it with water and the kind of soap that defoliates entire ecosystems, and start [...] 

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