Violence can only be justified in sports, and terrorism isn’t a sport.

By the way violence can be justified in sports, so long as the violence is encoded in the agreed upon rulebook.

Mixed Martial Arts is a sport, let the be no doubt. And as well olympic wrestling can be hazardously violent.

Just because it’s violent does not necessarily mean it’s unfair.

Check the rules. Play the rules. And know how to seek remedy when the opponent breaks the rules. Don’t be a pushover tool.

And fuck the cheaters.

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Originally posted on March 20, 2017 at 08:00PM. [Tumblr direct link]

The impending future… [a Doonesbury political cartoon]


The impending future …

Doonesbury still makes some great political cartoons. 👍


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Originally posted on March 05, 2017 at 05:48PM. [Tumblr direct link]

On Jane Roe


All too often we forget that the names behind Supreme Court cases were real people living real lives in real circumstances. Rarely did “winning” a Supreme Court case make one of these peoples’ lives truly better.

This was certainly the case for Jane Roe, Norma Leah (Nelson) McCorvey who died today at 69.

Norma Nelson had already had a hard life when she met Woody McCorvey and married him at 16. She became pregnant by McCorvey but left him when she accused him of attacking her. She developed a drinking problem, announced she was a lesbian, and moved in with her mother by the time the child was born; her mother successfully schemed to have the baby taken away from Norma. McCorvey had a second child, and then, when she got pregnant for a third time, sought the abortion that led to the landmark decision Roe v Wade in 1973. (McCorvey had that child as well. The child was placed for adoption.)

Later, McCorvey became an activist in the pro-life movement, converted to Roman Catholicism, and announced she was not gay.

I recite this biography not to criticize: I wouldn’t dare. Rather, I simply hope that, in our era of caricature and lazy inhumanity, we can recognize that we are all complex people, and not all of us bear the pressures of life with equal strength. Sometimes, compassion is what we have to rely on to make it all work.

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Originally posted on February 19, 2017 at 06:18PM. [Tumblr direct link]

The ElloResist community

Since I notice that some of you fellow WordPress users have taken notice of the mind-Dumpster blog due to some blogposts concerning efforts & ideas aligned with the #Resist #Trump #Republican movement, I encourage all of you reading this to check out the @ElloResist community at the Ello social network. Check them out:

Please note that you will not be able to open that URL unless you have registered for a free Ello account. (If you have heard of Ello before: yes, registration is now free & open to everyone; no invitation required anymore.)

[More info on Ello from Wikipedia:]

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below, and/or ask the @ElloResist community over at Ello.

Best Wishes, Greetings in the Name of Humanity & Humanitarianism, and #Resist:fist:

(“An Animated Introduction to George Orwell” – from Open Culture…

(“An Animated Introduction to George Orwell” – from Open Culture blog)

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Originally posted on February 18, 2017 at 02:30AM. [Tumblr direct link]

How fact-checking becomes “useless” before a totalitarian government:

Via Twitter.

from my Tumblr blog:, posted on December 06, 2016 at 12:00PM. [direct link]