Before reading this, you might want to look at my recent attempts at Green Party propaganda here:
I showed them to the Greens on my list and they had little to say. Maybe non-Greens can give me some nice hostile reactions just to break up my day.
I’ll continue on that ever-recurring question: “How the hell do we convince more people to register and vote Green, not to mention take an active part in Party affairs?”
There’s a common theme that I’ve caught myself at in those graphics I made. We often use the “domestic abuse” theme when talking about Dem activists who keep going back to their abuser no matter how many promises are broken, crudely illustrated thus:
and the bits I’ve put together on that page are often of the “We toldja so” or “You made a bad choice” variety. Continue reading
I sit here overlooking the alley as I write, and for the last half-hour there has been a steady “clop, clop, clop, clop” as someone carries things from garage to dumpster, and goes back for another load. Think about that. What kind of shoe makes a “clop, clop, clop”? Someone is wearing WHITE PUMPS to clean out her garage.
I shouldn’t really say “her”, though. I don’t know whether these beings have gender in their original form. This is the point in the movie where a space alien living among us, or some android, cylon, or whatever, trying to pass for human, gives itself away with some glaring mistake in mimicking human behavior. Continue reading
Some good-quality videos of Green Party stuff are becoming available, and this recent one is something to hear, if you have the time:
So you have a choice. You can take an hour to watch the video and then read my critique, or read my rant, with all the second-hand info about what’s in the video, and then watch it to see whether I’m full of it.
Let’s start with the fact that Chris Hedges obviously knows a lot, and has done some very good things, notably a good lawsuit against the feds, and much verbal defense of the Occupy movement in the media. He’s visited a lot of places, and interviewed lotsa remarkable people, of which he doesn’t fail to remind us in his talk. Such namedropping gets more frequent toward the end of the talk, as you’ll see.
Large parts of his talk are very worth hearing, for anyone who might not yet be quite aware of the authoritarian kleptocracy we live under and its shock-and-awe-inspiring power. It’s when he tries to tell Greens what to do…. Continue reading
On this anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, a little nod to everyone who was with us on Feb. 15th, 2003, the largest coordinated protest in the history of the world, which most American politicians chose to ignore. In Orange County, we didn’t do much, but we didn’t do nothing, either.
We filled up the Orange Circle for a while, adding a couple of thousand people to the millions protesting that day. Here’s to all of you, remembering better times. Some are no longer with us.
My occasional posts about language have sometimes caused a little brush with what has been hyped as a “language war” between “descriptivists” and “prescriptivists”. I don’t think it’s a real war myself, but more an excuse to write, for people with too little to write about. People who like to write can get hung up on this sort of thing. It’s one of those hazards of human behavior; to apply one’s own activity to one’s own activity. It’s why we have a surplus of:
blogs about writing
books about literature
songs about music
movies & plays about show biz
PhDs in education
I got to this subject by writing about political activity; just trying to encourage my associates to think a little more about how to communicate effectively. To that end, another rant. But first I’ll try to cover some principles about the “descriptive” vs “prescriptive” non-war. Let’s see how fast we can get through the obvious stuff. Continue reading
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