The Business of Bigotry, or How To Ruin Your Business and Get Rich

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The headline on CNN reads: “Indiana pizzeria finds itself at the center of ‘religious freedom’ debate” but even this untrue. Memories Pizza, in Walkerton, Indiana, didn’t find itself anywhere. The owners veritably thrust… Continue reading

Tolerance in the Agora: Constitutional Rights and Obfuscations

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There are times I am perfectly willing to examine the philosophical intricacies and readings possible in a law. But I have a problem engaging in this when its purpose is to obfuscate what, when… Continue reading

Why Are Things the Way They Are?

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I’d like to borrow your brain for a bit. Some of you are going to experience a desperate yearning to search out some porn, or read an article on the latest gaming console,… Continue reading

Freedom, Citizenship and the Fear of Domination

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I can pinpoint the moment in my life when I began to have a deep understanding of the concept of citizenship. Oddly enough, it came while sitting stark naked in a huge, domed… Continue reading

Fearmongers Ate My Mom

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Let me tell you a little about my mother. She’s a fantastic woman. Born just before the 30s, she won a scholarship to Julliard at the age of 17. Although she studied classical… Continue reading

Criminality Under the cover of Religion and Ideology, and the Collusion of the Media.

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Lately, I’ve started to bristle every time I hear the word ‘Islamic’. It gets used a lot by the media, mostly by people who aren’t Muslim, have never read the Koran and know… Continue reading

Effectively Responding to Ferguson: No Justice? No Profit. #BoycottBlackFriday

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Naomi Wolf said that, in order to have successful protest, it needs to be illegal. It needs to stop traffic.  I was born in the early 60s. By the time I was of… Continue reading

Cartoon Feminism: Dr. Taylor’s Shirt #Feminism #Pseudofeminism

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In the last 100 years, feminists have fought for the rights of women all over the world; they have fought for equality of political voice, wage parity, reproductive health rights, equal access to… Continue reading

Permission & Pulling Yourself Together.

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I remember the first time I ever saw a patient in a cholera ward. Raised in a prosperous, middle-class family, in a large Western country, with relatives who had gone through at least… Continue reading

Little Lives, Narrow Minds, Bitter tongues: Kaci Hickox and the Schadenfreude of a Nation

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There’s an interesting online drama being played out on a Dallas Morning News post. Ms. Kaci Hickox, a volunteer nurse who only just returned from spending a month treating Ebola patients in Sierra… Continue reading