First: Big Al has been feeling under the weather, and has decided to live life (real life, that is…) to the fullest for now. I know we all wish him well, and applaud his mindful and magnificent choice.
Second: Over the past few weeks I’ve been receiving some distressing emails from some erstwhile commenters at the Café, so I’d like to clear the air a bit about that.
I’ve never enjoyed kerfuffles on the boards, but most especially the ones I’d allowed myself to get drawn into, as they often produce ‘heat, but no light’, as some say. Most often, I’ve felt kinda dirty, if that makes sense, but I was indeed raised by guilt and shame, so…it makes sense to me. If I behave in a deplorable manner, that‘s far worse, of course (save the recent exception of the man I deliberately insulted, and mercifully went on to greener pastures). Now one man I behaved stupidly toward by way of teasing-gone-wrong, I did apologize to by email. The others? Not so much: ‘ack! semantic racist word games! you don’t try to understand me, beyotch!’; well, you get the drift, enough of that.
Still and all, what I would like to do is express my regret over my part in any contretemps on the boards, because sometimes my temper flares too quickly, and I forget to count to ten (or seventy-seven) before I respond. I’ll also try my best to offer absolution to those who’ve made egregious comments to me or my belief system, given that it’s the spiritually sensible thing to do. If they return, and I guess for all, I’d like to ask for the following here at the Café:
Please don’t castigate me for things that I never said or implied, because that sincerely gets my dander up.
There may be some reasons for my periodic crankiness, but they’d sound like self-serving excuses, so I’ll not even go there.
Please don’t drop in lengthy, four-foot-long articles that aren’t On Topic on a diary; I’m a slow reader at the best of times, and I have iffy eyes. I’ve long had a silly habit of trying to read the links and respond. Plus, there’s always an Open Menu to use for just about anything you’d like to highlight or talk about. At the top of the Categories list on the right sidebar just below the Recent Comments list is ‘Open Menus’ If we spy a new comment on an Open Menu, we can click in to check it out. Exceptions are if you have major breaking news you believe shouldn’t wait, of course akin to: ‘Sarah Palin explains her son’s arrest for domestic violence’ and such, or you provide the Cliff’s Notes version as THD does sometimes. ;-)
If I’ve asked you not to contact me again by email, please don’t, unless invited to. And allow me to paraphrase and borrow two of Barry Ritholtz’s Rulez (said to be the gold standard online): don’t engage in troll-like behavior or engage in curmudgeonly assholery.
Please refrain from declaring that #AllLivesMatter. Once again: of course they do, but for far too many blacks, First Americans/First Nations folks, Latinos’/as, their lives have never counted for much, and the police state ramp-up is teaching them that historical truth. Plus, ya start soundin’ like this Freedom Guy:
one response he was given:
Please don’t tell me that I only care about the larger BLM/police state because we have a black son and Native American daughter; you might note that we’d adopted two babbies of color long before the movement. That theme also ignores the many, many allies of the movement who are not people of color.
I’d been thinking to add a new post on food, with some recipes and preparation and purchasing tips. Are most of you vegans or vegetarians, or more on the occasional omnivore side? I’m the latter, but mainly I cook to make food count, and cook a lot of vegetarian dishes, and use a lot of spices and veggies as medicine. My default is usually traditional Mexican and Puerto Rican, but I’ve been learning East Indian for the medicinal spices, and some Thai recipes especially for the peanuts. ;-) Italian for the yumminess and comfort, of course, and because: basil and garlic.
I’d likely link to specialty cuisine recipe websites, or even to a recipe itself. Your input of course would be welcome.
Part of my reasoning this time is that there are so many indicators that another mega-crash is coming our way, and might need to think about ways to survive it, both personally, and with community connections and endeavors ahead of time. Admittedly, my decades of community organizing are over since I can’t get out and about any longer, or at least…for now.
There are indeed more bubbles predicted to burst, oppressions by austerity to come, but this is the final prediction for the year from THD’s friend John Michael Greer:
“The simple reality remains that here in America, we’ve poured nearly all our remaining options for constructive change down the ratholes of the future, and the one option that could still accomplish something—the option of changing our lifestyles now, in order to decrease the burden we place on the planet and what’s left of the industrial economy—is considered unthinkable right across the political spectrum. That being the case, those of us who are doing the unthinkable, while we insulate our homes, sell our cars and other energy-wasting items, learn useful skills, and pursue the other pragmatic steps that matter just now, might want to lay in a good supply of popcorn, too; it’s going to be quite a show.”
And yep; it’s entirely correct to imagine that the next US President will be D. Trump s he predicts (see the rise of right wing demagogues and parties in Europe as austerity immiseration grows, and also the extreme punishment of Jeremy Corbyn). The Greek workers are getting quite restless again.
On the other hand, it may be because I haven’t adjusted to small, boutique blogging yet that this seems like a worthy idea. Except the soul food, of course.