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The Homely Gangsters Episode 2, #MeToo

https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/949595-metoo.mp3?download=true MeToo? YouToo? WhoToo? Jamal, Jen and Ben focus their penetrating intellects and genius level analytic skills upon the #MeToo movement. Where did this movement come from, historically and culturally? What are the assumptions behind the activism? Is it okay that Hollywood actresses more or less immediately displaced Tarana Burke (who)? What does it mean […]

Three Mistakes and A Truth

I’ve been digging into a lot of the scientific literature from the late 19th and early 20th century and it got me thinking about our modern celebrity scientists. Below I’ve prepared four statements, only one of which is true. See if you can figure out which one.

Behold! (Behear?) It’s Podcasting Time!

Greetings y’all. It’s been a while. Too long, and I’m sorry for that. Unfortunately, some of the reasons for ghosting wordpress aren’t going away. I’m doing a Ph.D now, in Korean (and sometimes in Chinese characters – pray for me), people have suddenly started paying me to write stuff and a lot of the material […]

#Me Too, Historical Context

  Me Too, which began in 2006 but exploded into the mainstream only with the various Hollywood sex scandals of late 2017, might seem like a novel thing, a shiny new movement unprecedented and out of context, but I promise it is not. Depending on your views you might love or hate the movement, but […]

Loving Life

I recently sat down with Jamal Barbari to discuss Trumpism, education and corn. Lots of corn.   https://lovinglifepodcast.podbean.com/e/episode-9-ben/

Why We Hate, Michael Brown and Baton Rouge

Warning: This is a very touchy subject. If you are faint of heart you will not enjoy this post, I promise. The things I say will challenge you, they will cast you as a villain. I’m not trying to be offensive, but this is hardcore. That said, I sincerely do hope you continue. Hatred – […]

The Saint

  Reggie, 8 pm   It was bad, even for a 7-11. The clerks seldom bathed, the deli meats promised gastric distress and the diverse clientele ranged all the way from sad to hopeless. A congealed soup of unburnt hydrocarbons covered the parking lot to half an inch thick, daily refreshed by the streams of […]

Rocinante Gets Sharper Teeth

Crappy econo-box racecars, versions 1.0 and 2.0 The great and legendary Rocinante, my 2002 Hyundai Avante (Elantra), spent an entirely unacceptable 12 months in stock configuration. How I bowed my head in disgrace as beloved ancestors sneered at my pathetically stock ride. “Bah,” my mother said. “These springs sag like your spirit. Your Rocinante rocks […]

Devil’s Advocate Exercises

How good are you at playing Devil’s Advocate? I believe that the hardest part of being a good Devil’s Advocate is overcoming your own moral beliefs and prejudices. As such, I’ve created a list of positions you are very unlikely to accept, but which have all been accepted at one time or another. In other […]

Forms of Power

French and Raven’s Five Forms of Power Understanding Where Power Comes From in the Workplace By James Manktelow What’s the source of your power? Leadership and power are closely linked. People tend to follow those who are powerful. And because others follow, the person with power leads. But leaders have power for different reasons. Some […]