Welcome to 2021

Happy 2021
Happy 2021

Welcome to 2021, you beautiful pile of potential ! You are awesome and wonderful.

What will you accomplish this year? While circumstances will always play a large role, your choices and actions will often determine the outcome. So, choose well and act carefully.

What passions stir you at this cusp of another year? Dreams become reality when you put planning and action into them. Be bold and passionate in 2021, more so than ever before.

Stay aware of the ongoing crises (pandemic, inequality, injustice, climate change, fascism, and others) and what you can do to be safe as you fight for a better world. Take advantage of all the resources at your disposal to help others and to engage in self care.

Spend time in educating yourself on history and science and logic and law so you can be a better citizen of your country and the world. We can’t truly love something that we don’t understand or fix what’s broken in it. Aren’t you old enough to put aside the myths & fables taught to you as a child? Replace that childish mythology with truth.

Knowledge plus action equals power

Be mindful that not everyone wants to be a better citizen or to improve their awareness of the truth. Don’t pity them; they are on their own journey. Freely avoid them as much as you can, as life is too short to spend it on arguing with those who don’t agree with you on first principles.

Rest up. Enjoy your time off. Life is full of challenges and you need your strength to get through it or make a difference.

You know who you are. Now go on and be the best you that you can be.

Project Semicolon
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Why is Atlanta burning?

Reblogging to boost the signal. This is a message we all need to hear.

#blacklivesmatter #justice

Charles write here

When they ask you why Atlanta was burning last night, tell them it was an uprising.

If you want a quick answer, you can quote the economist Thomas Piketty

Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands in danger of collapse.

Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty

Tell them that a Black life should be worth more than a pane of glass, or a store, but that nearly a thousand Black lives in Atlanta’s surrounding counties have been lost because a governor refused to take action to protect them from deaths of inequality.

There were fires and police beatings taking place down on DeKalb Avenue not far from where I live. If you know Civil War history, this was where General Sherman began his march to the Sea in 1864.

They will tell you that this 1864 march this…

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Awesome Sites for Writers

As NaNo 2018 is well underway now, I wanted to share these two links to sites and links for writers. They may lead you to exactly what you needed – or just offer a much needed break.

Awesome Sites List

Writing Master List

If these help you, please share them — and let me know.

These came from Tumblr, which has a surprising number of users who actually do treat it as a blogging site.


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Some Thoughts on Voter ID Laws

If voter i.d. laws were truly about identifying the voters so as to remove the possibility of fraud, voter registration cards would be issued with a photo on them as driver’s licenses are.

Issuing a card without a photo and then requiring another specific form of i.d. with a photo on it is just playing bait and switch with your rights.

And don’t tell me that the cost is too high. We have cell phones that can take better photos than professional grade cameras of just a few years ago could. All you need is a means of adding the photo to your database before you print out the card. That’s a software fix that should be much cheaper than opening more lines at the DMV.

Until this is done and more lines are opened/hours extended / days and locations expanded for the DMV, voter i.d. laws serve one purpose only: to prevent citizens from exercising our right to vote.

Personally, I’m in favor of making every card issued by any government agency into a photo i.d. that qualifies for voting (and notary) purposes. Let’s have library cards, hunting permits, student i.d.s, voter registration cards, and others become officially-recognized i.d. which lets you vote without anything else needed once you’re registered to vote.

I’m saying this as a white man who has never had a problem with getting a driver’s license, so this is not about me personally. It’s about all my American cousins whose rights are being stolen away.

(Cousins in the broadest sense of all nonlinear relatives.)


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