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I read The Dialectic of Sex in high school.  I liked it, and then reread it a few years later and thought it was kind of silly – especially the chart at the end where she prophecied the end of oppression would lead to the end of death.  But it was formative for me and well-written – I think the first feminist book I read.

I don’t know what happened to my copy actually.  I may have to buy it again and give it a third read.

Here is a nice obituary which also describes a very tragic ending.  It’s where I got the photo.

Okay, maybe it’s because I’m listening to it on the radio, but if you put aside the brief Ron Paul uprising and the racist incidents, this has got to be the more boring convention ever! And that’s really saying something, because with one or two exceptions I find them ALL boring.

Addendum:  Okay, it’s not so boring anymore.

I missed Ryan’s speech tonight, but at the gym I got to watch the talking heads waxing on about it. Apparently all of them agreed, including the ex-RNC guy Michael Steele, that Ryan lied when he blamed Obama for the closing of the GM plant in his home town – it closed under Bush. They all agreed it is is a lie, but they marveled with respect over the masterful way he delivered the lie, and how effective it will be with undecided voters who don’t care about the fact checking.

Seriously, WTF???

Excuse the short posts of late, but I just had to post this one.  Apparently marijuana makes us permanently stupid (if we smoke it as kids).

Let the rants begin!

Not an Onion article!  Sperm and eggs are people too!

Josh Marshall on the importance of Akin’s “legitimate rape” controversy.

I’ll have more to say later.  But I think the culture wars just jumped front and center into the campaign – possibly even at the expense of discussion of the economy for the time being.

If you are in the Garberville Sanitary District and you live west of the highway, then you need to boil your tap water before drinking it.   I just heard the announcement on the radio.  Don’t have any more details.


Addendum:   Here’s the actual Rolling Stone Op Ed piece by Morello.


Csanad Szegedi was the leader of one of Europe’s most overtly antisemitic groups with actual political representation.  This guy was particularly rabid.  NPR reports:

Csanad Szegedi had in the past railed about the “Jewishness” of the political class. According to the ADL, his party’s presidential candidate referred to Israeli Jews as “lice-infested, dirty murderers.”

The Hungarian group is named “the Jobbik Party.”    They are a far-right party and earned 17 percent of the vote in the most recent election.  They are now the country’s third largest party.

This guy is Jewish.  He didn’t submit blood to some ancestral divination outfit which makes money convincing gullible customers that they are related to Abraham Lincoln and Jessica Lange.  He didn’t hear some rumor that his great-grandfather had a name ending in “stein.”  It turns out that his grandparents, on his mother’s side, survived the death camps, and had an Orthodox Jewish wedding after the war – but decided to keep their religion a secret from their children.  550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the camps, but for whatever reason, they decided to stay in the country and exist in secret.

The last three paragraphs of the NPR article linked above hint at potential redemption.  I’m sure a book deal is in the works.

Addendum:  Some pundit comments.
Eszra Klein:

1. Both Democrats and conservatives are going to get the exact debate they wanted. I’m not so sure about Republicans.

2. This is an admission of fear from the Romney campaign. You don’t make a risky pick like Paul Ryan if you think the fundamentals favor your candidate. You make a risky pick like Paul Ryan if you think the fundamentals don’t favor your candidate. And, right now, the numbers don’t look good for Romney: Obama leads in the Real Clear Politics average of polls by more than four percentage points — his largest lead since April.

Nate Silver:

When a prudent candidate like Mitt Romney picks someone like Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, it suggests that he felt he held a losing position against President Obama. The theme that Mr. Romney’s campaign has emphasized for months and months — that the president has failed as an economic leader — may have persuaded 47 or 48 or 49 percent of voters to back him, he seems to have concluded. But not 50.1 percent of them, and not enough for Mr. Romney to secure 270 electoral votes.

US News:

There’s an argument that the three polls out yesterday giving Obama an outside-the-margin-of-error lead could also spur a game-changing pick a la Ryan. “The conventional wisdom had been that Romney was going to be picking a running mate in a coin-flip race. Well that’s not the case now. How does that change his mind? Does it help Paul Ryan?” asks “First Read,” adding that Romney has gone from picking a running mate from a position of strength to “picking one from a position of weakness.” That seems a bit strong, especially based on one set of polls. Does the Romney team want to exacerbate a perception of weakness by making what could be seen as a panicky pick (a sop to a jittery base, a Hail Mary in the face of a widening gap in the polls, and a whiplash-inducing strategic change from deliberate policy vagueness to a highly controversial off-the-shelf economic agenda).

Seems to be a consensus.

On the upside for Romney, it may bring Wisconsin back into play.

Heidi Walters has a post at the NCJ Blogthing.  I don’t have any more information than that, but it does appear that KMUD needs some help.

My suggesting?  Save the hand-wringing for another time.  Give the station some help right now.

More as I get it.

Addendum:  Guess I should check my email every once in a while.

KMUD Needs Help

Redwood Community Radio, parent of KMUD and its affiliates, faces a major financial challenge.  The ambitious signal upgrade project begun earlier this year is well advanced.  Paying for it lags behind.  KMUE (Eureka and Arcata) already has a stronger, clearer signal than it ever did.  Within months, KMUD and Shelter Cove will have new equipment to improve their signals and to help assure reliability into the future.  KLAI’s (Laytonville’s) facilities were improved a few years ago.

All this costs money. KMUD is asking its community for help. Some $100,000 of help. Despite federal matching funds for the upgrade, the station today has not come up with all of its share of the cost because of unforeseen cost overruns. In retrospect, it looks like the board erred in moving the upgrade forward without full funding assured, but a looming deadline forced a decision by a certain date.  This was the last chance to get a matching grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or any other federal funding, for a project of this type.  Bad weather in March and other things resulted in serious delays and overruns.

There is no place to turn but our communities of members and listeners.  Next week’s payday (Aug. 7) will barely be met.  The next one is not assured, to say nothing of meeting all other expenses.  Financial details are available at the station. 

A major fundraising campaign is now getting started.  There will be announcements on-air, tabling around town and up north, special events.  Aug. 15 will be a one-day appeal for funds on the radio.  The board and station staff are looking hard at the budget and station resources.  Other actions are under consideration.  There is no thought at present of layoffs or shutdowns. 

Our 25-year-old radio station is precious to us.  The daily news.  The community conversation of talk shows.  The wild variety of music, both weird and wonderful.  The friend who is always there for us needs the community’s  support, its money.  Today.  Please pay your old pledges if you have not done so yet.  Please respond generously to the appeals you will hear and see.  Now, as never before, KMUD needs the people to power it through the upgrade and into a bright future.


August 2012