Be Skeptical When You Hear “We Didn’t Know.”

Most of us can remember when we first heard allegations of Harvey Weinstein being a sexual predator.  Immediately, Meryl Streep, a Hollywood insider, issued a statement emphasizing she didn’t know about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior until the scandal broke. Cover-ups are everywhere.  Many of the people who know about dangerous skeletons in someone’s closet may wish they could speak up, too.  They stay quiet because they fear whistleblower retaliation, and they doubt whether they can get the abuse stopped.  Later, if the horrifying situation becomes common knowledge, some of those people who stayed quiet insist they were blissfully ignorant the whole … Continue reading Be Skeptical When You Hear “We Didn’t Know.”

Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City

About twenty-five years ago, I did volunteer work in a struggling used bookshop in San Francisco.  Eventually, the store went out of business, but I was happy to keep paperback shelves stocked for customers who read everything from pop fiction to ancient history. I went through a meticulous process with each book.  First, I inspected the book carefully to look for damage or highlighter/underlining marks, and unfolded a few dog eared corners.  Then I wrote the price in large numerals with a #2 pencil that wasn’t too sharp.  Then each book was shelved exactly where it belonged. Whether the book was … Continue reading Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City

Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

At the end of this post, please find a link to an article posted today on The Guardian’s site. Until recently, Theresa May preferred to avoid saying too much about National Health Service (N.H.S.) England funding because her party was avoiding saying too much.  Pressure from Jeremy Corbyn and quite a few other people — including the general public — may be working, though. Lack of N.H.S. funding has been fatal to some patients.  There’s no way around resolving the problem, especially with baby boomers getting older.  Don’t scapegoat immigrants.  More people are needing more care, regardless. It’s the same in the … Continue reading Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

Did I Make a Mistake?

I skipped the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes. Maybe it was wrong to miss something which is taken so seriously.  Besides, I don’t like Donald Trump, so anything unflattering to him should be welcome. The Donald is beholden to the Russian government, and he may eventually blow up the world.  Under the circumstances, it’s difficult to believe an interview with a porn star who had a relationship with him is worthy of attention. The comment section of this blog post is available to readers who care to express their opinion on this matter. Until I can be convinced otherwise, I’ll … Continue reading Did I Make a Mistake?

Protecting the Powerful at the Expense of the Vulnerable

People tend to look for a sense of community.  They join a church, a political movement or some other institution, or just identify with a segment of society.  Then the church, political movement, segment of society, et al., can do no wrong. Always think of this when you feel inclined to lower the bar for the institution you identify with.  We all have a responsibility to set standards for our own behavior, and that means refusing to excuse the associate who is dangerous. When people talk about the value of community policing and in-house investigations, they’re often in denial about … Continue reading Protecting the Powerful at the Expense of the Vulnerable

Curb the Plastics

In case you’ve never heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a link to an article on The Guardian’s site appears below. The answer is to reduce our use of plastic.  Recycling can go only so far. When shopping for hygiene items, be suspicious of the word microbead.  Microbeads are usually tiny pieces of plastic that create the desired abrasiveness in skin cleansers.  They go down the basin or shower drain when you rinse your skin, and they don’t get weeded out in the system.  Those microbeads end up anywhere, including the ocean.  They’re among the microplastics that aren’t likely to … Continue reading Curb the Plastics

Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!

Here’s a link to an excellent opinion piece by Katie Edwards on The Guardian’s site.  Please note that she never suggests that women and girls should be locked up for their own protection.  She suggests societies have to stop protecting the assholes who abuse women and girls. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/21/silent-child-abuse-religion-rotherham-weinstein   Continue reading Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!