short thoughts

1)The Coffee Party is looking less and less appealing, and more and more spinelessly accommodationist. Most recent update was a link to an article that starts like this:

Before we call someone a racist, we should ask ourselves: are we moved to call someone a racist because we feel compassion for the victim or because we feel hatred toward the perpetrator?

Calling people racist shuts down conversation. Not that there isn’t racism is the world, but I believe most individuals do not deserve to be called that. Or, rather, many of us would deserve to be called that because we all have blind spots and very few of us have fully examined lives. It would be better to ask individuals to reflect critically on their assumptions and prejudices (which are really pre-judgments). And because we are human beings and fallible, we all have prejudices to check.

refusing to name the problem won’t help. Not that the sentiment isn’t very nice and all, but this sort of squishy stuff ain’t going to successfully push back against the unadulterated force of irrational fear and hatred that is the tea party.

2)UPS doesn’t ship to PO Boxes. Will someone explain to me again why these for-profit are seen as so much better than the good, old-fashioned US Postal Service? And on that note, a coffee company who uses socialism as a selling gimmick should use USPS instead UPS; it ruins the effect otherwise :-p

3)There’s going to be a teabagger rally in Washington DC on the 28th, the anniversary of the “I have a Dream” speech. Last time they descended on DC en masse, they ended up confused and frustrated with the public transportation system, so this time, one of their sites helpfully gave advice on how to handle the DC Metro. And it sounds like the sort of directions/advice my mom used to give me when I was eight:

If you are on the subway stay on the Red line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Maryland. If you are on the Blue or Orange line do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW DC and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green line or the Yellow line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas; but you don’t know where you are, so you should not explore them.

here’s a map of the DC Metro, just to make this easier to visualize. Also note the fearmongering and willful ignorance displayed in the last sentence.

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4 comments on “short thoughts

  1. David Marjanović says:

    here’s a map of the DC Metro, just to make this easier to visualize.

    And there was much palming of faces. X-)

    I guess most teabaggers have never been to a place with any public transportation…?

    On me, having grown up with public transport, it has the opposite effect: drop me at a random place in an unknown city, wait till I stumble across a public transport line (preferably subway), and I know how to get home. I aimlessly wander east from Peking University (not on the way I came) for maybe half an hour, I encounter the subway station Wǔdàokǒu, I’m saved. True story, happened 4 years ago.

  2. Jadehawk says:

    Yeah, I’m the same way: the only real problems are figuring out if said public transportation drives that day/that time of day, and which direction the “hub” is.

    Though, this “advice” was less about getting lost and more about how dangerous big cities are, and how they shouldn’t wander around because apparently all of DC is just one huge, dangerous ghetto where they’re likely to get attacked; especially at night. Hence my quip that it was the sort of advice my mom used to give me when sending me to school on public transport. She didn’t want me to wander around the dangerous city as a kid, either.

  3. David Marjanović says:

    Though, this “advice” was less about getting lost and more about how dangerous big cities are, and how they shouldn’t wander around because apparently all of DC is just one huge, dangerous ghetto where they’re likely to get attacked; especially at night.

    Yes, “the fearmongering and willful ignorance displayed in the last sentence” was very funny to read!

  4. windy says:

    IIRC, the for-profits are not allowed to deliver to PO boxes. While it’s annoying, it’s probably useful to keep them from skimming all the profitable services from USPS.

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