“Why hasn’t Margo Timmins ever sung a duet with Natalie Merchant?” I’ve wondered while reacquainting myself with Cowboy Junkies in recent months. She has, and I am transported.

Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in Minneapolis: “Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served.”

Michelle Brown, owner of Teaism in Washington, DC: “Before anyone puts a single word in our mouths. Black lives matter.”

Dan Simon (ibid.), owner of Founding Farmers in Washington, DC: “I would rather it be expressed peacefully, but if I need to ‘suffer’ some broken property, let’s be real, that isn’t suffering.”

Robb Duncan (ibid.), co-owner of Dolcezza in Washington, DC: “I mean, if it’s a window that’s broken, it’s not that big of a deal. I mean, there is change that has to happen.”

Safia Munye, owner of Mama Safia’s Kitchen in Minneapolis: “But this can be replaced. George’s life cannot. George’s life was more important.”

Today’s daily check of my Kobo wishlist (which, alas, isn’t a public thing off which people can gift) told me that both The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older and Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (Bookshop links) are on sale, each at $2.99 in ebook form.

Here’s a few more of the people Mine Furor is asking you to see as domestic terrorists: this, too, is antifa.





Instead of casting police as the public servants they are, we talk about them as heroes and warriors — the people going after the bad guys, the people shooting at criminals. And indeed, for Americans who look like me — white, middle class — the police are understood as a protective force. With the big exception of sexual violence, I generally know that I can call the police if I am the victim of a crime and they will be responsive. Because of the color of my skin, I never worry that the police will interpret my very presence as criminality. The white Americans who venerate the police as our heroes and protectors play an enormous part in this farcical system of pretending the police are heroic, uniquely brave tough guys who take on extraordinary risks; this allows us to justify handing them expansive legal and cultural cover as if they’re the most delicate, special, and vulnerable among us. It should not work this way, that one group has both so much power over others and so very little obligation to them. That one group floats on the myth that they are the warriors for peace and safety — that they put their live on the line so the rest of us can be safe — while in reality the risk is pushed off onto civilians, and there are no consequences when those same officers are active and ongoing threats to peace and safety.

From The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations by Jill Filipovic

T.C. Sottek:

The violence appears so widespread and consistent that you could be mistaken for thinking it’s coordinated at a national level. To some extent, it is: President Trump has cheered on police violence like a fan at a sports event, and police departments across the country have styled themselves as military forces after receiving two decades of hand-me-downs from the War on Terror.

If you read the blog through RSS, you’ll be missing some things for awhile, as I haven’t yet figured out how to get my post addenda to show up along with posts in my RSS feed. This doesn’t even reach the fact that I can’t customize my JSON feed at all.

Now, as ever, we must commit ourselves to the responsibility of our inheritance. This requires study, humility, attention to history. Learn to hold unknowing in your gut, to sit with complexity, to not be sure. It is a beguiling aspect of the present era that more and more people like me are starting to see ourselves as white, that we are starting to reckon with the remnants of our inheritance, to see the thread connecting black and white images of racist violence to Facebook streams of police shootings. This is a welcome development, but there is no manual for this, only best practices. Choose restraint over excessive enthusiasm, listening over talking, presence over comfort, maturity over innocence. You will fail at this, as I and many other white people concerned with racial justice have inevitably failed. But you cannot bow out. The tension between silence and protest, between taking up space and ceding it to others, is one that must be constantly negotiated. Mistakes will be made. Acknowledge them, repair the damage, move forward.

From White innocence is a fantasy. Here’s how I’m confronting it by Mason Bryan

I Am Antifa

Mine Furor today announced, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” Antifa, of course isn’t an organization; it’s a principle: antifascism. Here’s a sampling of the people he’ll be designating as terrorists.



You’d also have to include groups like the 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust (a.k.a Timbers Army), and many other American soccer fan clubs.

This is not nit-picking. The control of language is important here. Mine Furor is telling Americans that they must choose between fascism and terrorism.

Let me be clear: I am antifa.

Addenda

  1. You know what local antifa has been up to lately? Making masks and hand sanitzier and other mutual aid activities.
  2. By contrast, Mine Furor has been running around the country without a mask on and telling people to look into injecting bleach. Who's the terrorist here?

Dreams all through the night alternated between horror and dystopia, until one this morning about breaking to a communal household my idea for a better toilet.

Using Comments As Post Updates Instead Of As Comments

At long last, my blog has a functionality I’ve long wanted but for some reason no one ever bothered to develop. It really should be its own thing, but since it isn’t: given that my blog doesn’t have comments, I’ve turned native, internal WordPress comments into a system for posting addenda on posts, rather than manually adding them to the post body itself. Now any time I want to add something to an existing post, on the backend at least each update will have its own timestamp. I’ll worry later about whether or not I want to include those timestamps on the public addenda themselves. For now, I’m just satisfied that I figured out how to get this displaying the way I wanted it to, after much consternation trying to get template tags to work the way I thought they were meant to be working.

Addenda

  1. For the purposes of demonstration, this is my first official addendum using WordPress comments instead of editing the post itself.
  2. What I'm not going to even think about tonight is that for this to work I also need them displayed on index pages and anywhere else the full text of blog posts appear, e.g. on tag, date, and search pages.
  3. Oh, I also seem to have a markup problem, in that the comment text is wrapped in p tags inside the li tags of the list, whereas that doesn't normally happen in lists. Another issue for Sunday daytime.
  4. Went ahead and found the solution to that last one before I go to bed: using echo get_comment_text(); instead of comment_text();.