Martin Luther King Day, 2021

Back when I was CEO of NFR, in 1999, I broke labor laws by sending an email to all staff on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, reading, “your assignment today is to listen to the full speech by Dr King (link) and think about it while you take the rest of the day off, or you can come in and work.”

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The Missing Piece Of A Puzzle

I have added another book to my recommended reading list [stderr] Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. In the last few months, I have gone backward and forward through it, trying to make sense of how the facts it exposes fit with my historical understanding.

If you pay any attention to US history, you know that slavery and racism are one of the supporting institutions that have defined and shaped the United States. You cannot understand the United States without understanding slavery and racism. But, that understanding has always felt incomplete, to me; I knew there was more. Obviously, there are details, but what is the big picture?

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My theory of republican projection predicts that the reason republicans are so “worried” about vote fraud in mail-in ballots is because they’re frauding the hell out of things. We’ll see. Out here in Pennsylvania, on the rural back road, there is zero excitement for Biden; it’s all Trump signs. And confederate flags.

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Warren and Sanders on Military Spending

I have to admit I don’t believe most of what politicians say, and after Obama I feel like “don’t get fooled again” is the response to promises about stopping wars and closing Gitmo, etc. In fact, I am still angry (you can probably tell!) about that – I got excited and fell for the marketing message of hope and change, and it was a lie.

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