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Oh the horror

On yet another occasion during which I was stunned by one of my neighbour’s stupidity and ignorance, it suddenly occurred to me that the person I was speaking with probably hadn’t read a book since high school. (Yes, it then occurred to me that s/he probably hadn’t read a book during high school either.) Then …

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Why is honesty rude?

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.   What?  Why is honesty rude? What kind of society considers honesty, truth, to be less important than—what?  Social cohesion? And that assumes that people will be offended by the truth.  If the truth is about them, I suppose that’s an accurate assumption.  But what …

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The Dialogue – by chris wind

The Dialogue, by Chris Wind (from Deare Sister)   Lasthenia, your beard is slipping. Why thank you. Did you get the mathematics done? No. And I tried so hard, Axio, after you left last night. I worked at it for another two hours. It’s just not clear at all. Can you help me again tonight? …

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What’s Wrong with Power (a few preliminary thoughts)

The thing about power (power over others, that is, not power over oneself) is that it can interfere with the other’s freedom of choice.  But it does so only if they use that power, you may wish to clarify.  So people should simply not use their power over others; they should not even show they …

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The Mr. America Pageant (a short film script)

The Mr. America Pageant, Peg Tittle (hoping there are some people out there looking for short feminist scripts!) This is a parody of the Miss America Beauty Pageants.  Basically, it’s a freeform collage of scenes (of indeterminate length – five minutes might suffice) similar to those one would see during the pageant, but all featuring …

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I am Eve – by chris wind

the first piece in Thus Saith Eve… I am Eve   the bad girl, the evil woman. I stand accused, and sentenced. Without a trial. For life. Because of my single action, millions of individuals have been born with ‘original sin’, have been guilty even before they acted, doomed before they started. I alone have …

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UnMythed (excerpts) – by chris wind

and now for something a little different, a couple excerpts from UnMythed, by chris wind   Macha   this one I’ll tell straight:   you were forced to race against a team of horses you were pregnant at the time you won then you died, giving birth.   but with that last great exhalation you …

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The Sci Phi Journal!

Check out the Sci Phi Journal: a journal about science fiction and philosophy! Not just about though, there are many cool stories to read and think about…

Planning is Sinister?

In This Changes Everything,* Naomi Klein makes an interesting observation, intended to explain why we aren’t building the kind of economy we need: “… there is something sinister, indeed vaguely communist, about having a plan to build the kind of economy we need, even in the face of existential crisis” (125, my emphasis). Is that …

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Calm down. Don’t think about— Don’t think.

One day when I was talking to a neighbour about something that I wished we could do something about—someone tossing their garbage out of their car onto the road where we walk every day, someone letting their kid drive a dirt bike with no muffler throughout the neighbourhood, someone burning leaves and sending toxic smoke …

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