stimming while black

Stimming with string is extremely dangerous: A report from the Ruderman Family Foundation found the following: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Disability is the missing word in media coverage of police violence. Disabled individuals make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers. Disabled individuals make up the majority of those killed in…

Buddhism and the Rohingya crisis

The Western media seems to be largely ignoring the Rohingya crisis. My sense is that I’ve seen some articles about how Aung Sang Suu Kyi isn’t doing, and some more articles about how nobody cares when bad things happen to Muslim people. The latter is a low-hanging fruit sort of observation. Myanmar’s military has been…

crystal healing and the cult of american catholicism

Something from The Week called The profound sadness of crystal therapy is a good conversation-starter about religion. The author, Matthew Walther, is a conservative Catholic dude. I don’t believe crystals have magical healing powers, but I’m sure I understand them better than Walther. My point of view is that I’m into psychology, anthropology, and Asian…

the cop versus skateboarder mentality

This is the traditional relationship between police and skateboarders: Sometimes we win: The Guardian just published an article about a Canadian cop who ruins a skatepark by skating there as part of his job. It’s an abomination. If you go to the article, there’s video of the guy skating, and he even lands a bigflip…

fascism’s continuity of operations

After Charlottesville, everyone intellectually honest had to admit that Trump is hella racist for trying to blame what happened on “both sides.” He was in the news again recently for doubling down on it: President Trump thrust himself back into the racial storms of Charlottesville on Thursday, repeating his charge that those who resisted the…

psa: you’re allowed to have an id

I’ve joked before that the difference between my coworkers and me is that I’m into taijiquan and they’re into MMA. What made me think of this was a recent article about fighting and masculinity in The Guardian. It opens with a story about walking away when challenged to a fight: About a year ago, I…