Make yourself necessary to somebody

I’m trying out Imperfect Foods in hopes if I buy vegetables that are delivered, I’ll eat them. Yeah. Sure. Help a gal out? Referral link: $10 credit for me; $10 credit for you!

Reliquaries: The Sculpture of Ted Waltz
or buy from the source at
Oranges/Sardines Press

Oranges and Sardines Gallery — Ted Waltz and Carol Colin

Graphic Medicine comics; Penn State U Press books.
“In ‘Comics, Health, and Embodiment,’ Professor Rachel Adams teaches students that the medium’s combination of words and pictures is particularly adept at depicting illness.”
A New Literature Course Looks at the Pandemic Through Health, Sickness, and Disability, by Eva Glasberg, Columbia News, 14 September 2020

“Comics For Good is an social good initiative that aims to spread factual information to the public in a simple and clear manner with comics. It is currently being funded out of pocket by Weiman Kow. The team is made up of Weiman, a part time intern and volunteers from around the world. We will aim to publish a weekly comic on COVID19 for now.”
Comics for Good

“Democrats are once again doubling down on religion this year. Faith was on full display during the Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden closed out the week with several pointed references to his Catholic faith. And the Biden campaign is also making an ambitious play for white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, two loyal Republican groups where Democrats hope to make some inroads. Often lost in this, though, is the fact that Democrats are mostly ignoring a massive group of voters who are becoming an increasingly crucial part of their base: people who don’t have any religion at all.”
More And More Americans Aren’t Religious. Why Are Democrats Ignoring These Voters?, by Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, 538, 17 September 2020

I suppose, in the whole freedom from religion thing in the Constitution, the religion-free, or rather church-free, might be hard to find, and harder to approach. Because what is U.S. presidential politics these days if not it’s own form of degraded and deranged religion? Perhaps the first step to not ignoring the religion/church-free is to ask them what can the Democrats do for us? We already know what the other party can do to us.

“Two philosophy graduates are bringing out a book celebrating history’s unsung female philosophers, after realising that most textbooks and guides they found on the subject didn’t include a single woman. Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting came up with the idea for The Philosopher Queens while searching for a book about history’s greatest female thinkers.”
Missing voices: guide to female philosophers counters absence in textbooks, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 17 September 2020

“The Postal Service has existed in some form or another since 1775, and it has always played a role in politics. But it was not originally conceived as a business. Instead, its founders wanted to make an organization that could facilitate democracy, allowing constituents to communicate with and keep tabs on elected officials, according to Christy Pottroff, a literature professor at Boston College who researches the earliest days of the Postal Service. That means much of the original scaffolding of the institution — parts of which are still in place today — doesn’t jibe with more modern expectations for the service to turn a profit.” ~smip~ “But the internet did come with a silver lining: online shopping. While first-class mail has dropped, the growth of online retailers like Amazon has provided a new opportunity for the Postal Service. It doesn’t have a monopoly over package delivery like it does with letters, so it has to compete with private shippers like UPS and FedEx. But it does have a centuries-old network that reaches every resident in the country. This allows the USPS to negotiate contracts with shippers and retailers to provide last-mile service: delivering packages to addresses that wouldn’t be worth a FedEx trip, but that the post office has to visit anyway.”
How The Post Office Became A Political Football , by Kaleigh Rogers, 538, 21 September 2020

And how is any independent business to run with Congressional oversight? It’s like swimming the Channel in lead boots. And the USPS privitization is another thing we can thank Richard Nixon for.

I used to think librarians were going to save (what’s left of) our democracy; now I think it’s the librarians and the USPS.

“You can’t overstate the importance of City of Quartz. Even 30 years later, it remains the best socio-political critique of modern L.A, the first book you’d recommend to someone seeking to understand the dark nativist currents and unyielding avarice that still shape a city so easily stereotyped but rarely understood. It is noir to the core, triangulating Raymond Chandler and Carey McWilliams, Nathaniel West with a knife to the throat but filtered through the progressive economic treatises of 19th Century reformer, Henry George. With hard-boiled clarity, Davis revealed the unseen fault lines rupturing underneath the surface, observed hairline fractures in ostensibly stable facades, and offered a damning history of the malevolent forces that led to our cataclysmic discontent.”
The LAnd Interview: Mike Davis, by Jeff Weiss, LAnd Magazine, vol 2; no 2

“6. The following pages do not claim to offer a complete teaching on fraternal love, but rather to consider its universal scope, its openness to every man and woman. I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words. Although I have written it from the Christian convictions that inspire and sustain me, I have sought to make this reflection an invitation to dialogue among all people of good will.”

Francis, by Patrick J. Marrin, GoComics, 05 October 2020

Ah, the things I learn from comics.

“August’s show is now online! Who’s next? Thanks to everyone who watched the August 28th show live! But because we don’t want to leave anyone out, we’ve uploaded the recorded version to YouTube. Check it out, and feel free to spread it around!”
The Interenet Read Aloud

Very funny comedy show about the thing we… we’re reading about it on… Also a call for anyone who’d like to join the fun.


“Utopia” S1 on Amazon (Jesus, who’s writing for Amazon? Nostrodamus?)
“The Boys” S2 on Amazon (Yay! Garth Ennis for President! Of everything!)


New Yorker
Red Harvest by Dashell Hammet


Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Albert Camus

Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
Albert Camus

Money often costs too much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
Frank Zappa

Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.
Frank Zappa

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
T.S. Eliot

Music is always a commentary on society.
Frank Zappa

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
Frank Zappa

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