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The problem, of course, is that Trump did collude with the Russians. If he ever lets go of the reins of power, he's going to jail. If you were Trump, what would you do?
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Got called untrustworthy earlier today by a leftist who I normally like and agree with. She's wholly correct too, at the level of checking off positions. Ideological purity is a mug's game. If you have two people with all the same positions, only one of them is thinking -- Eisenhower, that, and I've added, only one of them at most, and usually neither.

The thing about any ideology is that it's broken in places by definition. The people who spend extraordinary amounts of effort trying to explain away the world -- mug's game, I said. If your ideology explains things 80% of the time -- intersectionality, there -- Jesus, you're a worldbeater. Go have a beer, you're a winner!

The world is fuzzy and fractal. It's big. And you're thinking in words, or in rare cases, in statistics. But even with statistics you're thinking in words about the implications. We're inherently gray and imprecise -- all of us, no exceptions -- trying to map ideas into the extraordinary mess of the real. If you can get to mostly right, your work product is better than all but a fraction of a percent of ideological work in the history of the human race. Don't try to close the loop. 1, you can't. 2, the attempt itself is an insult to the variety of humans. They won't comply. They can't comply. And the attempt to fix them so you can be right is the first step toward authoritarianism.

Sometimes you'll be wrong. If you can't think of a case where you were, you're part of the problem.
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This is mostly for the white boys out there.

We had "only whites can be racist" argument show up in another of my threads. I don't accept that definition of racism myself. Indeed, if truth be told, I don't think there are many people who do, anywhere. Definitional squabbles aside, racism and misogyny is what's in your heart. And truth is, almost everyone is a little racist, or a little misogynist, or a little misandrist. There's damn few saints in the world. Accept that you have some places in your head and heart that aren't wholly right, work on correcting it -- or if you can't do that, correcting for it in your conduct and speech. One of my several objections to the whole "institutional racism is the only racism" is that it uncenters this core reality. The problem is "out there," in institutions? No. I can't fix institutional anything: I don't belong to any institutions. I can influence things, the same way anyone else can: voting, spending money, arguing -- trying to raise good kids, for the parents among us. But even that is only going to be successful to the degree that what I think and what I present are as close to unified as possible, and once again, we're back to what's going on in your heart and head.

The idea that women can't be sexist is false. I've seen too many mothers ruin their sons to buy that. The idea that black people can't be racist is false; I've seen too many instances where they clearly did have enough power to do harm to those they hated. What we as grown white men have to understand, though, is that statistically we're far less likely to suffer from the racism of POC than POC are to suffer from our racism, here in the U.S.; that women are far likelier to suffer from our misogyny than we are to suffer from their misandry, here in the U.S. and in the whole history of the world.

You can't fix other people. You can only fix yourself. (Hell, you can't even do that, 100%, but you CAN GET BETTER.) So focusing on what's wrong with those around you, when the power imbalances are still strongly in your favor, here in 2018? At its very best, isn't productive, and at its worst, is why "racist" and "sexist" keep getting thrown at you, when in your heart you're sure you're not either of those things.

If you're in a position to hire, hire POC. (Haven't mentioned LGBTQ or a number of other classes in this, but hire them too, and women, and pretty much every competent person you run into who isn't a young version of you.) Frequent their businesses. One of the few places I agree with the Bernie left is that power is mostly about money: spend yours. Point it in directions where it'll make changes in the lives of those around you. Donate -- Planned Parenthood, NAACP, GLAAD, there are hundreds of good places your charity dollars can go. Volunteer -- there's still a need for clinic defenders, even in this day and age. Homeless shelters, schools, helping integrate felons back into society, and on and on.

You can't fix the world. But you can shape your piece of it. All you can do is what's right, in your own mind and heart. Will this immunize you against being called sexist and racist? Dude, even other white men are going to throw that accusation at you sometimes, as a way of showing to the rest of the world that they're in doing better with this material than you. We white boys are no better than anyone else -- but no worse, either. You can't worry about what the rest of the world thinks. All you can do is your best work, communicate as honestly as you can, and let the rest of the world deal with it as you go. Even if there is an ally cookie out there, you don't want it. Stand up. Let the worry go. All you have is your effort. That's it. There's nothing else in the world you can control, outside the quality of your effort. Live and die with that: it's not like you have a choice.
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Boy, this hits home.
The game.
This is one is a little strange ... It started yesterday when I was hanging out at the carnival with my son. When he was a baby, I was always so big and strong for him, but yesterday he was able to make me work hard and even beat me a few times. I also got tired as the afternoon went one when he seemingly had gained energy. It was a strange feeling and the very first time I experienced this shift.... it is strange, scary but also in an weird weird way it is giving me a sense of peace because he’s turning out to be an incredibly decent kid.
That’s all.


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I'm not sharing this because it's of any interest in and of itself, only because I keep seeing people express shock at the pettiness of Republicans -- a party whose heroes are pedophiles, rapists, and murderers -- Moore (pedophile), Trump (rapist & pedophile), Airpaio & Clarke (both murderers.) But the pettiness shocks people.

Let me explain:

"What chilled and almost cowed [Ransom] most was the union of malice with something nearly childish. For temptation, for blasphemy, for a whole battery of horrors, he was in some sort prepared; but hardly for this petty, indefatigable nagging as of a nasty little boy at a preparatory school. Indeed no imagined horror could have surpassed the sense which grew within him as the slow hours passed, that this creature was, by all human standards, inside out - its heart on the surface and its shallowness at the heart. On the surface, great designs and an antagonism to Heaven which involved the fate of worlds: but deep within, when every veil had been pierced, was there, after all, nothing but a black puerility, an aimless empty spitefulness content to sate itself with the tiniest cruelties, as love does not disdain the smallest kindness." - C.S. Lewis, "Perelandra"
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The only Stainless Steel Rat novel that still amuses me in places is the original. Someone must have paid Harrison for all that work, the other ten novels or so; l don't get that he put any effort into them.

Read the first couple chapters of Deathworld earlier today while otherwise unable to do anything. Steve Perry mentioned the impact it had had on him the other day -- his spetsdods being children of the guns in Deathworld. Rereading, I realized that the guns I had a character using in Sharp Teeth, my second or third dreadful novel, were direct lifts of Harrison's.

I did get better as a writer. I learned to steal much more indirectly.
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Faith is the original sin.
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I do think being a man means something. "Women and children first." I'm willing to go to my grave with that one. The generations that follow can find different rules if they like.
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I forget who asked me about this recently -- my grim read on the U.S. being a sign my optimism about the human race was fading. It's incorrect. I'm reasonably optimistic about the human race. Things are getting better.

The U.S. is in trouble. The death rattle of white nationalism in a democracy is real. Either we're going to have white nationalism, or we're going to have democracy: not both. Not enough white nationalists left. That's a good thing, mostly, but the transition is going to be ugly.

Just to expand: white nationalism used to be the American default. The U.S. was 90% white in 1950; policies could be enacted for the social good of all, and white people could squint hard and figure non whites were a rounding error. So we got a social policy that was reasonable and sane and focused on the expanding middle class.

As the country got darker, "we're all in this together" ceased to be true. White conservatives would rather suffer themselves than see non whites -- even non white conservatives -- share in the middle class. "Suicide bomber" became the default position of white conservatism.

I do think we'll get past it. In a generation, maybe two. But the interim is going to be white conservatives trying to install apartheid in the U.S....
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Bloody well spoilers. A "review," sort of, of Travis McGee #1, "The Deep Blue GoodBy." I'm on the road 6 hours a week and listening to audio books -- I can't listen to new books, watching the road requires more attention than I can manage while listening to something new. But I can manage a book where I know what happens.

Review in first comment.
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