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since 1998

December, 2022: 25 posts.


I posted over on Mastodon.

The most important thing that happened to me was to become, at age 7, an expatriate kid. I was only that for a few years, but the learning stuck. I retain this point of view even decades later. Here’s 5 lessons.

1. I know that the things taken for granted are often arbitrary.

2. I learned to be a minority.

3. I learned to ask questions about the unfamiliar in respectful ways.

4. I learned what class, wealth, and poverty were.

5. There’s very little of the planet untouched by colonialism.

Popehat exits Twitter

I have been a fan of Ken White for quite a while. He’s the sort of contrarian thinker who nonetheless is able to actually have convictions about civil liberties. His assessments read as evenhanded to me, which does sometimes make them frustrating to read, but he leavens these views in a way that makes me think.

So it’s quite interesting to me that he has announced an exit from Twitter:

Goodbye, Twitter:

Just as Twitter’s former leaders exercised their free speech and free association rights to brand Twitter one way, Twitter’s new boss is exercising his rights to brand it another way. That new branding is ugly and despicable and I don’t want to contribute content to it. The last straw was Elon Musk sending lunatics and bigots against former employees and leaning into conspiracy theories. So I’m exercising my free speech and free association and leaving, and shuttering the account. I’ll probably delete the past tweets because I can’t stomach them being available to promote this enterprise.


“Tell me, why do we require a trip to Mount Everest in order to be able to perceive one moment of reality? I mean… I mean, is Mount Everest more “real” than New York? I mean, isn’t New York “real”? I mean, you see, I think if you could become fully aware of what existed in the cigar store next door to this restaurant, I think it would just blow your brains out! I mean… I mean, isn’t there just as much “reality” to be perceived in the cigar store as there is on Mount Everest?”

— My Dinner with Andre (1981)

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