From a day trip “Back to the Bay” (Chesapeake, at Solomons Island, MD)
A little bit of “Twin Peaks”
Sabre jets from Naval Air Station
(Posted Monday July 31, 2017 at 11:30 PM EDT)
Today, I did a recording session, creating two videos about my 3 DADT books and the ideas behind them.
The first video is an autobiography, and the second is a summary of ideas.
Here is an outline of my remarks:
History – sissy boy, artistic, liked attention for intellect, music
Put down for leaving risk taking to others
WM expulsion (“tribunal” problem)
NIH – schizoid – Cuban Missile Crisis
KU- assistant instructor, deferements
Army service – special training company
Fort Eustis transfer – top secret security clearance
Career – only one layoff until end took responsibility
Sometimes being unmarried was an issue
Need to move to NYC to come out again.
Ninth Street Center
May 10 and move to Texas
MCC, Cuban Refugees
AIDS. DDAA. DGA. OLCC, Bill Nelson
Return to VA
Bill Clinton lift the ban
Why DADT was a central issue; SLDN and Outserve
Decide to enter debate
Conflict of interest
Move to MN
Mother’s heart disease
Blogging and passive marketing
COPA (Internet censorship) litigation sponsored by EFF
I call attention to issues major media misses and that evade “identity politics” like power grid, filial responsibility, downstream liability on Internet (Section 230, etc.).
Emphasis: individualist view of “augmented personal responsibility”
My thing had been the right to be left alone, not to be driven by the demands of my group to function in place.
Equality is an abstraction – implications in practice have many paradoxes (childlessness)
Racial groups are not the same as behavioral or cultural groups (identity politics)
When there are external threats. Some “behaviors” or avoidances jeopardize the group
People seem concerned about how my sexual capacity connected to other needs in the family
There is an impression of “sacrifice” that is meaningful if everyone else has to do it.
Paradox: my sexual response implies that competitiveness and “maleness” are virtues and can be lost.
Yet, you are not a “man” if you don’t do your part and take your turn and “play ball”
Aloofness, privilege, and visibility can increase the risk of instability
The need for ego so that there is incentive for standard of living
But the people who consume your work need to “matter” and my sexuality implies some of them don’t
So a dangerous paradox can promote instability
Hatred happens because people know they can be forced to deal with someone personally and support them in a pinch when otherwise they would have avoided them, changing “meaning”.
No victims, it starts with you, yet you need to belong, and, yes, we have to protect “civilization”.
The “I told you so” canard and out.
The “playing ball with us” problem, and the “no spectators” rule
“Radical hospitality” and “radical solidarity” compared to individualism
While I wait for these to be posted on Vimeo by a third party, I’ll add a recap now (video just above).
Update: July 26
See related posting Nov. 30, 2015.
Update: Sunday, July 30, 3 PM EDT
One more afterthought: “Augmented personal responsibility”, or the idea that people who are different need to think through their own moral compass and do their own “rightsizing” voluntarily if freedom from authoritarians is to be maintained:
(Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:45 PM)
Here is some footage from the speakers at the Fairfax County Public Schools Pride picnic today at Nottoway Park in Vienna, just north of I66.
There was a Virginia state senator (himself gay), a member of the House of Delegates (Martin D. Sickles), and a transgender candidate, as well as discussion of local school board races There were no apologies about partisanship or asking for door-to-door-activism as well as money — something that many people find objectionable in these days about increased fears about home security and even home invasions. it isn’t like it used to be. “Solidarity” has gotten much harder, as the health care debate shows.
There was mention of a transgender candidate for the Virginia General Assembly, Danica Roem, running against Robert Marshall, who had sponsored a bathroom bill and earlier the old Marshall-Newman amendment in 2006 against recognizing gay unions, story.
(Cell phone clips)
I used to work as a substitute teacher at FCPS and APS 2004-2007 and there were issues, as I have described before, such as here.
(Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8:45 PM EDT)
Today I attended a “Battle for the Net” demonstration and rally between the US Capitol and Senate Office buildings in Washington DC.
The event was chaired by Senator E Markey (D-MA). Senator A, Franken (D-MN) spoked, as well as a congresswoman from California, and a representative of the Latino community. I didn’t get the names down.
Generally, the speakers said that fast lanes for big companies would mean most people wouldn’t bother to look at sites of smaller competitors.
I was not allowed to ask a question because I am not a member of the established press. I’ll cover that aspect on a legacy blog (comment). That would seem to undercut one of Markey’s own arguments.
(Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT)
Sunday night and Monday morning (July 9-10) I visited Gatlinburg, TN. A huge wildfire took place on the mountains slopes surrounding the town in late November, 2016 (as detailed in an earlier post here May 24).
The town is encased on the western side of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and you drive 5 miles of parkway from Pigeon Forge to get there.
The town seemed quite lively at night, with its theme park atmosphere. 10 miles to the S, Pigeon Forge has the appearance of a small Las Vegas, with a Titanic exhibit, upside down office building, and Hollywood replica. That town was somewhat affected.
During the day Monday I took the chairlift ride and could see much more of the damage on the mountain slopes, including mountain homes that burned. But it is true that the community is unusual in its direct exposure to possible wildfire, so building there entails some risk.
I do think that climate change has made the ferocity of the fire more likely.
I didn’t get to the “Road to Nowhere” W of Asheville (on the east side of the mountains) but I encountered two short curved tunnels, each about 1/3 mile long (without elevation drainage like PA Turnpike has) on I-40 going Eastbound to Asheville. This is a road to “somewhere” indeed. The curve is to the left driving East. There is a campground “Harmon’s Den” Indeed, Richard Harmon is the greatest of all time.
(Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10 EDT)
Today I visited Crisfield. MD. on the SW tip of southern MD in the Chesapeake Bay’s “East Coast”.
The entire city lies at 3 feet or less elevation. It appears to have had serious flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Tidal flooding is not much of a problem because the Bay extends much further north.
The people seem comfortable with the risk and unconcerned about climate change. One veteran said the city was built back better after Sandy.
There is one big windmill.
There is a ferry to Tangier Island, VA, one round trip a day, no cars.
Smith Island appears visible.
(Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 at 10:45 PM)
I paid a visit to the Smithsonian Folk-Life 2017 exhibit on the national mall, this year dedicated to “Circus Arts”.
I’m reminded of how I got a “D” in 11th grade P.E. in the tumbling unit. I simply cannot control my body flying through the atmosphere.
The idea of a Circus Arts exhibit is interesting since Ringling Brothers shut down in May of this year.
I think I was at the circus only once as a kid. I remember the show “The Big Top” in the 1950s. I remember people used to go back in the 1990s.
I did go to Cirque du Soleil (a French Canadian circus event company) in Minneapolis in 2000, on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. I remember the body teasing among the clowns.
3 Discussion of Circus Arts training, which includes everything (esp. juggling, tumbling). “Juggling” was one recommended as therapeutic for me. Actor Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) did juggling on Jimmy Kimmel once/
4 More training: “Fitness is not what you look like but what you can do.” Note the “court reporter” transcribing onto a screen for the deaf.
8 The next circus show would not happen for two hours and there was a line already, so I cheated and use a pre-recorded one here.
(Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 1t 8:30 PM EDT)
This post isn’t much — a one-minute “The Facebook Movie of Me“, prepared by Facebook to honor its achieving 2 billion members.
The link is on my Facebook author’s page (to be distinguished from the friend’s page), link here.
I probably will do another promo of that page soon. Details to come.
(Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 6: 30 PM EDT)
Picture: Where “we” (parents and me) stayed in Ocean City every June from 1948-1954. I got the measles in Ocean City in June 1950.