The Jason Velazquez who pranked Rudy Giuliani last week (see the Washington Post article) is a different Jason Velazquez. Who also happens to be a digital marketing pro. But from Atlanta, Georgia. And with whom I exchanged a couple of emails back and forth back in 2007 or so.
But I’m this Jason Velázquez. Not that other guy. Admire the hell out of his quick thinking, though!
I saw this exceedingly well-dressed, handsome, and urbane-looking black guy get out of his Lexus in front of a little country store in the middle of nowhere a last week. A handful of the rural crowd with the MAGA stickers on their pick-ups were hanging out in the parking lot, and I was absolutely delighted when Lexus guy less-than-discreetly pointed his fob at his car and chirped his alarm before turning to walk up to the front door of the place. Continue reading →
…and realizing that a feedback loop doesn’t matter
Maybe if I’m honest with you, radically honest with you, I can learn how to be honest with myself. As a matter of self-image preservation, I tend to avoid that sort of awkwardness, but I’m thinking now that if the big dreams are to survive, reality has to be faced head on, if only in small doses at first. Continue reading →
So, it’s kind of like my birthday today. Actually, I’ve forgotten about my bio-birthday until the last minute a couple of times in the last few years, but December 2nd I don’t forget. Four years ago today I threw away the remainder of the dip left in my can of Copenhagen and haven’t touched tobacco since. I’ve thought about it. Dreamed about it. Craved it like it was oxygen. But haven’t used it. That’s 1,461 days.
This episode needs NO lengthy text support. Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein’s running mate in the 2016 Presidential Elections, has one of the most insightful, penetrating minds you should be glad you don’t have to square off against. His decades-long, unbroken track record of commitment to a truly progressive vision is a testament both to his principled activism and his personal investment in the ideals of human value.
Normally, I’d write up a fairly lengthy summary of what you’re going to hear in this episode. Not a lot of point in that, honestly. The topic is net net neutrality—what it is, how it came to be under attack for a third time, and what the consequences are if the battle to defend it fails.
The idea that seems to be catching on for metro papers is to place the news that readers want in front of their faces wherever they are and all the time. And I get that. These storied journals have finally accepted the fact that, eventually, the last buggy was going to break down, and no one was going to want their whips ever again. Continue reading →
One of my favorite fables by Æsop has always been that of the Birds and the Beasts and the Bat. It goes something like this:
A great war had erupted between the Birds and the Beasts, with both sides of equal strength and courage. The Birds came to the Bat and said, “Look, brother, you fly through the air, as we do. Surely you will take our side in this conflict.” The bat, who wanted no part in this dispute, replied, “But see here, I have fur; therefore, I am not a Bird. I cannot join your side.” Continue reading →
So, if I already own and operate a bunch of sites that produce truckloads of content, why this site?
Mostly it’s to keep from tainting the other sites with too much of my own…eccentricity. I get wild writer’s hairs from time to time, and, quite often, the subject matter would cause some head-scratching among visitors of those other online destinations.
Long before I had the chance to have a conversation with Richard Wolff about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I heard him speak on an episode of Alternative Radio, entitled “Capitalism: Fantasies & Realities.” I was, I thought at the moment the show came on, not in the mood to hear another dry diatribe against an economic system that has so obviously blown a gasket. The facts were plain. The evidence was all around us, and yet such a tiny fraction of the American population seemed to have a clue that I couldn’t fathom how another academic exploration of the subject was going to do anybody any good. Continue reading →