Posted on May 16th, 2017
Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/20...
Posted on May 9th, 2017
Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king/Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism: https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/862990067073265664Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality: https://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/everyone-lives-forever/Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunda...
Posted on May 4th, 2017
'Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies"’: https://backchannel.com/melinda-gates-and-fei-fei-li-want-to-liberate-ai-from-guys-with-hoodies-17f058889a4cEdited to add: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.htmlSURJ has a really solid Values document: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutExistential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: https://twitter.com/existentialcoms/status/86018857281...
Posted on April 23rd, 2017
“Are we willing to lay aside our lust for political power and influence in order to humble ourselves and take up the cross of Jesus?"
This is the question Keith Giles asks in Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb. This was a good book that I would encourage anyone to read.
Like those who have written on the topic before (such as Brian Zahnd or the foreword author Greg Boyd), Keith demonstrates how easy it is to make an idol of our country of residence, pl...
Posted on March 3rd, 2017
I have written about “Duress Modes" before (here and elsewhere). They are an important safety protection that I believe system and software developers need to be building into their products. When a user is being coerced, a Duress Mode gives them an option to comply, while limiting their risk.
Maciej Ceglowski has brought up a specific version of this with his recent post entitled “Social Media needs a Travel Mode." Take a read!
Posted on January 30th, 2017
Reminder: the key ingredient is violent power.
People are often jerks. People sometimes have frightening opinions. People do things we dislike. People can be ignorant, sometimes willfully so. People are frequently selfish.
These are problematic, so we seek empathy and enlightenment. And it is good that we do.
But the above are not truly damaging unless they are attached to violent power.
Without violent power, these issues are an opportunity for discussion and learning.
But when backed by the...
Posted on January 8th, 2017
If you go to a conservative Christian church, you know the answer to this question is:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind." (Luke 10:25)
If you participate in a liberal Christian community, you know the answer to this question is:
“Love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:25)
The astute observer will immediately recognize that these come from the same response from Jesus (and the same verse in Luke/Mark). I hav...
Posted on November 3rd, 2016
We need to pray for whoever is elected:
That lust for power will be given up for a love of peace
That desire to control will be transformed into a yearning for justice
That thirst for vengeance will be redeemed for a practice of mercy
We need to pray for ourselves:
Repenting of our involvement in perpetuating violence, theft, and destruction
Asking for the wisdom, grace, and courage of the Spirit to live out Kingdom values
We need to act:
Practicing mutual aid
Holding ourselves and oth...
Posted on September 26th, 2016
Here is my handy guide to casting a 2016 PoTUS vote:
If you think the last few presidents have done a great job and that the world is on a good, sustainable trajectory: Vote Clinton
If you are afraid and angry, feel like someone needs to pay, and are not sure what to really do about it: Vote Trump
If you want to save the environment and be good to people, but don't trust scientists or economists: Vote Stein
If you like a mix of great and dangerous ideas, and don’t care to prioritize between...
Posted on July 8th, 2016
Three days of nightmare
But not a new one
We idolize violence
Even as we condemn it
I criticize electoral politics frequently. Often by means of satire. Satire is one of the few things that can cut through the noise and arrest our conscience when we are deluged with trite soundbites, tribal sparring, aggressive advertorials, and social mass media memes.
But I am incredibly serious, too. The reason I criticize electoral politics is that I despise abuse of and violence against human beings...