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Blogging, Like All Types Of Communication, Helps Mitigate Our Isolation

Blogging is a form of a communication that helps mitigate the isolation inherent to being one individual in a world of many individuals. I think this is true even for people who have good lives with many friends and family. 

This is what communication is all about—Finding connection, expressing your views, conveying that you have something of value to share with others. Blogging is new, but it is about what are some of the most basic and oldest impulses.

There are many good ways to communicate with others. People should communicate in the way that works best for themselves. 

Here is a poem by the late George Oppen  (Who will be the subject of a future post on Texas Liberal) that, in a roundabout way, relates to this subject. It’s one part of a larger poem called Of Being Numerous—–

Obsessed, bewildered,

By the shipwreck

Of the singular

We have chosen the meaning

Of being numerous.

Here is a poem I wrote on somewhat the same subject. It’s called Tightrope

The mob on the one side 

The few on the other side,

I’ll take my chances

With the Niagara below.

The picture above shows the entire course of the Niagara River.

Here is a link to Fort Niagara State Park where my wife and I once spent a great summer’s day.     

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November 2, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Poetry | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I Do Not Believe That “What Goes Around Comes Around”


“What goes around comes around” may be true in a collective sense over the long haul. If we continue heating the Earth, we may all suffer the effects of global warming. (Though the global poor will suffer first and suffer more.)

But what goes around is most often not the case for people who do bad things in public life. As an example, longtime segregationist wrongdoer Strom Thurmond lived to be 100. He spent his 100th birthday as a United States Senator.

Bad people in public in public life only get what they deserve if the public makes sure that they do at the ballot box. That’s the only way. Larry Craig type scandals arrive only so often. (And Mr. Craig is still in the Senate.)    

It’s up to you to do the work of democracy.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

When Democrats Back Regressive Sales Tax Increases, What Hope Do We Have For Fair Progressive Taxation?

Cities, counties and states are proposing regressive sales tax increases at the ballot box next week to fund various initiatives, close budget shortfalls and reduce property taxes.    

This according to a report in USA Today.

You’d think these proposals would come from Republicans. Sales taxes are regressive flat taxes where the poor, the wealthy and everybody in-between pays the same. This is in contrast to a progressive income tax.

Yet such proposals are on the ballot in Democratic-leaning Maryland, New Jersey and Cook County, Illinois. Chicago is in Cook County.

If this is proposed tax policy in places where Democrats are in control, what hope do we have for fair taxation?

The progressive income tax is at the heart of the income redistribution and funding of social programs that stand at the core of liberalism. If Democrats are not on board with this, who will be?

Raising sales taxes to fund property tax cuts is simply redistributing income upwards.

Please click here for an article relating the benefits of the income tax. 

Hopefully voters around the country will reject sales tax increases and demand a fair and progressive income tax to meet the needs of society.     

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mass Strandings Of Striped Dolphins Off Coast Of Iran

There have been mass strandings of Striped Dolphins off the coast of Iran. While we are familiar with such stories in the United States, this is apparently unusual in that part of the world.  

Over 150 Striped Dolphins (photo above) have beached themselves. In Iran this is being termed as dolphin “suicide.” Suggested reasons for these standings are that the dolphins are being tangled up in fishing nets, they are following a sick dominant male dolphin and possibly, disruptions caused by sonar used by US Naval vessels.

Here is a portion of an article from Agence France-Presse

“The mysterious “mass suicide” of 152 dolphins washed up on Iran’s coast over the past month has alarmed environmentalists, with the blame pointed at regional fishing practices, officials said on Monday.

In September, 79 striped dolphins were found washed up near Jask port in southern Iran, and last week another 73 were found dead in the same area.

Pictures of rows of the corpses have been widely featured in Iranian newspapers, which said the dolphins had “committed suicide” — behaviour the animals have occasionally exhibited in the wild.

“The suicide of dolphins on Jask’s coast continues,” Iran’s state run-newspaper wrote on Saturday. “Locals tried to put the animals back in the water but they refused to return.””

Here is information about the Striped Dolphin.   

Here is a good post on this dolphin stranding from a San Francisco based blog called Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice and Sunsets. 

Here is information about the city of Jask in Iran. It looks like a nice place to visit. Most folks in Iran are decent people who want no trouble. This is how most people are all around the world.

Here is a history of Agence France-Presse.

Here are other posts on sea life from Texas Liberal.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Sea Life | , , , , , | 7 Comments