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Racism Is Not White

December 30, 2012

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Racism is characteristically a function of colonialism.  Thus racism was olive-skinned during the long era of Greek colonialism in the Eastern Mediterranean.  It was the colour of the Japanese during the era of Japanese expansionism into Korea and China.  It was Aryan during the era of Nazi Germany.  It is pale-skinned here and now in […]

Legends of Myself 52

December 28, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 51 52. Port Essington, 1958:  Christmas When Christmastime came, with snow on the boardwalks and holidays in the offing, the school put on a Christmas show.  I have a sense of an enlarged audience in our little schoolroom.  I suppose parents and community members were invited too, a necessity with such […]

Legends of Myself 51

December 27, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 50 51. Port Essington, 1958-59:  One Room Schoolhouse It’s one of those bureaucratic paradoxes that sometimes the most challenging jobs are given to the least experienced, mostly because the most experienced wouldn’t put up with them.  The schoolhouse in Essington had one room, one teacher, 10 students, and (potentially) 7 grades. […]

The Mayan Apocalypse and Other Eurocentric Fantasies

December 20, 2012

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In Stargate & the 7 Rules of European Progress, I presented the following quote from JM Blaut: Since Europe is advanced and non-Europe is backward, any ideas that diffuse into Europe must be ancient, savage, atavistic, uncivilized, evil—black magic, vampires, plagues, “the bogeyman,” and the like. He continued on to say, although European culture and […]

Winkle on the Ice by Charles Dickens

December 18, 2012

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I read Oliver Twist in 1962, half a century ago, but my first introduction to Dickens was in my grade three classroom in Port Essington, 1958-59.  The following passage, taken from The Pickwick Papers, was that introduction, which was reprinted in my grade three reader.  Some of the language seems a little advanced for 8-year-olds.  […]

An “Acceptable” Risk

December 17, 2012

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I really don’t care what the arguments are.  They were always stupid anyway.  A strained, perverse interpretation of an outdated Constitutional Amendment.  A presumption of the equality of flintlock rifles with automatic weapons.  The idea—contradicted by both fact and common sense—that an armed citizenry is safer than an unarmed one. The United States jails more […]

Legends of Myself 50

December 14, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 49 50. Port Essington, 1958:  Playground Essington, Part 2 I’m not sure when running shoes became the definitive footgear of youth.  They had nothing to do with the footwear of Port Essington, 1958.  We wore either leather shoes or gumboots.  And the sound of these on wooden sidewalks must have […]