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November 30, 2005


Expecting racism and not finding it

(On the occasion of Blog Against Racism Day, I thought I would post this story first published in another venue.) I worked in a nursery in Washington DC from 1984-1987. The outdoor plant business tends to slacken to zero in...

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Tomorrow is Blog Against Racism Day

And I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to write about. There are just so many potential topics. But my old friend from Buffalo days, Elissa Feit, has found a great solution to that problem: she's been spending the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:34 AM

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November 28, 2005


Olduvai George

Tuesday is my friend Carl Dennis Buell's 59th birthday. So how come he's giving us a present? Carl has been illustrating and illuminating the natural world for some decades: I think I first saw his work twenty years ago. He...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:38 PM

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Gratitude

Thanks to everyone who has gotten in touch with wholly unnecessary, but very much appreciated good wishes. I am rethinking what I'm doing here at Creek Running North, but there's a lot of distance between "business as usual" and ending...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:57 PM

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November 26, 2005


Doubt

I am dissatisfied with this weblog. I do not like what this weblog has become. I do not like the role it has begun to play in my life. I do not like working with intent I consider unconducive to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:44 PM

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November 25, 2005


Thanks

Zeke has limited patience for small children these days. Ten years ago he was all about the kids, joyously letting them poke and prod and punch him (which they called "petting.") Pushing fifteen, he'll have none of it. But he's...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:30 PM

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The day after Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:18 AM

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November 23, 2005


Judeo-Christian Holidays

A couple weeks ago, the school district in Florida charged with educating four of the Creek Running North nieces was faced with complaints from Tampa-area Muslims that the district calendar gave them short shrift. The district closed schools on Good...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:21 PM

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Early for Blog Against Racism Day

Because Twisty shouldn't be puking all by herself, I present the worst thing about being a white guy in love with an Asian woman: people sometimes mistake you for one of these assholes....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:02 AM

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...is all I'm saying.

Go read nina......

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:42 AM

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November 22, 2005


Giving thanks

Becky has been in Los Angeles for the last week, helping her mom clean house before a remodel. She's been dredging up old memories and odd objects, letters she wrote her brother from college, games they played as children, the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:58 AM

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November 20, 2005


Vine Deloria, Jr., 1933-2005

"Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent." Vine Deloria, Jr. One of the first writers who truly inspired me is gone, a week ago. From...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:52 PM

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November 19, 2005


Berkeley

Tibouchinas are in bloom in Berkeley. Tibouchinas are always in bloom in Berkeley. When snow covers my father's house in February and the plum trees bloom brilliant pink on Derby Street, or when Ohio pin oaks turn their crimson, or...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:42 PM

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Public Service Announcement

Suppression of free speech isn't just something the government does. The fact that the US government fails to squelch a wide range of free speech activities in no way means that free speech is safe in the United States. Corporations...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:43 PM

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November 17, 2005


Godspeed, Don, and thanks for all you've done

Every age has its progressive heroes, every cause its martyrs. What debt Americans of African descent owe to Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King cannot be tallied. The toiling farmhands of Texas and California rightly revere the memory of the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:14 PM

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Hopefully the last comics-related post for a while

[UPDATE: Welcome, Crooks and Liars readers! Here is the page you're looking for. Thanks for stopping by.] I actually laughed at Mother Goose & Grimm this morning. In related news, aerial swine were spotted today over the frozen landscape...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:26 AM

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November 16, 2005


Why She's a Feminist

Ron explains all, including the bits about English lit., Lesley Gore, and Mad Magazine. First in a series....

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Fire weather

At home sick yesterday, I watched the wind cover our lawn with live oak leaves. This was unusual. The oak is east of our lawn. We get plenty of wind, but it's almost always from the southwest. Yesterday, my...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:47 PM

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November 15, 2005


In other comics-related news

More evidence that Dilbert's target demographic is people who clap themselves on the back for being smarter than they really are. It's the triumph of snark over, well, anything that's not snark....

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November 14, 2005


Pears

The streets are littered with trampled fruit. They are Bradford pears, too small and insipid to bother eating. Even the ants leave them alone. The persimmon's leaves have turned their orange and fall to earth two at a time. Asian...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:27 PM

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November 13, 2005


The weekend

We were visited this weekend by blogging friends. The wonderfully lovely and ebullient Space Kitty, the every bit as lovely and marginally quieter Mandyman, and the surpassingly lovely and alternately reflective and stentorian The Bone traveled up from Lost...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:49 PM

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Pyrite

In the Colorado Rockies veins of quartz hold glittering metal. Some of it has value. Some is left on tailings piles to weather. Streams of boiling iron and sulfur pushed their way through the rock, reacting. Yellow, roughly cubic...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:13 AM

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November 11, 2005


December First is "Blog Against Racism" Day

Some of the response to my posting a criticism of that cannibal cartoon all of it from people I know to be smart and educated makes me think that the common definition of the word "racist" has been...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:19 PM

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November 10, 2005


One more reason to be deeply depressed about the state of my fellow human beings and their educational achievements

This search string. [Update: It just keeps getting worse.]...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:52 AM

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November 09, 2005


Another career-limiting post

The first time I dropped acid - or for you morality parsers out there, "experimented with LSD, an illegal hallucinogen" - I had just turned 17. Buffalo was going through one of its hardest winters in memory: three feet of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:22 PM

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November 08, 2005


I'm suing BitchPhD cause her blog keeps flipping me off

Those of you with little patience for stupid inter-blog squabbles can safely skip this one. If you spend very much time as a left activist, you soon hear far more stories like the ones I detail in this post than...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:18 PM

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November 07, 2005


susp.icio.us

1) I change my email address and give the new one out only to a select group of family and friends, not putting it on the web. 2) Spam drops literally to nothing. 3) I provide the new email address...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:25 PM

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John McPherson's racist cartoon

What year is this again? Not that something like this cartoon was ever acceptable, but I mean sweet Jesus in a cracker, guys. I saw this first thing this morning and I still can't believe it made it out of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:58 PM

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Christmas 1977

The month before I turned 18 I moved in with Bette (pronounced Betty), in a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo she shared with another woman. Bette and I had dated briefly a year before, and had weathered that to become friends....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:07 PM

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November 06, 2005


"You once stayed up to watch Don Kirschner's Rock Concert. We recommend a lifetime of bad music."

I'm thinking Apple has some bugs to work out of iTunes' new music recommendation "service." You better believe I hit "Don't Like It." Also, please to not give me grief over having bought some Grateful Dead. It was American Beauty...

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November 05, 2005


Thistle

Last night I realized that Thistle had spent the entire evening sitting in his litterbox, seemingly dozing. I offered him parsley. No interest. I offered him dried papaya, which functions more or less as bunny crack. No interest. I...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:27 AM

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November 04, 2005


Benita Mora

Eight days she lived. Her parents laid her to rest not far from here. The inevitable flash flood scoured her grave, mixed her bones into the alluvial fan. They moved her monument to higher ground. When the mines played...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:10 PM

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Save The Tree Octopus!

Another day, another plight: "Although the tree octopus is not officially listed on the Endangered Species List, we feel that it should be added since its numbers are at a critically low level for its breeding needs. The reasons...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:06 AM

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November 03, 2005


Dirty hippies

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, my mother worked as an administrative assistant in the Buffalo office of Senator Jacob Javits, who was one of that currently extinct species known as the "Liberal Republican." She did a variety of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:34 AM

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November 02, 2005


This will get me through the next couple months

I've just found a new workplace mantra....

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The day of the dead: Golden Gate Bridge department

The San Francisco Chronicle has been doing an impressive seven-part series on Golden Gate Bridge suicides. I think part two is actually the best place to start. It's jarring how much some of the stories resonate. I passed a beautiful...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:03 PM

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But it was WRONG for Amnesty to use the word "gulag"

Via Meteor Blades via Lindsay: CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons "The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to US and foreign officials...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:55 AM

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The existence of electrons...

...is only part of the so-called "atomic theory". Hat tip: Hank Fox....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:49 AM

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November 01, 2005


A writing exercise for my readers

This is for everyone, male or female, regardless of your opinion on the subject at hand. Think of it as a rhetorical exercise. Or a group gedankenexperiment. In comments below, make an argument in favor of spousal notification laws with...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:53 PM

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Server problems

We had a bunch of MySQL connections stuck open for an hour or two today. If you got an error message trying to comment, thass why. Please feel free to make another attempt to tell me that I'm wrongheaded. Thanks!...

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