it was fifty years ago today, mayor daley sent his troops to play

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MY SEVENTEENTH YEAR of this life-cycle opened with the Viet Cong launch­ing the Tet Of­fen­sive, in which they put the lie to every­thing our gov­ern­ment, our mil­i­tary, and our me­dia had been telling us about the war “over there.” This sup­pos­edly causes Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son to an­nounce that he will not seek re-election.


and, lo, a bodhisattva savant rose in the west

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I SPEND SO MUCH TIME re­search­ing the var­i­ous top­ics that I write about, I re­ally don’t have much time left to read oth­ers’ blogs — which is a shame, be­cause we are liv­ing through some kind of golden age of free­dom of ex­pres­sion of what­ever the hell you wanna say and have the ac­tual pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing mil­lions CONTINUE READING

now ain’t that a helluva coincidence?

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I START THE DAY with my usual mug of cof­fee and while there’s usu­ally too much on my mind, to­day it’s sim­ple: I can’t get the song “Aus­tralia” from the Kinks’ al­bum ARTHUR out of my mind. My head bobs up and down and my body sways to the rhythm and melody and the de­light­ful if CONTINUE READING

my facebook page is a rightwingnut hate free zone

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BLOODY HELL, but I am fed up with the racism and the ho­mo­pho­bia and the misog­yny and all the other hate-based ‘isms’ be­hind an end­less stream of com­ments posted by rightwingnuts on Face­book and in the Com­ments sec­tions of oth­er­wise de­cent web­sites. Now we have to wade through their foul com­ments fu­eled by their lat­est CONTINUE READING

oops! I do not think that means what you think it means

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THE HEADLINE caught my at­ten­tion, as it was sup­posed to: “Ad­vanced OOP For Word­Press.” As should be ob­vi­ous to most peo­ple fa­mil­iar with news­pa­per, mag­a­zines, and now on­line ar­ti­cles, the head­line is usu­ally the first thing that most read­ers see in any ar­ti­cle. Con­se­quently, it is usu­ally the first thing they CONTINUE READING

a crusty old fart answers a question about today’s popular music

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ON QUORAa young man asked me to an­swer the burn­ing ques­tion, “What do heavy metal mu­sic fans think about mod­ern pop mu­sic?” my first thought was, “Wow! Did you come to the wrong per­son!” Then i though, “I can do this and have some fun along the way.

I’m post­ing my re­sponse here on Neal CONTINUE READING

the lollygagging is over and “the endless sixties” is up and running!

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AFTER TWO WHOLE YEARS of lol­ly­gag­ging, dil­ly­dal­ly­ing, pussy­foot­ing, and plain old fart­ing around, I fi­nally (FINALLY!) got my new blog off the ground: The End­less Six­ties is up and run­ning and wait­ing for read­ers. There are half a dozen ar­ti­cles al­ready posted plus the home­page, and every­one should read the in­tro­duc­tory home­page first, of CONTINUE READING

look it up! (then research everything you looked up)

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BACK UP AN ARGUMENT by quot­ing some­thing found on a web­site and, re­gard­less of your in­tel­li­gence or your re­search skills, you’ll likely be told, You can’t be­lieve any­thing you read on the in­ter­net.” My nor­mal re­join­der is to point out that’s akin to say­ing that you can’t be­lieve any­thing you read in the CONTINUE READING

the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america’s surface

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I SKIPPEDMONSTER TALK with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tid­Con in the lat­est Skep­tic newslet­ter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn’t at­tract my in­ter­est. Nor did com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­ti­cal and fra­ter­nal twins. But I did eye the key ar­ti­cle CONTINUE READING

blmf literary saloon (where used books come to be found)

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1501 Pike Place
Suite 324
Seat­tle WA 98101




Monday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM



Photo of interior of BLMF Literary Saloon bookstore in Seattle.

Look­ing for po­ems writ­ten by cats? A Star Wars travel guide? Maybe a book on how to sur­vive a shark­nado? You can find those and more at BLMF Lit­er­ary Sa­loon. Books CONTINUE READING

big bad eagle steals dinner from baby fox who killed an innocent rabbit

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BERNI CAME HOME LAST NIGHT and im­me­di­ately asked me to look up a video on the in­ter­net that had everyone’s at­ten­tion — at least where she worked. It was a lo­cal story that had some­thing to do with a fox and an ea­gle. I went to my trusty browser and typed in “ea­gle fox” and there were tons of CONTINUE READING

george zimmerman and self-defense

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I RARELY PAY ATTENTION to the let­ters writ­ten in to the lo­cal news­pa­per. Too many let­ters are from mis­in­formed in­di­vid­u­als who al­most al­ways vote Rep*blican and ac­tu­ally be­lieve that Lim­baugh and Beck and O’Reilly are sources for ac­tual “news.”

I am as­tounded by the peo­ple will­ing to put their name in print and claim credit CONTINUE READING

an experiment that actually curbed hate speech on the internet

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I HATE BULLIES and inter­net trolls are bul­lies, ergo, I hate trolls. But aside from Face­book — where I can keep them curbed by ex­clud­ing them from my com­ment thread — I have lit­tle in­ter­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia plat­forms on the in­ter­net. Hence, I have lit­tle in­ter­ac­tion with bul­lies and trolls on the in­ter­net — al­though there CONTINUE READING

barbara lee and the boundless consequences of war

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SO YOU THINK YOURE RIGHT and every­body else is wrong?” I heard those words from my fa­ther many times while grow­ing up. Of course, the ra­tio­nale be­hind those words is sound: most of the times we hold an opin­ion that dif­fers with that of 99% of every­body else, then 99% of the time CONTINUE READING

lies, damn lies, fake news, and the misinformation ecosystem

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FAKE NEWS AIN’T NEW NEWS. The term has been in fairly reg­u­lar if not quite com­mon use for years: it ini­tially re­ferred to the mis/disinformation and pro­pa­ganda cir­cu­lated by the thou­sands of well-connected, rightwing ra­dio talk shows for pro­pa­ganda. It grew to even vaster pro­por­tions with the emer­gence of the mil­lions of ‘con­ser­v­a­tive’ CONTINUE READING

caustic sarcasm ain’t the same thing as thoughtful irony

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IN RECENT CONVERSATIONS and in read­ing ar­ti­cles, blogs, and com­ments on the in­ter­net, I hear the word ‘sar­casm’ used in­ter­change­ably with ‘irony.’ I point out that irony ain’t the same as sar­casm, which re­quires a caus­tic in­tent. Since we are now at a time when every­one thinks them­selves as right as the next guy and no one likes their CONTINUE READING