(Or: הפעם השלישית, אנתישמיות)

I didn’t want to talk about ice cream tonight. I was actively avoiding the news articles that talked about it. Another anti-Israel boycott. We’ve been here before. My one lone voice isn’t going to change anything. I have more important things, more immediately-important things, that I need to be focusing on right now.

But I couldn’t help it. I saw a headline that read “Ben and Jerry’s board in dispute with parent company Unilever,” or something to that effect. And that was the plot twist that pulled me in. What was the dispute about? Was there…


Sometimes when I’m reviewing Thing A, I like to start with a review of Thing X first. It helps me to give context to what I want to say about Thing A, even if they may seem entirely unrelated. But today, as I give my non-spoiler first impression of the film “In the Heights,” I’m going to start out with something a little deeper than some simple piece of media I enjoy.

Let’s talk about Billy Joel.

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If you’re new here, you may not see the immediate connection, and if you’ve been here a while you’re probably more surprised when…


So. It’s March 1st. We are now three weeks away from Israel’s fourth election in two years. And, honestly, if not for COVID, we’d probably be on the fifth election by now.

I was originally going to do a quick run-down of how we got here and then go into the details of this year’s election, but the run-down, it turns out, is not quite so quick. Here’s the “how we got here,” and some time later this week I’ll talk more directly about where we are now.

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Israel has a 120-seat parliament, called the Knesset. Thus, in order to…


I’m writing this at 5am, because holy hell have I just entirely lost control of my sleep cycle, and I definitely didn’t sleep last night at all, and I’m kind of hoping that if I take a shower around 6 or 7 and force myself to go outside, it will balance something out? But I’m very much not confident in this plan.

Anyway.

So I was watching the most recent episode of Superstore in lieu of sleep. And I’m not going to give any spoilers, but it addresses the legacy of racism, and how Americans, as a society, should best…


I want everyone to join me in a little thought experiment for a moment. Imagine that you’ve just walked through a door, into a room.

It’s a normal room. A few chairs, maybe a sofa. There’s a coffee table. Some bookshelves. Just, some generic room in some generic space. Nothing special or symbolic, but there is another door on the opposite end of the room.

Oh yeah, and there’s a person in the room.

This could be anyone. Old or young, tall or short, male or female, or anything in between. …


The other night, as a part of Juneau’s Social Justice Movie Club, which is organized by the incomparable Catherine Hatch, I watched the 2018 RBG documentary. For those unaware, RBG stands for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist legal icon and long-serving associate justice on the US Supreme Court, who passed away last week.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about Ginsburg’s pre-SCOTUS history before watching this film, and I’d recommend it to anyone. But it started with a tale that felt very familiar to me. Maybe not in its exact details, but certainly in its narrative. …


If sports are not political, then explain to me why Jesse Owens was banned from the sport of running after winning four Olympic gold medals.

If sports are not political, then explain to me why Jackie Robinson had to promise not to fight back against racism before the Dodgers were willing to sign him.

If sports are not political, then explain to me why Muhammad Ali had his boxing titles stripped when he refused the draft.

If sports are not political, then explain to me why half of the world boycotted the 1980 Olympics, and the other half of the…


Imagine you live in an old house. I dunno, let’s say it was built in the 1800’s by a bunch of white nationalists, just for the sake of conversation. And let’s say that you haven’t had any problems with this house in the whole time you’ve lived there.

But one day, you notice a scorch mark in the basement. And now that you see it, you realize there are some similar scorch marks elsewhere in the house. And one day, you’re in the kitchen and an electrical socket explodes. …


Today, the Supreme Court ruled on a small batch of cases on discrimination in the workplace, as they relate to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The short summary is: an employer cannot discriminate against someone for being transgender or gay. Phew. As a trans person currently looking for a job, I’m giving a huge sigh of relief there, lemme tell you.

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But I want to untangle it a little, because it’s not an arbitrary decision. It clarifies what is meant by discrimination, and does so in a clear, albeit legalese, manner.

A note before I start: I…


JK Rowling has a problem with vocabulary. For someone who’s made a fortune writing words, she doesn’t really seem to fully grasp how words work.

You see, words define our worlds for us. If you don’t have a word for something, you can’t talk about it. And closely-related words, well-chosen, can give an entirely different meaning to a sentence. “Is there an afterlife?” is an entirely different question from “is there a heaven?” If your child says “I want a pet,” it’s not really the same thing as saying “I want a dog.” …

Emily Mesch

I came into this world riding on the heels of Halley's Comet and the Chernobyl meltdown, screaming bloody murder from inside a bomb shelter.

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