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Ben Sen commented on old new lefty's blog post My Donald Trump Nightmare
"Obviously, you need a new hobby or a new squeeze."
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Ben Sen commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post As Folks Might Say in Texas, Coulter is All Hat and No Cattle
"This whole thing was totally predictable from the time it began.  An enterprising reporter could conduct an interesting interview with the kids from the school who invited her, to see the extent to which she influenced…"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Refusing Service on Religious Grounds
"The "exclusivity" of religion was brought about in the West with the introduction of monotheism. Before that, in the matriarchal period, the choice of what God one choose to worship was far more personal, based upon the individual…"
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Ben Sen commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post Mixed Bag of Progress: Earth Day and The March of Science
"I think it has a lot to do with how religion is organized: by catering to the prevailing beliefs in their communities in order to raise funds, the fundie churches in particular will become the standard bearer for those beliefs.  Religions that…"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Refusing Service on Religious Grounds
"I've fought against them in different forums all my life.  Beware the Holy Roller! My mother used to say.  Had an aunt who was one.  Bought the ideological farm.  Never became a person.  Drove two sons to suicide and…"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Refusing Service on Religious Grounds
"They're the "literalists" desperate for structure with little or no self-identity.  Without the group telling them what to believe they wouldn't have a clue of who they are or what matters.  It doesn't matter what…"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post O'Reilly is Out, Carlson is in; it is Just Business
"I've watched Carlson.  He's less gregarious than O'Reilly, more of a twerp as bespeaks his background.  Let's see how many are simply O'Reilly devotees vs. ideological true believers.  "
Tuesday
Ben Sen commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post Mixed Bag of Progress: Earth Day and The March of Science
"It's an opportunity to ask some questions:  what has led to "religion" and so called "religious believers" being the most resistant to accepting climate change?"
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Listening to Race
"Barbara and Ned:  Thanks for listening and sharing my post.  It helps me feel the time spent writing it wasn't wasted.  "
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Listening to Race
"Barbara and Ned:  Thanks for listening and sharing my post.  It helps me feel the time spent writing it wasn't wasted.  "
Sunday
Ben Sen commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post Mario Savio Spins in His Grave as Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter's Speech
"It's not the 60's any more.  Coulter has plenty of places to spread her lies.  Wolfie:  you can go over and mop up the blood, especially the dead cops.  "Liberals" give them the rope, and the Coulter's…"
Apr 20
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Listening to Race
"NYC is by far the most polyglot city in the US as far as I know, especially the boroughs,  though San Fran is also remarkable. Manhattan is for the rich regardless of anything else.  It's where I live but I got a deal.   "
Apr 20
JMac1949 Today commented on Ben Sen's blog post Listening to Race
"I lived in Los Angeles for most of my adult life and I found it to be the least segregated mosaic city in the USA.  I suppose that NYC might be even more so.  A few years ago it got to the point that I couldn't afford it, and after a…"
Apr 20
Ron Powell commented on Ben Sen's blog post Listening to Race
"Yes he does..... "
Apr 20
Ben Sen commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post Mario Savio Spins in His Grave as Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter's Speech
"I knew Mario.  He was one of the few who after the those years were over had a "normal" life and didn't self-destruct nor take anybody down.  He was radical because it was what was called for at the time.  I fear that…"
Apr 20
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post Listen: A comment by Tim Wise
"I'm much older than Tim Wise and have been practicing the discipline of "listening" with people of color since I saw the city I came from destroyed by racism in 1967.  If you want to see the inevitable result of racism go visit…"
Apr 19

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Listening to Race

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 10:30am 5 Comments

     Recent remarks by Tim Wise, a figure known nationally for his views on race, admonishing his audience to "listen" to people from other races is a bit discouraging given experience and the years that have gone by, but not since a president has been elected using racial baiting as a campaign tactic.

     It appears we are back to square one and the prognosis is not good.  How many outbreaks of racial violence will there be in the "Trump" era?  We have no idea what his response will…

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America Must Recognize Palestine

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 30 Comments

From the New York Times, Nov. 29, 2016

By Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States

     We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration.  It has been President Obama's aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace.

     That prospect is now in grave doubt.  I am convinced that the United States can still…

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Book Review: Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 12:35pm 2 Comments

     Robert Gottlieb is a fortunate man who knows it, takes his fair share of credit but doesn't beat his chest.

     As an editor at Simon and Schuster in the 50's who "stumbled" into the job (rather than being born into it) educated at Columbia rather than Harvard, he worked his way up the ranks to become editor-in-chief of Knopf--easily one of the most prestigious and profitable publishing houses in the land and then editor of The New Yorker.  It doesn't get better…

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Guest Post: The Political Reaction to Donald Trump, a Psychoanalytic Interpretation

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 8:00am 6 Comments

The following post is written by Eugene Kalin Ph.D. and Melvin Shaw Ph.D.

Why is it possible Donald Trump may become president when it is crystal clear that he is an immoral, self-serving, hypocritical demagogue who lies incessantly and is only interested in exploiting others and generating vile misogyny, racial bigotry and xenophobia? In the process, he has encouraged violence against women, African-Americans and Muslims and has bragged about his…

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At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.

Mary

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