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koshersalaami commented on Maui Surfer's blog post Isn't It Impressive ...
"Maui,I liked Shearing. I can’t find a version of a tune of his called Station Break on line which is a pity, it was good.  I was driving to and from an outdoor benefit concert for the local interdenominational food bank in Greensboro…"
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koshersalaami commented on Doc Vega's blog post The Year Of
"Even more, you need a second topic. "
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koshersalaami commented on Doc Vega's blog post The Year Of
"You need music"
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koshersalaami commented on Maui Surfer's blog post Isn't It Impressive ...
"We can discuss this further and then we’ll be blamed as a group. Collectives are easier to blame. You know, a pack.   Though, truth be told, in your case I have no idea why you ever comment on her blog. I don’t, and my opinion is…"
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koshersalaami commented on Maui Surfer's blog post Isn't It Impressive ...
"I’m not going to support deleting comments to avoid an argument.  I will ask you a question, though, even though this question may not make a lot of sense to you: What are you trying to accomplish when you leave the comment? On a site…"
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koshersalaami commented on Johnny Robish's blog post Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead Fish on I-40
"I was driving on 40 in North Carolina Saturday and yesterday. I guess I was too far inland to see dead fish.  I was down to play a music festival benefitting the local food bank, founded by my old bandleader, and I go every year. It was…"
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koshersalaami commented on Maui Surfer's blog post Isn't It Impressive ...
"Does the question have to do with deleting comments? I don’t know what example you’re referring to because I haven’t followed the site closely lately (I drove 600 miles Friday and another 600 yesterday on under four hours sleep),…"
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koshersalaami commented on Robert Young's blog post Live Long and Procreate
"I absolutely agree. It’s a stupid argument and I’d rather my side not be tainted by that kind of bullshit."
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koshersalaami commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"That is exactly what’s scary about the US right now, even if you didn’t read Arendt. "
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Jonathan Wolfman commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"HANNAH ARENDT TAUGHT THIS: THE IDEAL CITIZEN OF AN AUTHORITARIAN STATE IS NOT THE DEDICATED FASCIST OR THE COMMITTED COMMUNIST. THE IDEAL CITIZEN OF AN AUTHORITARIAN STATE IS THE PERSON FOR WHOM TRUTH AND LIES, FACT AND FICTION, HAVE LOST THEIR…"
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Maui Surfer commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Trump's follower are scared to death, pathetic losers, fearful of absolutely nothing. Israelis seem to me, and I am no expert, to stand tall in the face of what would be pretty damn scary, to be surrounded by "others" all out to get…"
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koshersalaami commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Sure there’s an obviously dominant ethnicity in Israel/Palestine. What there isn’t is an attempt at extermination or, for that matter, cultural elimination. What there is is a military occupation, which is not the same as genocide.…"
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moki ikom commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Is there "an obviously dominant ethnicity" in Palestine?  What constitutes being dominant, numbers of souls, amount and kind weapons possessed, ruthlessness of ideology being manifested? "
Saturday
moki ikom commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Trump's "followers" are fascUSt$' low hanging fruit on the metaphorical American bushes, shrubs and trees of false, fear-mongering propaganda.  Of course such fruit, such products of fascUSt lies and deceptions…"
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koshersalaami commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Genocides destroy diversity when there’s an obviously dominant ethnicity. That’s not exactly true here. "
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moki ikom commented on koshersalaami's blog post A Yale philosopher on fascism
"Such a claim as "Diversity is why the Nazi Holocaust could not be repeated here in America."  completely ignores the holocaustic history of the U.S./colonial slave trade and genocide of greatly diverse indigenous cultures of the…"
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Male, Jewish, in my early sixties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)

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A Yale philosopher on fascism

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:52pm 13 Comments

Jason Stanley, a philosopher at Yale University, has recently written a book called How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He was interviewed on the Vox website. 

His take on fascism is that it isn’t a system of government so much as a system of politics. In the interview, he summarizes fascism better than I’ve ever seen it done. See if this looks familiar.

In the past, fascist politics would…

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My tax dollars at work

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 5:30am 4 Comments

This photo was taken in my neighborhood yesterday. It is of a crosswalk light being installed, I think by the State of New York.

A lot of people in the neighborhood have been asking, quite sensibly, why these are being put up. If you look closely, you may be able to see…

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Embarrassed by my vote

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 7:25am 19 Comments

Last night I voted in the NY primary. For Governor, I voted for Cynthia Nixon.

This morning, I was informed that, in public, she ordered lox, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers

on a cinnamon raisin bagel.

Some sins are cardinal. I may have to Repent. 

Condolence note

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 7:04am 5 Comments

This morning my wife received a condolence note on line over the death of our son. It seems this woman went to elementary school with him, decided to look him up on Facebook, found his page, discovered he’d died, and wrote a note to my wife.

He died on January 8, 2012. 

I’m wondering if we’ve seen the last of these. Another happened about a year ago, different path to finding out. 

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At 5:42pm on November 4, 2017, Arthur James said…

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At 3:01pm on November 4, 2017, Arthur James said…

At 1:26am on July 17, 2017, MV Neland said…

Koshersalaami, i always look forward to your posts because they both explain and further challenge. It's a gift. Thx for the invite.

At 11:03am on April 11, 2017, Maui Surfer said…

Yeah, I thought something I commented on had disappeared, but couldn't actually remember what it was for sure! Thanks for the heads up ... lorianne is truly amazing- she's the bomb.

 
 
 

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