Author Archives: John Lusk

‘Never Thought They Could Pull Off Such an Attack’: Prejudice and Pearl Harbor – War on the Rocks

https://warontherocks.com/2021/12/never-thought-they-could-pull-off-such-an-attack-prejudice-and-pearl-harbor/

«Their underestimation and misunderstanding was deeply grounded in racial prejudice and went unchallenged in an environment of ethnocentric groupthink. Even in acknowledging his mistake, Kimmel’s words suggest he remained angrily defiant that the attack materialized the way it did — as if it were unfair that reality did not conform to his prejudices. Ethnocentric and racist attitudes and actions are objectionable for their harmful effects on the groups they malign, of course, but we should never forget that they are fundamentally stupid because they are factually incorrect. Prejudice literally means passing judgement prior to possessing adequate information.»

«Moreover, ethnocentric groupthink went both ways in the Pacific war: Japan waged a war of conquest partially based on the country’s supposed racial and ethnic superiority over its neighbors. Mistaken Japanese hopes for long-term strategic success against America were grounded in ethnocentric contempt for the West

«… pockets of genius that all newly included demographics bring…»

Tweet from Carolina Forward (@ForwardCarolina)

Carolina Forward (@ForwardCarolina) Tweeted: In this state budget, right-wing lawmakers poured yet more money into school vouchers, despite the fact that most of those schools are teaching sheer nonsense. Your tax dollars are paying for religious indoctrination. That’s what “school choice” really means. #nced #ncpol https://twitter.com/ForwardCarolina/status/1468253941834072067?s=20

Fascists Are Weaponizing Twitter’s New ‘Private Media’ Rule

So, here’s a breathless article on how Twitter is allowing the far right to suppress info by gaming the new rule on not posting “private media”. And, my first thought is: why don’t these folks blog (or something)? Why are they making themselves dependent on Twitter?

And the answer, of course, is: they ARE blogging (or rather: they DO have their own website, and they’re not dependent on Twitter). Duh. Why would I think otherwise?

What’s stupid is allowing myself to be swayed by other stupid “news” articles like the one quoted below.

«Atlanta Antifascists, one of the more prominent anti-fascist accounts on Twitter, tweeted on Thursday it had been reported for exposing the identity of a “White Student Union” organizer. It added Twitter had locked them out of their account until they deleted the post.»

Source: Fascists Are Weaponizing Twitter’s New ‘Private Media’ Rule

And here’s the site: https://atlantaantifa.org/

(Let’s see if Twitter blocks me for this.)

How obituaries got a jolt of new life in the Internet era – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/media-advance-celebrity-obituaries/2021/11/16/36d9a79a-1596-11ec-b976-f4a43b740aeb_story.html

Good article. This just jumped out at me:

«After [Brittany] Murphy and [Michael] Jackson’s deaths in 2009, though, some obituary editors took a hard look at some younger superstars with chaotic lives. And when British pop diva Amy Winehouse died at age 27 in 2011 after a public struggle with addiction, The Washington Post had a prewritten obituary ready to publish.»

Also this:

«“I believe everyone has one good story in them,” said Kay Powell, a like-minded former obituaries editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, whose subjects included a woman who sang at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and a health department bureaucrat who introduced pasteurized milk to Georgia. “It’s up to us to find it and write it.”»