It's Friday the 13th. Unlucky? In these times, it doesn't seem any more unlucky than any other day.
Just One Thing
In the face of oppression—whether that is in the form of a judicial or governmental abridgments of rights, or in the bombs and bullets raining on sisters and brothers in the Ukraine, in Myanmar, or elsewhere—we awaken in wise action. There is no enlightenment. There is only enlightened activity.
Hozan Alan Senauke Roshi
Abbot, Berkeley Zen Center
Lucky and Unlucky Links...
- The case against the Supreme Court of the United States (Vox)
“The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy, and is now one of the chief architects of America’s democratic decline.”
- America’s Abortion Quandary (Pew Research)
“A majority of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, but many are open to restrictions; many opponents of legal abortion say it should be legal in some circumstances”
- If We Want the Supreme Court to Stop Legislating, We Need Real Legislators to Do Their Jobs (Current Affairs)
- Marin and Niinistö say Finland should take steps needed to apply for Nato membership within a few days (Helsinki Times)
- What Would Finland Bring to the Table for NATO? (War on the Rocks)
- Utilities push back against growth of rooftop solar panels (NBC News)
- Texas Soldiers Are Unionizing After Facing Attacks by a Right-Wing Governor (Jacobin)
“In Texas, National Guard members faced painful cuts and absurd assignments by Republican governor Greg Abbott. So they did what many exploited workers before them have done: they organized a union.”
(Yes, soldiers can unionize. And they can strike.)
- Privileged people misjudge effects of pro-equality policies on them (New Scientist)
“People from societally advantaged groups think equality-promoting policies will affect them negatively, even if they would actually benefit”
- On the Ground with Etsy Sellers on Strike (AIGA Eye on Design)
- Humanity’s broken risk perception is reversing global progress in a ‘spiral of self-destruction’ (UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)
- The “Dark Yellow Problem” in Design System Color Palettes (Lodestar Design)
- The Sheer, Unbridled Joy of Star Wars: A New Hope (Tor.com)
I just missed this for May the Fourth, but this 2015 essay gets at the heart, I think, of my love for Star Wars.
- "The Midnight Blast" - my collection of crypto-skeptic predictions come true.