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[sticky post] On the use of tags in my journal:

The social media scene has shifted as of late, and as more and more of my online friends have left for other platforms, I've found myself using Livejournal less for blogging, and more as a vehicle for participation in communities, as well as a repository for the cross-posting from my Twitter account.

That's created the consequence of scores of Twitter posts appearing in my journal over the last several years. The sheer number of posts has sometimes made it harder to find the other content of my Livejournal any time I (or anyone else) might have wanted to go back and look for something.

I'm going to remedy this by adding an "actual content" tag to posts that were not auto-generated by Twitter. While I will still be using other tags to specifically denote political posts, rambling thoughts, or posts about music, anything I wrote myself, here, will also have that "actual content" tag for easier searching.

I'll be going through an adding that tag to every Livejournal post I've ever made. I'll be working in reverse order, slowly, over the next few weeks. Once it's fully applied throughout all of my previous posts, I'll edit this post to reflect that. So far, I've only gotten back to 2012.

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  • Sun, 15:08: RT @kerihw: hamlet: what a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties rosencrantz: not all men

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  • Wed, 16:36: RT @tauriqmoosa: Don't put effort into boring, unhelpful #NotAllMen activities aimed at feminists; put your effort into "All men must do be…
  • Wed, 16:36: RT @tauriqmoosa: #MenAreViolent is most laughable Not All Men I've ever seen. As if those of who us who support feminism never loved or are…
  • Wed, 16:36: RT @tauriqmoosa: If you feel it necessary to remind the whole world an entire gender isn't violent, good luck to you. I'd rather entire gen…
  • Wed, 16:36: RT @tauriqmoosa: You could spend time telling women not every man is bad; or, maybe, you could spend time fighting culture that so often en…

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  • Mon, 17:29: RT @maureenjohnson: I don't want to make you paranoid but what if @potus follows you on a whim and the first thing he sees is that thing yo…
  • Mon, 18:52: Want to write a piece about how "negativity effect" intersects with political approvals. Keep getting distracted by my fiction characters.
  • Mon, 18:55: Me: "I'm almost done writing this book." My characters: "HAHAHA no wouldn't it be more fun to rewrite the whole thing from scratch now?"

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I often peruse sites that highlight some of the more laughable statements and positions of the lunatic fringe on both sides of the political aisle. These stories are good at stoking righteous outrage, but it's important to remember that they usually do not represent the average member of any political party.

I might laugh about Republican candidates saying outrageously awful things, but I try not to make the mistake of assigning those awful opinions to all Republicans.

The same goes for the anti-science left, the anti-First Amendment Dominionists, the anti-feminist atheists. For me to say: "see how dangerous Democrats/Christians/Atheists are" would be disingenuous.

I'm not attempting to play "No True Scotsman" here. I'm not saying that the members of the lunatic fringe are not "true" Republicans/Democrats/Christians/Atheists; but neither are they ALL Republicans/Democrats/Christians/Atheists, and to tar with a broad brush is just as intellectually lazy as trying to sweep the bad elements under a rug. It's not fair to judge my Christian friends by the example of the Westboro Baptist Church, but it's dishonest for someone to say "The Westboro Baptist Church aren't Christians" in a knee-jerk defensive attempt to shield oneself from criticism, especially when the criticism isn't even about that person. It's a sad fact that the "lunatic fringe" exists in all groups, even those to which I am a member, and its existence says nothing about the value, virtue, or lack thereof, of any of those groups. There are horrible Democrats, and horrible atheists. It would be dishonest of me to say that those horrible people are not Democrats, or not atheists. Neither, however, should I accept that their behavior tarnishes all Democrats, or all atheists. What I can do is to denounce their behavior, and be a better Democrat, a better atheist myself.

I think we all understand this. The problem is when the views of the lunatic fringe become part of the mainstream discourse. This is something we've discussed before, on multiple occasions, but which must be discussed again...

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Riots in Baltimore

Originally a comment elsewhere, but it deserves to be expanded into its own post.

I understand why people are dismayed and outraged at what's going on in Baltimore: the rioting, the violence, the theft, the destruction. These are uncomfortable things to be confronted with. They offend our sensibilities. And we've always been taught that violence is counter-productive. That we should rise-above violence, bring about change by example, through peaceful resistance (like, for example, Martin Luther King.)

While I agree with that to an extent, we also need to be honest about history.

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