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  • No Justice, No Peace

    Jason Bean / Reno-Gazette Journal Why is anyone surprised there is violence? Our government is genocidal. Meat-packing plants that do not protect their poor and POC workforce from a deadly virus are required to stay open while billionaires are not required to do anything. Why aren't hotels requisitioned for the homeless? Instead, they're put in…
  • Yellow flyer with people in the background.

    “One is not born, but becomes, Yellow Vest”

    Zigzag.  Out with the old, in with the new.  We're not quite sure where we're going.  But we know what we want to leave: 'flexible' workplaces where people don't matter; universities more like biological processes than forums for deliberation and debate; institutions that thrive by making  others precarious, isolated, displaced and hungry.  Without knowing the shape…
  • Change Accomplished

    History rolled into the neighborhood this weekend.  I wish the Garat/Humphrey House had stayed in its general original location and been part of a historical gateway to UNR.  But if that was not to be permitted, at least the lovely building was given a new home and not demolished.  Welcome to the neighborhood!
  • Changing Places

      Good-bye to this craftsman style, Chinese influenced, UNR gateway area house, neatly set up to move to another neighborhood, Reno’s Old Southwest.  The university is putting a massive new Business Building in the house’s place.     Porthole windows and Chinese detail grace the building.  But a piece is missing!     In pieces,…

  • Another Round of Neo-Nazi Flyers in Reno

    Another round of flyers in Reno from the local subgroup of the anti-Jewish, racist and homophobic organization, Daily Stormer.   Every national Stormer flyer campaign has included flyers in Reno.  It is not hit-or-miss.  It's every one.   Will they be in your neighborhood next?  Will the Nazis be in your neighborhood next?  
  • Change, Rolling Around Town

    In old neighborhoods, we use the past to imagine a future. It's not quite the same when material history rolls around town.  Here's a strong old house--once a paragon of stability.  Is it about to be wheeled off?  Or has it just been wheeled in?  Is it coming?  Or going?     It looks lonely.…
  • Neo-Nazi leaflets in Reno again

    Daily Stormer, a nationally prominent neo-Nazi organization, has an active subgroup in Reno, Nevada, formed (according to entries on Gab) about a year ago.  Subgroups are called Stormer Book Clubs.  The local Reno group has leafleted Reno as part of two prior national leafleting campaigns organized by the national organization.  Local residents are aware of…
  • Photo of Belleville poster: 'We do not remain passive!'

    That’s how it is in Paris

    My photographic style is a response to what I see in France. I have visited Paris every year since 2015. What photographer would not want to capture the elegance of even the smallest details there?  Here's an architectural detail I saw in 2016 on a walk back to my Belleville apartment from a look at…
  • UNKNOWN LOCATION, DC - FEBRUARY 17: Marvel Comics Publisher, Stan Lee, poses with a book of "Spider Man" comics which he created along with comics on the "Hulk" and others. Photo from Washington Post Archive scanned on 2/17/2009. (Photo by Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    No Demigods, No Glory: An Old-New Twist on the Superhero Genre

    I didn't start this blog to comment on the daily news.   I started it as a place to reflect on and witness our zigzag toward the future.  The zig is the gradual dismantling of the liberal state.  The zag is the reaction against that.   Think of the continuing decline in government supported social…
  • Did you know that UNR is a Koch brothers core campus?

      Neither did I.  And there lies a tale.   Reeling from the Kavanaugh controversy, and after a packed day teaching and talking to students, I drove up the hill to Archie's, a bright, friendly sports bar near the university where the burgers are good, the staff friendly and accommodating, and the view of the…