I was in a cult.

When I was 21, I took a year off college to join up with a missionary program I’d heard about through church. I thought it seemed fun–a year of classes, and a year in the field, assisting established ministries. Figured I’d use it as an opportunity to see the world. Long story short, I get there and it’s textbook fundamentalist brainwashing. The people running the … Continue reading I was in a cult.

Here’s some more Star Trek memes

From my page Trekker Things I posted a meme featuring Kirk and Spock in their Nazi uniforms from “Patterns of Force.” They were standing in front of an Applebee’s and saying something about how they hoped they’d gotten the clothes right for the time period. Anyway, Facebook identified it as Nazi propaganda and deleted it, so I posted this: And here’s the rest of the … Continue reading Here’s some more Star Trek memes

Twitter is run by boomers

Twitters hamfisted hate speech detector strikes again! If you think about it, though, a lot of living, breathing human beings have broken sarcasm detectors, too. Simply using the word “nazi,” for example, makes stupid people’s little Christmas tree lights that pass for their brains flicker. Me: “Nazis existed.” You: “You said Nazis! Hate speech!!!!! You are a Nazi and now I am one for saying … Continue reading Twitter is run by boomers


It’s not as easy to hate someone when you realize that the object of your derision isn’t a one-note caricature, but a complex, multi-faceted human being just like you. That’s all I was trying to say with yesterday’s posts about empathy. That’s why propaganda during times of war sets out to dehumanize the enemy. It’s harder to pull the trigger when your target is a … Continue reading Smallitics

A lesson in empathy Vol. 4

Imagine that you’re dirt poor. You don’t have shit. You feel downtrodden and disenfranchised. Nobody is speaking for you. Everyone’s out to get you. And yet they tell you that you’re “privileged” because you’re white. Nobody tells you what that phrase actually means, so you take it at face value because the only explanation you get is screeched insults from androgynous weirdos with blue hair … Continue reading A lesson in empathy Vol. 4