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The Hardy Girls – Luke Hauser’s Latest!

Direct Action author Luke Hauser, writing under as Dixie W. Franklin, has released Volume 1 of The Hardy Girls Mystery Series”

The Mystery of Rafferty’s Farm

Join Francesca and Josephine Hardy as they set out to solve their first mystery!

Frank and Joe Hardy, former teen detectives, have been retired since their youthful sleuthing wiped out all crime in Bayport. But now a new generation of criminal is back – and it’s up the the Hardy Girls to crack the case, while avoiding parental scrutiny and staying one step ahead of bumbling police chief Oscar Smuff.

The Hardy Girls’ mystery series walks that fine line between fan fiction, social satire, and a rip-roaring kids’ chapter book.

Available in print, downloadable book-formatted PDF, or read online.

Visit their new website: hardygirls01.wordpress.com

activism, Culture, Satires

Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?

Underwear Ads & Maternal Concerns

Am I the only one that gets these bright, cheery underwear ads on the home page of my favorite pop-news website? Little pictures of the midsections of svelte young models wearing tight, colorful briefs.

DA-Blog-Undies03-boxersThe JPGs alternate in what old-school binarists would label a male/female pattern, which bothered me at first. But in my experience there are no hard and fast boundaries about who wears what undies, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that count.

But I had to wonder – why do I get underwear ads, period, when I’ve never ordered underwear online? Continue reading “Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?”

activism, Immigration

The Least of These

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“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40

I grew up in the Protestant church (UCC/Presbyterian). I worked at Presbyterian youth camps as a young adult. I even attended a Presbyterian seminary with the idea of being a youth or social worker.

In the end, I had to admit my utter and complete lack of belief in God was an impediment to an effective and fulfilling career.

More than that – I didn’t want to be associated with, or to in any way promote, what the public face of Christianity was becoming in those years – an Evangelical wasteland that denies critical thought in favor of groveling before a supreme Lord whose only concern is whether you believe Christ is your personal savior.

But I’ve always found Jesus of Nazareth – the human, not the putative deity – to have interesting things to say.

“Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you.” Maybe I can’t LIVE that, but it’s challenging just the same.

The Least of These

During the 2018 immigration crisis (a crisis of heart, not of law), I’m reminded that I am an immigrant – I immigrated from a racist, homophobic hellhole in the lower Midwest to the marginally more enlightened coast. Thank God for that!

I’m also reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

And its partner in 25:45: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

That seems pretty straightforward, if you ask me.

Add to that the nearby words from 25:41: “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” – and I’d be a bit concerned about how I treat “the least of these.”

It certainly makes me examine my own life, even if I don’t believe in a final judgment.

I’ve seen some comments from conservatives saying in effect, “When Jesus said that, he didn’t mean illegal immigrants!”

To which I answer: “I hope you plan to die at the same moment as your lawyer – because you’re going to need him when you get to the pearly gates.”

Judge Not?

I also recall Jesus’ words: “Judge not, that you not be judged.”

My answer: “Thanks for the warning – I’ll take the risk!”

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Culture, Economics, Resources & Downloads

Marx’ Capital – New Audio Version

Capital Volume I: A Critique of Political Economy

by Karl Marx | Read by Derek Le Page

Audio Recording Via Audible

Capital is one of the half-dozen most important economic texts of the past 200 years – and perhaps the most readable. Volume One contains the key material. How great to settle into a good reading.

Marx takes the labor theory of value as developed by Adam Smith and others and shows its implications for workers, managers, and owners – a worthy goal, and critical reading for anyone interested in economics regardless of your outlook.

No, Marx can’t “prove” that labor is the basis of all economic value. That’s because you Continue reading “Marx’ Capital – New Audio Version”

Culture, Resources & Downloads, Satires

Funky Nixons – Now Streaming!

Berkeley’s finest all-weather activist ensemble, the infamous Funky Nixons, are now streaming online at all sites.

The band, known locally as The House Band of Peoples Park, features a bend of rock, rap, and country, and provides expert commentary on the burning issues of our time.

Listen free on Youtube | Spotify

Free downloads of mp3 files also available.

Click here for more info and links.

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Culture, Satires

Eat4U – New Restaurant Sensation!

Move to San Francisco to be near all of the great restaurants, and never have time to dine out?

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Tired of eating GrubHub’s warmed over versions of yesterday’s leftovers?

Too lazy to order Hello Plastic and cook a shrink-wrapped meal for yourself?

You need Eat 4 U!

Eat 4 U – the amazing new restaurant service that let’s you, the customer, take charge of dining out!

You choose the restaurant. You choose the menu items. You even choose Continue reading “Eat4U – New Restaurant Sensation!”