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Where you can donate to support anti-racist efforts in the US right now

Donation suggestions related to the current U.S. protests against police brutality.Minnesota Freedom Fund ( minnesotafreedomfund.org) pays bail. They want you to know that (1) they don't have a Venmo, so don't donate to them through Venmo because any such request is a scam (2) actually, don't donate to them at all right now because they're overwhelmed with donations and they would like you to donate elsewhere.Minnesota Freedom Fund, an organization that many people have been donating to, has received a flood of support lately, which is awesome! Due to this, they are asking that future donations move to these orgs, threaded below:— Keys🏳️‍🌈 (@keyrodi) May 29, 2020North Star Health Collective (medics) https://t.co/UtVkJ7Yywf— Keys🏳️‍🌈 (@keyrodi) May 29, 2020Black Visions Collective https://t.co/D34T0c1Kzt— Keys🏳️‍🌈 (@keyrodi) May 29, 2020Reclaim The Block https://t.co/BeZ6iecxNt— Keys🏳️‍🌈 (@keyrodi) May 29, 2020Minnesota Freedom Fund also recommended the "Of…

Van Jones: We are called to 'a personal and spiritual accounting'

"It is too late to be innocent."This is Van Jones explaining things on CNN on May 29, 2020. Jones worked in the Obama administration and is now a political commentator and civil rights activist. (The man who appears on the right later in the video clip, but who isn't shown speaking, is W. Kamau Bell, a stand-up comic and political activist.) The subject matter is the protests against police brutality in the United States in late May 2020.I encourage everyone (especially white people) to play this video and listen to Van Jones directly. The video is not captioned, so, for those who are hard of hearing, as well as for those who need a little context to understand where Jones is coming from, here's my paraphrase:Why are people risking their lives to protest? and during a pandemic? Answer: Because they're tired of hearing that the normal legislative process is going to show up to protect their rights, that there is hope for bipartisan support, or that their own words …

A few quotes on solitude

"We ruin our trips by a fateful habit of taking ourselves along on them. There’s a tragi-comic irony at work: the vast labour of getting ourselves physically to a place won’t necessarily get us any closer to the essence of what we seek."
“On Confinement.” The Book of Life. Accessed March 23, 2020."People who cannot bear to be alone are generally the worst company."
— Albert Guinon"...self-respect is often found to exist in inverse proportion to public status. It has learned to pass nights alone. It does not seek approval because it knows that estimation has nothing to do with achievement."
— Will Eaves. Murmur. Bellevue, 2019."The most profound relationship we'll ever have is the one with ourselves."
— Shirley MacLaine, quoted in HuffingtonPost.com, quoted in The Week, Sept. 27, 2013. p. 17."The very solitude of their lives as hermits led the Desert Fathers to discover that we are like others not in our virtues and strengths, but prec…

The eunuch in Russell Hoban's 'Pilgermann' (1983)

Some highlights of the eunuch narrator in Russell Hoban's Pilgermann (originally 1983). The novel presents as a stream-of-consciousness dream experience across time and beyond mortality. To the extent that this can be said to have a "plot," there are spoilers.Pilgermann is a German Jew who, having transcended his human existence, has become "waves and particles" and may choose to "turn up as an owl." He is narrating from some far-off spot in history. He most vividly remembers the early morning of July 31, 1096 C.E., which was the Jewish holiday of Tisha b'Av. He is not especially religious but does go to synagogue on occasion. He remembers nothing of his profession — "I think I may have been a tailor or a surgeon or something of that sort" — but he remembers lusting after a woman who he sees through her upper-floor bedroom window.She happens to be married to a tax-collector who leads the town's militia. Of him, Pilgermann remarks, &q…