Wednesday, March 17, 2021

I had to come back for this one...


The Georgia spa killer isn't a racist, and he isn't a sex addict.  He's just another pathetic incel, getting revenge on the women who rejected him.

There certainly is racism involved, though.  At this moment, most of America is assuming that those dead Asian women who worked at those spas were prostitutes.  They weren't.  According to the local police chief, there never had been any complaints against the massage parlors where they worked.  They were killed because they wouldn't provide any sexual services.

It's still a hate crime, though — not racist, but misogynist.

Maybe I'm wrong -- but I'm not.

Saturday, March 13, 2021


After twelve years of shouting into the wind, I'm hitting the pause button. Maybe I'll start again, maybe not.  The wind is pretty noisy these days.

The commentariat has discovered Leon Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory, almost certainly with no help from me.  Festinger remains relevant, to be sure, but I think Anthony F. C. Wallace's classic 1956 monograph, Revitalization Movements, seems more to the point.  You can find the complete text here.

Thanks to those who have followed this blog.  I sincerely you have been amused from time to time.  Haven't had enough of me?  I have some fiction in print now, which you can find here and here.