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Most of these entries link to my Medium publication, but some link to my writing elsewhere. I don’t put my writing behind the Medium paywall because I want it to be accessible to everyone, this means Medium doesn’t pay me to write anything. I you enjoyed my writing, for it helpful, or just want to make my day, please consider supporting my work

 Come, Let's Build a World Together

Please, sit down with me. Gather round and form a circle. If there are too many people, form another circular row behind the first. Leave yourself some space to be comfortable. Get cozy. Yes. You are reading and this is just a gathering in our respective minds. Feel free to include as many or as few people in this gathering as you would like. Center If you’re comfortable with it, please close your eyes while we do a little settling in.

 Star Trek or US Space Force?

Since this administration unfurled the new official emblem for the Space Force. Many people, including actors from Star Trek, have raised issues with how similar it looks to the Starfleet Command logo. It turns out it’s no accident that this has happened, but not for the reasons you probably think. When Star Trek came on the air in the 60s, there was already a long legacy of the Air Force using similar logos and seals going back to at least 1935. Star Trek has borrowed from real life on numerous occasions, from riffing off the UN for the United Federation of planets in Star Trek The Motion Picture from 1979 to the mirror universe Terran Empire emblem.

 Coronavirus SARS-CoV2: 03/17/2020

COVID-19 symptoms can be distinguished from flu symptoms by one main factor: It does not cause a runny nose. That being said, one can still have a runny nose if one is infected with multiple viruses (Wu et al.). The other give away is developing a dry cough. The other symptoms in order of severity are: Fever, Dry Cough, Fatigue, Sputum production (that’s thick mucus in the lungs), Shortness of breath, Muscle pain/joint pain, Sore Throat, Headache, Chills. Less common symptoms are: Nausea/vomiting, Nasal congestion, Diarrhea. Symptoms typically start with fever then progress to a dry cough.

 A History of Amazon Deforestation

The problem with Brazil doing any settler-colonizer style agriculture is they have just the smallest bit of suitable land. They have just the smallest bit of natural prairie at the south side of the country. It’s only in the State of Rio Grande do Sol. That same prairie bioregion extends down into Uruguay and Buenos Aires, but it’s absolutely tiny in Brazil (Overbeck et al., 2008). So what’s Brazil to do? The grileiros (from grilos, locusts) come to plague the land. They tear down existing biospheres. They steal land and kill Indigenous people. (Butler, 2011), (Arsenault & Mendes, 2017), (Zaitchik, 2019)

 Root Beer’s Indigenous Roots

Root beer is now a ubiquitous soft drink in America, but it’s modern form is nothing like the original teas brewed by Indigenous peoples on the American continent. It’s loaded with sugar. It’s made with artificial flavoring. It’s much less of a medicine than it originally was made to be.

 The Origin of Concentration Camps

Concentration camps or internment camps are any mass imprisonment of people without charges, typically of citizens of an enemy or anyone suspected of terrorism. Often times, these camps are not called concentration camps or interment camps, as the intention at first may vary. No matter the original intent, concentration camps or interment camps always seem to evolve into situations where death reigns.

 Help! I’m Being Stalked by Robots!

Facebook and Twitter already know every link you click on and everything you’ve liked and every person you’ve even interacted with on their platform. However, their reach doesn’t stop there. Every time you visit a web page which uses an advertising platform as a partner (which might include Twitter, Facebook, or a number of others), those companies are informed of exactly which pages you visited on the Internet. They know which blogs you frequent, what news articles you read, and the items you might have considered buying. They may even know what sex toys you’ve been thinking of buying from the supposed comfort and privacy of your own bed.

 Martin Luther King Jr. Stares Towards the 16th Street Baptist Church

I met MLKJ’s statue in Birmingham, AL. He’s on a platform, standing tall and regal. He’s looking across the way past the statues of the four little girls frozen in time, where they likely used to play on the street corner, towards the church where those four girls were killed by a group of racists who planted a bomb intended for organizers at the church.