The Supremes have really stepped in the doo doo. Seriously, those guys in robes hate women. They smirk and sneer their way through life and never never tell the truth, especially not to women. They set the tone, so that men can go on feeling comfortable about always putting themselves first and ignoring the needs of women when these are inconvenient to them. It infuriates me to see young women having to wade through all that shit again that we second wavers had managed to sweep away, or so we thought.
And of course workers in general can kiss their asses goodbye. That all started when Reagan was elected and has since gotten to the crisis point. If you can tip your hat to the millionaires and billionaires and express your gratitude to them for allowing you to make a living, well, aren't you lucky!
As always, when I get to the UW book store I go back, past the picture books, t-shirts and electronics, to the mostly bare shelves where some textbooks are still sold. I like knowing what students are reading in their classes. Here are the titles:
I added up what these titles would cost me as Kindle downloads and discovered that they were all available in electronic format. The cost would have been a little over $40.00. At the bookstore I paid $76.00 for the four books, and three of them were used.
No wonder that there isn't much on the bookstore shelves. If I were a student I certainly would not spend a lot of money on books I would have to lug around. Furthermore, any of the titles I got on download could be shared with all the people who had devices on my account, which would be three other people. And now I even prefer reading off my Kindle, because I can underline, type in notes, mark pages, look up unknown words, etc.
More on the recent Supreme decisions: The goal is to throw more women into a state of crisis. We can relive the drama of unwanted pregancies and psychos confronting women at health clinics. Conservatives are basically very bored people who like a little drama at the expense of unimportant people. They, of course, are keeping their hands clean! Their daughters, wives and mistresses get birth control and abortions, as needed. They start wars and send other people's kids off to fight them. They love the idea of struggle for other people. We owe them no loyalty whatsoever. Furthermore, they are, many of them, not even respectable, like that randy old goat George Will, who visited the Playboy Mansion and wrote a laudatory article about that obscenity, Hugh Hefner. Here he is saying that sexual assault victims are crybabies.
Maybe the Supremes can hand down a decision making sexual assault a victimless crime, since women aren't really people!
It seemed rather sad not to visit any blogger friends on this trip, so I figured out that we could go up to Lummi Island from Seattle and see Anne Gibert and her husband, Jerry. We are so glad we did. We got a good sense of life on their island on a Saturday: a market, a wine tasting, eating out at a restaurant on an outdoor veranda overlooking the water. It was a lovely day for strolling about the island with such good friends. And yet we have known each other for such a short time and have lived such long lives! This to me is one of the best things about blogging: the elective affinities discovered with people I would never have had a chance of meeting any other way. Maybe some day Anne and Jerry will come to visit our island. They like traveling to New Zealand, and we're on the way (sort of). Terry got this excellent photo of us.
We are returning to Hawaii on Tues. We'll be coming back end of July for a family reunion in Canada and a tour around Oregon, so should be able to meet up with friends old and new. I haven't called some people but will phone or e-mail when I return.
And tomorrow is my 75th birthday. As one of my coffee cups says, "Old but still alive. Not bad."
Kind of ignoring the cries of joy wherever World Cup fanatics gather. But I'm an old pooperoo and non-joiner and non-fan, as anyone who knows me could tell you. Terry is the same way. Just a couple of grumps, that's us!
Looking over some photos now and am posting some about the Juneau Museum and other matters. The treatment of the Japanese during WW II is one of the major disgraces perpetrated by our great country, but mainstream Americans then were all for removing those menacing farmers and shopkeepers from their midst. Even my parents, politically aware in many ways, hardly noticed this travesty. I can't imagine what Hilo would be like without the Japanese community! Maybe something like Juneau! It's also a place that is reachable only by boat or by plane!
The Juneau Museum preserves information and some art dedicated to the Japanese living there who were interned in Idaho. The saddest story is of a young man who was given a private high school graduation, because he had to leave for the camps before the official ceremony for his class. This museum has other exhibits of interest, concerning the Tlingit people, the gold rush and so on. It's a nice place to spend some time when the weather is cool and rainy. Conducive to melancholy, perhaps, but Juneau is a hard place. I'm sorry that these pix aren't better quality, but I did want to share them anyway. The web page on the museum site is pretty good, but I don't know whether it will stay up.
No explanation needed, I should think.
As a footnote, I was reminded that the site of Greenwood Park, a neighborhood park within walking distance of one of my daughter's house in Seattle, was once a greenhouse operation belonging to a Japanese family that was removed during the war. They returned and ran their business until 1999, when they got too old to manage it any more, so they sold it to the city. It's a lovely small park with playgrounds, a sandpit, benches, etc. and even a well tended community garden area.
Everyone knows about the internments, but they do not think that much about the great cost to individuals and communities of removing people this way. We need to be thinking about the consequences of shattering Mexican communities and families the way we are doing now.
We left the tourist area at the dock and walked up in the rain and drizzle to the new and very well appointed library in this town. And I have the use of this nice computer for an hour.
It was quite a climb up here but felt good after being confined on the ship, which was en route for more than a day from Skagway. When I get back to Seattle on Wednesday, I'll start putting up photos and a video we got of a "calving" glacier. The sight of the glacier, by itself, was worth the whole trip. There have been other delights as well, such as the White Pass Railway ride out of Skagway, of which more later-such a pretty ride it was!
An unexpected pleasure has been meeting people from Australia, New Zealand and England and enjoying dinnertime conversations with them. We also met a couple from Hong Kong who interested us a great deal. I'm hoping we will get a chance to talk with them again before the tour is over. The seminar cruises we have been on with the Nation Magazine were wonderful, but it is also fun to meet cruisers from so many places!
So many new things to learn here! I did not know that Juneau had a small but thriving and well thought of Japanese community whose members were interned in Idaho throughout the war. I got lots of photos of pix and art work that commemorate them.
It's difficult the track down information about the Tlingit Indians, since so much of their history is overlaid with tourist trash. I`ll have to read a book. There are a few artifacts around.
Recently I linked to an article about the changing ideas about foot care: let your nails grow longer and don't remove calluses. So now that I'm no longer a tenderfoot I can walk for hours without getting sore feet!
An added boon are these Keen sandals that I got at REI. I griped about the price of $100.00, but they are so worth it! Total foot comfort is mine!
Downtown Juneau is pretty, even in the rain,with wooded hills and little waterfalls behind it. The Volendam, our cruise ship, was built in Italy in 1999 and is still shipshape. The passengers are from everywhere but mostly Canadian, English and Australian. Crew comes from Indonesia, mostly, I think, and our cabin steward is from Bali. One crew member gets a laugh at mealtimes coming by with"sky juice," ie water."
Sanitation is big,with those handwashing liquid dispensers everywhere. For the first few meals only the crew can handle the food at the salad bar,etc. There is very little waste. No plastic dishes,etc. This means it's a labor intensive operation. In the absence of the Internet until right now in a cybecafe I've been reading novels and travel books from the ship's library.
First Nations are fighting a huge pipeline project that would carry tar sands oil from Edmonton to Kitimat Harbor in British Columbia. The oil would be shipped to China. First Nations believes they have a strong enough legal case to stop this. The risk of oil spills is too great. The tar sands themselves are a huge fiasco. It does not look as if the Keystone pipeline will be completed .
Speaking of fiascos, all the warmongers are hot to go into Iraq again and "finish the job." After you, gentlemen!
We will be boarding our cruise ship this afternoon. North to Alaska!