A graphic of Trump’s face on the left and Biden’s face on the right with a background of coronavirus.
A graphic of Trump’s face on the left and Biden’s face on the right with a background of coronavirus.
Image used in a November 2020 USA Today article comparing candidate’s pandemic plans titled “Comparing Trump’s and Biden’s plans to end the COVID-19 pandemic

As we begin Year Two of the pandemic, why are we continuing to use a failed pandemic strategy when we know it doesn’t work?

Looking back at the first month of Joe Biden‘s pandemic response, I recently realized that although he taking more action than Trump, making important changes at the federal level, and talking about listening to science, underneath all of this Biden is actually still using Trump’s failed pandemic strategy. Biden is still using a “suppression” strategy to address the pandemic.

But there is another strategy he could be using: “elimination.” This is also known as a No COVID or Zero COVID strategy, but don’t let that name confuse you, it’s not a fantasy about eradicating the virus. …


Planet Soul

One of the most amazing things about outer space is that we’re already there

A photo of the blue Oregon summer sky with some stars.
A photo of the blue Oregon summer sky with some stars.
Summer, Eastern Oregon. Photo courtesy of the author.

Do you think about space as someplace out there?As something in the future, somewhere you will never go? One of the most amazing things about outer space is that we’re already there. In this guided meditation, I’d like to invite you to experience the interconnections of your everyday life with outer space, the interbeing of our lives in the cosmos.

You might want to start by getting comfortable, in a chair or on a cushion, anywhere you won’t be disturbed. You can sit in a meditation position with your back upright and shoulders relaxed, scanning through your body and…


In this guided meditation, I invite you to experience the interconnections of your everyday life with outer space, the interbeing of our lives in the cosmos.

Also see the written version “A Guided Meditation for Connecting to the Cosmos” in the publication .

Audio and Video version of Cosmic Interbeing (25' Guided Meditation)

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So you want to stop Trump. We all do. Consider starting by taking down the walls that we’ve built between ourselves and our potential allies by blocking so many people on social media.

We know that to stop Trump we have to build a coalition of primary voters, and also a mass movement to win the general election campaign. But how many people did you block in 2016, and the years since? How many Bernie supporters have you blocked? Clinton supporters, Green Party voters, or people who didn’t vote at all? …


Our meditation practice at Occupy Wall Street, October 2011.

The first time I remember being politically angry was in high school. As I’ve thought about all my activism since I realize that when it comes to social justice issues I’ve been angry ever since. But the last few years all I see are people fighting on social media all day, yelling at each other, blocking each other, cancelling each other, trying to ruin each other, even when they’re allies. And this anger isn’t achieving our goals. But what is the alternative?

In high school in the 90s, a right-wing group called the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance (OCA) tried to pass…


A list of space, futures, and tech related papers, panels, and roundtables, at the joint meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Anthropological Assocation (AAA), in Vancouver BC, 20–24 Nov., 2019. This list leans toward space, futures, and science fiction with some tech. Samuel Collins published a list of futures and sci-fi oriented panels, those are included here. See his post for an analysis of keywords and more.

November 20th

PAPER: When Ground is Not Earth and Earth is not Ground

(David Valentine, in panel “Anthropologies of Ground” ): “Ground” is an earthly phenomenon, whether as a metaphor for seriousness or rootedness…


The data privacy discussion is missing a key factor. There is no need for data privacy, except under capitalism.

Capitalism maintains the illusion there isn’t enough to go around. This illusion of scarcity ensures some people have a lot but most have very little. The illusion of scarcity makes it seem necessary to organize people into hierarchies, some more deserving, some less. Under capitalism, these hierarchies make certain that some have power but most don’t.

In this capitalist system of artificial scarcity and hierarchies we all produce, collect, and track many kinds of data. Your home address, workplace, telephone number…


History matters when explaining why we should fund NASA’s science. A junk tent with broken exhibits doesn’t tell that story.

If you ever need a NASA logo pattern to cross-stitch you could use this old mat outside the NASA Ames Visitor Center. Wiping your feet on this logo is a good representation of what the visitor center does to NASA.

If you’ve never been to the NASA Ames Visitor Center you might imagine a state of the art museum showcasing NASA’s achievements — from planetary and earth science, to astronomy, astrobiology and groundbreaking space exploration. But if you were expecting a state of the art museum or visitor center you’d be mistaken. In fact, the NASA Ames Visitor Center is a sad sort of tent/warehouse in the middle of a parking lot.


H.Res.109 — Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

Sun Over Earth (NASA, International Space Station, 07/21/03)

Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that —

(1) it is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal —

(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;

(B) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;

(C )to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the…


The way anthropologists write and speak to each other about our work is a lot like memes.

By I mean those bits of text and image used across online social media to enframe an editorial position within a standardized, familiar, and accepted mode of performing one’s “take” — often a hot take. As in “what’s your take on that?” — and “here’s my take.”

Memes in social media range from simple abbreviated or initialized phrases like “TFW” (meaning “that feeling when”) or the recent “Infinity War crossover meme” to complex image-based memes filled with pop and sub cultural references…

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