Author Archives: Ray

My Brother’s Hands

My brother’s hands move to my mind now in context of sorrow and strength: Showing me how the chess pieces move, the deft trigger-work of plier-strong fingers, Rough and calloused from labor, yet curiously slender and controlled, gentle, The bony back-of-the-hand veins prominent and running thickly into the knuckles, Intricate hands, brother, clean and complicated,…

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Frogs, Toads, & Bats

Frogs and toads and bats have had a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember. I love these beasties for their diversity, their versatility, their resilience, and for what they represent. Beginning about two years ago — for reasons which go far beyond that lovely ghoul-haunted month meaning “8th month,”…

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“Get Out You White Little Fucker!” Portland AntiFa Fights “Fascism” With Fascism, Mindlessness, Violence, And The Independent Mind Of The Herd

This should do a lot for Portland’s tourism industry, which the state of Oregon has sought to cultivate because tourism is good and healthy for economies, which, however, the Party of Science ultimately knows next to nothing about. (“We are the 99 percent.”) Yes, I’m afraid the evidence is overwhelming: the religion of the Left…

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Wild Asparagus

Flash fiction Sara had been with her partner Anna-Marie for quite some time — a slogging relationship which had long-since settled into routine — when one melancholy and rainy autumn morning, while sketching a still-life of wild asparagus, Sara realized, rather to her shock, that she’d grown bored and was unfulfilled. Their relationship had always…

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The Energy of Life, An Innate Impulse to Animation

Purchase, please. The next day broke breathless and raggedy for Dusty May, who on that breathless and raggedy day was initiated into the mysteries and intricacies of the dance and ballet. This was the day Dusty learned among other things that her straight legs and her limbs — which were long for her size —…

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A Manifesto For Misfits: Full Audiobook

CONTENTS 1.) To Hell with Swords and Garter 2.) How Good Do You Want to Be? 3.) It’s Not How Clever or Smart You ARE: It’s How Clever and Smart You WANT to Be 4.) Wickedly Cool 5.) Ten Authentic Signs of Intelligence that Cannot be Faked 6.) How to Penetrate People’s Brains as though…

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What Will Your Theme Be?

Own me. Chapter 47 In the room of toys and dolls, a ponderous panda sat with open arms on the polished wooden floor and stared lifelessly at Dusty with big button eyes the same color as her own. He had a pink tongue poking out a smiling mouth and was flanked on either side by…

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Agriculture: How Subsidies and Socialization Destroy Good Farming

Farm subsidies have never made any sense — and despite almost a century of entrenchment, this remains as true today as it ever was — and I will show you specifically how: how and why, I should say, the subsidization of agriculture devastates the vital, beautiful industry of farming and agriculture. My notions, first of…

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“How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism”

That title is in quotation marks because it’s the title of an actual piece, which recently appeared in the Atlantic Magazine. This piece is an interview with a sociologist named Margaret Hagerman, who sought to “recruit white affluent families as subjects for the research she was doing on race” — and this is for a…

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Universal Healthcare Truths and Myths

Often you will read or hear that except in America, healthcare in all developed countries around the world is recognized as the “basic human right” that it actually is, and this is why “America is the only civilized country in the world that doesn’t offer universal healthcare to its people.” You will often hear that…

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The Path of the Just is as a Shining Light which Shines More and More Unto the Perfect Day

This is a repost from some time ago — the most articulate and thoughtful and heartfelt review of this book that I ever received, from a wonderful person I’ve never met and with whom I barely communicated, and that was a long time ago: I finished reading Ray Harvey’s More and More unto the Perfect…

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Higher Education: Institutions of Staggering Debt and Indoctrination

Why is college so expensive? For the exact same reason that healthcare has become so expensive. Which is the same reason rents in San Francisco and Boulder have become so expensive. Economist Daniel Lin, professor of economics at American University, explains this basic and well-known principle, in three short minutes: Even worse than the monetary…

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Speaking of Corporations and Capitalism and Privilege

I recently wrote about some of this, and then just last night I read the following. Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren, in kicking off what many think will be her 2020 Presidential run, proposes what she calls — apparently without irony — the Accountable Capitalism Act. As actual legislation, it will go nowhere and it’s…

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Global Climate Action Summit

Tomorrow — Thursday September 13th, 2018 — Al Gore, Van Jones, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, and many more will fly in on fossil-fuel-powered jumbo-jets and ride in fossil-fuel-powered motor cavalcades to gather together in fossil-fuel-temperature-regulated rooms (rooms composed largely of fossil fuels and their by-products) to lecture us again on our…

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More (Proven) Climate Fraud at the New York Times

I recently wrote about the New York Times 31,000 word propaganda piece on climate — in which they failed to mention, among many other things, the over 1 billion people on planet earth who do not have access to power, as the New York Times indeed has (and couldn’t operate without) — and I don’t…

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