What news media and “Lost Cause” flag bearers call the “Confederate” flag is a mid-20th century creation based on the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

The neo-Confederate flag bandied about today is the chosen symbol of segregationists, White supremacists, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as well as many Donald Trump devotees. Its mid-20th century design is based on a battle flag used by the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV), “an army raised to kill in defense of slavery.”

That’s not what I learned while growing up in southwest Georgia in the second half of the 20th century. The neo-Confederate flag was plastered across the back of pickup trucks punctuated with prominent rifle racks. It showed up at high school sporting events. …


Interoperability: it’s time for Facebook network users to be able to choose how we access our content

Imagine a world where people with AT&T telephones could talk only with people who had AT&T phones. Where a Ford car could “fill up” only at a 76 station whereas a Toyota could “fill up” only at a Shell station. Where if your email account was at Gmail you couldn’t send mail to someone on Outlook.

That’s the world of Facebook, the world’s largest digital network with 3.14 billion people actively using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger each month. Customers must use the Facebook applications or website to access other member photos, videos and words. …


Gordon Sondland, the “Oregon” millionaire, advisor to Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski in the early 2000s and center-stage in current impeachment proceedings … is registered to vote in no-income-tax Washington state.

In 1988, Sondland bought the Benson Hotel in Portland. He owns a home in Oregon (which is where he raised his two kids with Katy Durant) and registers his cars in Oregon. He’s an active member of the Jewish community in Portland. He was chairman of the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television, serving on the board for 13 years.

So the first time that I saw the claim…


We’re inundated with headlines trumpeting the latest abortion ban. Opening paragraphs describe bans that kick in after detecting a fetal “heartbeat” about four weeks after conception.*

That’s ‘pregnant enough to stay pregnant’ according to male-dominated legislatures in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio. Doctors, however, advise women to wait twice that long to tell others they are pregnant due to miscarriage risk.

In news reports, journalists have been parroting one of the more emotional triggers used by vocal opponents of abortion: heartbeat.

What is the image in your mind when you when you read or hear “heart” or “heartbeat”?

I bet…


Paul Silva, Flickr

The version of Eric Garner’s death that New York City Police Officer Justin D’Amico told publicly for the first time this week fell apart under cross-examination.

D’Amico was the senior officer that fateful day in July 2014 when Daniel Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in the chokehold that ended his life. The medical examiner ruled that Garner’s death was a “homicide caused by the officer’s use of force.”

The independent Civilian Complaint Review Board has charged Pantaleo with reckless use of a chokehold and intentional restriction of breathing in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. This “disciplinary process plays out like…


Google search teaser

On Wednesday afternoon, a man went on a shooting spree in a Seattle neighborhood, killing two people and seriously injuring several others, including a Metro bus driver.

Initial news stories identified him ONLY as a man.

No name. No description. No photos.

That’s a pretty good clue that the perp is white because if the accused is a person of color, that’s almost always in the story. In “White Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry” researchers William Mingus and Bradley Zopf (2010) explain:

White males who kill multiple people in schools, movie theaters, malls, and other places are typically…


RBG, screen capture from movie website.

Watching the documentary RBG was not the experience I anticipated. Yes, the movie showed me things that I did not know. But my biggest takeway was personal: it changed how I see my mother’s life.

Ellen Janette Dollar Gill was born in 1921, the second daughter in a family of eight siblings. Momma grew up on a southwest Georgia farm, on the outskirts of Bainbridge, that they managed to not lose in the Depression. Her mother was a school teacher, a college graduate.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, was younger, born in…


The Women’s March should collaborate with and support student-led efforts not pre-empt them.

… maybe the adults have gotten used to saying ‘it is what it is,’ but if [we] students have learned anything, it’s that if you don’t study, you will fail. And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it’s time to start doing something. ~ Emma Gonzales, 17 February 2018

Emma Gonzales was eloquent while expressing frustration with elected leaders whose response to mass shootings has been “only thoughts and prayers.” …


Reflection on 30 days of writing and 4.5 months of living with the knowledge that cancer cells share my body. My personal #NaNoWriMo, a month early.

The past 4.5 months have both zoomed by like a Ducati on the racetrack and crawled like I-5 at 5 pm when there’s a week night Mariners or Seahawks game.

This exercise — write a post a day for a month — has grounded me in the reality that is breast cancer in ways I did not imagine when I got a wild hair and decided to do this. …


Sixteen years ago, Mike woke me to tell me about the towers. My mind jumped immediately to my best friend from high school, Rebecca, who worked on Wall Street.

But once we got past the initial shock, and knew she was OK, our minds shifted. To me. And the reason I was still in bed when Mike came home to tell me about the towers. On 9/12, we would drive into Seattle for my complete hysterectomy.

Life felt so crazy, however, that I called Virginia Mason to make sure my surgery would go ahead as planned. Because I had to…

Kathy E Gill

Digital media educator, writer, speaker; sometimes public policy journalist; transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles. #rabblerouser #pushy

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