Monday, January 20, 2014

The problem with intersectionality--a graphic illustration

It seems that the hip word on the left today is intersectionality.  I think it is a problematic concept.  It is a long word and not in common usage.  I am doubtful that  it leads to clear thinking or good strategies.  It seems to me that it is a progressive version of
"proactive" or "think outside the box." (perhaps the most inside the box phrase of recent decades.  I think is less useful than "coalition" or "alliance."

Intersection has, I think, two meanings that commonly spring to mind. Neither makes this a useful term.  First, when two streets come together. Second, in mathematical set theory-- an intersection is the set of items that have both characteristic A and characteristic B. I don't think either helps to make "intersecrionality" a politically useful term.

Here are sets A and B.

And, here is the intersection of A and B. Those items that are members of both A and B.

In contrast, in a set theory, the union of A and B contains all items that are a member of A or B.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wichita Panel on Climate Change

A rabbi, a General, a scientist, and a farmer walk into a church...and educate about climtate change.

Here are videos from the Panel Discussion: Climate Change and Its Local, Regional and International Implications" held on October 13th 2013 at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. The event was sponsored by Southwind Group of Kansas Sierra Club and Kansas Interfaith Power & Light and moderated by Judy Burgess of the Southwind Group of the Kansas Sierra Club.

At once one of the most talked-about, yet misunderstood, issues in American life, climate change is already having some signifi-cant impacts—here in Kansas, regionally, and around the world. This panel discussion is intended to bring good, fact-based infor-mation about how climate change is affecting us now, and how it will continue to affect our lives and our society in the future. Speakers on the panel hold expertise in their subject areas and are well-qualified to address questions of “What are the facts?”, “What can we do about it?” and “Where do we go from here?”

Rabbi Moti Rieber, Director of Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, on the faith and moral implications of climate change.

Brig. Gen. (ret'd) W. Christopher King, of Staff and General College at Ft. Leavenworth, on the national security implications of global climate change

 Dr. Johannes Feddema, Chair of the Geography Department at the University of Kansas, on the science of climate change.

Donn Teske, Executive Director of Kansas Farmers Union, on the implications for Kansas agriculture and rural life.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Drawing

Here's a drawing I did recently.