Good (Encouraging) Stuff

I hear you. I get that in small Texas towns, and even in medium-sized Texas towns, here and now.

I am still willing to believe that Kurt Andersen is working on a project worthy of support. Bless his heart.

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Is he white? Did he have visible signs of not being a Trump supporter? Do I believe that all people in Appalachia are bigoted assholes who will go after outsiders in some manner? No, but enough will to be a problem, especially now.

I also feel like I need to remind people about Yugoslavia, and how it was not the whole entire country who were engaged in the ultra-nationalist politics, but just a enough were to make it possible to break up the country in a violent manner and turn neighbor against neighbor for being the “wrong” ethnicity or religion. So, I don’t think it needs to be a vast swath of people in that region, but just enough who are radicalized enough to take action.

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Downthread of that tweet, this:

… so your question(s) is/are apt.

Yeah, I too have been thinking about the balkanization of the U.S.

What trajectory are we on?
Will a vocal, bullying minority end up wreckin’ the joint?

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It’s entirely possible yes. It doesn’t have to happen, of course. And the divisions in Yugoslavia were driven by a specific historical trajectory (no, not “ancient hatreds”… miss me with that nationalist bullshit). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lessons for us for other places like here.

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They discuss the problem with certain hairstyles not being allowed, officially or otherwise, and the extra time burden to force hair into European styles that don’t suit it.

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That may very well be the case, although there may have been a dual purpose, that is, to also prevent ‘choosy’ customers from overhandling (read: damaging) unpackaged, unprotected produce. (Markets want you to see the unblemished side of their produce; plastic packaging accomplished that.) If that was one of the intents, then a bin may be out of the question.

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This kind of hopper with restricted access to the produce until it is in a container might help.

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For certain vegetables and fruits though, I think it might not work. Gravity would crush soft fruit or vegetables at the bottom.

Still, after those fiascos with the folks coughing all over produce to protest the loss of their “freedoms” due to COVID, I’d be happy if there were sneeze-guard panels covering the display.

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I am trying to be packaging free for fruit and vegetables, taking my own bags to our local street market is proving to be the best source, the servers handle the produce that I select and load it into my bags. Although cheaper and easier for me, I can understand how this is not practical for many people.

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It’s the same thing I do…but yes, it was crazy impractical for my late nephew who had Epidermolysis bullosa (butterfly children).

He was cooped up at home while attending college via internet, and any small errand was opportunity to get him out of the house.

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