May Day: First Fruits of the Season

Maypole Dances

A gaggle of girls from ages 4 to 12 are clothed in pretty dresses with flowers woven into their hair.  They giggle, squeal, point and hug each other on this gorgeous late spring May Day.  The older girls, with help from some of the moms, get the group organized.  Each girl holds a bright ribbon attached to a tall Maypole erected in the park.  The music starts.

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Arkansas: This Week in State-Sanctioned Killings

The Death Lottery

Arkansas’ attorney general and governor decided to kill eight death row inmates before the state’s precious (and questionable) supply of death-dealing drugs expires at the end of this month.  This decision set off state-level, national and international public outcries, and a mad scramble to appeal and defend the execution decisions.

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Boycott Arkansas?

Americans’ basic human rights shouldn’t depend on where we live.

On Friday, March 31, when I started writing this article, an Arkansas legislator, GOP Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, had a few days earlier proposed bathroom bill legislation comparable to North Carolina’s HB-2 law, which was finally replaced last week after a devastating boycott by businesses and sports organizations.  On March 31 the Governor and tourism groups’ opposition led Collins-Smith to withdraw the bill from consideration this year.  She’s not done, though.  Collins-Smith plans to reintroduce the legislation in 2018 or 2019.

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[repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

Patheos Pagan, owned by an evangelical Christian corporation. is now censoring their writers. Here is a post they deleted.

Source: [repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

The original article by John Halstead. It was reposted by Gods and Radicals before it had been deleted at Patheos. The article is well worth your read. I don’t usually copy the whole deal when I reblog, but this time I will, in case Patheos tries to get it taken down.

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Twitter and Facebook both tried to silence elexus jionde today.

This evening, I was reading a facebook post that consisted of several smartphone photos of a tweetstream.  I was partway through when the post disappeared with a message that the content was no longer available.

This is the second time today that I’ve been caught up in the midst of a thread purge on facebook.  The first was Jim Wright’s post about 9/11.  He reposted it with his commentary on his blog.

I didn’t even remember the name of the twitter account that had written the tweets, but with a couple of searches on key phrases from what I remembered, I was able to turn it up, and learned that the tweets are from Elexus Jionde.  And I found several tweets relating that Twitter had decontextualized the tweets, making the stream difficult to follow.  In my horror of censorship, I decided to capture the tweets in a blog post.  I’ll post this blog to Facebook.

I tweeted about this blog post to Elexus Jionde.

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