About Alis

Alis Franklin is a thirtysomething Australian author of queer urban fantasy. She likes cooking, video games, Norse mythology, and feathered dinosaurs. She’s never seen a live drop bear, but stays away from tall trees, just in case.

Respectful respecting.

In the world Republicans have constructed, a Democrat who wants to give you health care and a higher wage is disrespectful, while a Republican who opposes those things but engages in a vigorous round of campaign race-baiting is respectful. The person who’s holding you back isn’t the politician who just voted to give a trillion-dollar tax break to the wealthy and corporations, it’s an East Coast college professor who said something condescending on Twitter.

Paul Waldman on alternate realities.

Also see this twitter thread, which goes a little more into how the right-wing stranglehold on media outlets—even ostensibly “centrist” or “liberal” outlets, who still more often than not parrot right-wing talking points—has so thoroughly corrupted the polity.

2018-05-22T09:01:54+00:0014th November, 2018|Tags: culture, politics|0 Comments

Big Lens.

On the secret (not-quite) monopolies behind the glasses industry. With a side diversion into the history of how something that’s essentially an medical device to assist with a disability turned into a fashion item.

2018-05-22T09:01:54+00:0013th November, 2018|Tags: culture, fashion|0 Comments

Primary objectives.

One of the biggest successes of the conservative movement, of course, is its relentless exploitation of the American tendency to see the fact that there are multiple sides of an issue as evidence that both sides are worth listening to. So, through ignorance or fear of riling up the right, large corporations and ostensibly apolitical organizations continue to ignore the obvious fact that many major conservative institutions have made hypocrisy, bad faith accusations of persecution, and straight-up lying their primary activities.

Libby Watson on grift.

2018-05-15T08:36:36+00:0010th November, 2018|Tags: culture, politics|0 Comments