Speciesism is a concept that was derived to name forms of discrimination and oppression against nonhuman animals that could be compared to racism and sexism. The concept was formulated in strong terms by Richard Ryder, Peter Singer, and Tom Regan (in turn buttressed by the work of Van Potter, Hans Ruesch, Rachel Carson and others) that made it a powerful tool for social and political movements. The discourse on speciesism has been amplified and changed by a set of newer writings in the last few decades that take a more ethological, critical theory, and deconstructive bent. This paper outlines some of the conditions for an antispeciesism based on posthumanism. As humanism itself is the most virulent form of speciesism, no robust antispeciesism can be developed without continued challenge to humanism (which remains a central element in much of the thinking on speciesism, including its most prominent formulations).
Clockwise from top left: Carne Asada in Mole Negro w/Foie Gras, Mescal-infused tomato w/slow-cooked garlic/pasado chile and maple butter, Langostinos in a complex mole sauce, and Crepas con Cajeta.
We had dinner at Rick Bayless's flagship restaurant, Topolobampo. It's been around for more than 25 years, but we'd never tried it before, though we'd been to Frontera which is attached to Topolobampo.
The food was out of this world. Every morsel was absolutely delicious. If the Yelp reviews are representative of diner experience, they have some problems with consistency, but everything was perfect last night.
They have two seatings. We went with the early shift at 6pm. There is a selection of regular items and then a "1491 menu," which only includes ingredients available in the New World prior to the arrival of Columbus. You build your own dinner by selecting either 5 or 7 items including dessert (7 is really unnecessary--you'll be stuffed with 5). They also pair each item with wine, so a lot of wine made it around our table of six.
I have a small collection of coins, paper currencies and related curiosities. Posting those currency images yesterday brought this to mind. At peak value, the fifty trillion Zimbabwean dollar bill was worth about US 15 or 20 cents. There was also a 100 trillion dollar bill that I don't own.
These days, they use the South African rand in Zimbabwe.
I read a few claims that Tubman will be the first woman depicted on US currency. Not true. Martha Washington got there first.
I also read several complaints that Tubman isn't a founding father, which is an absurd objection. Not including fractional currency, only 10 of 53 people depicted on US currency have been founders. Even an Indian chief made it.
better make sure the old man you're harassing can't beat your ass.
This happened on the L in Chicago on Monday. Several videos are floating around. The kid getting his butt kicked was harassing the old man, using the n-word, daring the old man to fight him. He got his wish.
Samantha from Zocdoc left a message for me yesterday. Zocdoc is a patient referral service. Their agents can set appointments over the phone or patients can set an appointment using an online scheduler. I have no relationship with Zocdoc, so they pulled my name from phone listings or from the state licensing site.
My understanding is that they will list a practice for about $300 a month, so I assume that Samantha from Zocdoc is a sales agent hoping to sign me up.
I downloaded the phone message and bleeped out my name and the name of a psychiatrist who practices a few blocks from my office. I don't actually know the psychiatrist who is named in the phone message, and I doubt that the psychiatrist has any idea that a Zocdoc agent is using her name to solicit new business.
Samantha says that she "works with" the psychiatrist, and she has a few questions before "sending over some patients." I imagine that the most important question is: "will you pay us $300 dollars a month to be listed on Zocdoc?" There is no reason to use the psychiatrist's name in this call other than to falsely suggest that the psychiatrist is involved in the solicitation or that the psychiatrist wishes to refer patients to me.
I don't oppose listing services, but I'd never do business with a company that is sleazy or deceitful right from the get-go.
Here are some patient reviews of Zocdoc. One-star reviews outnumber five-star reviews by more than 2 to 1, with few reviews occupying the middleground. Of course reviewers are self-selected, so the reviews may not be representative of patient experience, but when I see a lopsided review ratio like that, I stay away from a business.
"Ridiculously pushy, unrelenting sales force that uses every ruse to obtain doctors private phone lines and emails, then falsely claims they were referred by another doctor, etc. I am a physician, I would not recommend this service to anyone. This is a bad business."
Here's another review, chosen partly because the reviewer mentions Dr X 😄
WHY THEY ARE LAIRS TO DOCTORS: If you are a doctor, they will call incessantly, promise you great results (show you how they send lots of patients to Dr X) and then send a contract that says "no promises" just give us $3,000.00 cash. Then the truth comes out! Unless you are taking the worst Medical Or Vision plans on the market (real crap like medicaid, Fidelis or Davis (vision), you get no results! The only patients who use zoc doc are those on Terrible Plans like: Medicaid, Fidelis or Davis because they cannot find a doc with a decent review to see them (how can you do good work for less / hour than a clerk in a department store? They LIE is that they TELL YOU IN WORDS ON THE PHONE THAT can send you lots of good referrals, the truth is that they send you the bottom of the bottom (if you are stupid enough to try to make that work). Once they have your money you are screwed.
In this article, we amplify the post in post-intentional phenomenology to demonstrate some of the unique possibilities this methodology might afford qualitative researchers interested in experimenting with entangled connections among seemingly disparate philosophies, theories, and methodologies. Specifically, we extend our amplification to the concept of reflexivity by conceptualizing an entangled post-reflexivity as a generative methodological move in post-intentional phenomenology specifically and in qualitative research more generally. Through three provocations, we experiment with how the concept of reflexivity might become, leading us to theorize an entangled post-reflexivity that aims to incite methodological movements and possibilities for qualitative inquiry.