“Rock & Crystal Dealers” Conjures Up Two Very Different Images

What minerals did I end up buying there? Did I get my double terminated quartz? Dioptase? I got two double term types – one long thin virtually perfect thumbnail piece and one “Herkhimer diamond” (double terminated clear quartz from Herkhimer County that grows in mud pockets as “floaters,” hence the double termination). Continue reading “Rock & Crystal Dealers” Conjures Up Two Very Different Images

America’s Caste System Explained

While eroding at the very edges in America, racial castes are still strongly held to notions that are enforced by the people… through their government where possible, through violence and intimidation (to the other castes), through shaming and reproach (to members of their own caste (how could you date an Asian man?) and through normative social interactions (like deciding who to call back to job interviews). Continue reading America’s Caste System Explained