Blog policies

About comments

I love reading your comments, and hope you will comment as often as you like. Here are some common-sense commenting policies:

  • Comments must be non-commercial and on topic.
  • If your comment includes links to Web site, my security software will hold the comment for moderation.
  • Comments by people who have not yet posted an approved comment get held for moderation.
  • Due to attacks by malicious spammers, my Internet Service Provider requires that I use use Captchas, so you have to solve a Captcha. (I use a math captcha so Google doesn’t suck up even more of your data.)
  • Discourteous or off-topic comments will disappear.

My blog is still a regular target of malicious hacking attacks. Sometimes comments get lost in one of those attacks. If your comment doesn’t appear in a week, please contact me via email.

Email and snail mail welcome

Be assured I won’t post any email from you without your explicit written permission. If you have trouble posting a comment, and decide to send it to me via email, be sure to explicitly state that I have your permission to post that email message as a comment.

You can reach me at danrharper at aol dot com.

If you prefer sending snail mail:

Dan Harper
c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E. Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94306

This is a personal blog

Since I am editor and principal writer, this blog represents my own viewpoint. It does not represent the viewpoint of the congregation I serve, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, nor of any previous congregation I have served while writing this blog (i.e., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Illinois, and First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts). Nor does it represent the viewpoint of the denomination with which I am affiliated, the Unitarian Universalist Association, not that such a thought would ever cross your mind.

No advertisements, no reviews, no tip jar

I receive no money for writing this blog. My income is more-or-less adequate, and ministers are supposed to do something in the public sphere, so I don’t have a “tip jar.”

If you still feel moved to make some kind of a financial contribution, here’s what you can do — help support paid writers, which means DON’T BUY BOOKS FROM AMAZON. My partner is a writer, and she makes almost no money from the books she is forced to sell on Amazon. When you buy books from Amazon, all you’re doing is screwing writers and supporting Jeff Bezos’s lavish lifestyle. I buy used books from Powells or A Libris — academic books from The Seminary Coop Bookstore (they have great customer service, will order anything for you) — and progressive books and educational books from my local bookstore, Reach and Teach in San Mateo.

I don’t do ads or product placements. If I review something on this blog, it’s because I happen to be interested in it, not because someone paid me or asked me to review it.

I collect as little of your data as possible

Unlike Facecrook and other social media sites, I collect as little data about you as is possible. I only collect such data as I need to keep this blog operating — please see my Privacy Policy.

Because I don’t want to aggregate your data so I can predict whether you’re pregnant, or a cat fancier, or whatever. And I am not not interested in selling your personal information to some dodgy “analytics” company that’s trying to destabilize American democracy.

Warning: I have embedded a number of YouTube videos in this blog, and YouTube DOES want to aggregate your data. Therefore, I recommend you don’t look at YouTube videos when you are logged into Google or YouTube. Better yet, search for the video you want to watch on DuckDuckGo.com, which has a great privacy policy, and that site will offer you the option of viewing the video anonymously.

Copyright notice

Unless noted otherwise, my entire Web site is:

Copyright (c) 1999-present Daniel Harper.

This notice constitutes written permission that Unitarian Universalist congregations, as well as their ministers and lay leaders, may use this copyright-protected material, provided that this copyright notice accompanies all republication, including printed, electronic, audio, video, and all other forms of republication, of this material.

Updated September, 2021.