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Apr. 16th, 2014 09:38 am
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Are we back in the '50s? The 1850s? Sexual violence is not normal.


Apr. 16th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Speaking purely as a developer, I handle requests to add a 'gender' field the way I treat requests to add a 'race' field.
When anyone complains I'm being PC, I'll tell 'em that I'm too busy to add another 'if' statement, don't take it personally."
-- Reginald Braithwaite, 2014-04-13, two tweets -- clicking either should make both visible if you scroll up or down far enough. (Thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting this where I'd see it.)

Gareth Porter and Michael Nagler

Apr. 5th, 2014 05:40 pm
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Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio April 4 Mickey Huff covers  Global Politics, Manufacturing Crisis, and Manifesting Peace through Nonviolence (and a Free Press). Joining him of the program is Gareth Porter, author of Manufacturing Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Then Dr. Michael Nagler joins the conversation about his latest publication The Nonviolence Handbook: […]

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Apr. 15th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Late last night, I found myself looking at the Passover Hagadah. 'In every generation,' the text says, 'there are those who would rise to destroy us.' This week, at seders around the world, those words will have extra resonance because they are so obviously still true. They were true before the Klan or Nazis. They are true now, even in cosmopolitan, liberal cities like London and Paris where anti-Semitism is couched in the language of Anti-Zionism. They are true even in my beloved America, in the city that both my grandfathers called home." -- Hampton Stevens, 2014-04-14, writing about the shootings in Kansas on Sunday

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Apr. 14th, 2014 01:32 pm
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I just played cello for an hour.

First time in at least six years.

Bach, Vivaldi, a little of Gabrielli's Ricercari (probably what Bach was thinking of when he wrote parts of the Unaccopanied Cello Suites -- also unaccompanied and a generation earlier), Barbara Streisand's 'Evergreen', and the Fishers Hornpipe.

Arm is tired, a little sore (good kind of sore) and DOES NOT HURT.

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Apr. 14th, 2014 11:42 am
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I just realized that my mother's parents were married 110 years ago tomorrow. :)


Apr. 14th, 2014 06:19 am
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I remember the liberalization of censorship of both text and images in the 1960s. The overall effect, it seemed to me, was that sex got less creepy. You could tell where it was and where it wasn’t–Teresa Nielsen Hayden (and read the comments)

Thanx to Making Light.


Apr. 14th, 2014 06:14 am
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The crime of looking like a prostitute

Performance 4 May in Bladensburg

Apr. 14th, 2014 06:03 am
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Latest addition to our HCB, that is) performance calendar: We're playing at the Bostwick Heritage Festival in Bladensburg, Maryland, 4 May (the web site says 1PM - 4PM but the email the band got says noon to 5PM, and we'll be playing in the earlier part of that). Free admission. This looks like a smallish event, with period craft/trade demos, tours of Bostwick House, craft vendors, etc. Come on out for the afternoon and get a bit more War of 1812 history.

( Facebook event page)

A reminder about the other gigs coming up fairly soon:

Our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Saturday, 26 April at 8:00 PM. ( reservations) Adults $17 / Children $12 / Seniors, Students, and Military $14.

snowstorm the night before to scare people away from this one. ;-)

The second day of the Green Man Festival, also in Greenbelt, Maryland, Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the festival, so get there a lot earlier than that to check out the rest of it.)


Apr. 14th, 2014 05:24 am
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From "Spring Cleaning Ritual on the Eve of the Full Moon Nisan" by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb:

"On the eve of the full moon
we search our houses
by the light of a candle
for the last trace of winter
for the last crumbs grown stale inside us
for the last darkness still in our hearts."

(quote found by way of Velveteen Rabbi, 2014-04-13)

To all of my friends who are celebrating the week of Passover starting tonight, a joyous festival to you!

OK, so we don't have the tech yet

Apr. 13th, 2014 11:29 am
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Free Enterprise Prisons
Over a million individuals are already behind bars, and recidivism rates are rapidly rising, so it's an unquestionably bullish market for FEP with their emphasis on computerized systems that track prisoners' whereabouts by imprinting bar codes on their bodies. The most powerful lobby behind the "three strikes and you're out" legislation was the prison guards' union, an ironic twist inasmuch as the aggressively expanding private prison business employs nonunion guards to man the scanners of those bar codes–Paul Krassner, 1995 (The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race)


Apr. 13th, 2014 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-17:

"We can't live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true." -- Daniel Kahneman, psychologist.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

[I think this quotation makes him sound like a phenomenologist, but judging from the laziest of Google searches, that doesn't seem to be the school he associates himself with.]

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Apr. 12th, 2014 07:36 pm
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Farmers' market: mixed salad greens, oak-leaf lettuce, baby dinosaur kale (love that name), pain chocolate, farmstead cheese, fresh oyster mushrooms. mmmm

The good things: I am not sneezing, even in cherry blossom season! In SL, I found the stupid bit of coding that was making my cups of tea say "What wonderful hot chocolate!" and got rid of it -- which means I can finish the teapots I was making for myself and others and for the shop. And I have finished reading C.J. Cherryh's 'Peacemaker', book 15 in the Foreigner saga, and still enthralling. I have so many words for how I love these characters, and the thoughtful and deeply politically conscious ways in which the stories are told that if I got started I would not shut up for days. So let's just say that I have no (brief) words, and leave it at that.

omg I am posting

Apr. 12th, 2014 02:02 pm
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holy shit I have not updated in FOREVER. Here is the short form update, and I am hoping to start posting more often again, but make no promise. I've been reading on here some, mostly on my phone, but not commenting or posting.

anyhow. Got an apartment in january, living right downtown again. Am burning through what I saved up because living downtown is really pricey if you aren't in a co-op, but we're squeaking by.

Shortly after I moved in here, we found out that MCC was proposing selling the co-op because of how much the repairs could be, so I have spent the last couple months doing everything I can to stop that. We managed to get the general membership to vote down the proposal to sell for the time being, but we are still working on putting together a passable repair proposal that comes in cheap as hell before another proposal to sell comes up. That kinda ate my life.

My apartment got broken into last month, and they took both my and my friend's laptop, which really fucking sucked.

But having a place downtown again means that even without the co-op, I have a social group that drops by. When I was out on the edge of town staying with someone else, random friends couldn't just stop by and visit a bit, and now they do it a lot. almost too much some days, but I am learning that it is ok to tell people "hey, you are awesome and I like hanging out, but I need some down time so please go away for a while" I'm not great at it yet, but getting better.

When my sublet here runs out, if I can't get back into my co-op yet, I'm going to membership at one of the indie co-ops that we've hung out at a few times, rather than sign another lease here.

Other than that, it's spring and it's glorious and it's almost time for wiscon. Life is sweet. Love you guys.

I am keeping this image handy

Apr. 12th, 2014 02:10 pm
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Because it's PERFECT!

And then you're someone you are not

Apr. 12th, 2014 10:34 am
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Last night went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the first time I've been to a Broadway show in... well, a couple years at least. Saw the movie many years ago; saw a stage production in Raleigh a few years ago that was very good but definitely low-budget.

Whether you like it or not... )

The encyclopedia that ate Cleveland

Apr. 12th, 2014 06:34 am
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Dave Langford and John Clute interviewed about their monstrous creation

Thanx to File 770

Blaming the victim

Apr. 12th, 2014 06:03 am
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The idea that the real problem with rape is the survivors not calling the cops

Thanx to Feministing


Apr. 12th, 2014 05:24 am
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"The apostrophe is the most powerful punctuation mark in grammar. It is far more muscular than the exclamation point, which has become so diluted by overuse in digital platforms that people feel compelled to use it in triplicate, if not greater multiples, to give it heft. The quotation mark needs a partner. The period is a lonesome little dot at ground level, a loose penny on a sidewalk. The semi-colon suffers from a confused personality and keeps showing up in the wrong places. But the apostrophe is elegant and kingly. It uses its graceful, airborne curve to define unquestioned ownership. It anoints possession." -- Tom Verduci, 2014-04-08 (thanks to [info] aliza250 for bringing it to my attention)

Politics of Genocide

Apr. 12th, 2014 02:09 am
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Welcome to the Morning Mix, this is the Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, I’m Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff will be back next week. Ann Garrison with KPFA weekend news is here as co-host for this show. Today, we discuss the Politics of Genocide and the 20th anniversary of the tragic mass killings in Rwanda in […]

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That Reading Meme - April 11, 2014

Apr. 11th, 2014 08:08 am
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Maybe I can get around to this ... monthly?

What have you just finished reading?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, at last. For a while, it seemed like everyone on my f-list was reccing this. and I got a copy for Hanukah … but kept putting off reading it. It sounded like it was going to be unrelentingly sad, and also, as a Jewish child of the 60s, I was subjected to loads of documentary footage on Holocaust atrocities as part of my religious school curriculum, so I was very reluctant to read a story involving a Nazi prisoner. When I finally did read it. I was actually charmed by some of it, and parts were really quite funny. It is tragic, and simply intensely sad in parts, but it also ends with a sort of calm joy.

The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin, is a charming and yet occasionally gruesome murder mystery set in early 19th century Istanbul, with a eunuch court official as investigator. There is the potential for all sorts of cultural shenanigans (orientalism, obviously, and misrepresentations of Turkish Islamic culture) here, and I don't know enough about any of it to say what kind of course Goidwin has steered. I did enjoy the book and appreciated its representation of a spectrum of human sexuality (although there was definitely a "kill your gays" moment). I did find it rather odd that Goodwin in general represents dialog in other languages by choice of phrase and occasionally non-English vocabulary, but for some reason, uneducated Greeks are given the sort of eye dialect familiar to me from British naturalist Gerald Durrell's Corfu memoirs.

Also, I should note that as [livejournal.com profile] flemmings pointed out to me, this is a great book for foodies. Our hero, Master Yashim, loves good food and cooks as a diversion as well as for nourishment.

Finally, I read the last volume of the manga Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase, which ended about as could be expected. I was relieved that the young king didn't have a tragic ending. Also, I read volume 4 of CLAMP's Gate 7, which continues to be both pretty and pretty ridiculous, albeit entertainingly so. I understand it is now in hiatus, which rots. WTF, CLAMP publishers? People actually like your sparkly silliness. Don't you want to cash in on that?

What are you currently reading?

I am several chapters into the second Master Yashim mystery, The Snake Stone. I'm also doing a re-read for a story I'm writing.

What do you think you'll read next?

I still need to make myself start the manga Vinland Saga. Also, Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday? has just started coming out in English. I'd read Yoshinaga's adaptation of the DC telephone book (supposing such a thing existed), so I'm definitely going to get this one. I also have a couple of YA novels lying around that I got for the holidays and never read. And who knows, maybe the put-one take-one shelf at work will produce the third Master Yashim mystery (that's where I got the other two).



Apr. 11th, 2014 05:57 am
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Happy 115th birthday, Percy Lavon Julian. He made huge strides in synthesizing cortisone and other steroids and is today's Google doodle.


Apr. 11th, 2014 05:24 am
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"[...] as a Hearer, he is fascinated by their chaotic, extraordinary individuality. Nowhere does he find the communal engrams, the shared world-views like those any Tyrenni Father transmits to his young. These beings seem to have had no Fathering; even these mind-experimenters have no real communication. Each is utterly alone. They are aliens to each other." -- from Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978, Berkley Publishing Corp.; ISBN: 0-399-12083-1) -- Giadoc, a Tyrenni, comparing the humans he has just met to his own race.

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Dear [group affiliation],

I am unsubscribing from your emails because:

-- I never subscribed in the first place.

-- You keep asking me for money.

-- You send me legislative updates that are badly written and tell me nothing.

-- You keep asking me for money.

-- You pressure me to attend dinners and events for which I am supposed to contribute money.

-- You keep asking me for money.

-- You make assumptions about me, my family and my life that I consider to be {choose one or more}: insulting, ridiculous, not applicable, hostile, uninteresting, rude, 'well-meaning but poorly thought-out', etc.

-- You keep asking me for money.

Do you get the picture?

I am simplifying my life and my inbox. Please collect a clue at the exit.



Apr. 10th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison, (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)


Apr. 10th, 2014 12:25 am
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It's an airlock!

yes, I am pathetic.

I Hab God a Code ...

Apr. 9th, 2014 11:57 am
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Just in time for the beautiful spring weather that's finally arrived. :-(

Eternal Sky

Apr. 9th, 2014 06:15 am
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Elizabeth Bear has a Big Idea.

Thanx to Whatever.

ETA: And Charlie Stross has a Bad Idea
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Wiseasses like me frequently mock young-earth creationists and other science deniers by suggesting that they turn their attentions to the heresy of Godless heliocentrism. One of them (who has similarly plausible beliefs about the Holocaust being faked) has done precisely that, using clips from real scientists and Star Trek's Captain Janeway out of context to pretend that they believe that nonsense too.

Thanx to Tor.com.


Apr. 9th, 2014 05:24 am
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"In the thesaurus, the antonym of honesty is lying, and the opposite of arguing is agreeing. But in the minds of teenagers, that's not how it works. Really, to an adolescent, arguing is the opposite of lying." -- from "Learning to Lie", by Po Bronson, New York magazine, 2008-02-10 (quoted passage appears on the fourth of five pages in the web version of the article)


Apr. 8th, 2014 08:38 am
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It transpires that Al Sharpton did some undercover work for the cops (mobsters, not dissidents), so the NY Post headline is REV RAT. Our pet rats are proud of him.

The Northwestern case

Apr. 8th, 2014 05:58 am
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The Communist empire was brought down by a labor union. Now perhaps the same will happen to big-time amateur sports.

Thanx to Chronicle

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