May. 3rd, 2015 05:19 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-01:

"The experience of France in the Belle Epoque proves, if proof were needed, that no hypocrisy is too great when economic and financial elites are obliged to defend their interest." -- Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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May. 2nd, 2015 05:23 am
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"It occurred to me today while debugging that software development is essentially tragicomedy. Assuming a coherent and rational universe invariably leads to trouble. Only by imagining the most absurd and impossible circumstances will you arrive at something that actually works." -- Craig Lennox, 2015-04-30

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May. 1st, 2015 09:54 am
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It's not just in Baltimore. NYPD came out swinging at and terrorizing peaceful protesters yesterday. It's back to the anti-Occupy tactics.


May. 1st, 2015 05:06 am
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"Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace." -- US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (b. 1856-11-13, d. 1941-10-05)

[A blessed Beltane to all who celebrate it, and happy Labour Day to most folks outside of the US and Canada -- or good International Workers' Day / May Day wherever you are!]

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Apr. 30th, 2015 11:54 am
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An email from former Gov. Martin O'Malley (who is in the running for president) behind cut for length )

Bear in mind that his successor, Hogan, is a hard-rock Republican who has tried to cut funding for schools and social programs, and who has no love for Baltimore.

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Apr. 30th, 2015 08:37 am
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After months of occasional floundering, I think I have hit upon the last big piece I need for the plot of The Rust Apothecary!

I know it's not the last big piece, because whenever I'm writing a book, I think that there's just one more big piece I need, but once I get that I realize the other big piece that I need... but it makes me want to finish the current rewrite in a hurry!

Charles Pierce in the quotefile again

Apr. 30th, 2015 06:23 am
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Consider what's being said here. Judge Pape is thanking the governor for having the Texas guard "monitor" an Army training exercise because too many of their voters are bughouse crazy. There are Americans who go to sleep at night worrying that they will be abducted by renegade gynocologists from Alpha Centauri. We call those people "crackpots." In Texas, organized paranoids are just another constituency to be serviced.
--Charles Pierce

Less worse

Apr. 30th, 2015 06:05 am
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Today is the NFL Draft. I'm glad the wait is almost over, but I'm also wondering how long I will be able to continue putting up with the obvious moral squalor of my favorite sport and what it does to those who participate. I am also a Trekkie, and when I face criticism for that, I can always comfort myself with the knowledge that my favorite franchise is not Star Wars.*

So it is cheering today to be reminded that there is a worse alleged sport, one in which inflicting brain damage is directly the way to win, rather than a byproduct. (Even hockey has aims other than blunt trauma.) In news that should surprise no one, the best boxer of our time has discovered that the skills transfer.

While I'm at it, The NY Times did a follow-up story on the first round picks of the 1990 draft (the first one I watched), and John Scalzi relates it to his rookie class.

*But now the same guy is directing both, and I feel as if my team has signed a treaty with Von Ribbentrop.

Thanx to Metafilter, and Whatever.


Apr. 30th, 2015 04:50 am
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"The black community is a community, not a cult: we don't all feel the same way about everything, and I don't think we all are required to feel the same way about it." -- Kim Milan, executive director of The People Project, on the CBC radio program The Current, 2015-04-20 (quoted speech occurs at 0:16:26 in the segment podcast)


Apr. 29th, 2015 02:10 pm
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What I'm saying on Facebook

* When Al Capone was getting rich off gambling, we didn’t let him dictate foreign policy.

* Baltimore blacks acting like white people whose team won a big game.

* I don't want Bernie Sanders to run. I want a Barefoot 'n' Pregnant Party on the ballot in every state taking votes from the Repugs.

* Fox is doing a new Rocky Horror Picture Show. I expect a travesty of transvestism, which is kind of redundant.


Apr. 29th, 2015 09:49 am
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"New words, even awkward or silly-sounding ones, make the most sense when you need to discuss something that isn't supposed to exist (or at least , not be visible) in common society." -- aggiesez, 2012-09-29

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Apr. 29th, 2015 08:00 am
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Apartheid in Baltimore, and an empty stadium.

Praying for peace, living another reality.

The problem I have with originalists like Scalia is that they really don't believe in the truth of the Constitution -- everyone equal under the law. They want to go back to the time when slavery was acceptable, when indentured servants had no voice, when women were property.

Barbara Jordan, the Congresswoman from Texas, black, lesbian, heroine, musician, attorney, whom we lost far too soon, said it best:

Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, “We, the people.” It is a very eloquent beginning. But when the document was completed on the seventeenth of September 1787 I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

As a Quaker, I do not have a creed -- but as an American I have beliefs, and the biggest one is this: we are *all* created equal. Bigots try to make that into a lie for their own profit, and out of fear, but the truth will out. What is happening in Baltimore is this conflict under a microscope. Black lives matter. Women's lives matter. Men's lives matter. We all are part of this, and the part that has gone rogue right now is the one that should be serving and protecting, not murdering innocent people with impunity.

We are all in this, whether we are in Baltimore or not, whether we are in the next town or a continent away.

The police have put out a statement that three of the gangs in Baltimore have made an alliance in order to kill cops. I say that this could be a lie, or an overstatement, and a reason to beat up on more people -- it is not illegal for police to lie, unfortunately. If the gang members did reach an alliance, the only way that the cops would know the truth of it is if one of them was in the room -- because informers can lie also. And whether that statement is truth or lie, it can be used as justification for more deaths. It can be used as justification for cops carrying more weapons that the National Guard did in Iraq, and for less reason. It can be used to justify more deaths that did not have to happen, deaths of children and women and men who made the deadly mistake of looking like something that made a cop afraid, or made a cop claim to be afraid.

Fear is the mind-killer, said the Bene-Geseret.
Be not afraid, said the angels.

I wish you the absence of fear, the clarity of sight to move through this country and help it to heal, and the peace of being in the right place at the right time.

Why, It's the iPod Meme!

Apr. 28th, 2015 08:51 pm
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I see that I did this only about 6 months ago, but the heck with it, I love me some constrained randomosity (in that there is a set number of songs, but within that set, it's random)... .

You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod/iPhone/iTunes/media player and write down the first 10 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. ... No tagging here, but I'd enjoy seeing your song lists.

  1. Hakol Over (This Too Shall Pass) - Idan Raichel Project
  2. A Lonely Voice - October Project
  3. Come to My Window - Melissa Etheridge
  4. Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
  5. Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money
  6. Downtown Train - Everything but the Girl (Rod Stewart cover)
  7. Helen O'Grady/Drops of Brandy - Maggie Sansone (solo hammer dulcimer)
  8. East St. Louis Toodle-oo - Steely Dan (Duke Ellington cover)
  9. Car on a Hill - Joni Mitchell (YouTube link)
  10. Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers

The Joni Mitchell is one of my favorite songs ever, from the opening sax riff to the strange bridge in the middle to the sad, dreamy finish:

"It always seems so righteous at the start
When there's so much laughter, when there's so much spark
When there's so much sweetness in the dark ... ."

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Apr. 28th, 2015 06:07 pm
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I have been posting a lot to my Facebook today, if only to try to get some of the relatives to realize that no, the police are NOT always right and honest (even if my cousin's T's son is a NYC detective), and no, what they are seeing in the media is not the whole story. I am tempted to write there about the kind of winnowing down that goes on within the media so that a large and complex situation is chopped into sound bites and isolated, nonrepresentative photos and clips. But even as I think of that I am aware that it's unlikely that any of them would even read what I write because I'm Not A Cop, even though I was a journalist for years.

And yes, I know that T is more unreasonable than usual (she is generally full of common sense) because her husband had surgery recently and is recovering. And they're a good nine or ten years older than I am, so there are more concerns.

But all the time I am aware that none of those very opinionated relatives has lived this close to the South, and none of them have lived in (or possibly even been in) Baltimore, and the way people think in the old North about this kind of thing is not the same. And they may even be remembering, as I do, the riots in Rochester in the 1960s, the ones that started two weeks before the Watts riots in LA, the ones that took place concerning issues of employment (Kodak didn't hire black people then), and safety, and education... and were repeated every summer for several years.

(I don't know what it's like to grow up where things were calm.)

Perhaps the most useful thing I can do is take a deep breath.


Apr. 28th, 2015 05:14 am
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"[...] it cannot be discounted that when there is a larger national outcry in defense of plate-glass windows and car doors than for Black young people, a point is being made; When there is more concern for white sports fans in the vicinity of a riot than the Black people facing off with police, there is mounting justification for the rage and pain of Black communities in this country." -- rad fag, 2015-04-26


Apr. 27th, 2015 07:55 pm
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Emotional intelligence (if you liked military intelligence…) has a dark side.

One of the greats

Apr. 27th, 2015 06:54 am
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Remembering Cordwainer Smith, including the theory that he was Robert Lindner's patient in The Fifty-Minute Hour. I have also heard the theory that he was a transvestite. Larry McMurtry, in Books: A Memoir, says that he purchased Smith's book collection but declined his bra collection.


Apr. 27th, 2015 04:59 am
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"if 'a few violent protesters' means you have to disperse/arrest an entire protest, what does 'a few violent cops' mean for a department" -- sarah jeongr, 2015-04-25

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A Cruel Twist on Therapy Dogs

Apr. 26th, 2015 09:09 am
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The health care facility where I work often has visiting "therapy dogs" brought in by their volunteer owners.

One dog is a terrified Great Dane, who spends the entire visit with his tail curled tightly between his legs, pressing up against his belly, facing away from anyone who tries to touch him.

This is dog body language for "I am scared to death."

The other dogs are two Border collie mixes who frankly, really don't care to be petted.

What on earth are these owners thinking?

The purpose of a therapy dog is not to cause your dog to need therapy.

None of my dogs are official therapy dogs. But because I sometimes bring them to work, I made sure that I trained them to associate wheelchairs, walkers and equipment with treats, AND that they love being handled by strangers.

And, because my self-esteem is not bound up in my dogs, I am cognizant that only one of my pack would ever be an appropriate true " therapy dog."

He is extremely low-key, that is, not excitable, but also confidently enjoys all things new and different.

I just cringe every time these volunteers bring their stressed-out, frightened, ego-extension dogs around.


Apr. 26th, 2015 05:22 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-05-28:

"And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo--that evil is not always repellent but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature and accident do, but active accomplices." -- Joyce Carol Oates, from "Reflections on the Grotesque".

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I went to Santa Cruz!

Apr. 25th, 2015 06:00 pm
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And it was, as [personal profile] heresluck observed, restorative.

Here follow photos of UCSC's beautiful campus, and personal natterings )

When I was in college, I experienced the usual amount of drama: bad relationships, bad breakups, bad teachers, academic disillusionment, changing my major. But all of my memories of those four years are happy ones. And every time I visit, I can't stop smiling.

Carl Jensen – 1929—2015

Apr. 25th, 2015 06:47 pm
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Apr. 25th, 2015 05:10 am
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"Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid." -- Jimmy Page (b. 1944-01-09)

I Was Very Pleased to See This

Apr. 24th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Familiarize yourself with the Hugo mess before voting

"Apparently a concerted effort gamed the Hugos ... ." - C.J. Cherryh

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Apr. 24th, 2015 04:23 pm
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Anti-Ode on a fibroid

You, tangled net within me
you old ball of bloody rags
emotional abyss
encysted, enwebbed, encrusted in tears

You spearhead that stabbed me for decades
you physical sneer of failures
conglomerated anguish
thief of strength, thief of time

You who hid for so long
have been found out
and you will be gone
(o blessed scalpel)

Away with you
and begone
and let me live free
and at last be strong.


Apr. 24th, 2015 05:04 am
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[personal profile] dglenn

"Boy, am I tired of 'Christians' whose entire Bible consists of selected bits of Deuteronomy and the whole of Revelations." -- littlebrowndog, 2012-10-05

I would be dangerous with money

Apr. 23rd, 2015 03:15 pm
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Names omitted to protect the innocent[*] (no sense trying to disguise the guilty, as y'all would just guess anyhow), and because the quotes-from-memory are probably not remembered quite right:

"If I have to resort to linoleum flooring, it'd be cool to have something other than a solid colour or geometric patterns or woodgrain. A custom image covering the floor instead."

"Oh yeah, I've seen something like that."

"So when a guest steps into the living room, suddenly they're standing on the edge of that pit on Tattooine with the monster in the bottom." [looked up later: the Great Pit of Carkoon, housing a Sarlacc]

"What?! No! Wrong! Bad! NO! Why would you DO that to your FRIENDS??"

"Or maybe molten lava with the most frequent path through the room done as stepping stones? Or a lake and stepping stones."

"Okay, that's better..."

I can describe and thus spoil this next idea, 'cause I'm never going to have the resources to pull it off ...

I'd like to build/remodel and decorate a house such that two rooms are exact mirror images of each other, down to replacing the outside windows with high-resolution video displays so the views from each room's windows match. And cut a hole in the wall between the rooms and frame it like you would a wall mirror. So that I could stand near the "mirror" and wait for guests to move to where they would be able to see my reflection if it were really a mirror, and see who notices that I don't have a reflection, and how they react.  Or maybe just wait to see who notices that they don't have a reflection.

(If I frame this as a psychology experiment instead of a practical joke, could I get grant money to build the rooms?)

[*] Never mind the gestured toward anonymity -- [info] realinterrobang says I got the conversation close enough.

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