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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-23

"Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real. ... The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)

[Happy birthday to my bandmate, Becky!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-22

"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." -- William Butler Yeats (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:30am on 2016-08-22

Tired. Tired tired tired. Would be nice to get to sleep early for a change.

Did get to sleep early! Before midnight!

And dragged to awakeness at one-ay-em by the very special sounds of Perrine chasing a mouse around the bedroom. Probably the one that's been a nuisance in the kitchen for a week,

By the time I was awake enough to throw the covers off and a light on, it had found some small space to stay still and silent in; it may be out of the room altogether. Perrine is poking around but I've watched her hunt enough to tell when she's resorted to guessing.

(Ah, there it is, the eye contact and tiny mew asking me to find it for her. I knew that was coming.)

At least she didn't drop it on the bed this time! (Though the sensations of her playing with a mouse on the mattress would have woken me faster than the sounds of her poking through plastic bags.)

If it chews any of my laundry I'll be very, very annoyed.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-21

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-05:

"One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice." -- Edward Snowden, in the foreword to the recently published book about drone warfare, The Assassination Complex.

[ https://theintercept.com/2016/05/03/edward-snowden-whistleblowing-is-not-just-leaking-its-an-act-of-political-resistance/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-20

"Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-19

"True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), No Cross, No Crown (1682)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-18

"Our earliest ancestors formed tribes so we could hunt more efficiently and protect one another. We moved on to villages, then cities and finally nations for mutual benefit. We can do more together than alone, and when we band together we can put safety nets in place so if people are unlucky and get struck down, we can all help them back up. That way no one has to live in fear of losing out in the lottery of life. That's what social democracy is, and those of us who live in them recognize that what we have is pretty damn great."-- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-26

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-17

"Sunday, January 27, 1884. -- There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat's plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master's plate, the other on its own." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-16
Florence Ambrose:  I don't want to be a troublemaker.
 
Sam Starfall:  What? You want corrupt systems to continue? Go along to get along?
 
Florence Ambrose:  Well, no.
 
Sam Starfall:  You want justice? You're a troublemaker.
 
Chief of police:  Those two don't have to go together.
 
Sam Starfall:  [smiling] Ah, but they so often do.
 

-- from Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2015-06-29

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-15

"If you look at the world and say 'Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won't have earned it and the economy will collapse.' Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.

"And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system."

-- markusbones, (copied here)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-14

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-07-12:

"As someone on the receiving end of conversations with people who do not know how to edit themselves, I can understand what agony means.... Business is no place for stream of consciousness babbling, no matter how colorful you might think you're being." -- Donald Trump, businessman and politician, from his book, Think Like a Champion.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-13

"you may not think your brain is a supervillain. but 1) its called Brain and 2) it lives in a skull fortress" -- Vessel Of Spirit, 2016-07-26

[Wishing my friends observing Tisha B'Av a meaningful fast tonight/tomorrow.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-12

"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end." -— Robin Sharma

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-11

[Context: robots on planet Jean are exhibiting personhood (I don't remember whether this is just before or just after they gained legal status), trying to learn about morality, and even joining the police force. Someone has recently been apprehended after a foiled plot to lobotomize every robot on the planet... The Chief of Police is speaking:]

"[...] I plan to prosecute. If we expect robots to support the rule of law, we have to show the law will protect them when they're wronged. If the robots observe the law does not support them, or worse, that the law and police are their enemy, we've set ourselves up for failure." -- from Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2015-07-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-10

"millennials have actually been so fucked over by capitalism that we created our own sub-economy using paypal and crowdfunding to basically be this socialist inner community that gives money to each other for basic survival needs. just to feed families or selves we fucking crowdfund like 50cents from people who barely are surviving themselves but maybe have an extra dollar that month and we know what goes around comes around." -- exceptdissent (not sure when or on what site it was posted by the author, but it's visible here).

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-09

"A common theme is attacking healthcare provided to LGBTQ people, as if it's superficial, a luxury, or frivolous.
[...]
The Mail have had several pieces over the past couple of yrs attacking healthcare for trans people, including surgery, endocrine & fertility
[...]
In my work, I talk to a LOT of the public about trans healthcare. Being a 'waste of money' is a massive concern of many. Because of this.
Trans healthcare has some of the best outcomes regarding mental health etc of any care, but it's demonised and deliberately misrepresented
Trans men getting pregnant have specific healthcare requirements, sure. This costs extra. As do... countless women who get pregnant also.
Here's the thing. This isn't about money. It's about using 'the taxpayer's pound' as an emotional lever to push moral pressure via the media
When the Mail talk about trans young people getting hormonal intervention, they back up their scaremongering with the costs of the drugs.
£5000 SURGERY is a cheap surgery, but it sounds expensive. And that's used to help push moral messages. Of transphobia, in these cases.
£300 PER MONTH PUBERTY PAUSERS are demonised for trans kids, yet the many times greater number of cis kids that get them are Acceptable
[...]"
-- Ellen Murray (@ellenfromnowon), 2016-07-31 (link is to one tweet, but should display entire thread, if you want to read what I skipped over)

[She's discussing UK media and arguments about the NHS, but I hear similar arguments in the US about what Medicaid should pay for, what a hypothetical single-payer system would pay for, whether it's somehow imposing unduly on them to have trans care included in the insurance their employer provides, etc.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-08

"White politicians who say 'all lives matter' is similar to the founding fathers saying 'all men were created equal' while they had slaves." -- @BlakeDontCrack, 2015-09-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-07

[TTTO: "I've Just Seen A Face" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney]

"I just claimed a gym
 I don't know if I'll sink or swim
 now that I have. It's just a place for me
 to fight with all the Pokemon I've caught
 
 la-la-la-la-la-la
 
 Had it been another day
 I might have walked the other way [...]"

  -- Rob Wynne, 2016-07-29 (do click through for the rest of the verses)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-06

"The financial-services people, as much as many of them would like to see more deregulation, are also deeply frightened by the prospect of a Trump presidency. Nuclear war is bad for business." -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), responding to a question about the financial industry supporting Sec. Clinton more than Mr. Trump in the current presidential election, 2016-08-04

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-08-05
Sam Starfall:   Fear vs. hope. Hardly an even match.
 
Maxwell Post:   That's because you think of hope as something light and fragile. My version of hope has calluses and dirt under the fingernails and isn't past bringing brass knuckles to a fight.

From Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2013-10-30

[Not sure whether I've used this one before.]

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