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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-24

"My baby, she got me an orb.
 My baby, she knows how much I love orbs."

  -- Tailsteak, 2017-05-13

May 22, 2017:

"I can't believe I tweeted about an orb the first time in the history of my twitter account and a week later Trump touches an orb.

"Beartrap."

-- Tailsteak, 2017-05-22

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-23

"The paid pundit suffers under no greater fear or anxiety than the threat of irrelevance. When factual data emerges with the capacity to destroy the pundit's acumen, it quickly finds itself in the incinerator, discarded and forever ignored.

[...]

"More than political bias or even crass fixation on ratings, the most deleterious condition of the pundits is that they have only learned to ride the surfboard. They are surface dwellers. Comprehension of the real stories requires diving equipment."

-- David Masciotra, 2017-04-23

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-22

"Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World." -- Winston Churchill (b. 1874-11-30, d. 1965-01-24; UK Prime Minister 1940-1945 & 1951-1955)), at a luncheon 1941-09-04 to honour Mackenzie King (b. 1874-12-17, d. 1950-07-22; Prime Minister of Canada 1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1930 & 1945-1948)

[Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-21

"Over a long time, the coming and passing of several generations, the old farm had settled into its patterns and cycles of work - its annual plowing moving from field to field; its animals arriving by birth or purchase, feeding and growing, thriving and departing. Its patterns and cycles were virtually the farm's own understanding of what it was doing, of what it could do without diminishment. This order was not unintelligent or rigid. It tightened and slackened, shifted and changed in response to the markets and the weather. The Depression had changed it somewhat, and so had the war. But through all changes so far, the farm had endured. Its cycles of cropping and grazing, thought and work, were articulations of its wish to cohere and to last. The farm, so to speak, desired all of its lives to flourish.

"Athey was not exactly, or not only, what is called a 'landowner.' He was the farm's farmer, but also its creature and belonging. He lived its life, and it lived his; he knew that, of the two lives, his was meant to be the smaller and the shorter."

-- Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-20

"I need more clones. Then I could get a lot more not done." -- from The Devil's Panties by Jennie and Obby Breeden, 2017-05-12 (mouseover text)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-19

"I think Donald Trump's genius has been as an entertainer, as a reality show figure, who's really hacked the system.

"He finally figured out that if he gave these outrageous speeches, then cable news would cover him all the time and drown out his rivals and drown out any policy discussion. And we're seeing a continuation of that.

"People talk about Twitter. But Trump's real venue is television and he's a sort of sinister Chauncey Gardner, from the novel Being There. There's this figure who watches TV, repeats what he sees on TV, and becomes popular, even though he knows nothing."

-- Jeet Heer, on the CBC program Day 6, 2017-04-28

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-18

"Passwords are like underwear: you don't let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn't share it with strangers." -- Chris Pirillo

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-17

"The Evangelical support of Trump will be an indictment against its validity as a Christian movement for generations to come." -- Richard Rohr, 2016-10-10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-16

"[...] it is the nature of oppression to try to divide people who are natural allies. The forces that threaten women from all races and incomes, the forces that threaten Transgender women and men and non-binary people, these forces are linked. Being for ourselves also means being for our siblings who are marginalized along the axis of gender. For white, cisgender women like myself, being for ourselves means being for the safety of the Transgender women of color who are in mortal danger every day. Women's lives are worth saving. For women who can afford new clothes, being for ourselves means being for the wellbeing of women who work in the factories where our clothes are made. Women's work is worth paying for. For those of us who have access to health care, being for ourselves means being for all people who need doctors, nurses, and medicines for their sexual health, birth control, gender care, abortion, and pre- and post-natal care. Health care labeled as women's health care is a human right, and we know that these categories of care affect people of all genders. If I am for myself, I am against misogyny in all its forms. We will be bold for change, unapologetic in our movement for equality." -- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-15

"These are folks who are good, hard-working people, who are still experiencing an America where we haven't lived up to our hopes and dreams for this country. And who remind me every single day that there is an urgent work to do. And so that's really who I am.

"I define my patriotism, I define my faith as a Christian, I define my blackness, in the sense of a continuous struggle to make this country live up to who we say we are. The fullness to become that more perfect union [...]"

-- US Sen. Cory Booker, on the podcast Pod Save the People, 2017-05-02

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-14

"You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity." -- Criss Jami, Killosophy [via Goodreads]

[A good Lag B'Omer to everyone celebrating it!]

Today is:
Gregorian: 2017 May 14 [Mother's Day in Cyprus, the US, Canada, Greece, Turkey, and a whole bunch of other places, but not everywhere (2nd Sunday of May)]
Julian: 2017 May 01
Hebrew: 5777 Iyyar 18 [Lag B'Omer]
Islamic: 1438 Sha'ban 17
Persian: 1395 Ordibehesht 24
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.8.5
Indian: 1939 Vaisakha 24
Coptic: 1733 Pashons 06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-13

"Are bulbasaurs dinosaurs, or are they synapsids? I keep referring to them as onion dinosaurs, but every time I do, I imagine a paleontologist giving me a disappointed look. Some people have a little voice in their head that serves as their conscience. I have a panel of cranky curators." -- Emily Finke, 2017-04-23 [emphasis added to highlight the part I really wanted to quote -- the rest is there for context]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-12

"What I'm genuinely upset about is the degree of nastiness -- not from him [POTUS], I expected him to be a pig and I expected him to be awful, and he has come through in spades... But what's scary to me is the sort of, awakened dragon of American hate, and the fact that my timeline is filled with, like, silhouettes of Nazi propaganda (although a lot of it is kinda funny). It's a bummer to me that it's like anti-Semitism is kind of getting its groove back. -- Moshe Kasher, on the Crooked Media podcast Lovett or Leave It, 2017-04-29 (quoted like is at 0:08:41 to 0:09:12)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-11

"The AHCA would remove pre-existing condition protections. This would make it darn near impossible for the disabled to get coverage since, and say it with me now, all disabilities are pre-existing conditions. The AHCA also has several hundred billion in cuts to Medicaid, the only other reliable option for the disabled to get healthcare. What happens you add those things together? Let's not beat around the bush. the current GOP is advocating for eugenics under the guise of being 'politically incorrect.'" -- Matt Stafford, 2017-05-05

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-10

"There is nothing that infuriates you and I [...] more than when politics is covered like a game. If your response to millions of people losing their health care, including cancer patients, people who have been the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence -- if your response to that is to decide which politicians are the winners in this, quit your fucking job. There are only losers here, and they are the American people. This is not a political win for Paul Ryan, it doesn't mean Donald Trump is a great negotiator, doesn't mean that the new Reince Priebus / Gary Cohn wing of the whatever did anything right. It just means that there is a section of American people who needed help, got help, and now may have that help taken away. That's all that matters here. The fact that we cover this like the NBA playoffs is how we end up in a situation where the Republicans in the house think that all that matters is putting points on the board by passing something, no matter how horrible it is or how ignorant they are of the details of it."-- Dan Pfeiffer, on Pod Save America, 2017-05-04

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-09

"Migrating from man to woman, I learned the social codes of both camps, and was forced to confront my own prejudices and assumptions. Indeed, self-awareness, humility, and the courage to speak unpopular truths are core principles of intelligence tradecraft. I have been to war and changed genders; I don't fear the next mission." -- Jenny Hall, "Coming Out as Transgender Made Me a More Effective CIA Officer", The Atlantic, 2017-03-20

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-08

"Since he has taken office, he has harshly targeted immigrants in the United States; at his rally on Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., he compared immigrants -- as he did last year -- to poisonous snakes, to great applause. It is worth noting that this tactic of dehumanization -- referring to humans as animals -- has historically been used to foment hatred and violence against chosen groups. In the lead up to the Rwandan genocide, for instance, Tutsis were regularly described as snakes." -- Jason Stanley, <a href='https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/opinion/who-is-a-criminal.html"> 2017-05-01</a></p>

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-07

"The desert shatters the soul's arrogance and leaves body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die." -- Dan B. Allender, The Healing Path

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 11:58am on 2017-05-06

My mother, Joanna Arthur, died in her sleep last night after a very brief period of hospice care.

Unsurprisingly, I am still in the alternating-crying-and-numb phase, and will probably be thinking at 1/4 speed for a while & responding to a lot of perfectly reasonable questions with, "I don't know" because of that.

Today is looking like a time to build a blanket-fort and hide in it. Please keep me and my siblings in your thoughts. Foolishly, I did not make a list of who-should-be-told-first ahead of time, so I'm kinda winging it with half a brain.

Oh so eerily appropriately, the 'memory' Facebook suggested for me this morning was a photo from the trip I took with Mom to Cyprus, of the grave site of other relatives.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-06

"A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing." -- Alan J. Perlis

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