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

"You can't set up an appointment for chaos! That defeats the whole point!" -- Sam Starfall, in Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2016-05-02 (Related -- an unnamed (I think) robot in the previous strip: "In your face, entropy!")

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-04

"Porn isn't addictive. It isn't even harmful for the overwhelming majority of users. Fewer than one percent of porn users experience negative effects from their porn use. But ten percent of people are afraid of their porn use. The message here is that porn isn't addictive -- but fear might be." -- David Ley, clinical psychologist (quoted in "Pornography Is Not a 'Public Health Crisis,' No Matter What Utah Lawmakers Think" by Martha Kempner, 2016-02-12

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-03

"This is probably the biggest pet peeve of the chronically ill: the suggestion that they should just suck it up and push through it. That is actually the worst single piece of advice you could give a chronically ill person, and this is why. People possessing average energy stores and bodies that aren't falling apart can go for a day or week or even month where they're not getting enough sleep. Sure they'll feel crappy, but once they take a weekend to really rest, their body will be back to normal. For a healthy person, it might be totally reasonable to push through some tiredness to get extra work done.

"Not so for chronically ill people. Being chronically ill is sort of like starting every day on three hours of sleep, regardless of how much sleep you've actually gotten. Strike that. It's like starting the day on three hours of sleep plus you have the flu. A flu that might never go away or get better. (I'm a bundle of laughs at parties, let me tell you.) If a chronically ill person tries to 'push through' their fatigue, they could actually make themselves substantively sicker. The immune system that was just sort of nibbling on their kidneys will now go on full attack, or the moderate pain they had in their joints will be turned up to eleven. And, as you can imagine, that increase of symptoms doesn't just last during the period that they're 'pushing through' their fatigue. It can last for weeks because now they've actually made themselves sicker. Telling a chronically ill person to just suck it up and push through the fatigue is like telling a lung cancer patient to just have another five cigarettes. Go ahead! Suck that smoke through your throat hole. It won't hurt you."

-- Katie Ernst, "Five Reasons Fatigue Isn't Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don't Get It)", 2016-03-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-05-02

"The War on Terror started with over 3,000 people being killed in a terrorist attack on your own soil. It has since cost the U.S. over 5 trillion dollars -- money that could have been used to save far more lives than were lost in the first place, if they had been provided with adequate health care." -- 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 2016-05-01

[Happy Beltane to all my Pagan friends celebrating that today! Happy Labour Day (most places outside the US) / International Workers' Day, to everyone who does work for a living or politically supports those who do! And to my Orthodox family and friends, a blessed Easter! Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ is risen! Here's a small collection of quotations for today's collection of holidays.]

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." -- The Gospel According to Matthew, 11:28 (KJV)

"For the historian's test of greatness is not, 'What did he accumulate?' It is not, 'What did he build up to tumble down on his head?' — not that at all, but this: Was the world different because he lived? Did he start men to think along fresh lines with a vigor and vitality that persisted after him? By this test Jesus stands first." -- H. G. Wells (b. 1866-09-21, d. 1946-08-13), in American Magazine (I don't know what date)

"In regards to the price of commodities, the rise of wages operates as simple interest does, the rise of profit operates like compound interest.

"Our merchants and masters complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price and lessening the sale of goods. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people." -- Adam Smith (b. 1723-0-05 (Julian) / 1723-06-16 (Gregorian), d. 1790-07-17), An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)

"Mirth seems to explode around us as we approach the season of Beltane. Nature seems to be slipping on her best dress and looking for a good time. [...] Mirth is an expression of gratitude to whatever gods you believe it. It is enjoyment of the gift the universe has given you. To ignore it is to waste that precious gift and thumb your nose the gods, God, the Universe, or whoever you believe gave it to you. In this way, mirth may be the highest and most spiritual virtue I can think of. So dance, sing, feast, make music, and love. For the sake of the gods, open up a bottle of mirth any time you can!" -- Tim Titus, "Virtues of the Goddess: Mirth", 2016-04-27

"For Pagans, especially those who identify as Wiccans or Witches, our bodies, this life, and the Earth are sacred. In the tradition of 'Remember thou art Goddess,' this physical world and this current life are expressions of the divine, so why not have just as much fun as the gods do? Why not celebrate them? As far as I'm concerned, that should apply to all faiths. I'm not here to tell other religions what to do, but it seems to me that if your God created you as well as sex, dancing, wine, and other sources of fun, then it's probably alright if you utilize His creation." -- ibid.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-30

"Red tape sticks on both sides, Director." -- Dr. Engelbright, in Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity & Jeffrey C. Wells, 2016-03-25 (and yes, I knew literal red tape that the idiom springs from isn't sticky, as a commenter pointed out -- but metaphorcally, this works)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-29

"I'm not a human, I am a dove
 I'm your conscience, I am love
 All I really need is to know that you believe"

  -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21), "I Would Die 4 U"

[Today is Orthodox Good Friday. Western Easter was kinda early this year, and Orthodox Easter is kinda late, so there's an especially long gap between the two this year. Next year they'll both be on the same day, then the following two years after that they'll be a week apart.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-28

"As a kid growing up with epilepsy, I made myself colorful as a survival strategy.

"Age 14, a sharp, distinct, intentional before and after: Before seizures, I was the shy, quiet girl drowning in baggy kitten sweatshirts and Wrangler jeans; after seizures, I showed up to school in fishnets, combat boots, heavy black eyeliner, and dyed red-platinum-orange-pink-black (whatever fit the mood that week) hair. While the other kids whispered Karrie is on drugs, Karrie is nuts, Karrie pisses her pants, Karrie is faking, Karrie is a freak, I said fuck it. I will show them a freak. My clothes got weirder. My writing got weirder. My musical tastes got weirder. My art got weirder. I got weirder.

"I didn't know until years later that Prince did the same damn thing. Prince had epilepsy, too. Prince got freaky as survival strategy.

"In 2009, he talked about his epilepsy publicly for the first time on PBS with Tavis Smiley. 'From that point on,' he said, 'I've been having to deal with a lot of things, getting teased a lot in school. And early in my career I tried to compensate by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could.'

"Prince was a walking disability poetics.

"After that, when I listened to his music, I thought: Prince has a Sparkle Brain."

-- Karrie Higgins, "Prince and the Sparkle Brains (cw: disability, ableism, sexual abuse), 2016-04-23 [thanks to [info] - personal twistedchick for linking to this. As she and [info] - personal anonymous_sibyl pointed out, not an easy or comfortable read, but worth it.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-27

"Around the rest of the world, Mr. Sanders represents a point on the political spectrum that is mildly left of centre. His 'wacky' ideas of free (and we'll get to that term a bit later) education, free healthcare, regulating banks and corporations and so on are all actually staple ideas of many of the happiest and most prosperous countries in the world. [...] Looking at the other candidates, Hillary Clinton would in most countries be considered right of centre, not left. Donald and Ted? Man, those guys are so far right of centre you couldn't plot where they exist-they're pretty much off the spectrum." -- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-25

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-26

"In times past, the question usually asked by women was 'How can we best help to defend our nation?' I cannot remember a time when the question on so many people's lips was 'How can we prevent war?' There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war. For many years war has been looked upon as almost inevitable in the solution of any question that has arisen between nations, and the nation that was strong enough to do so went about building up its defenses and its power to attack. It felt that it could count on these two things for safety." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1961-12-20

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The Homespun Ceilidh Band will be in the middle of Greenbelt, MD both days of Mother's Day weekend:

  • We're doing our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center on Saturday, 7 May 2016, at 8:00 PM. Come in and sit with us for an intimate concert, hear favourite Celtic tunes, and help support the arts center. ($20 General Admission, $16 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth. Call 301-441-8770 for more information or reservations.)
  • We're performing at the 12th annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival on Sunday, 8 May 2016 at 3:00 PM. Come see us outdoors on a fine spring afternoon after wandering around the festival, shopping for cool stuff from the vendors, seeing exhibits and enjoying craft activities, and hearing the other bands performing that day. You'll probably have more room to dance, if so inclined, at the festival.

Or make us really happy and come to both!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-25

"Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-24

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-10:

"It is a direct invasion of public space. It lays the counting, the pacing, the controlled frenzy, the Familiar undergarment-outergarments and skeletal look, on top of the ordinary practice of an outdoor walk. One thing that can be said for a gym is that an implied contract links everyone who works out in its mirrored and pungent hangar. All consent to undertake separate exertions and hide any mutual regard, as in a well-ordered masturbatorium. The gym is in this sense more polite than the narrow riverside, street, or nature path, wherever runners take over shared places for themselves. With his speed and narcissistic intensity the runner corrupts the space of walking, thinking, talking, and everyday contact. He jostles the idler out of his reverie. He races between pedestrians in conversation. The runner can oppose sociability and solitude by publicly sweating on them." -- Mark Greif, from his [wrong-headed -eds.] essay Against Exercise.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-23

"All of the people who told me it was okay to be weird are going away, and it is quickly dawning on me that it's our turn to do that now." -- @ohcatrina, 2016-04-21

To which, @themightyjerd replied, " I honestly think that is what #adulting means to me at this point."

[There's a parallel here to the story I've told many times about my prayers as a teen and the response I got. I'll tell that again if anybody hasn't heard it yet and wants to.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:39pm on 2016-04-22

I found this interesting and (being a goy) educational: "Finding room for non-traditional Haggadahs at the Passover table" (~24 minutes, on CBC's The Current)

And here's where [info] realinterrobang gets to giggle again at my listening to more Canadian radio than she does...

I was vaguely aware that "theme" Haggadahs exist (and that they're not everyone's cup of tea), but this explained somewhat how those fit in for folks who do use them. (I have no strong opinion here -- not my holiday, Not My Place. But always interested in unerstanding better.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-22

"It's been so lonely without u here
 Like a bird without a song
 Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
 Tell me baby where did I go wrong"

  -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21) "Nothing Compares 2 U" (recorded by Sinead O'Connor)

[And to go from mourning a celebrity to cheering a holiday with almost no transition ... Chag Sameach to all my friends whose Pesach celebrations start tonight!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-21

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-04-18:

"What kind of country do we want to wake up to: one that spends billions on an impossible, impractical symbol of fear or one that smells like breakfast?" -- John Oliver, comedian, on U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's promise to build a wall on the U.S./Mexican border.

[ http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-john-oliver-break-down-absurdity-of-trumps-border-wall-20160321]

(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-20

[...] "A corollary of that is 'just stop futzing with it'. Don't 'refresh' your interface. Gratuitous change is an easy way to break trust with your community, or break features you didn't even know you had." -- Maciej Cegłowski, "Fan is a Tool-Using Animal", 2013-09-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-19

"[He] is just angry because when he got his divorce from reality reality had a better lawyer and hence got all the good stuff."

"And in order to determine who gets custody of the conservative movement, the court will render a determination under the 'Best Interests of the Childish' standard."

-- ohsopolite and Bear OmNomNom, Alicublog, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-18

"Trans people aren't 'obsessed' with bathrooms, we don't care about bathrooms 'too much'. We want to not care about bathrooms at all. You're the the weird ones obsessed with bathrooms. Don't put that on us." -- Robot Hugs 2016-04-14

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