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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-01

"But to the Freedom Foundation, a business-backed Olympia think tank, the day is evidence of the power of unions, which to members equals the decline of America. Rather than stoop to taking a union-backed day off, they plan to fight the power by ... working all day Monday instead!" -- Danny Westneat describing the plan of Tom McCabe, 2014-08-30 [thanks to Paul Anderson for sharing this earlier]

(Rolling my eyes, over here.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-31

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-21:

"But in the United States by far the major innovations in productivity improvement all involve ideology, the highly inventive calling-forth by management of voluntary, rather than forced, forms of super-exploitation. So far the most common examples for the average worker involve the donation of additional time represented by the ideology of professionalism. Workers not previously considered professional and not compensated like professionals now routinely donate countless hours to their employers: doing one's email at 6 am, taking phone calls in the evening, writing reports on weekends, traveling and attending employer events on personal time, and so forth." -- Marc Bousquet

[http://www.theminnesotareview.org/journal/ns7172/credos_bousquet.shtml]

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:25pm on 2014-08-30

Another kind of odd couple of weeks, another last-minute gig announcement that I'd meant to make a while ago, another big pile of posts-I-should-write stuck in my head until I have a less scattered couple of days -- a little too familiar, but here I am.

Tomorrow, 31 August 2014, The Homespun Ceilidh Band will be performing at the Virginia Scottish Games. We're scheduled for 4:30 PM in the Fiddle Tent, but that's in festival-time so we could possibly go on a little early or a little late depending on how things are running on that stage.

This event is held at Great Meadow, in The Plains, VA, a large, nice site. Plan for plenty of walking, and of course come much earlier than our show so you can enjoy the rest of the Games too! (Directions and admission fees on the event web site.)

This is on the heels of a War of 1812 event last weekend, and an impresive wedding the weekend before, but then we'll have a little downtime after this.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-30

"Bah! Details! I am not an engineer. Engineers I hire. My job is not to do the impossible, it is to make others do it for me." -- Nicholas van Rijn, in The Man Who Counts (1958) by Poul Anderson (b. 1926-11-25, d. 2001-07-31)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-29

"The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before." --ۥ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-28

"Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world." -- Tina Weymouth (b. 1950-11-22)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-27

"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-26

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787-01-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-25

"I cannot hide my anger to spare your guilt, nor your hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness." -- Audre Lorde from the essay "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism" -- in the text Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

(thanks to [info] - personal bcholmes for posting it where I'd see it earlier.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-24

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-14:

"...I asked Kimberley Shears, the company's director of logistics, whether eating Larry [the lobster] was cruel. Admittedly we were enjoying a delicious lunch of cold lobster tails in Tangier's shoreside gazebo at the time, not the most sensitive choice of nourishment, considering the subject at hand. Ms. Shears bestowed a kind look on me, and said, "They technically don't have a brain." No, I thought: They have two penises instead, I guess it's a trade-off." -- Ian Brown, on lobsters.

[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/my-travels-with-larry/article19557387/]

(submitted to the mailing lst by Rob Wood)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-23

"Remember: aim higher, that's the secret! Take a good look at your target, then aim higher still!" -- William Tell's son ... according to @tjathurman, 2014-07-30

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-22

"I swear, some days you just want to shake all of creation until answers come out." -- Hope Blackwell, in A Girl and Her Fed by K.B. Spangler, August 2014

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-21

"The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject -- the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye." -- Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2014-08-15 [thanks to @mackenzian for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-20

"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when they're 90." -- Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, after getting arrested during a protest in St. Louis 2014-08-18, quoted in an article by Steven Hsieh in The Nation

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-19

"Justice for Renisha would have looked like Michael Brown being able to attend college. Justice for Trayvon would have looked like Renisha McBride getting the help she needed the night of her accident. Justice for Oscar Grant would have looked like Trayvon Martin making it home to finish watching the NBA All-Star game, Skittles and iced tea in tow. And so on, and so on. Justice should be the affirmation of our existence.

"In the absence of such justice, we take to the streets. We protest, we hold vigils and, yes, we riot. What options are left? Rioting/looting (what some would call rebellion) may not provide answers or justice. But what to do with the anger in the meantime? We are told to stay calm, but calm has not delivered justice either. Do we wait for the FBI to investigate? I guess, but what to do in the meantime, as the images coming from Ferguson echo Watts in 1965? We're told not to tear up our own communities, when time and time again we're reminded that they don't belong to us. Deaths like Michael Brown's tell us we don't belong here. What, then?"

-- Mychal Denzel Smith, 2014-08-12 [thanks to [info] browngirl for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-18

"When radical #feminism has the same position on trans people and sex work as the religious right, it's time to quit pretending it's radical.
A truly radical and gender critical feminism wouldn't be enforcing the gender binary by attacking trans people.
A truly radical feminism wouldn't be attacking women who do sex work, but the system that forces women into it via economic coercion.
Radical would be dismantling the capitalist misogynist racist systems of oppression, not attacking those trying to survive those systems."

-- @SabinePublic, 2014-08-11, series of four tweets [thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-17

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-01-12:

"You know, as much as aging sucks, there's a huge advantage to it, and that's called life experience. No, I don't like having lines on my face and stuff, but, on the other hand, I really like knowing what I'm doing." -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress.

[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/julia-louis-dreyfus-queen-frazzled-656747]

(submitted to the mailing list by Lynn Kisilenko)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-16

"I've never undersood the appeal of vampire romances. The traditional Dracula scenario is to be mesmerized by a vampire who sucks your blood for sustenance. The real life equivalent would be a handsome man seducing you while you're drunk and stealing your wallet to buy a sandwich." -- Grace Sciuridae, in EGS:NP, an out-of-continuity side-comic using the same characters as El Goonish Shive, by Dan Shive, sometimes in 2009

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-15

"When someone dies of cancer, the refrain is 'fuck cancer.' But when someone dies of depression, it's 'get help.'

"Well.

"Fuck depression."

-- @tracyvwilson, 2014-08-11

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-08-14

"operator: what is your emergency?
 woman: please help, some men broke into my home
 operator: not all men are like that, i wouldn't do that"

-- @bluntswdad, 2014-05-27 [thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting it]

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