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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-12-03

"As a veteran of many an electoral defeat at the polls, may I remind you of the proper Texan attitude toward slaughter at the polls?

"A few years before Billie Carr died this September at age 74, a friend called to ask how she was doing. 'Well,' she said, 'They just impeached my boy up in Washington, there's not a Democrat left in statewide office in Texas, the Republicans have taken every judgeship in Harris County, and yesterday I found out I have cancer.'

Pause.

"'I think I'll go out and get a pregnancy test because with my luck, it'll come back positive.'"

-- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-12-02

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." -- unknown, probably not Sigmund Freud, to whom it is usually attributed

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:55pm on 2016-12-01

My sweet, sweet Perrine, the cat who squeaked, drama-kitty, who wandered into my life thirteen and a half years ago mostly starved and proceeded to give me affection, stories, and the occasional live mouse over the years, died around 18:45 tonight after an undetermined illness[*].

I am not thinking straight. I'm not sure I'm really thinking. My head seems to have turned into a snot-factory. If you want to know how I'm doing ... I don't know yet. I'll figure that out when I can think again.

I got thirteen and a half years of stories. She got thirteen and a quarter years of better health than she came to me with, and a human to sleep on. Thirteen years ... wasn't enough.

2016 really fucking sucks.

[*] Blood tests and physical exaam ruled out most of the easy-to-treat stuff and all of the easy-to-diagnose things, so we were in a "try to treat the symptoms and watch for more clues" stage.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-12-01

"All of my peers died of AIDS, and I have no one to celebrate my past or my journey, or to help me pass down stories to the next generation. We lost an entire generation of storytellers with HIV." -- David Mixner

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-30

"I'm sorry, everyone, but I must ask for some support in addressing this hateful and ignorant man. Look up, please. Someone look up because I can't do this alone." -- posted on Medium.com by Being Liberal, which is described as a FB community, with the note "Originally posted on Facebook" ... but looking ar recent posts in the Being Liberal FB community only found me a reshare of the Meium.com version, not the original post. So I don't know what individual to attribute the essay to, unless Being Liberal is an authorship entity as well as a community...?

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-29

"This is not something which is in any way, in my view, the precinct of the left. It is in fact the precinct of rational people when looking to encourage work and community engagement and give people a floor beneath which they're not allowed to fall." -- Hugh Segal, Conservative political strategist, quoted in "Ontario pilot project puts universal basic income to the test" by Ashifa Kassam, 2017-10-28

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-28

"Cowards. Are you so afraid of a world where everyone gets to dream that you would rather impose a nightmare on us all? Apparently so." -- Nora K. Jemisin, 2016-11-10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-27

"The political power of whiteness is so immense that most people do not regard appeals to white identity as 'identity politics.' But it is." -- @AdamSerwer, 2016-11-18 [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-26

"Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease." -- Peter Abelard (b. 1079, d. 1142-04-21)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-25

"They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." -- Charlie Parker (b. 1920-08-29, d. 1955-03-12)

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

"It's so ironic that people are gearing up for Thanksgiving when Native Americans are being tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets and water hoses as we speak." -- attribution unclear but the name I've seen most often when there's any name on it at all, is @17thsoulja or @17thsoulja4

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-23

"'There's no courage', The Prophet said, 'before the war has begun.'
 Drunkards vaunt their bravery when you speak of war.
 But in the blaze of battle they scatter like mice.
 I'm astonished by the man who wants purity
 And yet trembles when the harshness of polishing begin...
 When a man beats a carpet again and again
 It's not the carpet he's attacking, but the dirt in it."

-- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17), translated by Andrew Harvey

[I was going to use this during the rhetorical buildup to the next US war or new-front-in-ongoing-war ... but a recent post by Kat Tanaka Okopnik made me realize how else it applies.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-22

"America likes to brand itself as 'the land of opportunity,' but from elsewhere in the world, the cost of that opportunity is shockingly high. It looks more and more like the land of oligarchy, where those with privilege move higher and higher up more and more easily, and those below have to scramble with all their might, sacrificing everything and never making a bad decision to even have a shot at being upper middle class. And if you don't get there? Well you shouldn't have made that bad decision that one time, it's your fault. Christ, even your poster boys for innovation and striking it rich -- Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates -- went to freaking Harvard. Land of opportunity, huh? Yeah, when the next Facebook is founded by a guy working out of a college dorm at Indiana State, you might be able to say that without irony."-- Pete Ross, 2016-04-26

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:22am on 2016-11-22

Um, did I remember to mention here that Perrine has been sick? Vomiting, losing weight and muscle strength. Down to six pounds. Anyhow, here's an update (crossposted from FB):

Perrine had a week of anti-nausea pills (supposed to be eight days, but the first dose did not wind up inside the cat), and those worked. She was okay for another day after the last dose, but has started throwing up again. :-( I called Dr. T.'s office and they said he'd ring me back in the morning.

On the drug, she ate very enthusiastically ... but not very much. Now she's eating even less. On a positive note, she's gone back to eating Fancy Feast instead of tuna (she's even turned down tuna in favour of proper cat food), and seems more energetic than she was a week and a half ago. She'll eat kibble, but only a few pieces at a time and only from my hand. Slow way to get calories in.

Last time I talked to the vet he suggested a wait-and-see approach after treating the nausea, but did offer a plan-B: take her to the emergency room in Catonsville where they can do an ultrasound to look for tumours and a 24-hour observation ... for probably $500-$1000. Ouch. (He also said that in theory the best way to look for cancer would be a PET scan, but at $20,000 that winds up not being used on cats.) He seemed to think that, at the time at least, wait-and-see made more sense. Not sure what he'll tell me tomorrow. Basically, blood tests ruled out everything easy, what's left is harder to diagnose and may be harder to treat, and cancer is still a possibility.

She's thrown up in the litter box four times now. That seems unlikely to be a coincidence -- not sure whether it's more likely that her nausea is at its worst while she's pooping, or that she figured out that was easier for me to clean up than the floor or the bed. (She's no genius -- about average for a cat AFAICT -- but she's watched me deal with her mess.) But today she threw up on the stairs, then stepped in it and left one icky pawprint on each step down the rest of the flight. Bleah.

She's still scarily underweight and missing half her fur. (She looks okay from a distance -- she started with a LOT of fur -- but up close I can see bits of skin where it goes over a sharp curve and the fur parts. Basically it looks like she's missing her undercoat.)

So ... no worse than before, maybe a little bit better, still a mystery, and I'm still scared enough about her health to get really babbly once I get started.


Before I forget to mention this: Mom's dog, Pepper, died about a week ago. :-( Not a well-behaved dog, but a cute dog and devoted to Mom.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-21

"Nice people made the best Nazis. My mom grew up next to them. They got along, refused to make waves, looked the other way when things got ugly and focused on happier things than 'politics.' They were lovely people who turned their heads as their neighbors were dragged away. You know who weren't nice people? Resisters." -- Naomi Shulman, 2016-11-13 ( background)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-20

"Coming together to remember victims of violence must serve not as a single occasion to mourn loss, but as impetus for working toward a future in which such violence -- and the conditions that promote it -- is eradicated. It means working toward recognizing and respecting trans people in public institutions like law enforcement and the media. [...] At an individual level, it means befriending and helping vulnerable trans people -- emotionally, socially and economically -- so their chances of being victims of violence diminish." -- Meredith Talusan, "On Trans Day of Remembrance, we must do much more than remember", 2015-11-19

[I see more value in the Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November) than the author seems to, but I agree that it should be a reminder (to ourselves and allies) to work on making things better. Note that we also have the Trans Day of Visibility (31 March) to serve that purpose in a more celebratory way.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-19

"It takes a long time to become young." -- Pablo Picasso

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-18

"Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear ... Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (b. 1906-02-04, d. 1945-04-09)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-17

"Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans." -- Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (2006)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-11-16

"From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative -- a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character." -- Chris Ladd, 2016-07-22

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