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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-10-02

"In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist. In 1957, neighbors in Levittown, Pa., uniting under the flag of segregation, wrote: 'As moral, religious and law-abiding citizens, we feel that we are unprejudiced and undiscriminating in our wish to keep our community a closed community.'

[...]

"The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion. We can forgive Whitaker’s assailant. Much harder to forgive is all that makes Whitaker stand out in the first place. New York is a city, like most in America, that bears the scars of redlining, blockbusting and urban renewal. The ghost of those policies haunts us in a wealth gap between blacks and whites that has actually gotten worse over the past 20 years.

"But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. [...]"

 -- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Good, Racist People", NYT, 2013-03-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-10-01

"Ladies and gentlemen: War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." -- Jimmy Carter (b. 1924-10-01; US President 1977-01-20 to 1981-01-20), Nobel Lecture, 2002-12-10


(Also, happy birthday to my nephew Kyle, if my sister lets him read this)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:01pm on 2014-09-30

Storify archive of the most recent Sunday Twitter religion-and-TGBLQ chat -- #Qfaith: Our Roots -- Our Ancestors, Transcestors, Mentors, Elders, and Inspirations

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-30

"Get it? They're playing a part. And what makes me think there's something to it is, I know that's what I do when I get up on a stage. I play a part. I'm not me, the fellow who lives in Rumson, New Jersey, and keeps parakeets. I'm The Incredible Art. If you look at it one way, I'm sort of hypnotizing myself into behaving, what do they call it, counterfactually. And not just me. All actors. They get up there night after night. The corns don't hurt, the cough doesn't hack, whether they're exhausted or not the step is spry -- until the curtain comes down, and that glorious, radiant creature schlumps away to the dressing room and the Bromo-Seltzer and the Preparation H." -- The Incredible Art, in The Cool War by Frederik Pohl (1979, Del Rey / Ballantine Books, New York)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-29

"Thanks to Abbott's homophobic politicking, Connie Wilson is in a tough spot. She may not be able to vote. The couple's finances are in the name Wilson. Their child's last name is Wilson. Connie's medical records. Every valid legal record of her life amounts to who she is today: Connie Wilson. DPS suggested that Connie get an Texas ID with her birth name, which is not her legal name.

"As a married LGBT citizen and new resident to Texas, Connie told the Texas Observer that she feels undocumented. 'My name is already legally Wilson. I don'€™t know if a judge will even grant me a name change from Wilson to Wilson.'"

-- Brint Crockett, "Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Denies Mom Of Three Driver's License -- And Right To Vote", 2014-09-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:38am on 2014-09-28

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-09-19:

"A rib has no particular potency nor is it associated mythologically or symbolically with any human generative act. Needless to say, the penis has always been associated with generation, in practice, in mythology, and in the popular imagination. Therefore, the literal, metaphorical, and euphemistic use of the word tzela make the baculum a good candidate for the singular bone taken from Adam to generate Eve." -- Scott F. Gilbert and Ziony Zevit, writing in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, offering an alternative interpretation of the Biblical account of the creation of Eve.

[ http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/28/gilbert_zevit.php]

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)


The quoted summary paragraph is a good summary, but I find the two preceeding paragraphs more interesting. The first of those is:

One of the creation stories in Genesis may be an explanatory myth wherein the Bible attempts to find a cause for why human males lack this particular bone. Our opinion is that Adam did not lose a rib in the creation of Eve. Any ancient Israelite (or for that matter, any American child) would be expected to know that there is an equal (and even) number of ribs in both men and women. Moreover, ribs lack any intrinsic generative capacity. We think it is far more probable that it was Adam’s baculum that was removed in order to make Eve. That would explain why human males, of all the primates and most other mammals, did not have one. The Hebrew noun translated as "rib," tzela (tzade, lamed, ayin), can indeed mean a costal rib. It can also mean the rib of a hill (2 Samuel 16:13), the side chambers (enclosing the temple like ribs, as in 1 Kings 6:5,6), or the supporting columns of trees, like cedars or firs, or the planks in buildings and doors (1 Kings 6:15,16). So the word could be used to indicate a structural support beam. Interestingly, Biblical Hebrew, unlike later rabbinic Hebrew, had no technical term for the penis and referred to it through many circumlocutions. When rendered into Greek, sometime in the second century BCE, the translators used the word pleura, which means "side," and would connote a body rib (as the medical term pleura still does). This translation, enshrined in the Septuagint, the Greek Bible of the early church, fixed the meaning for most of western civilization, even though the Hebrew was not so specific.

The entire piece is pretty short. Go take a look.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-27

"The complementarity of the persons in a marriage reflects the complementarity of the Persons of the Trinity, and the bliss of marital union is an inkling of the bliss of the union of the Persons of the Trinity." -- Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, "Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage", 2014-09-03

"Aha! So we should be promoting triads." -- [info] dmk, reacting to Gobry's statement, 2014-09-13 (non-public FB comment)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-26

"Hey, you'd be blue too if you smacked your head off a piece of glass a few billion times thicker than you while traveling at the speed of light" -- MM54, explaining blue glow in vacuum tubes, 2011-01-21

[Happy birthday to [info] - personal bodger and [info] anusara!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-25

"On Rosh Hashanah we are aware that God is judging us. But God is truly judging us every moment of every day. It is only on Rosh Hashanah that we, as a people, pause to reflect on this phenomenon." -- Michael Mascolo

Today is:
Grgorian: 2014 September 25
Julian: 2014 September 12
Hebrew: 5775 Tishri 1
Islamic: 1435 Dhu al-Qa'da 30
Persian: 1393 Mehr 3
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.1.14.3
Indian: 1936 Asvina 3

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

"The blessing over the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah refers to the mitzvah as 'hearing the voice of the Shofar,' but since that voice speaks without words, the message that is heard depends a great deal on who is doing the listening." -- Douglas Aronin

[To my friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah starting this evening, a blessed holiday and a sweet new year!]

Today is:
Gregorian: 2014 September 24
Julian: 2014 September 11
Hebrew: 5774 Elul 29
Islamic: 1435 Dhu al-Qa'da 29
Persian: 1393 Mehr 2
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.1.14.2
Indian: 1936 Asvina 2

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-23

[I never got around to using this when folks were still dealing with the sale of LJ, but it's been sitting in the queue waiting for something like Facebook suddenly getting insistent about its real names policy (or Google's outing of trans people a few years ago) ...]

"We give these companies a great deal of control over our privacy and our speech - and even if we trust that company with those responsibilities now, there are no guarantees that the pressures upon and motivations of that company will stay constant over time.

"The news that LiveJournal has been sold to SUP, a Moscow-based company, is the latest vivid indication of this danger. [...]"

-- Danny O'Brien, "Between Friends: The Perils of Centralized Blogging", Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2007-12-03

[Happy first day of (astronomical) Autumn! For folks who like to keep track, the exact time of the Autumnal Equinox this year as 22:29 last night Eastern Daylight Time / 02:29 this morning Coordinated Universal Time.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-22

"Why is it that EVERY TIME States' Rights are invoked, it's to protect bigory?

"I could totally get behind States' Rights if it meant I was actually supporting real freedom, but if you argue that States' Rights mean that more people are less free and less equal? (and that seems to be the case EVERY TIME)"

-- Steve Haug, 2014-09-10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-21

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-09-08:

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." -- Leonard Bernstein

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-20

Mona Gale: "Babe, you're not trying to burn fat. We're gonna strengthen your core."

Ariel Pulaski: "MY CORE IS PUPPIES AND RAINBOWS! IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE STRONG!"

-- from Woodson by Brendan Nicholas and Siobhan Covill, 2013-11-01

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-19

"I can only think of 3 countries that constantly talk about how awesome they are: The USA, Russia, & North Korea. Which worries me..." -- Jackie Wohlenhaus (@betweenfailures), 2014-09-07

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-18

"Moreover, the evidence reveals that the most iconic Radical Feminist institutions were designed to be trans-inclusive, until TERF’s violence forced trans people to choose between their own safety, the safety of Radical Feminists and the institution itself and leaving the space. As has always been, TERF aggression comes wrapped in the guise of Radical Feminism, for the purpose of colonizing Radical Feminism." -- Cristan Williams, "The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival: The historic RadFem vs TERF vs Trans fight">, 2014-09-02

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-17

"[T]there is a big difference between a 'real' name and a 'legal' name. Our real name (or names) is our identity, our legal name is just something we use to interact with the state. Certainly for many, they are the same, but for many others they are hugely different. A name that may not be a legal name certainly need not be 'fake'!." -- Marla Louise, 2014-09-15

[Yes, for anyone who asn't heard in the last few days, nymwars started up again, this time with Facebook making Google's painful mistake. I guess it's time to repeat this and this again.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-16

"Rothblatt created this awesome/terrifying robot, and all people want to talk about is her gender?" -- Parker Marie Molloy, "CEO Martine Rothblatt is Transgender, and That's the Least Interesting Thing About Her", 2014-09-11 (quoted text appears on second page)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-09-15

"The reason the political spectrum is called a 'spectrum' is that it extends off in both directions, like some kind of, I dunno, spectrum. On this spectrum, Che Guevara is much farther away from Barack Obama than Obama is from George W. Bush." -- Jonathan Chait, 2014-09-03 [thanks to Paul Anderson for quoting this earlier]


context, for those who want it but won't just click through to the source )
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It's Sunday, so our weekly queerness-and-faith chat is happening this evening (this afternoon for folks on the West Coast) over on Twitter. This is a gathering of religious TLGBQ people (all faiths invited), to discuss various topics. This week we're going to start out by talking about faith and gender roles.

To listen in, point your web browser at Twitter and search for the #qfaith hashtag. To join the conversation, you'll need a Twitter account, and just include "#qfaith" in each of your tweets that's meant to go to the whole group.

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