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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-07

"Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
 Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
 But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
 Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day"

  -- Hamish Henderson (b. 1919-11-11, d. 2002-03-09), "Freedom Come Aa Ye" (1960)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-06

"When something is morally wrong, it does more harm than good to put a spiritually positive spin on it. Whitewashing in the name of God doesn't improve the world -- it discredits religion as yet another source of delusion. If I weren't angry about the lies so brazenly told by the President and his surrogates, I'd fear that I was as feckless and reckless as they are." -- Parker J. Palmer, 2017-03-29 [thanks to [info] - personal twistedchick for linking to this]

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Tomorrow -- Friday, 7 April -- at 8pm! The Homespun Ceilidh Band at the Greenbelt Arts Center, in Greenbelt, MD! (Yes, I know this is late notice again. I'll post about relevant computer woes later.)

In addition to the lively Celtic music y'all already love us for, we'll be mixing in a few Civil War tunes from Our New CD (*cough* which I need to bug a bandmate about mentioning on our own web site real soon now *cough*).

Spread the word (especially if you can post in places where I can't) -- and come out to hear us play!

$22 ($20 seniors & students). Call the arts center at 301-441-8770 or use their web site to reserve tickets in advance, or buy at the door tomorrow night. And yes, we'll have copies of the new CD, Battle Cry of Freedom: Music from the time of the Civil War, to sell you. :-)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-05

"A major reason for the nationwide (and continent-wide, I believe) failure to test rape kits is that the labs spend all their time and money testing drug samples, in order to lock up such horrendous people as medical cannabis users. The drug samples have to be tested quickly in order to determine whether there really is an illegal drug there, in which case they will get a conviction, keep their numbers up, and then get another Byrne grant or armoured personnel carrier. There is no money in prosecuting the rapes, so they can wait forever." -- Stephen Finlay, Balloon Juice, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-04

"Obamacare still stands - but those who want to increase Suffering will still work to gum it up and cause it to fail like they want to do with most of the government. [...]

"I will not forget. I will not forgive. I will not join hands and work with an opposition that actively seeks to harm me. No singing Kumbaya from me."

-- [info] - personal malada, 2017-03-25

"Oh I dunno.. joining hands with the enemy and working with them is a sound strategy. If you know judo." -- [info] - personal siliconshaman, reply to above

"As Trump disappoints his voters and kills his voters' kids, I believe that informed progressive people will be on the cusp of great victories for justice, kindness, mercy and common sense. But these victories will only take place if reasonable people embrace and use the Un-Reason of the Trumped. In other words, overly nice and civilized Americans will have to become a bit more ruthless.

"In other words, we need a Democratic Party version of jujitsu rather than more futile reasoned debate."

-- Frank Schaeffer, "There's Only One Way The Democratic Party Can Win Back The White House And Congress: Toss A Lit Match Into The Gas Can Of Trump Voters' Perpetual Anger", 2017-03-22 [thanks to [info] - personal twistedchick for linking to this]

(The third jumped out at me because I had just read the first two.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-03

"Remember that code is really the language in which we ultimately express the requirements. We may create languages that are closer to the requirements. We may create tools that help us parse and assemble those requirements into formal structures. But we will never eliminate necessary precision -- so there will always be code." -- Robert C. Martin, Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (2009, Prentice Hall, ISBN 9780132350884)

[Happy Cheese Weasel Day, everyone! Techies, remember to check under your keyboards for yummy cheese!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-02

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-21:

"Sitting in a room, alone, listening to a CD is to be lonely. Sitting in a room alone with an LP crackling away, or sitting next to the turntable listening to a song at a time via 7-inch single, is enjoying the sublime state of solitude." -- Henry Rollins

[ http://www.laweekly.com/2011-02-03/music/henry-rollins-the-column/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

[This one's for [info] merde.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-04-01

"I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish." -- Edith Sitwell (b. 1887-09-07, d. 1964-12-09)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-31

"Unlike the Transgender Day Of Remembrance that takes place later in the year, this is not about mourning the innumerable lives we've lost.

"This is about the ones who made it.

"The ones who managed, every single day, to rise from bed and face a world designed to keep them as it dictates.

"This day is about the trans people who have changed society for the rest of us, and for those of us whose very lives are an act of defiance.

"Transgender Day Of Visibility is about showing those still terrified of revealing who they are that they too have a future – and it can be a bright one."

-- Lee Hurley, 2017-03-31 (yes, a few hours ago)

And speaking of having been terrified to reveal who one is...

"I've known I was transgender since I was three-years-old. I knew a girl called Patricia and I decided I wanted to be known by that name but it didn't stick.

[...]

"I was never totally unhappy. I always made the most of things and looked on the bright side of things. I've always had a wicked sense of humour.

"The atmosphere [around being transgender] was not safe. People did not understand what transgender was...

"Because of the general hostility of people I kept quiet. It wasn't until recently that I felt safe to come out and I felt an overwhelming desire that I wanted to break free. So I came out and I've not regretted it."

-- Patricia Davies, quoted in an article by Joseph Patrick McCormick at PinkNews, "WWII veteran comes out as transgender aged 90: 'I've known since I was 3'", 2017-03-29

Two more paragraphs from the article, that illustrate the importance of visibility in media:

"She said she saw a television programme in the 1970s about a man who wanted to wear women's clothes, but that even then she had never heard the word transgender."

"Eventually, she saw the BBC series Boy Meets Girl, which encouraged her to come out as transgender, and she is now a member of the Beaumont Society."

[I found several articles about Ms. Davies, but they all seem to be reworkings of the same first article. Despite all appearing to be based on the same initial report, a difference between them leapt out at me: names. In some publications, the writer or editor appropriately decided that Ms. Davies former given-name was not important to the story. Others led with her current name but mentioned her birth-name parenthetically. (Why would any of us who didn't know her before, who never heard of her until now, want or need to know a name that we will never have any reason to refer to her by?) And still others started right off by deadnaming her. (*grrr*). Her deadname adds no more understanding to the current story or her backstory, tells us nothing more about who she is.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-30

"It's like building bridges People can say the design stinks, your ideas aren't any good. But if the bridge stands, it stands. What works, works. People can look at me and say what they want. They'll judge me and they'll judge people who are like me, and they can have their weird theories. They can say where I'm going to go when I die. But take a look at my life and tell me if the bridge stands." -- Lynn Conway (b. 1938-01-02)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-29

"so when you hear i am trans i can say nice grin slick
 i win big either way i play, gay or straight
 i make it so you can't concentrate and while you hate
 your baby girl's like 'hey wait,
 he looks good, his sound's tight too'"

  -- Katastrophe, "Enough Man"

"I grew up in a disguise
 The pain has made me wise
 Oh, my people stand, be seen, and we will rise
 My body is my home
 I won't ever be alone
 And I found my place behind this microphone"

  -- Joe Stevens, Daughterson

"First omes love, then comes transition. Then comes a music career in the baby carriage." -- Ingrid Elizabeth, bandmate of Joe Stevens, k 2010-04-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-28

"No matter how many times they come for trans folks, we will always fight. And seriously trans women & femmes of color lead the way. Always." -- Chase Strangio, 2017-03-20

[31 March is the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. The week's quotes kinda have a theme.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-27

"It's not that trans women have only existed the last thirty years, it's that you have been intentionally denied knowledge of our history by reactionaries who want to see us dead." -- Tumblt user thetolerantleft, responding to somebody's assertion that "there's no history or frans people more than 30 years ago". (Apparently Jan or Feb 2017? Maybe Mar? I found a response / amplification by songofages, dated 2017-03-13)

[The example thetolerantleft uses us Hirschfeld's work being destroyed by the (original) Nazis in 1933. Note that our history goes back much farther than that if you mean "the history of people like us" rather than "people labelled and thought of in the same ways as we are", since the social construction of gender -- and thus the social construction of or awareness/unawareness of trans and nonbinary gender phenomena -- is dependent on time and place. But yeah, even if you limit it to a western and modern understanding of what gender is, our history goes a far back as it is meaningful to look. One of my pet peeves is people who argue that we have to be patient with cis people who don't understand or accept transgenderism because "It's so new, and people aren't used to it yet -- most folks only started hearing about it when [pick the most recent of these at the time of the conversation: Christine Jorgensen | Renee Richards | Jan Morris | Chaz Bono | Lynn Conway | Laverne Cox | Caitlyn Jenner | Lana Wachowski | Wendy Carlos | Caroline Cossey] became famous / came out / was outed! It takes time for people to get used to these ideas!" Even if we only look at celebrities, our history goes back quite a bit more than thirty years. each time this argument is used it seems like everyone simply forgot about the last time everybody was talking about a trans celebrity. So it's not that trans people are "too new" or that most of the culture just hasn't had time to wrap their heads around our existence; it's that certain segments of the population keep editing us out of their awareness after hearing about us and talking about us for a while. (In the last half century, fortunately not usually in so direct and physical a manner as the Nazis did. (But if you look earlier, to the age of colonization, there are plenty of additional institutional and violent examples.)) We have a history. We even have a history of trans celebrities in mainstream-culture's spotlight. Don't make excuses for the people who don't want to deal with the fact that we exist.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-26

"The support I received from CIA draws a damning contrast to the treatment of other transgender Americans. If trans soldiers can serve in Afghanistan and Iraq, and LGBT intelligence officers can risk their lives hunting terrorists, why are trans teens like Gavin Grimm still fighting in court for the right to pee? If Langley and the Pentagon can use common sense—letting transmen use the men's room and transwomen the ladies' -- surely a school district can figure it out." -- 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 2017-03-25

"gender is just a social construct"
"so is language"
"what do you mean?"
"sorry, did you say something?"

  -- tja thurman, 2017-03-20

[31 March is the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. The week's quotes will sortakinda have a theme.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-24

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them." -- Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Clemens, b. 1835-11-30, d. 1910-04-21), Mark Twain's Notebook (pub. 1935)

[Thanks to [info] - personal fidhle for calling this to my attention after he saw it at DK.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-23

"Let me be clear: nationalism and patriotism are not the same thing. It's vital we differentiate between the two." -- Kamala Harris, 2017-02-17

"Man if only they taught this in high school wait I think they teach in high school It's the WWI unit" -- Bryant Francis, (reply)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-22

"There is a thread of cultural reality in the U.S. that I think most Europeans don't see: the rural/urban split is not just about farmland and sidewalk, or even about the simple economic issues involved in the same split in, say, England.

"When it comes to social issues, different parts of America are living at different points in history. You can almost literally engage in time travel by moving around the country."

-- Elliott Mason, March 2017

"It's not about any actual trans people, or their safety. It's about fighting over whose vision of America should win: a remembered prosperity we must strain to reach anew, or a step forward from existing problems into an ever-more-just and ever-stronger future." -- ibid.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-21
@StripeyCaptain:  "Oddly, they never seem to want testing for anyone who gets more than a couple of grand a month from the state."
@tjathurman:  "I think they're worried about a mythical beast called The Undeserving Poor."
@StripeyCaptain:  "No one deserves to be poor. Oh right, that's not what they meant..."

-- Tigerfort and tja thurman (@StripeyCaptain and @tjathurman), 2017-03-20

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-03-20

"Saying that health coverage is a consumer choice makes health care a commodity, something that can be traded, bartered or sold on the open market. Catholic social teaching is clear that health care is not a commodity; it is not a bundle of services available to the highest bidder. Health care is a fundamental human right -- Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI used those very words -- alongside water, food and education. Providing health care is among those rights that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church says 'every nation is required in duty to make towards a true worldwide cooperation for the common good of the whole of humanity and for future generations.'

"Providing health care to our citizens isn’t a matter of choice, it is a duty, an obligation. [...]"

-- editorial, National Catholic Reporter, 2017-03-18

[Spring (technically) is almost here -- about an hour after the cron daemon posts this for me. A happy equinox to everyone marking it, especially to folks celebrating it as a religious holiday! For the rest of us, hopes and good weather to come.]

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