July 23rd, 2016
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July 22nd, 2016

How awesome is this slide show about Peacemaker Camp at the UU Congregation of York!?

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 05:48pm on 2016-07-22
What with Trump wanting the title and offering Pence all the effective work of running the country, this bit of chicanery is reminding me of a series of news stories I wrote back in the 80s about school district finances. and it's a long story )

So the idea of one guy passing off the work to someone else isn't new, or honest. There's nothing in the Constitution against the VP taking on some more Presidential work as necessary; that's always been done. But handing off the whole job? Keep an eye on where the money goes and who's doing the paving -- and make sure there aren't any bodies in the asphalt.
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 03:42pm on 2016-07-22 under , , ,
Y'all know I'm pretty much addicted to crime tv of the nonfictional variety and my favorite section of any newspaper is where it reports crime news. Why? I have no idea, but it has been true for long as I've been reading newspapers.

Anyway, I've been thinking about the two most recent cops-behaving-badly news stories, the one where an officer shot an autistic man’s black carer, and now the one about the teacher being body slammed by the police. There was no justification for shooting that guy in the leg. Leaving him bleeding for twenty minutes afterwards was so wrong I don't have words. I don't know if the conversation where the officer said he didn't know why he'd shot the guy was recorded, but I hope it was. I'm far less troubled by the guy getting shot (and deeply thankful it wasn't a fatal shooting) than I am by him having to wait for twenty minutes for medical help. The shooting could be an accident ("I was nervous and pulled the trigger without actually meaning to") but I can't say the same about it taking twenty minutes to get medical attention.

The situation with the school teacher gave me even more to think about. First -- let me be perfectly clear -- I don't think what happened to her was at all right. At the same time I compare what happened to her to what I've seen hundreds of times on Cops/Caught on Camera/etc. and it doesn't seem much different. On those shows I've heard people asking "Are you serious," the police wanting instantaneous obedience to their directives and reacting with force when the person doesn't respond the way or as quickly as the officer wants, and the police ignoring the detainee's questions. I've also seen people repeatedly lying to the police, not to mention actually shouting "I'm not resisting!" while quite obviously doing just that. I don't have a clue how anyone can tell the difference between a scared and confused person being slow to respond due to their fright & confusion and a person with evil intent being slow to respond because they are frantically thinking of a way to turn the situation to their own advantage.

I remember a situation that happened here in Detroit many years ago when the police busted an illegal rave. One of the participants was crippled and in a wheelchair. The office ordered him to put his hands on top of his head; the guy responded that his arms didn't work that way. The officer then took hold of his hands, said something along the lines of "Well they do now," and forced them into the position he wanted, tearing up the poor guys muscles and ligaments in the process. I don't know if there's a way to tell (from sensation) the difference between someone who is actively resisting (pulling back) and a medical condition. (I have no idea what the outcome of the Detroit situation; I just remember the guy was hurt and his friends were outraged on his behalf.)

I have no solutions to any of this. Only questions and sorrow.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 10:35am on 2016-07-22
Trump is offering VP candidates the chance to do it all -- he wants the title but not the work.

Laura Nyro saw him coming 30 years ago ('his mind is up his sleeve'): Flim-Flam Man. And if you drown in that gorgeous voice as I do, here's the lyrics:

Hands off the man, the flim flam man.
His mind is up his sleeve and his talk is make believe.
Oh lord, the man's a fraud, he's flim flam man. He's so cagey, he's a flim flam man.
Hands off the man, flim flam man.
He's the one in the Trojan horse making out like he's Santa Claus.
Oh lord, the man's a fraud, he's a flim flam man. He's a fox, he's a flim flam man.
Everybody wants him, the people and the police and all the pretty ladies disarm.
Oh yeah, the beautiful gent, you know he has hardly a cent.
He pays his monthly rent with daily charm.
Hands off the man, the flim flam man.
His mind is up his sleeve and his talk is make believe.
Oh lord, the man's a fraud, he's flim flam man. HeâE™s so cagey, he's an artist.
He's a fox, he's a flim flam man.
Don't believe him, he's a flim flam. Ole road runner, he's a flim flam.

- by Laura Nyro.
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 11:12am on 2016-07-22 under
So my brother was in town at the weekend and Dad suggested we could go to the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival performance of The Tempest. fun weekend )
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July 21st, 2016
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 01:30pm on 2016-07-21

Posted by Monica Roberts

I've had the pleasure of meeting and talking to over the last few years many of the mothers who are raising trans kids like Jeanette Jennings, Debi Jackson, and Kim Pearson.

In my Houston area backyard, thanks to Gender Infinity that's run by Dr. Colt Meier, I've gotten to meet more of the 'Mama Bears' as they call themselves, and Ann Elder and Kimberly Shappley are just two of the amazing mom's I've gotten to meet.

But one of the things that I have been repeatedly asked by people is where are the trans parents who look like me?   Where are the Black trans parents who unconditionally love and support their trans kids and are raising them to be the best human beings they can be and not tossing them out on the street?

Their Black Lives Matter as well, and I was jumping up and down ecstatic to hear about Delaware based mom DeShanna Neal and her precocious preteen trans daughter Trinity.  

If Deshanna's name sounds familiar to you, it's because she was one of the four mothers profiled in the Trans United Fund video that was released back on Mother's Day.

She also authored a well received post in the Advocate about why her daughter's Black Life Matters and making a better world for Trinity and all her kids.

I finally got to meet both of them at this year's edition of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, and it was a joy to meet DeShanna, spend some quality time with her during the PTHC, and watch Trinity interact with other kids like her at the pool party.

On July 13 she and her family got to meet with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) and her state representative Paul Baumbach (D).  Gov Markell has been a standup ally of the trans community, supported and signed the Delaware trans rights law when it hit his desk in 2013 and supports the DOE/DOJ trans guidelines.   Rep. Baumbach has also been a supportive ally and the Neal's are happy to have his as their state representative.

Said Neal about that recent meeting, "Hearing him express his support and acceptance for the LGBT community, and especially trans children, gave me hope for a better future for my daughter and Delaware's transgender community."

Congratulations for the successful meeting with your state's governor.   It's a light years different response from Texas top governmental officials when it comes to trans kids in my home state.

Gov. Markell's words and deeds give me and the trans elders around the country who love and support our trans kids hope as well when we hear positive news like this.. And it's even more amazing as an unapologetic Black trans person to see Trinity be showered in unconditional love. This should be the rule for our trans kids, not the exception.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2016-07-21

Posted by Monica Roberts

While the Republican Party and my reprehensible lieutenant governor has made no secret of their gleeful hatred of trans people for political gain, there are people inside their ranks trying to change that anti-trans pattern who are mothers of transgender children.

One of those mothers is in my Houston area backyard. Kimberly Shappley is not only a Republican but an evangelical Christian raising a trans feminine daughter.

She has been stepping up her visibility over the last few months as she seeks to fight for the human rights of her child Kai, and recently was interviewed on News 88.7 by Florian Martin about her journey.

Here's the link to the News 88.7 interview.
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 03:35pm on 2016-07-21 under
Y'know, I never before thought I'd be at a loss for words. Not like an instance of 'where has The Cat taken them?', nor any sort of 'damn, this thing was here, but I must've kicked it somewhere else.' Okay, maybe more like the latter, but not in my increasingly frustrating MonSter-stolen thoughts, either. 

Facing the task of writing something for someone who deserves so much more than just a few words or a few sentences, I couldn't construct something that contained syllables strung together in a way that makes sense. Frustrating, dammit.

That was the 'why' or 'how' or whatever you want to call it behind the all too brief obituary I posted yesterday for my friend Stephanie. There are some folks who are so full of words themselves that writing something about them becomes incredibly difficult to do. All of you who did write something about her had, possibly, a similar thought.

My noting this here and now isn't meant as any sort of excuse for not writing more than I did, although I'm not even sure what it is.

EDIT: Aw, shit, I didn't get around to saying that I couldn't even put words at all on the 'obituary' that I referred to my writing. Fuck. Ellipses, that's all I could do, following her name and dates. Fuck. 
July 20th, 2016

Posted by Monica Roberts

You know how much I despise the Texas voter suppression law that is considered one of the most restrictive in the nation.  The GOP dictatorship controlled Texas legislature passed the law in 2011 to as they gleefully admit suppress the votes of Black and Latino Texans in their desperate bid to keep political control of a state that  non-white Texans since 2009 have been the dominant population group.

SB 14 requires Texans to have one of six forms of ID, a Texas driver's license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a US passport, a military ID card or a US citizenship certificate with a photo.

African American and Latinx Texans have contended since the unjust SB 14 law was passed in 2011 that it was discriminatory, and have been fighting it in court ever since.  Texas, and specifically our texas republican overlords keep spending our Lone Star tax dollars ($3.5 million) so far to keep the unjust law in effect.

Doing the happy dance right now because the Dallas Morning News is reporting the Texas voter suppression law was once again struck down in federal court under the VRA's Section 2.

In a 9-6 en banc ruling. the 5th Circuit affirmed previous rulings that the Texas Voter ID Suppression Law violates federal laws prohibiting racial discrimination in elections and struck it down today..

'The record shows that the drafters and proponents of SB 14 were aware of the likely disproportionate effect of the law on minorities, and that they nonetheless passed the bill without adopting a number of proposed ameliorative measures that might have lessened this impact," wrote Judge Catharina Haynes in her ruling.  BTW, in case you're keeping score, surprise surprise, Judge Haynes is a GW Bush appointee.

I'm not the only Texan happy about this ruling.   The Texas Democratic Party and a long list of liberal social justice groups are hailing the decision striking down the odious SB 14.

"Texas Republican's discriminatory Voter ID law has held some 700,000 Texans away from their right to vote for many elections now," said Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party as he commented on the decision. "Unfortunately, that damage by Republicans has already been done to our families.  However we can now look forward to a fairer election system, worthy of our great state. This is a huge win for voting rights in Texas and across the nation."

The law has been struck down now three times, twice under the now eviscerated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and now under Section 2 of the VRA,   May it stay dead.

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posted by [personal profile] liv at 07:13pm on 2016-07-20 under ,
Recently read: Hild by Nicola Griffith. (c) Nicola Griffith 2013, Pub Blackfriars 2013, ISBN 9780349134253. I bought this as a full priced ebook based on several really enthusiastic reviews, and I can certainly say it lives up to the hype.

detailed review )

Anyway, I was completely caught up in the book, kept finding excuses to read just one more page, and I was really quite disappointed not to be in Hild's head any more. I can absolutely see why this book is such a sensation, and I do strongly recommend it to readers of both speculative fiction and historical novels.

Up next: A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami.
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 02:12pm on 2016-07-20 under , ,
I turned in the copyediting job, and am now back to proofreading a math book. Here at the bottom of page 16, I find "By the axiom of choice, there exists a set B which consists of one element from each Aα."
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July 19th, 2016
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 03:00pm on 2016-07-19

Posted by Monica Roberts

Once again we have lost another of our young trans people to senseless violence.

22 year old Dennequia 'Dee Dee' Dodds was shot in the early morning hours on July 4 in a northeast DC alley just a few blocks from her home in the 200 block of Division Ave NE.  After police were flagged down to reach her at 3 AM EDT, she was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to her neck, and was on life support for nine days before she was taken off of it and died July 13

"Her death reminds us all how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society," said longtime DC based trans advocate Earline Budd, who is acting as a spokesperson for the family.

Casa Ruby founding executive director Rudy Corado said in a statement, "Deneequia was part of the Casa Ruby family, and she is gone but not forgotten.  Her death will not be in vain."

"Casa Ruby denounces the genocide of young transgender women of color. People in leadership need to address the employment barriers that keeps trans women of color from accessing the resources they need to grow healthy and thrive," Corado added.
She would have celebrated her 23rd birthday this month.   Instead her family is planning her funeral instead of a birthday party. . A vigil was held in the courtyard of her home  at 5255 Clay Terrace NE on Saturday, with Dodds' funeral scheduled to take place July 25.

Deneequia Dodds has become the 15th trans person to die this year, and fits the ongoing pattern of anti-trans violence of  being a trans woman of color and under age 30.

DC Metropolitan Police has not released any information about a suspect, nor are they investigating Dodds' murder as a hate crime.  But with her death, when they do catch the perpetrator of this crime, that waste of DNA will be facing homicide charges.

MPD is also looking for information that will help solve this crime and bring Deneequia's killer to justice    You can call 202-727-9099 if you have information about this case.  You can also text 50411 to anonymously submit you information about this case.

There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this  case, and I hope our sister receives justice soon.  The Washington DC trans community and our allies will be making sure that happens.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2016-07-19

Posted by Monica Roberts

Ben Carson has been for the last several months engaging in facts-free transphobic attacks on us, and on the eve of his Republican National Convention speech in Cleveland once again has unleashed his ignorant and ill informed opinion about us.

Shouldn't be surprising since he worked at the long time transphobic Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Carson said in his problematic remarks that being transgender was 'absurd' and 'doesn't make any sense'.but then launched into an absurd comparison conflating gender identity to ethnicity that didn't make any sense

"For someone to wake up and think that they belong to a different sex because they feel different that day is the same as if you woke up and said I'm Afghani today because I saw a movie about that last night and even though my genetics might not indicate that, that's the way I feel, and if you say that I'm not, then you're a racist."

Naw you ignorant conservafool, what you are is a transphobic idiot that needs to get acclimated to the increasingly solid science and evidence that trans people exist despite you and your party's ongoing attempts to dehumanize us and deny our existence.

And you also need to recognize along with your party that transgender rights are international human rights.

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Some months ago, I asked for some advice about mobile phones. And then everything went to pieces and I didn't get round to telling you what I decided, so:

gadget wonkery )
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 03:39pm on 2016-07-19
Here is my brain right now:

Today: Work at the bananamines (mostly doing playtesting, but I believe there will be actual bananaing later, and of course, perpetual GenCon work). Go see Ghostbusters with Terrapin. Go stay over at his place.

Tomorrow: Leave Terrapin's on the relatively early side (so like, noonish instead of twoish) to go work at bananamines. Eventually go to Highland. Go home, pack for Maryland, do some mission critical laundry (see also: post-Pinewoods).

Thursday: Bus bus bus bus bus MARYLAND.

Thursday night to Sunday evening: LooneyCon and Veronica's baby shower. I do not have brain-energy to come up with any other visiting plans, so unless you will be at one of those places, I will not see you, sorry.

Sunday night: Bus bus bus bus bus MASSACHUSETTS.

Monday: Bananamines, by way of home and blugh. Dancing.

Tuesday-Friday: Packing in the morning, Bananamines in the afternoon, packing in the evening. I may or may not want company. I don't really want company somewhere else. Skype might be doable.

Saturday: Packing without Bananamines.

Sunday (31 July): I move to the as-yet-not-renamed-DanceHaus! Help would be appreciated, probably. Given that subletting things have fallen through (sigh), I am probably going to do a slow move throughout August, but having a big day planned to do as much furniture and big stuff as possible seems mission critical. No, I'm not sure why or how "mission critical" became my new piece of slang.

Monday, Tuesday: Unpack a little, probably lots of frantic last-minute Bananamines for GenCon prep, lots of packing because...

Wednesday morning: Gencon, followed by Dallas. I'll be back on the 15th, probably.

The rest of August is unpacking, the rest of moving, and trying to make sure I have a job. Sometimes I might play pokemon. I really want to have another no-talent-required musical singalong. Getting in some dates with my only local partner would be really nice. Finding the time to send really fucking long emails having Major Conversations with my non-local partners is important.

Also, I need to go to the dentist, and probably the doctor at least once.

Everything is stressful and insane and Twitter will plausibly be the best way to keep up with my mental state for a while.


(Notes to self: Things to write about/posts to make: Updated infofile; thin privilege vs body acceptance vs friends who get down because all their friends [read: me] are skinner than them; Pinewoods and NYFF reports; many photos of nature (and Secret Project: CitySpider); infinite amounts of things I could post about on Ambidance if I didn't suck at that; another update in the endless understanding that I Do Not Deserve Nice Things (and its corollary, It's My Job To Keep Everyone Happy And If They're Not I'm A Failure); weird stuff about s00j and music and crying and not; where I stand WRT writing because I haven't been and that's differently weird; dunno, what do you wanna read about?

ETA: Also the fact that I don't have any kind of five year plan, and am well past the age where that's probably an important thing to have. That's definitely something I should write/introspect about and work on. See also, wedding plans.)

Posted by Monica Roberts

While Melania Trump is justifiably being dragged by Twitter for plagiarizing First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech, need to direct your attention to much more egregious commentary made earlier in the day by a longtime TransGriot SUF Awards contender in Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

I can't stand King because of his long history racist remarks, but yesterday he went too far during an MSNBC interview in which he must have been reading Mein Kampf before he went on air

King said that non-whites 'subgroups' haven't contributed to Western civilization in comments made in response to writer Charles Pierce's comments about 'old white guys' running the Republican Party. .
Well Steve, here's a short list for the stuff just African Americans have contributed to society like blood banks, open heart surgery, traffic signals, gas masks, potato chips, refrigerated trucks and railway cars, the world's fastest computer, automated steam engine lubricator and the Super Soaker water gun..

Benjamin Banneker not only built the first clock in the Americas, he published an almanac for over a decade and helped do the surveys that laid out Washington D.C.

So naw fool, your ignorant racist behind doesn't even need to try to go there

Posted by Monica Roberts

Last night I watched much of the first night of the Republican National Convention from Cleveland, and got so tired of the race bating and sellout kneegrows like Sheriff David Clarke being on the podium that for self-care reasons I turned it off before Melania Trump's speech and started following the far more entertaining Twitter commentary.

I then noted before the media finally started talking about it increasing chatter on Twitter that started sharing Jarrett Hill's observation that Trump's speech had two paragraphs that were strikingly similar to one that First Lady Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The Hill observations turned out to be so on point that the networks were after initially praising the Melania Trump speech, forced to address the growing plagiarism controversy as the Trump campaign scrambled to try to respond to it.

So what's the big deal about plagiarizing speeches?  Allegations of it sank Joe Biden's 1988 presidential campaign.  Careers have gone down in flames for it, and people have been expelled from colleges and universities for doing so.

When you also listen to the Trump speech, the message sounds oddly out of sync when you consider that Melania grew up in Slovenia.   It was part of Communist run Yugoslavia at the time she was born in 1970 before the 1991 breakup of that country and Slovenia's subsequent independence after a brief ten day war.

As I also pointed out in my take on this growing controversy on my Twitter feed, this was a real time example of a common problem in terms of Black intellectual property being jacked by whites for their own personal gain.  This happens far too often with Black women having their words repeatedly stolen by white women with little to zero credit for being the originators and creators of those words and receiving no compensation for it.

Trump also claimed in an interview before she went on the RNC stage she'd written the speech without much help in what was expected to be a moment to introduce Melania to the world and humanize her reprehensible husband..

Of course Twitter gleefully went all in on their dragging Melania Trump mission, and the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes quickly rose to become the number one Twitter hashtag along with the #BeckyWithTheBorrowedSpeech one as Trump supporters and his campaign team tried to furiously spin away what happened.

Michelle Obama

This plagiarism situation was also dripping with irony.  The plagiarized section is discussing honesty, character and integrity, and since you couldn't find nice things to say about The Donald, so you steal them from a speech the FLOTUS is giving about her hubby the POTUS who does role model those qualities.

First Lady Michelle Obama has been demonized, misgendered, had her intelligence questioned despite possessing two Ivy League degrees earned with stellar grades and has been called everything but a child of God by the conservative movement.

But when it comes to speech writing, either Trump or someone on her husband's campaign team had no problem stealing the FLOTUS' eloquent August 25, 2008 words to put in Melania's teleprompter.

We'll have to see how this latest Trump campaign mess plays out not only for the rest of the RNC, but also for Melania Trump and this train wreck of a presidential campaign

Posted by Monica Roberts

Lost in all the news of the opening of the RNC convention is the fact that 250 miles away on the southern end of Ohio, the 107th NAACP National Convention is taking place at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.

As per tradition, both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were invited to speak to the NAACP convention delegates, with Sec. Hillary Clinton accepting her invitation to do so while Donald Trump declined.

Then again, if I sucked as bad on issues of importance to African Americans, had been saying racist crap for decades and my presidential race poll numbers were worse than Romney's, I'd be finding any excuse NOT to speak to 'The Blacks' either or put myself in a position to be called on it.

Here is the video of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's Monday speech to the NAACP convention.

July 18th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 07:08pm on 2016-07-18
Trump's ghostwriter tells all. It ain't pretty. Quoting:

“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 06:12pm on 2016-07-18
Not sure about that source? List of fake news websites.
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 09:31pm on 2016-07-18 under
Hunting Pokémons.

The game PokémonGo.

Yes, I know I posted a comic about the game just the other day, but I hadn't played it myself. I still haven't played it, but Per has been taken over by it!  

No, not completely overtaken by the game, but he has been playing it quite a lot over the past day or so, and I can't remember how many pokémons he said he'd caught or captured or trapped or whatever it's called! 

So, PokémonGo, go-go!

Posted by Monica Roberts

The Republican National Convention kicks off at noon EDT and during the event as of yet we have not heard of any trans delegates that will be in attendance, unlike the DNC one that will happen next week.

But one of the interesting things that will occur is a commercial that will be run on FOX News pushing for transgender equality courtesy of fairness.org.

You know I'm highly skeptical of what good it will do broadcasting this ad it on a network that at times has mocked and demonized our humanity, but if there are movable people who call themselves conservatives, it can't hurt to try.  

Besides, in addition to getting some of our own recalcitrant peeps on the left to understand that trans rights are human rights issues and it's not cool to discriminate against us, we do have to try to persuade people on the right of that basic premise.

Here's the ad in question.

July 16th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 10:11pm on 2016-07-16 under
Why is it that the names of the Republican candidates for the Presidency sound like a bad game of cards in Britain?

Trump, Pence?

I think they're worth about as much as a tuppence.

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 04:05pm on 2016-07-16
I am rewatching this -- and it just occurred to me that Thelma and Louise are driving a Thunderbird across the West.

Think about the lore of the Thunderbird, who is powerful in all the worlds, who brings the storms that sweep the land clean, who gives strength and power to those who follow its guidance?

What if that car is an avatar of Thunderbird itself? And when they take off over the canyon... they vanish, and go somewhere else? What happens next?
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 12:27pm on 2016-07-16
One of these days, when I have more energy and oomph, I will write the Guide to How the Elections Really Work, based on what I learned during my MS in political science. If y'all are interested in reading up on political maneuvering, you could do worse than take a look at The Art of Political Manipulation, by William H. Riker. Yes, he's the one that Picard's First Officer was named for. The book is mostly written in ordinary English and not poly sci technicalese, which is the only problem with Riker's masterpiece, Liberalism against Populism: A confrontation between the theory of democracy and the theory of social choice. The Art ... is short chapters describing specific ways that people have worked the system in order to attain their goals; Liberalism against Populism is much more involved with social choice theory and the way elections are run in the US. And I mention this because the current election would *fascinate* Riker, in that it is entirely about liberalism -- the politics of ideas to benefit the most people and injure the fewest -- and populism -- the politics of appealing to the lowest common denominator and to hell with benefit or injuring people.

At the moment I am thinking about perceptions of race and immigrants in the US, but my thoughts are not coherent enough to post. Later, perhaps.
July 15th, 2016
inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop: Nothing Gold Can Stay:

The next UU Leaders Book Club offering is Nothing Gold Can Stay: The Colors of Grief by mark Belletini. Look for my review here and on GoodReads around August 5.

After you have finished Nothing Gold Can Stay, you might be looking for more to read by Mark Belletini. Here are some of his writings on the UUA website, including a piece from UU World magazine that is expanded in Nothing Gold Can Stay. You can also order Sonata for Voice and Silence from Inspirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop.

posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 01:35pm on 2016-07-15

The Book Club has a new place for discussion!

On GoodReads, create a free account (if you haven’t already) and join the conversation! We’re the “UU Church Leaders” book group with the Lego chalice icon. You don’t have to be a UU or a church leader to join.

posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 12:44pm on 2016-07-15

In Love Beyond God: Meditations, Adam Lawrence Dyer invites readers to get to know a set of experiences that may be unfamiliar.

As an African American Unitarian Universalist leader and seminarian, Dyer speaks to audiences of people with different perspectives and different needs.

I’ll start with my own location because that is what I know, even though white UU’s need not be the central experience. We who are white in majority-white, justice-seeking congregations have our own work to do with internalized racism and unexamined privilege while simultaneously confronting larger systems of white supremacy and other forms of oppression. We cannot effectively and make positive change in the world without also dismantling our own racist assumptions. Some of that work involves relationship-building and perspective-taking. The poems in Love Beyond God are not “for” white readers tackling our own racism, but Dyer is generous for letting us know that they are available. “Part of the invitation in these pages, therefore, is to ask white people to spiritually invest in learning how to navigate non-whiteness by actually getting to know our experiences.”

Dyer’s audience also includes people of color in UU and other majority-white communities, people who are fully members of congregations and movements and schools and neighborhoods where their experiences may not be acknowledged or honored. He writes that he hopes to “serve as a great comfort to others who have longed to see words like these in print.” He continues:

“Overall, the goal is to keep us all in community and to foster deeper understanding all around.”

The poems cover a range of experiences and settings. Some of them invite poetic perspective-taking from more than one angle within the same piece. They are layered and lyrical, while also being clear in their messages.

Racial Justice and the Black Lives Matter movement are constantly relevant in this day and age. The past few weeks, following the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, these topics have been especially on the minds and hearts of many people in our communities. Dyer’s poems have been comforting and appropriately challenging in these times. The Skinner House Books Tumblr featured his poem, “Healing“, in one of their posts.

Another poem for congregations and activist communities to attend to at the moment is “Do #Black Lives Matter?” In this piece, he looks at some of the larger destructive forces, including blocked access to voting rights, a racist prison-industrial complex, and “the commercial circus.”

One poem relevant to UU leaders is “Adrift In My Faith,” in which Dyer calls forth the talents he has for surviving a hostile ocean. He remembers the ancestors who “manage to lift me above the waves to breathe the sweet sea air.” It is a poem of triumph and hope, even though the journey through treacherous waters continues. 

Another poem that UU leaders would benefit from hearing is “Salvation (Fourth Principle).” The poem acknowledges the power and heat of some of the symbols people bring from the religions of their upbringing or their environment. The free and responsible search for meaning in community is easier said than done. Dyer has offered words that call us forward in that search.

Some of the poems are sweet or nostalgic. There is sadness and longing. There is pride. There is beauty and beauty and beauty.

Readers who are unfamiliar with the perspectives and situations in Love Beyond God may need some extra time to process what they are reading. Listen. Sit with it. Find some people who share your identity and who are working for a just, spiritually abundant world to talk with about your response.

Usually, I read books of meditation and poetry with a utilitarian ear. “When might I use this in a worship service?” “When might the people I care for need me to share these words with them?” Love Beyond God forced me to suspend that frame of reference. These words are valuable simply because they are.

Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club Group (294 Members):

GoodReads Friends: Check out this book club, co-sponsored by Skinner House Books and Beacon Press. Hearing about this is what pushed me over the edge to finally sign up for GoodReads.

Currently, Justice and Spirit is reading Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People: And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control by Dennis A. Henigan.

Posted by Monica Roberts

I'm in St Louis for the 2016 edition of Netroots Nation and having a blast getting to see everyone and checking out the various panels on the schedule.

But as this #NN16 event rolls on, the world keeps turning and fools keep opening their mouths, and I gots to call them out.

Let`s get straight to the the point of this week's post and let y`all know who won this week.

Our Shut Up Fool loser winner today is the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

He proves with every utterance coming out of his mouh why he is unfit to be the president of the United States and doesn't need to be anywhere near the nuclear launch codes.   From the attack on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to flapping his gums on other subjects he demonstrates he has little to no knowledge about, Americans with common sense are quickly realizing that when The Donald open his mouth, he's lying.

Donald Trump, shut up fool!
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 02:46pm on 2016-07-15 under
So last weekend I had the most brilliant time: two of my friends who live in the wrong continents were visiting, and in between I got to spend time with my parents and my partners, so it was just about perfect.

diary stuff )

So yay, that was just about the perfect long weekend for me. And it did me so much good to spend time with MK and [personal profile] hatam_soferet, in spite of the awful news I've been walking taller all week.
location: Pumbedita House, Cambridge, England
Mood:: 'loved' loved
Music:: Van Dreissen: Ice cappuccino
July 14th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 05:35pm on 2016-07-14 under , , , ,
I have figured out how to keep the apartment habitable on hot days, and the cats are not happy: the trick is to keep the porch door closed, and only wear clothes if I'm going outside. (The porch is an effective greenhouse, especially in the morning, since we don't want to open the windows too far lest the cats destroy the screens.) I was okay sitting at my desk and doing things in the kitchen and living room until about 2:00, and then had to start taking cooling breaks to sit in the air conditioned bedroom, but the last time it got this hot (a high of 97F/36C) I barely left the bedroom.

I'm making steady progress on the freelance copyediting project; being able to get a couple of chapters done yesterday was a pleasant surprise. I did two more today, before heading off to Davis Square to see my doctor and then have ice cream.

The medical appointment was pretty routine: two dermatological issues, both of which may be resolved by the same precription (an antifungal pill). One of them started right after I wore a new bra; the nurse practitioner asked, and no, I hadn't washed it before wearing it.

The ice cream was specifically part of the plan, because [personal profile] adrian_turtle told me on Tuesday that J.P. Licks has cucumber ice cream this month. I remembered it favorably from three years ago, and wanted to try it again. It's still good, but a hot fudge sundae may not be its ideal setting. I tried that because I remembered dipping cucumber into chocolate fondue, and am considering going back and just getting the ice cream with chocolate or hot fudge sauce, without the whipped cream.

I harvested two more cucumbers this morning; they are nice and fat, and we will find out in a couple of hours whether they are properly ripe. I also picked the first cherry tomato, which we shared.
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2016-07-14

Posted by Monica Roberts

Today is the opening day for the 2016 edition of Netroots Nation, and because of the pre conference event I took part in yesterday, I already have my conference badge, Thursday panel discussion matrix and conference booklet..

Some of the interesting things on the agenda for today is a screening of `Free CeCe`starting at 10:30 AM.   There`s a 1 PM panel  discussing Religious Exemptions and the Bathroom Panic and how to defeat them, and the inagural keynote by the This Week In Blackness (TWIB)  radio team

And as always, if you peeps see me in the halls or different panel discusssions, don't be shy, say hi

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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 03:46pm on 2016-07-14 under
There are times when I have a thought bouncing around in my head so much and so hard that I can only let it out.

What with the UK voting to leave the EU, I'm wondering whether it will be only the first one to do so. Whether or not Damnark follows, I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did, or for others to follow, not letting the doors hit them in their collective arse on the way out.

Then, what would happen with other united states, or the United States in particular, I'm curious to see. Not that the UK's leaving the EU would put the US in a mind to do something similar, but ...

Of course, there's Scotland. I could well see their leaving the UK and, once established on their own, joining the EU. So, I guess we'll see what occurs on that front...

Ah, well, now that isn't bouncing around in my head. For now, at least. Kinda like letting a dog outside to pee in the rain. Yeah, it won't do it inside, but what will they track in once they've been out? *smirking a bit*
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