December 19th, 2014
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2014-12-19

Posted by Monica Roberts

One of the things I have been most pleased to see this year is a new generation of trans women becoming well known to Middle America and at the same time, advancing the conversation about trans issues on multiple levels.

Whether it was Janet Mock with her New York Times bestselling book Redefining Realness, Laverne Cox's groundbreaking turn on Orange Is The New Black and subsequent Emmy nomination, Carmen Carrera's quest to become a Victoria's Secret model or Geena Rocero's well received coming out TED Talk and subsequent founding of GenderProud, these ladies are raising the bar in terms of being as Laverne calls it of being a possibility model

You don't have to wait until adulthood to be a trans possibility model in the 2K10's.   I have been inspired by Jazz Jennings and other trans younglings who are not only proud of being who they are, they aren't waiting for their trans elders to handle their business for them, either.

They are not only instilling pride in our trans elder ranks when they talk about their evolving lives, but taking the lead in tacking the problems unique to their age group their damned selves and doing so quite successfully.

It's not  just these ladies and our trans kids positively representing Team Trans these days.    The fellas are stepping up to lead and getting their closeups too like Tiq Milan , Dr Kortney Ziegler, and Carter Brown.

They are also doing their part to get the long needed discussion started about trans masculinity, diversifying that conversation and advancing the overall  trans human rights conversation at the same time .

There are also trans folks in all regions of the country and the world stepping up to do the trans human rights thing on a local level, and I'm so happy as a longtime trans human rights warrior to see this happening.

So glad to see more trans role models these days, and so glad to have them.
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posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-12-19
December 18th, 2014

Posted by Monica Roberts

Pray for Attorney General Eric Holder
With Christmas being a week away,  US transpeeps just got a wonderful human rights present from the Department of Justice.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that they will now interpret the 1964 Civil Rights Act as protecting transgender government employees from discrimination.

Going to take legislation for that to happen for the rest of us trans Americans, but if you're working in the government sector this is fantastic news.

In a memo released today, Holder wrote that the "best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status." Holder said that while Congress "may not have had such claims in mind when it enacted Title VII, the Supreme Court has made clear that Title VII must be interpreted according to its plain text."

In a statement, Holder called the move an “important shift" that "will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status."

You will call the Employment Litigation Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.  They have the responsibility of enforcing Title VII claims against state and local governments.   The DOJ doesn't prosecute claims against private employers, and you would need to see the EEOC for that.

But in a 2014 Christmas season where we could use some good news in Trans World, this is a start.

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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 05:35pm on 2014-12-18
Cats. The answer is always cats.

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 02:38pm on 2014-12-18
This is for someone else, who is a friend in SL. She has run into a very difficult and hurtful situation and is considering her options. I can't say more.

I would be interested to learn which US jurisdictions have successfully prosecuted someone for crimes committed in cyberspace (stalking, harassment, etc.), and where on line the offense was committed -- as in, World of Warcraft, blogs, chat rooms, etc. I am trying to find out if precedents exist in the area where she is.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2014-12-18

Posted by Monica Roberts

Aww yeah, I had a fantastic Week 15 in which I not only won the week, but did so with a 14-2 record. 

But my counterparts went 13-3 and 12-4.   While I solidified my hold on second place, I only gained one game on Mike despite that stellar week with two weeks to go. 

There's two weeks left in the NFL regular season, and the playoff picture that was fuzzy last week is in much sharper focus after several teams clinched playoff spots last Sunday.

Meanwhile the Texans still have a shot, but their odds got longer after they lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a season ending injury and Tom Savage to a hyperextended knee in the loss to Indianapolis that extended their 0-for Indy streak to 13 games.  

Because they lost two QB, that opened the door for Case Keenum to come back to H-town off the Rams practice squad, and he's already working hard trying to get the starting nod for the upcoming home game against the Ravens.    Here's hoping he gets that first NFL win and gets to stick around a lot longer this time.

Looks like Mike is definitely going to win this 2014 NF:L prognostication title, just a matter of the final margin.

Week 15 Results

TransGriot    14-2
Eli                 12-4
Mike             13-3

2014 NFL Season Record

TransGriot     147-76-1
Eli                  139-84-1
Mike              157-66-1

Speaking of games, let's get to them.   Every one of them is important in determining whether a team will get a playoff spot or 2015 NFL draft positioning,   We also have two Saturday NFL contests in addition to the Thursday one in which the Tennessee Titans Traitors will be battling the Jaguars for draft positioning.

My picks are in underlined bold print.

NFL Week 16

Thursday Night Game
over Jacksonville

Saturday Games
Philadelphia over Washington
San Diego over San Francisco

Sunday Early Games
Baltimore over Houston
Miami over Minnesota
Detroit over Chicago
Carolina over Cleveland
New Orleans over Atlanta
Green Bay over Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh over Kansas City
New England over NY Jets

Sunday Afternoon Games
NY Giants over St Louis
Buffalo over Oakland
Dallas over Indianapolis

Sunday Night Game
Seattle over Arizona

Monday Night Game
Denver over Cincinnati

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location: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
Music:: Belle and Sebastian: The wrong girl
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-12-18
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December 17th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] nancylebov at 04:45pm on 2014-12-17
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This is good news, and I'm hoping ordinary trade and travel between the US and Cuba will be permitted soon.
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Anyone want to playtest this?

Dreidel-to-go (name is a work in progress).

This is a push your luck game played with dreidels.

Setup: For each round, either ante up 5 gelt per player (if playing as a gambling game) or seed the pot with 5 gelt per player. The game is played in turns, with the youngest player going first (or choose a start player randomly).

On your turn:
1. Spin the dreidel exactly three times. If you spin a Gimmel, double your winnings (or gain a single gelt in your winnings if you have none) (not including gelt that have been put aside). If you spin Hey, add a gelt to your winnings. If you spin Nun, nothing happens. Finally, if you spin Shin, put one of your winnings aside (if there are no winnings to put aside, take a gelt and immediately put it aside); if you have three gelt put aside, then your turn immediately ends and your winnings are forfeited (as are gelt that have been put aside) and returned to the pot. If you roll gimmel or hey and the pot is empty, you can put into your winnings gelt from your "put aside" pile.

2. You can choose: either take another turn (go back to 1, but do -not- take your winnings), or take your winnings (but -not- any gelt that have been put aside with Shin; those are returned to the pot).

Play until the pot runs out; players can then play another game/round. (a game may be defined as a certain number of rounds, in which case players who do not play subsequent rounds forfeit the game).

(inspired by [personal profile] nancylebov)
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 05:44pm on 2014-12-17 under ,
Music:: The Weepies: Painting by Chagall
Mood:: 'contemplative' contemplative
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posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-12-17
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posted by [personal profile] nancylebov at 11:43am on 2014-12-17
I've never seen or heard of anyone doing so, and by modern standards, dreidel is a really pathetic game.

Still, I hardly have a random sample of Jews, and I may have missed something. And for all I know, someone may have figured out a better game based on dreidel.
December 16th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] gorgeousgary at 09:38pm on 2014-12-16 under
Continuing the catch-up, September's books and commentary. Much shorter list. For one thing, missed the book club due to Rosh Hashanah. Nor do I usually get much reading time during the FSGW Getaway.

60. Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve
61. Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire
62. Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens, Patricia Bray, ed
63. Ministry Protocol, Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine, eds.
64. Child of a Hidden Sea, A.M. Dellamonica

Click here for a ringing endorsement )
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 08:26pm on 2014-12-16 under ,
So I've just lit the first candle, and I have some bhajis cooking, and it's time to answer [personal profile] kass' prompt about chanukah:
Since Chanukah falls during December this year, how about a Chanukah post? Favorite thing about it, least favorite thing about it, favorite interpretation, a Chanukah memory -- whatever sounds like fun.

cute but theologically problematic )

Anyway, happy chanukah if you're celebrating! Does anyone know where I can source (in the UK) Fair Trade chanukah gelt / chocolate coins?

[December Days masterpost]
location: Modiin
Mood:: 'silly' silly
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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 09:37pm on 2014-12-16 under
Something I've wanted to do for a while: You know those sites where you can fill in which states/counties/whatever you've visited? I'd like to generalise that. You could zoom to a particular area and it would say "counties of Wales" or "police force areas of Wales" or "wards of Salford" or whatever. Then when you chose one you could colour the regions in as you wished, and make a key. And then you could save them as SVG or PNG, both with enough metadata that you could reload them back into the site and get your editable state back. Some sort of integration with Wikimedia Commons would be nice too. What do you think?

Posted by Monica Roberts

Cleveland Browns wideout Andrew Hawkins walks onto the field wearing a protest shirt during introductions prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday.If you want to know why I call the police forces in this country the stormtroopers of white supremacy and Black America is still singing NWA when it comes to the po-po's, hope you had a chance to check out the jacked up interview on MSNBC last night with Cleveland Police Union President  Jeffrey Follmer.

He whined about Cleveland Browns players wearing 'Justice For Tamar Rice' shirts before their game with the Bengals on Sunday, but had no empathy for parents worried that their kids would be the victims of a shooting by out of control white cops.

"How about this? Listen to police officers commands, listen to what we tell you, and just stop," Follmer said during the interview "I think that eliminates a lot of problems. I have kids too, they know how to respect the law. They know what to do when a police officer comes up to them.

"I think the nation needs to realize that when we tell you to do something, do it, and if you're wrong you're wrong, and if you're right, then the courts will figure it out."

How about this Officer Follmer?  How about weeding the racist cops out of your departments instead of protecting them?   How about you and your fellow trigger happy white cops who have the same dismissive and racist attitudes, stop treating all Black people like suspects.

You also need to consider that this negative drama between white cops and Black people goes back over 50 years and we're beyond sick and tired of it.

posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2014-12-16

Posted by Monica Roberts

hanukkahWanted to take a moment to wish all my Jewish trans family, friends and allies a Happy Hanukkah.

This year it starts at sundown tonight and will run until Christmas Eve.

Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights, and celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem during the second century B.C., when Jews led by the Maccabees revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

When the Maccabees rededicated their temple which had been desecrated under their oppressive occupation in which the Jewish religion had been outlawed and pigs had been sacrificed on its altar, they needed to light the menorah in the temple as part of that process.   They only had enough consecrated oil to do that for one night, but miraculously that was enough to light it for eight days and find a fresh batch of oil.

Each night during the eight days of Hanukkah a candle is lit on a menorah from a central helper candle.  They are lit from left to right.

So for my Jewish friends, trans family and allies, Happy Hanukkah!   
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 02:46pm on 2014-12-16 under
Damnark has a snowberry plant that starts the season as something more resembling bloodberries, but the snowberries come into season later in the year, and they crack when stepped on.

Symphoricarpus is an odd name for these, as that makes me think of a symphony of carp. Well, the Danes do like their fish, so there might be some similarity in there...

posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-12-16
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Gentle Readers
a newsletter made for sharing
volume 2, number 7
15th December 2014: the strangest whim
What I’ve been up to

I've been dividing my time between writing, contacting potential literary agents, and being asleep-- this last because they're trying me with a new antidepressant. So far it seems to be going well, but time will tell.

Two special offers for your attention, especially if you're looking for last-minute ideas for presents:

1) Because my partner Kit and I are still both too ill to work, I've reissued Time Blew Away Like Dandelion Seed, a collection of over a hundred of my poems. You can buy the paperback from Lulu. A signed and numbered hardback edition is also in the works: I'll let you know when it's ready. (The best regular way of supporting Gentle Readers, and me, financially is still through Patreon.)

2) My good friend Katie, who is a talented photographer as well as a nursing student, was due to study in the Netherlands next semester, but then she was unexpectedly sent to Finland instead. The Finnish cost of living is rather greater than the Dutch, so she is selling prints of her work to make up the budget shortfall. Please do go and check them out.

A poem of mine


When once I stop and take account of these
that God has granted me upon the earth,
the loves, the friends, the work, that charm and please
these things I count inestimable worth;
when once I stop, I learn that I am rich
beyond the dreams of emperors and kings
and light is real, and real these riches which
exceed the worth of all material things...
   when thus I stop, I cannot understand
   when few and feeble sunbeams cannot find
   their way into that drab and dreary land,
   the darkness of the middle of my mind.
yet darkness cannot take away my joy,
for night can only hide, and not destroy.

Something wonderful

The City of Westminster is one of the towns that make up Greater London. In 1672, its population was growing very fast, and builders were anxious to buy land for housing. George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, owned a mansion in Westminster called York House, and he agreed to sell it for demolition and redevelopment. The price he named was £30,000-- around £6 million in modern money-- plus one extra condition: all the streets built on the land had to be named after him.

The developers agreed, and set to work. Soon they had built George Street, Villiers Street, Duke Street, and Buckingham Street, at which point they were running out of naming possibilities, with one small alley yet to be named. Thus, in a moment of desperate lateral thinking, they gave it the ingenious name of Of Alley.

Something from someone else

Chesterton wrote quite a few poems about depression. I like this one particularly because it starts humorously-- literally using gallows humour-- but once it's drawn you in, it ends on a serious point about hope. Ballades are a difficult form, but Chesterton makes it look easy, though in fact he's made it even harder for himself by his choice of rhymes. It's conventional to address a prince at the end of a ballade, who is often assumed to be the Prince of Darkness (i.e. Satan): thus the end of the poem is about the downfall of evil, and perhaps the Second Coming.

by G K Chesterton

The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall.
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbours— on the wall—
Are drawing a long breath to shout "Hurray!"
The strangest whim has seized me... After all
I think I will not hang myself today.

To-morrow is the time I get my pay—
My uncle's sword is hanging in the hall—
I see a little cloud all pink and gray—
Perhaps the rector's mother will NOT call—
I fancy that I heard from Mr. Gall
That mushrooms could be cooked another way—
I never read the works of Juvenal—
I think I will not hang myself today.

The world will have another washing day;
The decadents decay; the pedants pall;
And H. G. Wells has found that children play,
And Bernard Shaw discovered that they squall;
Rationalists are growing rational—
And through thick woods one finds a stream astray,
So secret that the very sky seems small—
I think I will not hang myself today.

Prince, I can hear the trumpet of Germinal,
The tumbrils toiling up the terrible way;
Even today your royal head may fall—
I think I will not hang myself today. 


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December 15th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 10:53pm on 2014-12-15
This year I have taken and posted over 120 selfies to my Tumblr! Did you know I do this? It's a project I started approximately around Merav's wedding (May? I think May) to take at least one selfie every day and post it. You can find all of them in the selfies tag!.

(Have I mentioned how much I love Tumblr's "chrono" feature? So! Useful!)

It seems to be a Tumblr tradition that at the end of the year, one goes through their selfies and posts some of their favourites, or most popular, or best or whatever. I am not good at that (mostly because I am vain and therefore have like thirty favourites), but I will try and narrow 'em down regardless. Under the cut is full of MAH FACE! )

If you have any awesome shots of yourself from this year, you totally should link them to me so I can squee about how great you are!


1: I dunno if I ever mentioned, but it is just so *convenient* that all my recent friends with kids have chosen differing, usable, animal themed handles for them! Little Bear, Lion Cub, Wolf good!
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Posted by Monica Roberts

Laverne CoxLaverne Cox has broken historic ground on a number of fronts in 2014, but I discovered another historic first that she'd accomplished when I picked up some reading material for my long wait for my homeward bound flight from New York a week ago.

The EBONY Magazine Power 100 issue was the one I purchased , and I was excited to discover that when I looked through the peeps that had been named to it for 2014, Laverne Cox was among them.

It is a BFD in the African-American community to be named to the EBONY Power 100.  

EBONY has been selecting the heroes and sheroes of this community and inspiring African-Americans in various categories for over 70 years to compile this list.. 

This year, for the first time ever, I got to see a transperson included in those EBONY Power 100 ranks.  When I thought about the magnitude of what I was seeing as I read the article in the LaGuardia terminal, it made me cry tears of joy.   I'd actually lived to see one of our own sheroes  be named to that EBONY Power 100 List.

It also is emphatic evidence of what I been saying in these electronic pages for years when I point out that we are part of the kente cloth fabric of the African-American community.

Laverne is the first out trans person to be named to the EBONY Power 100, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

Congratulation Laverne to adding another groundbreaking accomplishment to a long list of them you have achieved in 2014.   Can't wait to see what happens for you in 2015.
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 10:09pm on 2014-12-15 under ,
So [personal profile] yoyoangel asked:
what would your eight Desert Island Discs be? (Optionally, also pick a book and a luxury item.)
I'd been meaning to do DID ever since I saw [personal profile] strangecharm's excellent post on the topic, and then I wasn't sure I wanted to do it in December because it's the kind of thing that takes thought to do well. But I'm going to give it a go anyway, it's not going to be as polished as it would be if I hypothetically actually went on the show, but I'll have a go at 8 pieces of music.

my musical tastes are embarrassingly conventional )

[December Days masterpost]
location: desert island
Music:: By the sleepy lagoon
Mood:: 'lonely' lonely
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2014-12-15

Posted by Monica Roberts

Couldn't let today pass without giving one of my fave trans men a TransGriot birthday shoutout!

Today just happens to be the 34th birthday of Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, the hardest working tech entrepreneur in our community

Had the pleasure of getting to see him again during that recent event in New York, and looking forward to seeing where his wildly successful Trans*H4CK pops up in 2015 after happening in Oakland, Chicago and most recently Boston..

Happy birthday Dr. Z!   May this one be full of blessings for you and may 2015 be an even more dynamic and successful year for you than this one was.
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posted by [personal profile] jayblanc at 09:53pm on 2014-12-15
Just had an unexpected death in the family, so I'm going to be somewhat unable to cope with things for a bit.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2014-12-15

Posted by Monica Roberts

Have some sad news to report to you about one of our activist trans sisters.

Was advised by Philip Esteem and a Windy City Times article that Chicago based activist Joy Morris died December 6 after a long battle with cancer.

The homegoing service was held at the Mountain of Hope church on Saturday December 13.

Joy's activism was focused on the transgender and HIV/AIDS communities, and she was a determined warrior that demanded inclusiocommunity."n and recognition for both since the 1990's.

In order to facilitate the goal of trans inclusion in the HIV/AIDS community, Morris founded TransActions along with being the organizing force for the Legends Lunch All Star Awards that have exponentially grown under her watch.

'The community has lost an outspoken activist whose voice cannot be silenced.  Joy's 30 year lve with HIV was the inspiration for a different kind of battle. She powerfully and tirelessly fought for recognition, inclusion and equality and her resounding cry "What about the transgenders?" was singularly recognizable in the HIV community." stated Kenis Williams, Trisha Holloway, Sheila Cooper-Webb and Hannah Anderson in a statement..

Rest in power and peace, Joy.   You will be missed by your colleagues, the community and all who loved you.  

They will never forget your contributions toward making Chicago, the state of Illinois  and the world a better place.


"It came upon a midnight clear..."

A Unitarian minister and HDS graduate, Edmund Hamilton Sears was also the author of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. Sears was previously the author of another Christmas hymn entitled “Calm on the Listening Ear of Night”, but “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” would be his lasting legacy.

Though originally written as a poem, the words were eventually adapted into the well known Christmas carol using Richard Storrs Willis’ tune “Carol”.

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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 10:27am on 2014-12-15 under
I went to hand out with some people in Seattle yesterday afternoon; that was fine but not exciting, though I was amused by how many people looked at my drink and asked what it was (a raspberry Italian soda, with cream, which was deep pink and opaque).

The bus trip home was annoying. First, I had a long wait for a bus (based on the posted schedule, I think one bus was canceled, so I waited 40 minutes for a bus that should have been there five minutes after I got to the bus tunnel). That was irritating mostly because I wanted to get home and start working on dinner; my role was to dismantle the crab, so [ profile] cattitude could then make crabcakes. I talked a bit with a group of tourists, who'd started by asking whether this was the right place for the 550, and mostly chatted with each other, and played a game on my phone.

So, the bus eventually came, I sat down, and as we went through the tunnel it filled up. The man who'd sat down next to me started by asking "are you Jewish?" I said "no" on the grounds that I didn't want to discuss that, or anything, with him. He then asked the tourists to keep their voices down, which they did, after a bit of "what's your issue?" between him and someone sitting in the row in front of us.

Then we got outdoors, and I called Cattitude to let him know that I was finally on a bus (I had expected to be home by then). Man next to me said "was that English?" which I ignored completely. Having had one maybe-plausible and one iffy attempt to start a conversation fail, he then asked me about the area code of my cell phone. That got me to say "I don't want to chat, just like you don't want to listen to those people."

PSA that nobody who needs it will listen to: when a stranger says she doesn't want to talk to you, that isn't an invitation to discuss why she doesn't want to talk to you. I repeated "I don't want to chat" and when that didn't quiet him, a louder "I said I don't want to chat, that includes about why I don't want to chat."

He persevered. I said, again loudly, "Either be quiet or let me up" (since he had the aisle seat). He said something like "OK, get up" but made no immediate move to let me up. The person behind me told him to respect me. I got up and walked backward on the bus, figuring I would much rather stand than be near this rude, possibly drunk man. To my surprise, someone offered me a seat, which I accepted. Meanwhile, the man behind me called to the driver "Driver, we have a harasser back here!" which led the man who had been hassling me to say something like "no, you're harassing me." After a minute, the driver basically told him to behave or he would be off at the next stop. (We were on the I-90 bridge over Lake Washington, not a place the driver can pull over and kick someone off.)

Mr. Rude had moved to the window seat after I got up; to my surprise, another woman sat down and started talking to him, and they had a quiet conversation.

Then we got to the next stop, started to pull away, and Drunk Number 2, at the back of the bus, demanded that the driver let him off. So the driver stopped the bus again and said "get out" and Drunk No. 2 stopped to shout something like "Do you think I don't want to fucking get off?" and took his time getting up and out of the bus.

Someone who'd been sitting near him called forward "you don't get paid enough!" The driver said "What?" and I said "She said you don't get paid enough." The driver told us he'd already had two incidents today, and that if we were pleased with him, please tell Sound Transit. I took down the bus number so I can do that. He said a few cheerful things about the Seahawks, which got laughter, and the rest of the ride was basically quiet.

I got home, asked Cattitude for a hug, washed my hands, and proceeded to bash a cooked Dungeness crab with a rock. This is my normal process—I have a round probable-geode that is just the right size for my hand—but I don't usually take as much satisfaction in the smashing.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 10:48am on 2014-12-15
I had a minor bit of profundity happen in my mind this morning while I was loading the dishwasher.

Nobody's giving you a grade on it.

This is the dishwasher that the SU bought, which is actually European, and the nice big American dishes do not fit in perfect pretty rows like in the advertising. They fit however they fit. Some of them are in nice rows. Some of them are just on top of others. And it's a 3D puzzle to load it.
A sink full of dishes generally fills it, but never the same twice.

and I realized that it doesn't matter. As long as the water can reach the dishes, it doesn't matter.

I think we have so much grading consciousness in this society, so much the impression that we are going to be evaluated for every little thing, that we have to fit in, that we have to Do It Right In The Way That Someone Else Has Set Up... and that is all wrong.

Your life is not something to be graded but lived.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 05:23am on 2014-12-15 under
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-12-15
December 14th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 07:28pm on 2014-12-14 under , ,
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location: Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:: 'happy' happy
liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
posted by [personal profile] liv at 08:21pm on 2014-12-14 under ,
So most of two years ago [personal profile] kerrypolka asked me about the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and I accidentally wrote five thousand words about the history and politics of Anglo-Jewry instead. So in this regular posting meme round, [personal profile] jack asked me again what the deal is with the Board.

let's have a go )

Anyway both my parents are Deputies, my Dad representing their local community in Cambridge, and my Mum one of a small number of representatives of the Reform movement as a whole. So I am hoping to get them to write a guest post some time cos they can talk more knowledgeably about the Board than I can. But generally I think the Board, for all its flaws, is a pretty excellent thing for the community to be able to support, giving the Jewish community as a whole a voice in politics and the media which is secular and political rather than purely based on religion.

[December Days masterpost]
location: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
Music:: Angelofthenorth listening to Strictly in the background
Mood:: 'okay' okay
bcholmes: (seeing the world after april)

I’ve been neglecting my blogging. Mostly, I haven’t really felt like I’ve had a ton to talk about. Months ago, I remember people were doing the whole “write X posts in period of time Y” thing, and I found other people’s posts interesting.

So, tell me: what should I write about? Give me a topic or two, and I’ll bloginate it!

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 01:28pm on 2014-12-14
I can remember going through that stage fairly clearly. I was about five, and I'd read a cracker joke at a party that said:
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Major who?
Major road ahead.
This is because there used to be road signs that said "major road ahead", but I didn't know this-- they'd been obsolete before I was born. I assumed it meant that a major in the army rode ahead of the rest of the soldiers. That seemed a bit odd, but when I told my parents the joke, they laughed. Can anything compare to that moment when you make someone else laugh on purpose? So I told the joke again the next day, and it somehow wasn't funny any more. Clearly, then, I had to learn new jokes, but how? I determined to experiment by changing the joke slowly to see whether I could work out what made the original joke funny. My first attempt was:
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Major who?
Major curtains.
Of course when I told my parents that joke they laughed as well because of the surrealism, which made constructing a hypothesis about the nature of humour rather difficult.
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posted by [personal profile] maevele at 12:41am on 2014-12-14
last week? she mentioned this game they were playing, called here be monsters, and it sounded cool, so I checked it out. I have done NOTHING productive this week, but I have caught a lot of monsters, and made a lot of beer.
December 13th, 2014
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I really like Moby-Dick (the novel by Melville).

I'm afraid I don't much care for this guy's artwork style, but he made 552 illustrations for Moby-Dick (one for each page of his edition), which I think is a great project.

He also claims to have "the world's largest personal collection of Nazgul art"

This is a recent article about him.

While digging around to find out more about this guy, I discovered there is now a biennial "marathon reading of Moby-Dick" in New York City. This happened in 2012 and 2014. In 2013 there wasn't a reading, but there was a "Moby-Dick Not-Marathon," aka a convention. The next marathon will be in 2016. Its Kickstarter campaign is a sight to behold.

I found out about Matt Kish via a pattern by Ann Weaver, "His Mark," in the new (50th!) edition of

She has published two books of knitting patterns based on Moby-Dick. The paper versions of the books have illustrations by Matt Kish.
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A psychiatrist thinks the patient-run web site about psychiatric medications, , is great, but can't recommend it to their patients because it has offensive jokes.


Anita Sarkeesian is on the cover of Business Week, along with the text "VIDEO GAME AVENGER: One woman's crusade to vaporize gaming's grossest trolls."

Need I say DON'T READ THE COMMENTS even though Business Week is moderating them.


It's funny that this article about gender norms among "millennials" starts out by focusing on men who have chosen to decorate their fingernails. I've never decorated my fingernails before but recently I've started wearing nail decals. I vaguely worry that they make me present as too femme. But I'll save the details of my worries about gender presentation for another post.

It's OK to peek at the comments on this one. A couple of the top comments are along these lines:
"What is the incessant need to classify people in arbitrary "generations" and then build stereotypes around them? People are far too diverse to make such generalizations" (Lencho)

"This just in: Gender norms have never been challenged until millenials came along! (Don't tell David Bowie.)" (fictitiousengineer)


The gender norms article referenced this documentary about Bindle & Keep, an LGBTQ-friendly tailoring company.


Lately company "wellness" programs have been in the news for forcing workers to undergo invasive medical exams or face large health insurance "surcharges." Good news on that front—the EEOC considers these programs inappropriate and has been suing to stop them.
In the Honeywell wellness program, employees and their spouses are asked to get blood drawn to test their cholesterol, glucose and nicotine use, and also have their body mass index and blood pressure measured. An employee who refuses is subject to a $500 surcharge on health insurance premiums and could lose up to $1,500 in Honeywell contributions to a health savings account. A worker and spouse are also each subject to a $1,000 tobacco surcharge if they refuse to do the screening. That means a couple could face a combined $4,000 in financial penalties.


Time to rewatch Gangnam Style! It has been viewed more than 2.1 billion times on YouTube, thus forcing YouTube to upgrade its 32-bit video counter. "Going to the video page and hovering over the view counter will show an animated math easter egg."
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A white man from a well-off family was irresponsibly killed by the police
Ten years ago, 21-year-old Michael Bell Jr. was pulled over by police on suspicion of drunken driving and running a stop sign. He was stopped right in front of his house where he lived with his mom and sister in Kenosha, Wis., about an hour south of Milwaukee.

Dash cam footage from inside the squad car shows Bell exiting the vehicle he was driving, where he was confronted by an officer who grabbed his arm. The two walked off-camera, where police tried to arrest him. A struggle ensued, and while his mom and sister watched from the house, Bell was shot, point-blank, in the head.

The police mistakenly thought Bell had taken an officer's gun.

There was no investigation, the officer was cleared.

So in 2010, Bell launched his own investigation.

"I finally made a decision that we're never going to get to the truth of the matter, unless we bring in our own personal investigators," he says. "So we hired an investigative consultant who teamed up with a retired Kenosha police detective."

Gina Barton, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, says that one of the experts hired by Bell came up with a theory that the gun had probably gotten caught on the rear-view mirror of the car near the scuffle. That mirror was in fact broken after the incident.

The Bell family ended up filing a civil suit for wrongful death. Six years later, they received a $1.75 million settlement. But there was no admission of wrongdoing, and the police maintained that Michael Bell Jr. caused his own death.

The family used the settlement money to fund a grassroots campaign. They took out ads in the New York Times, in USA Today and on radio and created TV commercials.

The campaigning went on for years, but Barton says the message really gained momentum after another police incident in 2011, where a 22-year-old man died in the backseat of a police car. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Bell bought every available billboard in Milwaukee with slogans like: "When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?"

"After we created enough ruckus, the unions ended up sitting down with us and talking with us," Bell says. They told him that if he wanted to take the billboards down, they would work with him in crafting some the legislation he sought.

"I had formulated in my mind what really needed to occur here to make this process better," he says.

The law they put forth would make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate, on the legislative level, that if an officer was involved with a loss of life, that outside investigators must come in and collect the data and investigate that shooting.

This past April, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed the bill into law.

Gina Barton says Bell was able to work with politicians on both sides of the aisle, and sold the bill as benefiting both the family members of whoever died as well as the officers involved.

"Because if you actually did do everything right, why wouldn't you want a transparent investigation that clears you and that shows everybody why you did the right thing?" she says.

Bell recognizes that their accomplishment with the bill happened with the help of the police. Five police units were even present when Gov. Walker signed the bill.

"I'm not against law enforcement, even though a law officer killed my son," Bell says. "And I do recognize that a number of police officers risk their life to protect people. In fact, police officers need to be part of the solution."
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