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08 August 2013 @ 08:54 pm
I applied to do more federal work at my job (keep your fingers crossed) and am getting heavily into Fringe - more on that later.

I have an issue. I got a dog. She's adorable, she's very trainable, for the most part. The biggest issue is house training - she won't go outside when it's raining. And we are having the wettest summer on record in Philadelphia. Which means frustration and anger in my house because no one likes a dog going inside.

That's not my issue (she's a rescue, I don't know her history, she probably has good reason). My issue is every resource designed for house training a dog somehow assumes that someone will be home with her 24/7. I work a regular job. My roommate works a regular job. On top of that, because of those regular jobs, we both sleep. (Happily, she doesn't go at night.) But... nothing explains what you can do when you can't watch your dog all the time.

Also, fyi, if I did have a job that I could do from home, I would need to be paying attention to that job, not watching my dog for every minute of every day. That cannot be healthy. It cannot be conducive to an income. I don't know what planet these people live on, but it's not the one where my 9-5 pays my rent.

That said, if you know of a better resource, please link me.
08 July 2013 @ 08:21 pm
07 July 2013 @ 02:18 am
I'd been looking at adopting a dog for a while.

As of this evening, I'm the proud owner of a little Yorkie named Deirdre. (The no-kill shelter where I got her says they think she might be about a year and half, some friends who've raised dogs since puppyhood think she might be a bit younger.)

At some point I will probably post pictures of her little Yorkie face.
25 February 2013 @ 12:35 am
So there's this thing where I'm crippled and I'm poor.

I'm also taking testosterone which is causing some amazing repetitive muscle cramping. (This is apparently normal as a side effect, but my body, as usual, won't let the cramps go.) The sore spots that cause me difficulty are in my trapezius muscle and between my spine/shoulder blade. I can't reach that. Our bathe tub isn't shaped for me to soak that without contorting my spine.

I'm also poor. (Not so poor. But when my insurance + meds = more than rent, I am poor.)

Does anyone know a good way to deal with this, especially as my roommate has no desire to punch my back daily *and* I need to be at work and not asleep because of relaxants?

*Note: I'm also entertaining the possibility that this isn't T but the doctor seems to assume this is.
01 February 2013 @ 07:39 am
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03 January 2013 @ 11:00 pm


01 January 2013 @ 03:51 pm
So it's 2013, I'm putting off buying the stuff for orange-curried chicken and packing to bring you my issues with the Firefly universe.

The Sino-American Empire is creepy. It's like 1984 and Stalin's Russia had terrifying sex and produced an evil space baby. They're creepy motherfuckers and you don't want to be on the wrong side of them and that's their job in the universe. They do it very well.

But our heroes, the Sturmabtielung CSA are really - Oh, whoops, they're not actually Confederate Brown Shirts... Our heroes just call themselves Browncoats (please note that the Wikipedia article offers a redirect to the Sturmatielang). And recently lost a "war for freedom." So failed freedom fighters with a weird Nazi fetish?

Except they, ostensibly, live in the Sino-American Empire. But we never see them do business with anyone of East Asian descent. Hell, they never even talk to anyone of Chinese or East Asian descent except for when she's a prostitute. So, they live in an empire where they're avoiding what's likely at least half the population (unless she's a prostitute at a brothel where someone's friends with the madam). And they call themselves Brownshirts- I mean, Coats. So our heroes are just racist freedom fighters with a Nazi fetish?

Except, more implicitly, Captain Reynolds and his lot are the Confederates. They're the cowboys of all our Westerns - the ones who lost the war and hang out on the fringe and want to rise again and have some racism problems. Whelp. Shit. Now we've got a world where our options are Confederates with a Nazi Fetish and 1984 in Space.

There are further, worse, implications about Reavers if Browncoats are the CSA. But if our options are Browncoats and Purplebellies - I think I'm taking the Reavers.

Joss Whedon, when asked about maybe actually casting some folks of Asian descent, replied with "Cultures inevitably blend even if it's through conquest and violence, even if one country invades another, eventually they're incorporated." If that's the basic idea driving his concept, I'm more uncomfortable with the universe.
21 December 2012 @ 08:56 pm
So, USPS "forwarded" my package "to another address." The package with my Christmas gifts for my dad and my brother and the first book I've ever bought on dystonia (none cheaply). I spent an hour and a half on the phone between FedEx and USPS and eventually got a USPS supervisor who basically said, "How am I supposed to know where your Christmas gifts went?"

Near in tears - because between working at a non-profit, my recent health issues, and moving apartments I do not have the money to even buy the Christmas gifts again with expedited shipping - I desperately ordered a call from Amazon. This dude - Jeff - was FUCKING AWESOME.

I'm a bit of a mess when I call because I've spent an hour and a half wrangling postal workers in two companies and trying to get through hold times the weekend before Christmas. He takes my situation and that I want my family to have Christmas gifts and then gets it done. He reshipped my order, expedited, so that I should get it at my parents' house, while my brother and I are frying cannoli and my sister-in-law and mother work on some kabobs.

So everyone knows exactly who I'm ordering from in the future. I'm looking at a couple of big purchases in the next couple of months, since I am moving and looking at incorporating a business.

Also, I'm going to drink some blueberry wine and listen to neighborhood carolers because that was a stressful two hours.

Next time you hear from me, I'm in New York.
13 December 2012 @ 07:15 am
In todays installment of Check Yourself:

1. If you are a white-appearing male-appearing straight-appearing person, please do not explain to me about how the only reason women are in the workforce is because our Evil Capitalist Overlords (tm) want to drive down wages and enforce the nuclear family.

If you replace Capitalist with Fascist/Democrat, that's actually the time when my mother turns off Fox News because fuck that shit. That shit is hard won. Being able to work means being able to own your independence and potentially have the ability to escape terribleness. And it's misogynistic asswipes who talk about "Oh if women weren't working, my pay would be better." Fuck you.

2. If you're going to lecture me on history, get your dates right. I know your brand of fucked up politics thinks that education is a statist conspiracy, but go fuck yourself.

3. This final one goes out several people. The American education system is not based on the "Prussian model," whatever that means. There's considerable European influence, but we have more French and English than German. Additionally, our system did not emerge fully formed like Athena from Zeus' head when the industrial revolution happened. (Additionally the Industrial Revolution isn't a one time event. It's a period and, in reference to the last point, generally accepted to be from 1750-1850.)

You know what in 1850? About half of American school children were being educated in schools. Not all of them were full time. Not all of them had the same curricula. I knew this in elementary school because I a) read American Girl and Laura Ingalls Wilder and b) because my grandmother, born in the twentieth century in New England, was educated in a one-room school house, didn't have shoes to wear to school, and of her family, only about two finished their education in a meaningful way.

But for the love of all that this holy, read the goddamned Wikipedia article on the history of education in America. (And reading it myself, the Prussian model might be the Mann reforms that say everyone deserves an education? I don't understand how this is a problem. Mann reforms did a lot of good. And separating by grade... makes sense for teachers? Have you ever tried to learn in a one room school house?)
08 December 2012 @ 11:02 pm

First, watch that video. Play it loud.

I went internet-house hunting with roommate-to-be. (We found some to die for properties, so hopefully one of those will pan. Otherwise, doable ones.) When we took a lunch break, she told me to watch this. We did, three times. It's our favorite band, but there are a bunch of little things that made me go, "I KNOW THAT!" She made me turn up the music at the end - that's not static. That's a recording of a protest chant - "The whole world is watching!" - that we use during wrongful arrests.

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So, when we do get a place, what should we name it?
the gay fresh sentiment of the road: confusedconfused
the music falling in where it is wanted: State Radio - Big Man
11 November 2012 @ 09:58 pm
I spent the weekend working in Union Beach for Sandy Relief. Posting more later.
25 October 2012 @ 10:36 pm
First season of Once Upon a Time: The Huntsman and RapeCollapse )

Please, someone tell me that this is actually dealt with so I can keep watching a series with awesome female leads. Please.
14 October 2012 @ 11:43 am
1/2 cup bulghar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup boiling water

Spread bulghar on a cookie sheet and cook in oven at 350F for just over 5 minutes, to toast. When toasted, pour into bowl. Add milk and sugar. Mix well. Add boiling water. Stir. Let stand ten minutes. Devour.


Can be toasted ahead of time. Can be made in larger quantities. Can taste like heaven.
18 September 2012 @ 07:42 pm
Cold Buster

1 ounce ginger, coarsely chopped.
half small lime, coarsely chopped

Boil in a pot of water. Allow to cool. Add sweetener (honey) to taste.

If you're feeling especially congested (or adventurous) add a pinch cayenne pepper.
12 September 2012 @ 08:56 pm
Now that we're readying to bomb a new country and calling it peace, now that I've come back from the debate between Crimethinc and Chris Hedges, I bring you an offering:

The Illegitimacy of Violence and Violence of Legitimacy

In this state of affairs, there is no such thing as nonviolence—the closest we can hope to come is to negate the harm or threat posed by the proponents of top-down violence. And when so many people are invested in the privileges this violence affords them, it’s naïve to think that we could defend ourselves and others among the dispossessed without violating the wishes of at least a few bankers and landlords. So instead of asking whether an action is violent, we might do better to ask simply: does it counteract power disparities, or reinforce them?
21 August 2012 @ 07:25 am
It's my birthday. Spam me with happy shit.
16 August 2012 @ 06:59 am
Lakota Sacred Grounds on Auction Block unless they can raise $1M by August 25th

The sale is perfectly "legal," but is it morally, ethically, and spiritually correct?

In a race against the clock, the Sioux Nation is fighting to save Pe' Sla, one of its most sacred religious sites. Pe' Sla, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is the epicenter of the creation story of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota nations. Tribal elders and spiritual leaders conduct ceremonies essential to their culture and beliefs at times of the year when the stars are in special alignment. On Aug. 25, 2012, approximately 1,942.66 acres, sold in five tracts of land, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Once sold, it is highly likely that Pe' Sla will be opened up for development, with the State of South Dakota building a road directly through it, according to a press release I stumbled across on Facebook. If the Sioux ever needed a savvy PR and fundraising team, now is the time, and it may be too late.

The fact that native sacred places were taken illegally by the United States government is secondary to the urgent need to do something to protect this privately owned yet cosmologically significant site before Aug. 25, less than two weeks from now. In a gallant effort the Sioux Nation is fundraising to buy as much of the holy ground of Pe' Sla as possible. What is possible and what is realistic may be two different things, or they may not.

To be honest, when this writer discovered the story, the situation seemed overwhelming and hopeless. How would the Sioux be able to raise over one million dollars in a fundraising campaign in two weeks? So I dutifully posted it on Facebook, tried to go to sleep, tossed and turned in protest at my inaction, and now find myself blogging away at 1 AM--hoping and praying that by throwing this sad, terrible story against the wall, something might stick.

Winona LaDuke, the great native activist and teacher wrote a note "from the heart" about the importance of the Great Mystery to indigenous peoples, and here is the link to it.[poster note: link was borked, go to source, they may have fixed it] Read it. It may uplift you and it may bring a tear to your eye, but most of all it may inspire you to offer testimony and "talk story" about what is happening. The act of speaking is an act of spiritual solidarity.

"In the time of the sacred sites and the crashing of ecosystems and worlds, it may be worth not making a commodity out of all that is revered," LaDuke writes, asking the critical question of morality.

She goes on to cite Lakota scholar Chase Iron Eyes, who said:

Pe'Sla, to the Lakota, is the place where Morning Star, manifested as a meteor, fell to earth to help the Lakota by killing a great bird which had taken the lives of seven women; Morning Star's descent having created the wide open uncharacteristic bald-spot in the middle of the forested Black Hills. (On American maps, this is called, Old Baldy) The Morning Star placed the spirits of those seven women in the sky as the constellation "Pleiades" or "The Seven Sisters."

On May 24, 1996, President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13007 that requires the government to "accommodate access to and ceremonial use of Indian sacred sites by religious practitioners." Unfortunately, the order applies to federal and not privately held lands, leaving an ethical chasm between what should be and what is reality at sacred sites.

And now, at this moment, there is absolutely nothing we can do about that harsh fact.

It is the hour of dark skies here in northern Minnesota and the Pleiades are just now rising in the eastern sky, soon to be followed by Jupiter, Venus and the waning crescent moon. I find myself wondering what the skies are like just one state to the west in the Black Hills. Part of the writer wants to go there to better explain the sense of the sacred lands, but there is no time to waste when the hands of the clock have moved into another day since the time I sat down to write this testimony.

So, feeling completely helpless and inadequate, we offer what little we can and hope that a solution can be found in the coming days to save the "heart of all that is."

Read more at ONTD Political: http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/9927980.html?nc=21#comments#comments#ixzz23hoGj63p

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