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14th October 2011

6:41pm: Mississippi Personhood Amendment
From welshbard and the chain from which he got it:
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

15th August 2011

10:07pm: It's easier to post this knowing mostly no one is reading anymore, anyway
Hipsters: because what could be more irrelevant than deciding what's relevant?

Hipsters: motherless spawn of the spent loads of fifty years of intellectual masturbation.

I wish people would shut the fuck up about hipsters so I could stop thinking about them, but that's just me being bitter. I blame Vietnam for seriously fucking a generation in the ass for very poor reasons.

Vietnam: the first corporate war.

WWII doesn't get that title because the corporate complex didn't exist until afterward when the massive defense suppliers entrenched themselves permanently. If we create our gods out of our egregores and we came up with corporations, we've got some seriously dark shit going on in our souls.

20th July 2011

6:34am: Bouncin'
Funky hump day, y'all.

6th May 2011

11:49am: Life ain't all bad, though
Just found out my noon meeting was canceled, which means I'll be able to finish my yoga routine without an hour long interruption.

And hell - it's my fourth day in a row doing either yoga or qi gong. Yay for self care!

28th April 2011

6:22pm: DANCING PSA!
Going to go listen to jupiterjuniper and DJ F hold it down in the lounge at the Fez tomorrow night. It'll be 80's music upstairs, too. Only $5, doors are probably officially at 9. Come on out and shake it!

31st March 2011

2:58pm: As much as I complain about my job, the fact that I've been able to hang out in my apartment, listening to hip hop, making my own food, unshowered in shorts and a t-shirt is pretty damn cool. And the problems I get to solve are interesting, so I have decent nerd puzzles.

It says a lot about how much better I'm doing that I'm pulling this stuff up. Getting back here this quickly feels really good.

28th March 2011

12:40pm: Did I mention?
This might be my new theme song. Might. Even if it's not, still appropriate.

26th March 2011

12:34pm: Book of me
I had an useful/valuable realization last night: For me, it is almost always about the music and conversation. This applies many ways.

24th March 2011

3:33pm: Much improved
Finally feeling like I'm coming out from under everything that happened in the past week or so. Still not over it all, but dealing much, much better. Some beers and conversation with _fool last night was exactly what I needed, and I've been feeling optimistic today for the first time in recent memory.

So, here's to hoping I can hang onto this for awhile.

Now, of course, I have to deal with the aftermath of having spent a bit over a week ignoring my practices pretty much completely. I'm out of shape and a little scared to balance my checkbook. I'm stiff and sore from not having been doing any real stretching. But I can start addressing all of that pretty easily with a little effort.

It hasn't hurt that a friend bought me a copy of Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart. It's been awhile since I've read it, and it's very much what I need to be hearing right now. I choose to experience my pain and vulnerability because it opens me to greater love and freedom.

15th March 2011

12:49am: Bomers?

12th March 2011

12:12pm: DANCING PSA!
Free Excellent Gentlemen show at the Jolly Roger tonight! Starts at 10. Be there or be missing a fantastic opportunity to shake your booty and get served by an awesome, cute bartender. I guess there will also be Jagermeister girls and specials? You can check out the FB event thing.

7th March 2011

5:33pm: Fuck Descartes
I think Descartes's rejection of the senses is really just secular Western philosophy's way of accommodating the European cultural bias toward body shame inherited from the Catholic Church's doctrines of original sin. He simply replaces an infallible God with infallible Thought. While I have deep respect for the power of abstract rational thought, divorcing that from the experience of the body has led our cultural development in directions ill suited to the bodies through which we are bound to experience our lives.

While having the choice to jack into a machine that would directly take over my brain's experience could be cool, I don't want to give up the rest of my neurons and other cells to have it. While the question of humanity's spiritual nature is debatable, disputing our physical nature is stupid.

(I mean, really: Descartes's willing to imagine a demon that could mess with his senses and make him believe he saw, heard, felt, etc. things that weren't real, but then can't imagine another demon that could mess with his thoughts?)
9:22am: stolen from ixzist
Brilliant and accurate:

6th February 2011

12:10pm: It's like Black Rob is guest hosting my life
There are a lot of things I'd like to say. Finally a lot of things I actually can say. But this sums up everything better:

Words will happen in the next couple days.

3rd February 2011

12:16am: Yelle
Goddamn I want to go dancing to this!

A little darker, but freakin' cool video:

23rd January 2011

3:29am: Vote for Love
Dancing is so, so, so, so good for me. I got a good three and a half hours in tonight with the Excellent Gentlemen, which was a predictably awesome time. My self care has been good since I returned from my trip, and that makes me happy.

Hope everyone's been having wonderful weekends.

18th January 2011

6:24pm: Returned
Back from the Midwest Tour. Aside from the cough and sore throat and gunk in my head, I'm doing better than I expected for 17 days on the road. Had quite a wonderful trip, though there's no denying that I am pretty glad to be home. Plenty more to be said, but it can wait. I just had a comfort food dinner and am going to take a shower in my own bathroom. It is maybe a little sad how excited that makes me, but I'm OK with that.

31st December 2010

11:44pm: Happy New Year, LJ.

I know I'm early, but I fly out for MN on Sunday. This begins my Midwestern tour, which will also include Chicago and Madison, all within 16 days. The upper Midwest, in January. I checked the weather.com predictions, and the lowest low for Portland's next 10 days is still higher than Minneapolis's highest high. And it's already been crazy snowy.

Layers and big boots will be essential.

I've been sick this week, and that's kept me from getting ready for the trip. It's been a frustration, but I've been taking pretty good care. Which is why this is before midnight, and I'm off to bed.

30th December 2010

9:30pm: Coolio's cooking show?
Because I'm guessing you've probably never seen a cooking show that includes the line "Have you ever seen a goose shit?"

The episode right before this weirded me out a little: they had a kid on set, and while there was no foul language and the background strippers were more fully clothed, it's still Coolio doing a cooking show with a kid. That just seems unwholesome. But the recipes have seemed alright so far (though his Heavenly Ghettalian Garlic Bread was a bit heavy on the mayonnaise - we all know how much Italians love mayo?) and I can't help but find his antics sort of hilarious.

24th December 2010

6:44pm: Science!
darthsunshine pointed me toward a piece on the ABC News website regarding a study that demonstrated positive placebo effect even when the patients knew it was a placebo. This absolutely fascinates me, because this is a research direction that could lead to figuring out how to trigger the body's capacity to heal without need for medication or surgery. Obviously, that outcome is a ways off, but this study is an excellent first step and proof of concept.

8th December 2010

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