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December 15th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"It's actually only 'Frankenstein' if it's created in the Frankenstein region of France. Otherwise, it's a sparkling monster." -- Matty Groves (@Reverend_Banjo), 2018-12-13


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December 14th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"If the United States right now in this moment decided that it wanted to invest in educating every child to an equal degree, making sure everybody had actual equal opportunity, then we would become one of the most powerful countries on the planet. We'd be able to reverse climate change. We would be able to do amazing things. Any country that genuinely harnesses its entire population and treats them all like people has nowhere to go but up." -- N.K. Jemisin, quoted in "N.K. Jemisin Is Trying to Keep the World From Ending" by Joshua Rivera, 2018-11-30, GQ


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December 13th, 2018


dglenn
05:26 am - QotD

"Due to her history of high blood pressure, Pichardo was taken to a medical unit to be examined as a precaution. A nurse noted she had been taking hormone pills and asked her whether she was a man. Despite Pichardo's denial of this, the nurse added this note to her file: 'Transgender, male parts, female tendencies.'

"The nurse told the doctor, who reclassified Pichardo as male without an examination, according to a newly-released appeals court opinion."

-- from "Grandma mistakenly booked into all-male jail because staff thought she was transgender" (I didn't see a byline), 2018-12-01

[Note that this case will get a more visceral reaction from more people on account of the victim being cis, but it really wouldn't be any better if she had been trans. This case does demonstrate how attitues that don't consider trans identities real hurt anyone whose identity is suspected for whatever reason, trans or cis.]


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December 12th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

From the CBC radio program The Current, 2018-11-28 (emphasis added):

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<!-- 12/12 [cal] Independence Day in Kenya --> <!-- 12/12* [cal] First Day of Chanukah --> <!-- 12/12/1893 [cal] E.G. Robinson born --> <!-- 12/12/1901 [cal] First wireless message sent across Atlantic by Marconi --> <!-- lj-cut text="Anna Feigenbaum, on tear gas retro-justifying its use" --> <p>From the CBC radio program <i>The Current</i>, <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-november-28-2018-1.4922257/nov-28-2018-episode-transcript-1.4924306"> 2018-11-28</a> (emphasis added):</p><table> <tr><td align="right" valign="top>Anna&nbsp;Maria&nbsp;Tremonti:&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td align="left" valign="top><i>And you know there was outrage when tear gas was used by police during the G-20 in Toronto several years ago, Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown. Why do police resort to tear gas? What is their rationale?</i></td></tr> <tr><td align="right" valign="top">Anna Feigenbaum:&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td align="left" valign="top"><i>Well when tear gas was first marketed in the 1920s, was sold because people could use it without having much training, much money or having to do much work or thinking. And I think these things are still true today. It is a relatively cheap weapon because you can use it to police an entire space, not just an individual person like a taser. It is cost effective and spatially effective and because it is less likely to kill and it doesn't leave traces of blood, which is a really important point, it also is then a good public relations move for police officers to use. And as we just saw with the caravan, as well as what we saw in Ferguson and at the G-20 and we heard the journalist talk about earlier in the program because it causes people to flee because you have to leave that space. <strong>Anything that looks peaceful, will look more like a riot. Anything that looks calm and collected will look like something chaotic and that shift in images that the media then covers, makes it look like the police are justified in their use of control because they had to control that chaos.</strong></i></td></tr> </table>

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December 11th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"When I die throw my ashes at everyone who has historical amnesia and glorifies the monsters who ended so many lives and shattered so many dreams." -- Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio), 2018-12-01 (responding to hagiographies of George W. Bush)


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December 10th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"I love how when Republicans go far right it's called 'energizing the base' but when Democrats inch slightly left it's time to worry about them 'alienating rural white people.' It's almost like the main goal of politics in this country is keeping racist white people happy" -- Louisa (@LouisatheLast), 2018-11-26


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December 9th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"I forget that Americans put nuts in their fruitcake and don't put in booze.

"No wonder Americans hate fruitcake. Who wants to eat a bunch of gummy un-crunchy nuts and dry cake?

"I am from Jamaica, and fruitcake there is descended from British fruitcakes. It starts, not with cake, not with fruit, but with ALCOHOL. Proper fruitcake should smell intoxicating when unwrapped and make you tingle upon finishing a (dense, rich, fudge, jammy) slice. Next year (I hope) I will make fruitcake, and I will start with a couple bottles of Appleton Gold Rum, if I can get them. One needs enough alcohol to soak the fruit, to soak the baked cakes at least twice during their ripening, and to keep the cook lubricated as well."

-- [info] - personal minoanmiss, 2018-12-07

[I like American fruitcake! But when the moist, boozy kind lands in front of me, I like that even more -- it doesn't happen often. In any case, whatever your feelings about fruitcake, enjoy the last evening of Channukah and the second Sunday of Advent!]


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December 8th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"Never call the Cops when it can be handled by nerds." -- Musty Mayo (@ZacharySGrigley), 2018-12-01 ( context)


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December 7th, 2018


dglenn
05:26 am - QotD

[...]

"3) Granting asylum to people who qualify for it will not create an 'invasion' or 'flood' of people. Refugees are involuntary immigrants, meaning that they are forced to migrate for their own safety, not because they want to. I keep hearing people say things like 'but everyone wants to come here so we can't just let in these refugees'. As a refugee attorney, I can promise you 'everyone' does not want to come here. Everyone does want to live in safety and ensure that their children can survive. Just like you probably don't want to leave your community to move to another country, most people also like where they're from as long as they can live there safely. You probably like living where you live because you feel connected to your loved ones, your community, your work, etc. Think about what it would take for you to decide to travel thousands of miles to a new country you've never been to before with your young children and only the clothes on your back. You're probably thinking it would take severe, life threatening danger for you to get to that point. It is the same for refugees coming here. So many people I have met including caravan members and refugee clients in the U.S. say their dream is that one day their country of origin will be safe enough for them to return. We need to get over this mentality of American exceptionalism that makes us believe that 'everyone' wishes they could live in the US and that we will be 'overrun' if we simply welcome the people who are asking us for refuge so that they won't be killed. And while we're at it, let's stop using dehumanizing terms ('invasion', 'flood', etc.) and be more respectful of everyone's humanity."

[...]

-- an immigration attorney who spent Thanksgiving working with refugees in that caravan and is a friend of a friend of Jacole Johnson, posted to Facebook 2018-11-26


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December 6th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"[...] Needless to say, St Nicholas's possible Klingon origin helps to explain the zealous violence he expressed toward Arius at the Council of Nicaea. Before he threw the punch heard around the Church, the Bishop of Myra was heard to exclaim, 'It is a good day to die!' Historians still debate the precise meaning of the exclamation." -- Fr. Aidan (Alvin) Kimel, 2016-11-26

[Happy St. Nicholas Day to folks who celebrate it, folks who like knowing Santa's back story (jolly old Sinterklaas was ethnically Greek, from what is now part of Turkey, and a bishop, before he retired to the north pole in the middle of the 4th Century and started making toys), and folks who like Klingons!]


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December 5th, 2018


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[saintlymods]
02:01 pm - St. Margaret’s Academy
Rule #1 - Keep your fangs and claws to yourself: no snacking on the student body.
Rule #2 - No magic in the hallways.
Rule #3 - A full moon is no excuse for not having made your homework.

The '18-'19 academic year has begun. At St. Margaret's Academy, there's no such thing as normal.
Open since 2013, St. Margaret's Academy is looking for great RPers and fresh faces. We're a fun and laid back group, so enrol your progeny today!

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dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"The stigma and prejudice attached to poverty create the assumption that poor people can't be smart, so anyone who is smart can't be poor. It's a perfect circle that ensures that no poor person who talks about their experience is seen as credible." -- Noah Berlatsky, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils The Ugly Truth About Being Poor In America", 2018-11-27</a>


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December 4th, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"People in the 'never say anything mean about the recently dead!' crowd have clearly never seen a single news story about a Black person killed by police." -- Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy), 2018-12-01


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December 3rd, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

"They're testing the public's tolerance for violence against innocent people fleeing for their lives. You think the right doesn't have a climate change policy? This is literally their climate change policy." -- Ramsin Canon (@ramsincanon), 2018-11-25

[Consider this together with Wednesday's QotD, and [info] - personal dewline's comment on Thursday's QotD]


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December 2nd, 2018


dglenn
05:24 am - QotD

Tumblr user batzendrick (date unknown, found reblogged):

My boss once shared a great story about [someone complaining about "happy holidays"]. This happened when he was in a layover in North Carolina back when the "War on Christmas" bullshit was first becoming prominent. He had gone to get a pack of cigarettes, and after he paid for it:

"Merry Christmas."
"Happy holidays."
"No. I said Merry Christmas."
"Do you know what Hanukkah is about?"
"No, what?"
"Some people tried to make us worship their ways, so we rose up and killed them. Happy Hanukkah."

[To my friends lighting the first candle of the season tonight, whether for Hanukkah or for Advent, happy holidays!]

Today is:
Gregorian: 2018 December 02 -- first Sunday of Advent
Julian: 2018 November 19
Hebrew: 5779 Kislev 24 -- Hanukkah will begin this evening, at the start of 25 Kislev
Islamic: 1440 Rabi`al-Awwal 23
Persian: 1397 Azar 11
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.6.0.12
Indian: 1940 Agrahayana 11
Coptic: 1735 Hathor 23


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