latimes foster father cares for terminally ill childrenSome Muslims are terrorists, this is true. And some Muslims tenderly care for dying children.
mic.com witches planning to cast a spell on donald trump to prevent him from harming anyone I have exactly zero belief in witchcraft; however, I do believe in the power of the placebo effect. Can’t hurt!
huffington post 4 problematic statements white people make about race Basic stuff, or so I thought, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the reverse racism thing lately.
vox.com increase in mortality from repealing Affordable Care Act Nice run down on strengths and weaknesses of the evidence and studies available. Take home message – even taking the lower estimates, more would die than from gun homicides.
tumblr.com cinderella redo Just for fun, and why don’t they do this more in movies? More kindness and support among women, yes please.
EO Wilson on half earth, donald trump, and hope I have his GIANT book on ants ❤ The best way to reduce human population growth and save the planet is to educate women.
flickr.com new department of education logo Oh dear sweet potatoes, this is so terrible, but it made me laugh. Dinosaur-rider Jesus, and now I want a movie, it could be really good actually. Jesus summoning his army of dinosaurs to trample the corrupt money lenders.
4chan the skeleton key to the rise of trumpSaving to read later – I wasn’t in Gamergate circles, but some of my online friends were, and it was really disheartening to see how it was all unfolding.
FCC makes it harder for poor people to get subsidized broadband aka taking away one’s bootstraps
USDA records deleted what we stand to lose As a Class C Wildlife Exhibitor, my inspsection records and name used to be publicly available, which was fine – didn’t give out my address or phone number, but if someone wanted to double check that the mammals used in my programs were being cared for humanely, they could do so.
Malcolm X on progress: “I will never say that progress is being made. If you stick a knife in my back 9 inches and pull it out 6 inches there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven’t even begun to pull the knife out, much less try and heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.
trumps nightmare women opposing himMy favorite quote: “To suggest that women’s leadership is inherently more righteous than men’s is both essentialist and wrong, but the female will to resist is pretty poetic: Trump may have vanquished one powerful female foe in the election, but now a million more women have sprouted in her place.” We are the hydra, muahahahaha!
One of those “did you know” things that many people don’t know – disability benefits actively penalize the disabled person if they try to save money. ABLE accounts look like a good step in the right direction
California farmers backed trump but now fear losing field workers‘I never thought leopards would eat MY face,’ sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.
tumblr.com fascism watch update for Feb 9th “‘Empowering Patients’ would allow insurers to cut whatever benefits they no longer want to cover — they could stop covering maternity benefits, for example…”
johnpavlovitz.com the beautiful activist heart of JesusHey guess who else was a social justice warrior?
the pencilsword on a plate comicprivilege and bootstraps
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What the F* Just Happened Today dot com for keeping up with the shock and awe administration.
csmonitor.com Surge in young women planning to run for office “Leaders from all three organizations agree: Trump is to thank for this outpouring of interest in elected office. Young women may have considered themselves unqualified for political office before, but Trump has broken down many of the preconceived barriers to candidacy.”
The psychology of why Americans are more scared of terrorism than guns though guns are 3210 times more likely to kill them After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Roxane Cohen Silver and two co-authors looked at what caused more acute stress: being at or near the bombing itself, or being exposed to it in the media. They found “[r]epeated bombing-related media exposure was associated with higher acute stress than was direct exposure.”
Hidden Brain podcast Fortress America what we can and can’t learn from history Some of the nuances of the failure of the US to accept 900 Jewish refugees during WWII, how it may have contributed to the “final solution”, the dangers of both over and understating history, the value of individual acts of compassion.
Stuff You Should Know podcast – How Pacifism Works Of interest to the punching Nazi debate. Long, but some super interesting history here, and many different types of pacifist, most of which involve conceding that there are times when violence is necessary.
Twitter.com on coddling white people when making films about black excellenceYep, I’d say they’ve got a point here. From the book Hidden Figures which goes into the actual history, there were white people that did the right thing, but so far it’s been quiet, somewhat ambiguous, behind the scenes – more what they didn’t do (failure to act like a jerk?) than what they did.
tumblr.com GMO defenseAlso, I’d add on the bad side, GMO crops made to survive greater and greater levels of herbicide and pesticide lead us down a scary path, imo
<a href="https://wovenarrows.tumblr.com/post/156866077969/thresholdofzero-mirrormanning-escapedosmiltumblr.com police vs military
ultimately i think kindness is the most radical thing you can do with your pain and your anger. it’s like, you take everything awful that’s ever been done to you, and you throw it back in the world’s teeth, and you say no, fuck you, i’m not going to take this. you say this is unacceptable. you say that shit stops with me.
humans are fucking terrible and this awful world we live in will fucking kill you but if you are kind, if you are brave and clever and try really hard, you can defy it. you can impose on this bleak and monstrous structure something beautiful. even if it’s temporary. even if it doesn’t heal anything inside you that’s been hurt.
i’m gonna sleep and i’m gonna wake up and i swear by everything in this deadly horrible universe i’m gonna make someone happy.
i’ve seen a number of comments and tags where people feel that they must swallow or repress their anger in order to engage in kindness. that is not at all what i am recommending here. radical kindness is an expression of anger. it is not passive. it is not repressive. it does not require you, in any way, to forgive those that have fucked you up. it does not require you to be quiet.
it just requires that you be kind. viciously. vengefully. you fight back. you plant flowers. give to charity. play games. pet someone’s dog. scream into the dark. paint and write and dance, tell jokes, sing songs, bake cookies. you have been hurt and you don’t have to deny that hurt. you just have to recognize it in other people, and take their hand, and say: no more. enough. fuck this. no more.
have a cookie.
i will say this again: we are all going to die. the universe is enormous and almost entirely empty. to be kind to each other is the most incredible act of defiance against the dark that i can imagine.
Well, and here’s another one:
Kindness is often mistaken for softness and let me tell you, friends….that is a mistake you don’t want to make.
Kind people are not born that way, they do not stumble into it, kind people are forged in fire and darkness and imploding stars…they have steel cores. Throw a punch and you’re going to break your hand.
On punching Nazis, the morality thereof:
tumblr.com Community dynamics or punch the f-ing naziF-bombs are not dashed out in the link.
tumblr.com quote from Richard Spencer who got punched, advocating black genocide as a really quite lovely and reasonable solution to all of our problems, and lots of f-bombs in response and yes please punch in response
bustle.com 12 books to keep your feminism intersectional*note to self, check out Kimberle Crenshaw writings/TED talks on intersectionality*
tumblr.com ok so they archived all the LGBTQ and climate change stuff from the Obama White House Page, but the topics it’s been replaced with are…strange, to say the least *note to self, fact check this*
Youtube Trump’s Infrastructure ScamNot good news for poor rural Americans if this is true. Or anyone.
On Being: John Lewis – Love in ActionThose non-violent protests didn’t just happen – John Lewis describes how they acted out and practiced being yelled at and attacked. Loving their attackers. Loving the hell out of htem. This should be required listening for all humans.
“I’m with her” with arrows pointing everywhere
“Men of Quality don’t fear Equality”
“What do we want?
When do we want it?
After peer review”
“Today, we march.
Tomorrow, we run for office.”
“So Bad, Even Introverts are Here”
“Privilege is when you think something is not a problem, because it is not a problem to you, personally”
Sung to the tune of “Drunken Sailor”: What do we do with a Nasty Woman? What do we do with a Nasty Woman? Put her in the House and Senate, put her in the House and Senate
facebook If men breastfed video Check out the Nursedes! The iPump!
St. Carrie cut out to paste on your own candle She would have loved this. Warning for some cussin’ in this one.
marthawells.dreamwidth.org The Murderbot Diaries excerpt of interest to my sentient robot-writing friends – robot secretly gains self governance, saves humans despite itself, becomes adorable. Not available until May but the e-book can be pre-ordered and is only $2.99
How to Human:
You Are Not So Smart podcast – The Backfire Effect when what you believe is so core to your identity that anything that challenges it feels like a threat to your safety, and instead of changing or questioning your belief based on new evidence, you double down and believe it MORE.
The Mercury 13 the story of the first women astronauts who were left on Earth Women were thought to be better candidates for astronauts because they weighed and ate less. More things they never told us in history class.
brainpickings.org Cry heart but never break A children’s book about death. Keep a tissue handy if you click this one.
Politics and Activism:
Sheila Kennedy What now to rescue our democracy “Without that trust—without a widespread public belief in an overarching political community to which all citizens belong and in which all citizens are valued—tribalism thrives. Especially in times of rapid social change, racial resentments grow. The divide between urban and rural Americans widens. Economic insecurity and social dysfunction grow in the absence of an adequate social safety net, adding to resentment of both government and “the Other.” It is a prescription for civic unrest and national decline.”
Teen Vogue – donald trump is gaslighting America CNN just came out with a similar article, but Teen Vogue called out what was going on over a month ago. Anyone who has worked with abuse victims is already familiar with the term “gaslighting” – it can really mess you up and take a long time to get your head back on straight.
John Scalzi on the beginning of the trump years aka rich white dudes who use their power for good
yahoo.com news – how the town of whitefish defeated it’s neo nazi trolls “I think that people are realizing that democracy is their responsibility.”
scarleteen.com rebel well a starter survival guide to a trumped america Scarleteen, if you don’t know them already, is an amazing resource for non-judgemental, frank, honest, and accurate sex and relationship information (and when I say frank, I mean frank, so don’t say I didn’t warn you).
Southern Poverty Law Center – the miseducation of Dylan Roof How Google search algorithm tries to show you what it thinks you want to see, with tragic results.