Jan. 22nd, 2017

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as usual I can’t watch the video (well I guess I *could*, but I just have issues with video it seems), so thank you for your lovely text description!

oh I feel you on watching videos, this is the only one I’ve watched this week. I looked long and hard for any other explanations in text, and there just wasn’t anything, so I finally bit the bullet. And it was sort of annoying, choppy camera work poorly-focused kind of stuff, but once I was in it I really liked the woman’s voice and speaking cadence, and the way her daughter smiled fondly and tolerantly as she spoke, and without words but with nonverbal prompting kept handing her the hairtie in a way that indicated they’d clearly been doing this the daughter’s whole life. And the woman said, during the video, she’d learned by doing her father’s hair when she was a child, because he’d always worn his long and traditional too. (For Hopis, hair symbolizes rain, and the layers and bangs symbolize cloud shapes. I didn’t understand all of it but it sounded entrancingly beautiful.)

It was just so beautiful, the two of them, and the mother so clearly proud of her daughter’s beauty and proper upbringing, and the girl so fond of her mother. 

And the way the mother kept pulling hard on the hairtie and the daughter tolerantly braced herself reminded me, a lot, a lot a lot, of my own childhood. 
via http://ift.tt/2keBjTc:On The Propriety Of Punching Nazis, An FAQ:


Can I punch Nazis?

I don’t know. Can you?

I am capable of the act, yes.

Then you should.

May I?

The answer to that is also yes.

My mother told me that violence was never the answer.

My mother told me I was handsome; you can’t always listen to your mother.

What happened to letting the other guy throw the first punch?

Nazis don’t throw the first punch. Nazis burn the first Reichstag.

Aren’t the Left supposed to be the tolerant ones?

Supposed to be the smart ones, too, but they keep falling for that “I thought you were supposed to be the tolerant ones” horseshit.

What about dialogue?

Dialogue is for reasonable people acting in good faith. Dialogue is between two acceptable positions. “Taxes need to be raised” vs. “taxes need to be lowered” is grounds for dialogue. “Taxes need to be raised” vs. “Jews should be thrown in ovens” is grounds for a beating.

But isn’t this sinking to their level?

That depends. After you punch the Nazi, do you espouse the tenets of National Socialism?


Then you’re better than a Nazi.

But doesn’t this just give the other side ammunition?

The other side in this argument are lying fucks who can twist any piece of information into a swastika-shaped balloon animal if you engage them in good faith; lacking a piece of information, they’ll just make shit up. Might as well punch a Nazi.

What about peace, love, and understanding?

Great goals, and once we get rid of the Nazis we can get to work on them. All three are completely impossible when Nazis are about.

When should you punch a Nazi?

Whenever you get a chance. Preferably when they’re not looking.

What if they’re smaller than you?

Hit them with your fist.

What if they’re bigger?

Hit them with a bat.

Isn’t this a slippery slope?

After we defeated the Nazis in World War II, did we keep shooting people or did the troops come home and start having babies?

The second thing.

There you go. The slippery slope argument is nine times out of ten bullshit. Human beings are good with slippery slopes: we build stairs.

What if you think you’re punching a Nazi, but you just hit a white guy with a shitty haircut?


What should you do if you hit a Nazi?

You should run then, too. Don’t get me wrong: punching Nazis is still illegal. We’re discussing morality.

But I don’t want to punch anyone.

Then get off your duff, mister, and give aid and support to the boys on the front lines. We’re all in this together. Again.
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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. -Benjamin Franklin
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is there a website anywhere aggregating people’s stories about how the ACA saved them, or how lack of the ACA or anything like it harmed them? 

I keep seeing stories, all over the place, by people with extremely vivid and extremely heart-wrenching stories about illnesses they had when they had no access to healthcare, and uplifting stories of their lives being saved by this new thing, but they’re not in any one place, and I feel like that would be so powerful. But I don’t know if there is one, and I’m not the most skilled searcher. 

There’s a Facebook page. Obamacare Saved My Life. That’s all I’ve found so far. 
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you heard him

Here’s the actual source: the New York Times. 

(More context: his hometown, Whitefish, came together in solidarity, and the promised Nazi march never materialized.)

Relatedly: An excellent Twitter thread about Nazi punks/skins in the 80s/90s punk scene, which is something I sort of knew about because my work deskmate was in that scene and laid a lot of hands on a lot of Nazis himself. 
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This Twitter thread, by @puckett101, who oh, is on Tumblr! Well hi. I linked to this before, but was afraid it might get buried. I thought someone had storified it but I couldn’t find the link, so. Screenshots and a link it is. 
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Haha friend, that isn’t malice. 

My progress hasn’t been as wordy today but I did in my head at least figure out a bunch more of the link to Found Cat. 

Nobody’s going to mind if literally none of this adds up to any kind of canon timeline, right? Cassian is younger than Poe, that’s just how it is. 

And I think Bail Organa is alive, but we’ll have to see how that works out.

Baze nodded thoughtfully, and now that Bodhi was a little bit used to them he could see that the man’s expression was pleasantly neutral, it was just that the heavy sweep of his forehead terminated by his eyebrow ridge made him look forbidding or disapproving. He wasn’t really frowning, his face was just shaped that way.

Chirrut, however, stepped closer to Bodhi, and lit up incomprehensibly. “He’s hot, isn’t he,” Chirrut said.

“What?” Bodhi blinked in complete confusion. He’d been considering Baze and had to mentally rewind the conversation to remember that he’d been talking about Jeron.

“Your sled dog driver,” Chirrut said. “I didn’t think you inclined that way, but either you’re attracted to him or frightened of him, I can’t tell which.”

“I think you’re reaching, a little, there,” Baze said, to Chirrut, and then added something in, presumably, Chinese.

Chirrut answered him, sounding indignant, just a couple of words, and went on, “He has no trust in my capabilities, haven’t I told you this?” to Bodhi.

“There was an amusing diatribe about cereal,” Bodhi said. He pulled out his phone and glanced at the time. “I don’t have any more time to talk, but I’ll try later to figure out why you think I’m either attracted to or terrified about my sled dog friend. Oh! I did find out he really does have a dog, though! A big one, apparently. So there’s that bit of trivia to chew on. Anyway I have to get to work– I’m stopping by the grocery store later and thought to ask if you needed anything, but if you’ve the day off you’re probably already planning on going in.”

Baze nodded. “That was on the list,” he said. “Thank you for asking, though. It eases my mind greatly to know we have such a considerate neighbor.”

“You know I can’t go two weeks without making new friends,” Chirrut said.

“I do know that,” Baze said. “It doesn’t make this one any less exceptionally nice.”

“That is true,” Chirrut said. “Thank you, Bodhi. I hope your day is pleasant.”

“Thanks,” Bodhi said, and made his exit.
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I think it is also important to notice the way in which the media has failed us. Look the media always makes choices about what positions are too far out there to report on. I mean, they don’t do the “both sides” nonsense with the flat-earthers every time they talk about space exploration. More noticeably, when was the last time that they quoted a Trotskyist when covering a labor dispute? You may not know it, but the United States is blessed with a great many smart, educated, articulate Trotskyists. The reason you don’t know this is because the mainstream media thinks they are too far out to talk to or about. So we know they do this. We can see it. So why did Richard Fucking Spencer and his trough of evil, vile shit become something that they report upon. Not just once, but multiple times. And in ways that make it seem like it is a set of beliefs that we should consider, the same way we might consider whether or not Obamacare makes long-term financial sense for the United States.
At the point that Spencer was clocked, he was being asked about his Pepe lapel pin by a reporter. That is to say, he was being given yet another platform from which to promulgate his sly, slick, racist evil shit. And the fact that he got clocked means that instead of talking about that vileness, we’re talking about whether or not somebody should have hit him. Which is a much better conversation. It’s a damn shame that the Fourth Estate can’t be trusted with a damn microphone. Thank god for the Nazi punchers.

from this longer essay on Livejournal 
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am I bi? yes. will i call myself gay? also yes. lesbian? i’m hella lesbian. queer? yep. homosexual, lgbt, sapphic, wlw i’m gonna take all those words and make them mine, i’ll take all the labels until no one else knows what i am. if my rights get labeled gay rights, if i can get gay married, if it’s easier to turn down homophobic shit by saying “actually, I’M gay, so you better watch your mouth.” 

it’s not a war, those words are there to help us, and i will use whichever word can help me, and people like me.

You’re not a lesbian if you’re attracted to males and by saying you are and then being with makes you perpetuate the myth of lesbians just needing some dick to make them straight. You can turn down homophobic shit just as easily by saying “actually I’m bi, so you better watch your mouth” and then you’re not acting homophobic yourself smh

Oh, get over yourself. If someone says something heterocentric that implies all women are exclusively attracted to men, and someone else shoots back, “Women can be into women too! Amirite? Any lesbians in here?” I’m gonna put my hand up and cheer with everyone else, not hold back until people say the exact right label for me. And it’s not gonna ~DESTROY EVERYTHING~ if I’ve fucked a guy or two along the way.

What language we use depends HUGELY on context and audience. If I’m explaining to a grandma who knows almost nothing about “those homosexuals” why I don’t have a boyfriend, “gay” and “lesbian” are much better teaching tools than trying to get into inside baseball Tumblrisms like “biromantic demisexual”.

Also (and I say this As A Lesbian who has been threatened with corrective rape etc) I literally don’t understand how a bi girl using “lesbian” somehow implies that if I just get some dick I’ll be straight??? Like a bi girl is still bi??? She’s not straight??? It didn’t work???


Doesn’t it make an even more compelling case? Look, I’ve been getting great dick on the regular from the same awesome dude for fifteen solid years at this point, and am I any less bi than when we started? No. No, it has not turned me any straighter than I was. It’s a monogamous relationship and maybe the most important thing in my life, but I’m still not a straight chick. 

Conclusive conclusion: dick doesn’t make you straight!

People assume it does, and so I have to come out periodically to the same people over and over again, but for a lot of these people I’m the only bi person they’re aware of knowing, and it definitely makes them think that over a little bit. I’m super gay and there’s a lot more to that than who I’m actively fucking. Sexual practices and sexual orientation aren’t the same thing. It’s a rainbow, and it’s fundamental to who you are, and it’s not just in the bedroom.



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