Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:10 pm
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'We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws.

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God consciousness and never ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber. I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: "All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth." Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.'

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", 1963

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Jan. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
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The weather is delightful: on the low side of 70°F, with constant gentle breezes. I welcome the partly cloudy skies, as full sun down here burns me in a New-York minute.

Our little house is in one of the oldest parts of town, but the dwellings are so modest that it hasn't been gentrified. Next-door is condemned & they're living in their garage.

I rolled to a Farmer's Market — tragically no fresh greens, but OMG fresh pralines, a novelty almost as delicious as chocolate. (Butter, cream, pecans, sugar.) The sidewalks are just wide enough for my chair, around 36in. They've done an excellent job maintaining flatness considering the wealth of old, rooted trees. There was only one place I got airborne.

Late lunch at a pho restaurant called Pho. Tasty but not cosmic.

There's a concrete beach walk — around 25 yards from the low-tide line. After a suitable post-prandial nap, I was able to use my rolling walker for a stroll down to the "harbor" (a channel cut in to maximize water access).

Here's a Google beach view where I started:


We had more clouds so more colors in our sunset appreciation, but this time-lapse provides a taste: described sunset video shot looking SSW )

Day 3: to Ocean Springs, MS

Jan. 15th, 2017 12:17 pm
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  • Cross-country on US Hwy 49, two-lane highway running through the centers of many small towns. We had to pause for wide loads and very wide loads, both trailers straddling the full roadway. Fortunately, no tractors.
  • Destination at 4:30, in time for clearing skies and a lovely sunset. Our little house is delightful! <grumpy>(Except the bed. No bed is as good as my bed.) </grumpy>
  • Bella was pleased by the fenced yard, but truly astounded by not just a squirrel house, but a weathered tree providing a squirrel apartment building.
  • MyGuy magically shopped & cooked an omelette. Then we all fell into bed and slept hard.

Links: Speaking truth to power

Jan. 14th, 2017 06:32 pm
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Google Quietly Removes “Fake News” Language From Its Advertising Policy by Brennan Suen & Tyler Cherry
Google says no no no we're still against fake news, but continues to allow verified fake news sites to use AdSense.

We fight for Rep. John Lewis because he has fought for us by Melissa McEwan on ShareBlue, telling it like it is as always.
Critics of those who are taking up space in solidarity with Rep. John Lewis are levying charges of reflexive partisanship. But we are not fighting for him merely because we are Democrats; we are Democrats because people like him have fought for us.
I am so relieved and grateful that we have a leader like Rep. John Lewis stepping forward, and I see the irony that a Black man might work harder than anyone else to save our asses yet again.

The Music Donald Trump Can’t Hear by Adam Gopnik. Music is protest.
And so the inability, so far, of Donald Trump to get any significant musicians from any of those traditions, rock or country or blues or Broadway, to sing at his Inauguration is not a small comic detail but a significant reflection of this moment in history. It reminds us of just how aberrant Trump and Trumpism is.

ETA: Human Rights Group Portrays U.S. as Major Threat, Citing Trump by Mark Landler. Nothing we didn't know, but it's good to see a major organization saying it out loud.

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Jan. 14th, 2017 04:49 pm
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I'm working with a therapist now who's told me to keep a dream diary, so I'm trying to remember my dreams more and write down what I dream when I wake up. This has been a bit difficult because my dreams are long and intense and writing them out can take actual hours if I do it in as much detail as I'm capable of. Today I woke up, fed my cat, and wrote out a fic about Kent Parson and Justin Oluransi in a post-nuclear-event world. Though that fic isn't precisely the dream I had; I took it and tweaked and elaborated it into something that made a bit more narrative sense.

It's like the third dream I've had this week about living in an irradiated landscape. A different one was about trying to out-sail an 18th century British Navy vessel across a lake covered with power lines because I knew where food stores were, while they were recent imports from another century.

I've done a bit of study on dream analysis and while I don't believe dreams "mean" specific things that can be easily translated, I can definitely say that my dreams of trying to survive and protect people in a toxic fundamentally dangerous wasteland are, ahem, heavily informed by having spent a year working at a women's shelter that was mismanaged and a little soul-crushing, and also realizing that the basic theoretical principles of the domestic violence movement need to be totally overhauled.

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The Truth About Obamacare and How It Solves the Suffering of the Insured by Kurt Eichenwald

Leaving aside for a brief moment the suffering and earlier deaths of people without health insurance, leaving them uninsured hurts everyone else, too.
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Four homeless people die of exposure in Portland in first 10 days of 2017 by Lauren Dake.
Four homeless people have died of exposure on the streets of Portland, Oregon, in the first 10 days of 2017, a toll that has horrified the city and focused attention on its housing crisis.

“Any loss of life is unacceptable,” the newly inaugurated Portland mayor, Ted Wheeler, said. “This is a wealthy nation and we’re a prosperous and progressive community.”

Read recently (on Twitter I think) that before Reagan, homelessness was rare. Yeah, there are a lot more people in the world, and a lot of economic chaos under the bridge. But think about that. Within my memory. Rare.

We Americans are failing our people so hard. And it's an intentional pillaging and subjugating. For money, for power, treating people as less-than, closing any route to meet basic needs, no matter how hard they/we work.
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New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage by David Cecere, Cambridge Health Alliance

Evil. Repealing the ACA is pure evil. It does need improvement. We need single payer. We need to get the health insurance companies out of the loop because they're sucking money out without providing any benefit. But, just taking the ACA away and letting us go back to the previous untenable situation, with added gotcha that lots of people got diagnosed with something while pre-existing conditions *didn't* prevent you from ever getting care again, that's evil.

People are easier to control if they're sick, or bankrupt, or dying. People don't vote, don't go through the steps now needed to get an id to vote, if they're too busy trying to get themselves or their loved ones needed medicine, or figuring out how to cope without it.

I'm "lucky" - my health issues aren't helped by western medicine anyway. But I would like to know I'll get the care I need if I get in a bike crash, or I do get an illness that needs treatment. I do have issues that western medicine could help with, but they're not covered by insurance, so I've never pursued them very far. Imagine if healthcare were focused on health, and care, rather than profits for third parties.

This whole mess is racist as fuck, too. Not even getting into the layers of Black people getting worse care and systemically having less money, but destroying ObamaCare because Heaven forbid a Black man get credit for the amazing outcomes he achieved.


Jan. 12th, 2017 01:22 pm
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First day back at work after being sick: got coffee, had 20 min meeting, took 2 hour nap, ate lunch, gave up and went home. Being awake is overrated.
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There's a bill in the Washington State Legislature to apply for a waver to run a state-wide single payer health care system.

I don't know how that will play with the Congressional attack on the ACA (the ACA allows state to apply for a waver to run a single payer system which exempts them from rules about mandatory insurance.)

My friend who follows policy issues like this says the proposed WA state system is "solid" and "it covers a lot of ground to ensure that abortion, repro health, trans care, and pretty much anything else a person could think of is covered."

I'll update this post once I have better links to point at. But this is good news.

Day 1: to Effingham, IL

Jan. 12th, 2017 07:02 am
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  • smooth trip down Hwy 51, half in mysterious yet not scary fog. At times visibility was less than two semi trucks.
  • Sixty degrees on arrival! No need for coats!
  • motel w: indoor pool, w/c access, accepts dogs are not ubiquitous. This Fairfield Inn was too hot, bed too soft, and stinking of floral air freshener. Best news: we’re leaving it shortly.
  • Reliably tasty and gluten free: Chipotle. Order on line, $15 to fill up two hungriest.
  • Bella was unsettled, but accepted mysterious change in routine with glares and minimal complaint.

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Jan. 11th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Just in case you were ever planning on joining that one German fencing society whose fencing mask has gaps over the cheeks so that you can acquire The Most Dashing Scar, I have found a much cheaper way to acquire The Most Dashing Scar: removing a disgruntled feral cat from the attic.

I am so dashing right now. You wouldn't believe it.

"Dashing" smells a lot like bactine, for some reason.
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Catharine Eastman's satirical The Crayola Project is well worth reading.

A newly-minted President is eager to increase America's nuclear arsenal. The rest of the government aren't so keen on the idea. Hijinks ensue.

I like how this story makes room for positive outcomes in the midst of ill intent.


Jan. 10th, 2017 10:17 pm
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My partner and their delicate things have been safely extracted. The ex was not present for the extraction process.

Next is the fun part, I guess. For ... certain likely values of fun.


Jan. 10th, 2017 09:39 pm
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SUCH an intense day at work. But there was good stuff, too, not the least of which was coming home to a clean, happy home. Oh, and I have submitted seven pieces in the last two days, and have exceeded my 1,000-word goal every day since I set the goal, so there's that!

I owe a few responses to stuff (hi, [personal profile] firecat! yay, more on that soon.), but I'm soooooo tiiiiiired, so I'm signing off and gonna get ready for bed.

Much love!

Paint your Ph'thagn

Jan. 10th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Very few good Cthulhu mythos stories have been published. Here is a superb one:
The author, Ruthanna Emrys, has a longer work coming out in April, and Tor.com are publishing exerpts for the next five days:
I am rather looking forward to buying this book.


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