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March 31st, 2017

tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Friday, March 31st, 2017 09:49 pm
We're 1/4 of the way through the year. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

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New York Times: And Jesus said unto Paul of Ryan, "Care for my sheep." And Paul of Ryan said, "But they're so stinky and I don't want to."
A look at Jesus' teaching about healthcare.

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Electric Lit: 34 Books By Women of Color To Read in 2017
I need to have a look at this and start reading!

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Facebook: For Christians struggling with politics...
Duke Kwon is an American pastor whom I follow on Twitter, he has good thinking points about the intersection of faith and politics, and some good insights into race, being of non-white descent. Obviously he's not as well known as John Pavlovitz, but that's not a bad thing, either.

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Forward Progressives: I’m a Pro-Life, Christian, Constitutional Patriot – Which is Exactly Why I’m a Progressive by Allen Clifton
For later reading.

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Salon: Why Are Republicans So Cruel To The Poor: Paul Ryan's Profound Hypocrisy Stands For A Deeper Problem.
The more challenging and perhaps even more disturbing task is to ask why today’s conservatives feel such antipathy, disregard and hostility toward poor and other vulnerable Americans. Certainly greed and a slavish devotion to a revanchist right-wing ideology are part of the answer. But they may not be sufficient.
I had another read, more about the intersection of faith and politics, and how the "Evangelicals voted for Trump" might be true in America, but would be false in most of the rest of the world. I didn't save it, and so can't find it.

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White Friend, 50+ geeky guy, loves J-pop, K-pop, especially the girl bands, reads anime, doesn't get why ScarJo as the Major in Ghost In The Machine is whitewashing. Thankfully, some lovely woke white women are educating him, while another white male bemoans how 'precious' we've become, presumably by having to think about the feelings of non-white people?

I thought about trying to answer him, then figured, "No, I don't want to have this conversation. I don't see why I have to have this conversation. He can google it and either find the opinions of other people of Asian background who will explain it better, but I refuse to lay my guts out for someone from among his friends to stomp on. Self-protection must come first."

Look, if you want to see Ghost in the Shell, then go see it. Buy out the cinema session to push the tickets and laud ScarJo's decision to add to erasure. It's a free world and it's your money and your decision. I'm not going to see it, and I'll encourage others not to go see it because I believe in not only diversity but in the sympathetic hero-ing of non-white people.

It doesn't matter to you white people - you can see yourself everywhere. I get to see myself in Mako Mori, Helen Cho, Colleen Wing, Melinda May, Joan Watson, and maybe a handful of other characters who are defined not by racial characteristics (thereby disqualifying Constance Wu's character in 'Fresh Off The Boat') but by what they do and who they are.
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