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Friday, June 16th, 2017 03:26 pm
Except I have no gifsets. So here, have some links instead!

buzzfeed: Australians Are Using Turnbull's Leaked Trump Impression To Troll Stupid Americans: Remember that woman who planned to move to Australia after Obama was elected, because the PM was a Christian, and it turned out that our PM was a redheaded female in a defacto relationship and we had gun control?

Well, this is kind of the same thing. Although in this case, the Aussie PM made fun of Trump at a media dinner and someone leaked the footage. And, of course, a lot of Americans got mouth-frothy at the disrespect. Of course, us being Australians, we can't resist sallying back - with extra mockage. Because we're Australians: we'll laugh at just about anything...

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Why Are Republicans So Cruel To The Poor:
The myth of meritocracy and its cousin, the myth of individualism, exert a powerful hold over many Americans. Social scientists and others have repeatedly demonstrated that American society is not a true meritocracy. Other research has shown that intergenerational income and class mobility are also relatively uncommon in the United States.


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everydayfeminism: Equality vs. equity.

There was a really good article about equality vs fairness that I read linked off FB, but thanks to my FB app reverting back to the most recent post in my feed when I back out of an article, I can't find it anymore. It had a good explanation of the question of fairness - the idea of deserving and undeserving.

I think that's something worth considering when discussing things with conservatives: their idea of 'fairness' doesn't match the ones that liberals tend to hold - "all men are born equal" they say, even as liberals cry out in the voice of Meg Murry: "equal does not mean the same!"

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the guardian: Indian Muslims are setting up a system whereby they negotiate for their daughters to marry without dowries

“We travelled to different Muslim areas and held seminars and meetings and explained to people how the practice of dowry goes against the teachings of Islam. We have involved imams, qazis and community leaders in all Muslim villages in the three districts,” Ali said.

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the guardian: The Universal Basic Income, arguments for and against.

including this comment which I have reproduced in its entirety )

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Tumblr: Wonder Woman: "I believe in love." The argument that it doesn't have to be romantic love that changes the way Diana looks at humanity - their capacity for great good and not just great evil.

SBS.com: The Supper Clubs that are quietly fighting racism. I think the last time one of these was anywhere near me, it was already booked out.

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the guardian: the donut model of economics by George Monbiot. I need to read this more closely - may have linked this here before, but I don't remember anymore.

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Finally, here: have Handel's "Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba In Solomon's Court" - WITH BRASS.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed this at the last concert my sister and I went to at the start of June and it was BEAUTIFUL in person.
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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 08:48 am
I must have missed that news update where 'the good guy with the gun' on the Portland train leapt into the fray with his registered weapon and his responsible gun ownership card and his precise and accurate shooting in a crowded train, and got the knife-wielding perpetrator before he killed two men and injured a third.

Three men in London killed nine people in eight minutes. One man in Orlando killed forty-nine in about the same space of time.

No, the UK is not having a discussion about gun control. They don't need to.

No, America is not having a discussion about gun control. But anyone with a lick of sense knows they should be - and not the way Republican 45 thinks they should.
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Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 03:28 pm
Had lunch. Am now in the food coma zone. Coffee will probably have to follow shortly, although I usually try to avoid two cups in a day.

(Does anyone else get kind of high on a second cup of coffee? Like your brain goes a little floaty.)

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The 1-6 tooth (with the root canal) is feeling vaguely 'fizzy' again. I'm not sure it's ever going to feel 'normal' again. I'm also getting mild aches in the head again, and the right foot is again feeling very sensitive.

I'm chalking all this up to playing hockey - increased sensitivity in one part buzzing all the pain and sensitivity channels in the rest of my body. It's still a little disturbing, and kind of exhausting.

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Parentals are home on Friday, B1 will probably move back in that night. It will be nice to have someone else in the house again.

And then I offered to cook dinner on Saturday...

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Australian Populism: What If Australia already had its Trump moment...and it was Tony Abbott?

Perhaps not all is lost?

Mind you, Australia is very different to the rest of 'the West' - ocean borders, a much younger nationalistic identity and therefore not as entrenched, a western country in a very non-white region, and one of the most urban populations in the world with corresponding intermingling of culture and influx of immigrants. As a result, the reasons that populism has perhaps passed are not necessarily going to be replicated in Europe and the North Americas.

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Sydney Writer's Festival: Six Things We Learned

1. "On Such Small Things Do Fate And The Future Depend": Hitler, Drugs, the Third Reich, And The Movement Of Mussolini.
2. "Not What You Can Write, But How Do You Write It?": A white man writes a story about a black man raping a white woman and hands it in to his black Lit teacher. It's gonna be a long discussion class tomorrow...
3. "The Immigrant And The Xenophobe Are Close Cousins When It Comes To The Concept Of Refuge": is refuge what we seek or what we defend? Is refuge a refuge if it isn't exclusionary by nature and therefore sought?
4. "The White Gaze And Review Culture": White people can review anything, but Indigenous reviewers are only relevant when it's Indigenous culture.
5. "As Many Brits Living Outside Of Britain as Syrians Living Outside Of Syria": facts and the distortion of them for false inference.
6. "There's Always Someone In The Audience Who Wants To Get Their Id Out In Public": #NotAllAudienceQuestions

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Racism: Poisonous Racism At The Root Of Western Societies

“This is my history too,” Tempest continued, her voice shaky. “I’m living it, it’s happening. We are at the end of colonial history, British history. I want to say something to you, I want to be able to talk about it. Guilt is not good enough any more. Guilt is narcissism. Your guilt is about you. My guilt is about me. It’s not good enough.

“Empathy. Empathy, humility, reparation and change,” she urged.
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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 08:41 am
There are an alarming number of men who seem to panic the instant anyone says something about children being taught 'to respect others' or 'how not to bully'. The complaints of 'feminists' and 'feminazis' crawl out of the woodwork like drunks at a sporting grand final, and with about as much dignity as the losing team as they bleat about how boys will be taught to hate themselves by women who hate all men...

And not one of them seems aware of the irony that all they're saying is that their version of masculinity involves bullying and disrespecting others.

I know that there are people who feel that anyone gaining equal rights to their own must mean their own standing is diminished - that having anything is a zero sum game. If someone else has more, I must have less and this CANNOT BE ALLOWED.

I call it "Fragile Masculine Ego" Syndrome. It also commonly comes in the flavours of Fragile White Ego and Fragile American Ego, and they can be mixed to great effectiveness.

Also, the patronising accusation that "feminists need to live in the real world" is kind of amusing, considering not one of these men would survive being a woman day in, day out without losing his SHIT at being dismissed, catcalled, reduced to T&A or whether s/he was fuckable, or told that s/he needed a dose of reality.

tl;dr: apparently they're trialling a "respect for women" program in some Australian schools - cue men losing their heads over how little boys will be taught to hate themselves.

Also? This was posted on an FB page that is about safe houses for survivors of domestic violence. So the men making these comments are pretty much predators, since they're here to make the space unsafe.
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Friday, April 14th, 2017 09:18 pm
Blogspot: Me-Made May - Sign Up
I'm trying to work out what to do for this - or if I do it at all. The challenge is usually to wear one thing you made every day of the month. I reckon it's easier when May is a month that's tending towards summer instead of one where everything is getting cold and rainy.

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Youtube: "Clarke and Dawe: Cyclone Malcolm. This is a Watch and Act Warning."
Unlikely any but Australians will get this. Laugh and cry and weep at the passing of a great comedian.

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The Guardian: The Destruction Of Hillary Clinton: Sexism, Sanders, and the Millenial Feminist Or: How To Burn Your Own Bridges While You're Standing On It Screaming That Someone In Politics Isn't Good Enough For Your Extremely Speshul Vote.

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Dreamwidth: Thoughts on racism, sexism, and fandom: How to Suck Less by [personal profile] beatrice_otter.
Thinky thoughts, or how not to get stuck at an intermediate step of sucking less in fandom.

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fic rec: Political Animal (Zazu/Triton, Human AU, Political AU)
From Yuletide, recced by someone else, it's both hilarious and hot!

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nngroup: Participation Inequality
How the voices we hear are not a majority of anything.

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And finally this Good Friday:

Common Grace: Siding With Jesus: The Real Cost
Following Jesus requires we love people in costly solidarity, and requires us to expose any ideology that pretends inequality is natural or ordained by God.
I have a lot of thoughts on this, not sure if they're coherent yet.
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 05:11 pm
Do remind me. Because I do believe I've forgotten.

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I find it easier to call my reps when there's a campaign going - like this one by Common Grace for #SaveSaeed. (There's also an email option for my friends who don't like talking on the phone, but I think the phone call makes a bigger difference.)

I posted my notes to the Common Grace site, and to FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, and I'm about to put down a bigger link on Tumblr.

Common Grace is a Christian organisation in Australia with a particular focus on social justice from the perspective of the cross of Christ. I like them because they're active in faith, not just the #prayfor[insert latest atrocity here]. They have practical things for people to do, and have programs in place to support Christians in acting on social justice.

They have a Palm Sunday march in town for refugees; I was thinking of going, but then I remembered that it's the first hockey game of the season, and I might be playing both morning and afternoon games and I'll probably be wrecked as it is.

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Only a few links this week:

Common Grace: Ending The Great Australian Silence
How indigenous Australians are not listened to in the Australian church and how we can change this. Yes, the writer is still somewhat clueless of his privilege, although he has at least recognised the injustice. I appreciate him trying to redress the balance.

Susannah FullertonAre You A Librocubularist?
A small touch of hilarity in the midst of seriousness.

And a thought in the midst of chaos:
Your belief that all people are equal and deserve respect should not be conditional on whether individuals of a minority are nice to you.
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Friday, March 24th, 2017 10:47 pm
When you can barely keep up with the incoming flow of information.

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Cracked.com: What Helped Convince Me To Stop Being Hardcore Right Wing

I think the most notable part of this is that people are more likely to listen to people who think the same as them 90% of the time, and are only 'crazy' 10% of the time. The 2nd most notable part was that more people are watching than you think.

Right now, I really needed this article. It helps.

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Vice: What Nuclear War Would Look Like with an interview with a former Secretary of Defence.

I barely remember the Cold War - I was 12 when it ended. But I was an avid and advanced reader, so I read all the 80s YA stuff about nuclear war and the aftermath.

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Word Of A Woman: The Myth That The Church Alone Can And Should Take Care Of The Poor it's a simple question of mathematics. Church-goer giving could never cover the burden of the poor.

Frankly, I think that a large part of 'charity' is just 'beneficience giving', that is, you give it to feel superior to someone else, because you are better than them, because you are someone who has worked hard and is worthy and the beneficiary is someone who is not so worthy. It's basically an egotrip the largely depends on whether or not the giver is feeling generous and would like to grant a boon. And, yes, I give to charity, but it's a pittance compared to what I pay in a regular year of taxes. Taxes are unglamourous, pedestrian, and yet considerably more practical IMO - plus, they pay for things which are for the public good: roads and public transport, hospitals and schools, cops, and fieries. I might wish it wasn't paying for pollies' salaries, but, eh. Sometimes you just have to take the crap with the good.

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I can't remember where I found it, but there was this very excellent question asked by a Christian leader. The upshot of it went something like this:
The question should not be 'Who Is My Neighbour?' as though we're trying to work out if other people are worthy of our kindness or not. The question should be 'Am I A Good Neighbour?' because in God's eyes, everyone is worthy, and we are called to 'go and do likewise' to the Samaritan who was a neighbour to the man found beaten and near death on the road.

Jesus didn't say who the man beaten up was or whether he was worthy of the Good Samaritan's help; he said go and be like the Samaritan - ie. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR.


Them's fighting words.
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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:53 am
It's been a week of doing more off-line than online.

Hockey's started up, social things are getting back into the swing, and there's all manner of things to get involved in.

There's the NoMuslimBan march tomorrow in Martin Place for I need to make a pussy-hat, or else a pussy-hat flag. I'm not sure I have the energy to make either right now...

There's the End 12 movement, which is pushing for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW (it's already been decriminalised in Victoria and SA).

And there's a project from Milkwood.net, an Australian permaculture/homesteading site, about making a Feral Fruit Map of my locality. I've noticed more than one lilly pilly hedge within a few streets of mine, although I'm not sure how the neighbours at #1 would like people collecting the passionfruit off the vine on the fence between their property and the park at the end of the street...

Oh, and quilting. The race is on to get two quilts sufficiently completed to the point where I can submit photos of the tops and say "this is what I've got planned, and this is what I've done so far".

Duct Tape Galaxy Quilt: a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together... )
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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 10:15 am
I'm enjoying the time off; time to quilt, to write, to plant my garden. However, my sister is getting tense about not having any income (hers, in particular, but mine also).

I have gotten a lot of quilting done! Including making a pussy hat block:

Pussy hat block

It's only 5.5" unfinished - 5" square finished - but is going to be in the corners of the Sydney Mod SQuaD (Sewists, Quilters, and Dressmakers) Group quilt for the year, photos of which I will have up later. It was a round robin, and I did the centre medallion, and half of the outermost border.

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Jaw is not getting better. It's not getting worse, so far as I can tell, but it's not getting better. I haven't spoken to the oral surgeon just yet; we're going with some osteopath work first. *shrugs*

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On Friday, I'm doing nails for a dozen women from a far north set of islands who have come down to Sydney for the Mardi Gras. Apparently they're trans, and a friend asked me if I was interested/willing to help with giving them manicures. Sure thing!

I should really do my own nails before then; they've been natural for a few days after repeated manicures and polishes, just giving them a bit of time to recover (but not too much, otherwise they split).

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Writing; very little inspiration to write. Will have to get back into the 20 minutes every hour writing that produced some of my longer works.

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I have not been posting about politics; things are getting bad here, too. I really have to broach the matter of getting a group together to the friend I'm sitting and sewing with this morning. Even some protest will let our (conservative) member know that we don't like what his party is doing.
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 05:42 pm
So I did watch the Superbowl and as introductions to sports go, it was definitely an interesting one to watch.

thoughts on sports, and a little stark sobriety )

Otherwise, today is easily 38C and in a house without a/c I have zero focus, which is proving fatal for my [community profile] chocolateboxcomm. I'm melting! What a world...

activist things )

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I took one of those 'political personality' tests for Australian politics and am apparently an activist egalitarian and a progressive cosmopolitan, with a squidge of ambitious saver which I probably could have told you if I'd had the language for it. :)

activist egalitarian and progressive cosmpolitan )

Does that mean I should avoid talking about tax to myself? :)

Details of the various types are here (Sydney Morning Herald)

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I suspect I'm about to fall behind in the [community profile] halfamoon prompts...
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Thursday, January 26th, 2017 07:50 am
A couple of amusing videos at Junkee about Australia Day. The style of the 'piracy' is particularly funny to Australians because they've been trying to get Australians to stop pirating things the companies wouldn't legally sell us since Day Dot.

I admit, I really like the idea of changing Australia Day to May 8 (MAAAAATE), although it's a pity we can't make it fall somewhere in August so we have a public holiday between the June long weekend and the October long weekend. Come on - that's a four month stint without public holidays! It would be a welcome relief in that long stretch through the middle of the winter/early spring...
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Sunday, December 18th, 2016 11:56 am
Democracy Roll

"They saw them rolling, but nobody was hating..."

The idea of the architect was that you could walk up the hill and be on top of our representatives in government, and be able to show that this is democracy.

More than ever, right now, we need the reminder that our MPs represent us - that doesn't just mean executing our will for the country, but also that they are the example of us that the world sees.
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Friday, December 9th, 2016 01:55 pm
Reading up on Ralph Lawrence Carr, Republican governor of Colorado back in 1942 (for Reasons). Most noted for standing up against (Democrat) FDR's institution of the Japanese Internment camps with this speech before Colorado farmers:
But the Japanese are protected by the same Constitution that protects us. An American citizen of Japanese descent has the same rights as any other citizen.... If you harm them, you must first harm me. I was brought up in small towns where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened [pointing to various audience members] the happiness of you and you and you.
It's believed that speaking out cost him his political career.

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Some links I've been collecting over the last couple of weeks.

Being White Isn't An Identity, It's Just What You Ought To Be.

Lessons from Jews: What To Do About Trump

Stephen Hawking says it's a Dangerous Time When We Can Destroy The Planet But Not Escape It.

I think the thing that Hawking misses completely is that even if we could escape it, we'd only take our humanity - both the bad and the good - with us.

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A little dark humour: For POC, the non-straight, and non-Christian, America died on November 8th, 2016. For white Evangelicals, however, it was just Tuesday.

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I admit, I'm liking a lot of what John Pavlovitz has to say about Christianity generally, but American Christianity specifically.

Jesus Is Just Alt-Right: Resisting A Racist Messiah

rambling ruminations )
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 09:33 am
What do I say? What can I say when the policies won't affect me directly (but the attitudes of entitlement will)?

I wrote this this morning, I don't think it quite says what I wanted it to say, but it's peeling back the layers of how I'm going to live out my faith right now in the current situation and the clusterfuck that American Evangelicals have been a party to. (They're not the only problem, but they're the one I think I understand the most because there but for the grace of God is me.

Quenched: identity in Christ - a personal faith perspective. Don't feel you need to read it. It's pretty rambly, and more a reminder for me and a way to hold myself accountable in future.

In the meantime...

Can I help? Is there something that you need that I can provide? Distraction? Stories? Cat pictures? Anything?

(I was hoping to make this post 6 hours ago, when it might have been useful. Sorry. Life got away from me. As it does.)
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 07:36 am
Today, we have links.

art link: Afrofuturist artists who are out of this world

I haven't had a look at this, just at the link graphic, but it looked pretty cool.

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history link: The Erasure At The Heart Of Empires

Representation is important. Fifty to one hundred years on, will Americans of Arabic descent be able to count people like themselves among the "glorious" fallen for their country? Captain Humayun Khan came to light during the election season of 2016, a battleground fought over his origin and his death as surely as the battleground he was fighting in, but would the dominant narrative have otherwise forgotten him amidst the other, whiter, more 'acceptable' heroes of a country that's panicking at 'people not like us' coming into positions of power?

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a tumblr story generator: plot, tropes, characters, AUs - pretty much any plot you can imagine or desire!

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I'll post up the recipe for the eggnog that I made on Sunday night. It's a boozy doozy, and may be very necessary for us all to get through the next 48 hours. Particularly those of us who have no vote but are stuck with the stakes anyway.

(Yes, Americans get to ignore who's voted into Australian government; we don't get the privilege of the same blissful ignorance. This is why the rest of the world - bar Russia - is so intent that you vote HRC in. Because if Trump does a shitfit that the NSW Govt moved to call him shit in a nylon stocking then, given his typical vengefulness in the past, Queenslanders will be warming their toes on the radioactive crater that used to be Sydney.)

So, Americans all, what are your plans for getting out to vote this Tuesday? (Or, in the case of at least one friend, what's your plan for getting out to volunteer at the polling places?)
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Friday, October 28th, 2016 10:04 am
Maps of the World's Countries Rearranged By Population: take the largest geographical countries in the world, and move the countries with the largest population into those spaces.

It's quite fascinating: apparently Indonesia would get China, China would get Russia, the US would remain pretty much the same, while Canada would now occupy Pakistan. (India gets Canada. Man, the US racists would SHIT BRICKS; they've got Ethiopia on one side, and India on the other...)

Australia would end up in Spain (weather's not bad, but this whole 'land borders' business is a bit shoddy), while Pakistan gets our "shores guarded by oceans wide". That'll make a difference from the mountains they're used to...

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Thank You, Mr. Trump: A letter about the things that Trump has revealed in US society and the US mindset; while it's not nice to discover You're Actually Not All That After All, it'll be a good kick in the butt for some, even if others drag their feet.
As a middle-aged white woman, I thought we'd come further than we have. I'm grateful that you've shown that I'm wrong. That just means that I have to help the change that should happen.


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Unpacking Casual Sexism/Racism In The Classroom: or, how to start a discussion, not a defence.

Some thoughts on how to unpack the way we speak: 'you're such a girl', 'man up', 'that's gay'. I have no doubt it works better on those with a mindset to learn than those who think they know everything or that they're okay, but it's something that I think I'm going to have to try somehow, particularly when dealing with racial microaggressions.

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Speak The Truth To Trump: An article from Christianity today, pointing out the flaws in voting for Trump from a Christian (Evangelical?) perspective. I don't agree with all the points they make, but the ones they make about how all earthly political systems are going to be flawed and trying to coerce them into working our society into a theocracy can too easily become idolatry of human processes are very relevant, I feel, particularly for American Evangelicals I know for whom this idea of 'a Christian society governed by Christian laws' is something that they really want.
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Friday, October 21st, 2016 08:31 am
Imma just listen to "One More Time" from Hamilton and sit over here and think about how far the mighty have fallen.

If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on...it outlives me when I'm gone...