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tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Monday, July 10th, 2017 12:30 pm
DW customization: mobile and color by [personal profile] ironymaiden

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Indigenous Australians from a NYT American correspondant.

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Technological Utopianism Will Not Save Humanity

There's a long section about the way we think, cultural bias and blind spots, and cultural hypocrisy. It's interesting that he likens technological utopianism and the belief in science (and in humanity as rational beings capable of becoming better through scientific discovery) to religion.
When someone sits there claiming that science will solve this and that at some unspecified future date, the ‘science as saviour’ narrative as I call it, I might as well just be listening to a religious fanatic extolling their faith because that is all it is.
I tend to call this 'the Gene Rodenberry proposition' - Star Trek, with it's fabricators capable of making anything, which thereby eliminates need in humanity, allow it to reach for the stars? AHAHAHA. No. We as humanity already have the capability to feed and clothe and give everyone a life; we just have no interest in doing it because there's nothing in it for our sense of social superiority.

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Urban Farming: Neither white, nor middle aged, nor midwest - not the typical image of a farmer, nor white, hippie, and new-age - not the typical image of an urban farmer...

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Hillary Clinton: Leader of the Opposition?

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The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife

The problem is not scientific testing to prove age and/or accuracy of material composition; it's possible to buy a piece of papyrus of the right age, make up ink, learn an ancient language, and fake something that's correct in all the material particulars and will pass rigourous scientific testing.

The problem is provenance - whose hands it passed through, the chain of people and memory and connection - the things which are much harder to fake.

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How Germany Resisted Populism

To me, this article indicates quite clearly why Republicans aren't interested in 'equality'. When people think they're hard done by, they fall back on racist animus and the "us vs. them" proposition - they close ranks and shut out the outsider, whether that's people of a different religion, a different skin colour, or a different mentality.

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How To Deal With North Korea (Or Not)

Why sometimes having the bigger weapon doesn't help.

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White Christian America Called: They Want Their Supremacy Back:
White evangelicals have entered a grand bargain with the self-described master dealmaker, with high hopes that this alliance will turn back the clock. And Donald Trump’s installation as the 45th president of the United States may in fact temporarily prop up, by pure exertions of political and legal power, what white Christian Americans perceive they have lost. But these short-term victories will come at an exorbitant price. Like Esau, who exchanged his inheritance for a pot of stew, white evangelicals have traded their distinctive values for fleeting political power. Twenty years from now, there is little chance that 2016 will be celebrated as the revival of White Christian America, no matter how many Christian right leaders are installed in positions of power over the next four years. Rather, this election will mostly likely be remembered as the one in which white evangelicals traded away their integrity and influence in a gambit to resurrect their past.
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Fines Don't Work: Library Axes Fines, Rate Of Return Improves:
‘‘When help is offered for no compensation in a moment of need, accept it with restraint. When a service is offered for a price, buy as much as you find convenient,” Gneezy and Rustichini wrote in their paper.

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

The activist parts that I've seen online seem more willing to take the suggested advice - to take on politics instead of just protesting or occupying or public shaming. Not all of them obviously; the endless round of links to petitions, or articles that declare outrage suggest that most people would rather click than call their rep. But it's a start.
tielan: (LOL)
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.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
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.
tielan: (XM - scott)
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: (don't mess with)
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... )