The above photo is mine, from a Prop 8 protest. I post it because of my description: “I got a little freaked out at one point when I realized the cop to protester ratio was pretty dang high.” This defined the police action last night against #OccupyLA Many police officers must experience a powerful tension … [Read more…]
Well, my association with all you peaceniks and Quakers has finally made an impact (and that’s a good thing! but I never thought it’d happen). It used to be that my default impulse to just about any stimulus was one of defense. Not necessarily physical but definitely defensive. When I went to domestic violence training … [Read more…]
There is a refrain I encountered over and over across the Internet and in the media today: it says that President Obama has offered nothing more than speeches and vision in the cause of peace. Now, I’m not arguing that he has done enough to merit the Nobel Peace Prize, but his administration has *taken … [Read more…]
It’s got it all: atheism, spirituality, god, scifi, and good music!! Hulu’s got the first four eps up right now (and it doesn’t keep them forever), so go catch up. It’s too smart and too well written to stay on the air for long. It’s the story of Kings David and Saul transposed into a … [Read more…]
From xkcd. (shared under a Creative Commons license) When I first migrated to the Mormon Matrix, it seemed to me a flawlessly elegant combination of history, science, and society. I immediately benefited from my conversion, upgrading my interpersonal skills, self-esteem, and sense of life purpose. It didn’t take long for me to start finding flaws … [Read more…]
But also anti-woman! A true uniter. See here for his creepy-ass discussion of why divorce is worse than your spouse abusing you (hint: because if you divorce, then God gets to abuse you! And whose abuse would you rather?) Ugh. via.
Two recent news stories impressed upon me the fact that I will always be some kind of Catholic. Even if it’s ex-Catholic. My first step in rejecting religion was exploring my own. This started as what I later knew to be feminist critique of Catholicism. The more I learned, the more it seemed clear to … [Read more…]
For a few weeks when I first stopped being able to find time to blog, I kept windows open in Safari to the point that it was neigh on impossible to shut down my computer, for fear of losing all the wonderful and amazing links I was going to share! But then I got into … [Read more…]
I had my first final today. In preparation, I spent some time on the library’s balcony, enjoying the view, the silence, and the not-school-ness. I also spent some time in the library’s prayer room. (I also spent some time watching the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam, but this post is not about that.) Hanging out in … [Read more…]
Afghanistan is often referred to as the Soviet version of the Vietnam War. Some analysts credit the long. fruitless occupation (and the U.S. support of the mujaheddin–including one Osama bin Laden…) as a serious drain on the already fragile Russian economy and a factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 90s. … [Read more…]
This is from years ago but truly, absolutely worth it: Lyrics (and, if you follow that link, here’s the final frame)
an awesome vid & song: Politicians that can give me hope. Music that can give me hope. Maybe this country is going somewhere good.