( Mar. 15th, 2009 05:21 pm)
I read this and almost died laughing

I'm not sure I can summarize except to say that the paper abstract presented beyond that link is the reason we don't use Aesop's fables as a basis of fact in Biology research.
( Mar. 15th, 2009 10:21 am)
Dear Airport Custodial staff, specifically whichever one of you takes care of the women's bathrooms,

I appreciate all that you do. I have been in the position to regularly clean bathrooms before, and in some ways would rather be doing that to what I currently do. I know you deal with a lot of shit (mmmm, pithy) and I respect you for continuing to carry on and do your jobs in the face of masses of ignorant people who find nothing wrong with leaving toilet paper strewn all over the floor or peeing on seats.

That being said, is it at all possible to refill the toilet seat covers in a way that makes them actually dispensable? Its a serious waste of resources to have them to begin with, but since they are there, shouldn't we all be able to use them at least? There are instructions on the packaging in three languages! There is no excuse for this, really.

With love and respect,

A former bathroom scrubber

Dear various males who happen to also work in my vicinity,

My possession of a pair of boobs does not make me open and public property. Stop fucking touching me, hitting on me and various other scummy tactics to make it into my space. I am not unfriendly, if you manage to respect my space. Just knock it the fuck off already!

With a growing urge to kick your ass,

the female person whose space you think belongs to you.
( Mar. 12th, 2009 08:12 am)
Okay y'all. If anyone here is a member of or watching [livejournal.com profile] feminist_fatale, they seem to have been hit by the same hacker who came after [livejournal.com profile] feminist_rage yesterday.

Another reminder, if a community you are in suddenly loses all of its entries and is replaced with a single entry with links in it, DON'T CLICK THE LINKS. Contact LJ Abuse, and let them know what happened. Get the word out that this is happening, and make sure your own journal is secure! Delete any old email addresses that may have access to your account, change passwords, and set a security question to prevent your password being changed.
( Mar. 11th, 2009 07:39 pm)
I wish pain and suffering on fucking hackers who have nothing better to do than hack large journals or communities and delete all the entries.

Whoever you are, FUCK YOU.

ETA: If you are in any large communities and the entries all disappear to be replaced by a single entry with links DON"T CLICK THE LINKS! They direct you to sites with malware and/or viruses.

I also recommend going here and following the directions there. She(?) has instructions on how to prevent this kind of thing.

ETA 2:
ITS GONE! The fucking community is gone!

ETA 3: (Because I'd look really stupid otherwise) [livejournal.com profile] feminist_rage has been temporarily suspended by LJ Abuse to prevent further damage and to investigate what happened.


( Mar. 10th, 2009 06:23 pm)
Dear everyone in my life,

I know I talk about a lot of things that are kinda "hot button." Things that are often found in upsetting and hurtful discussions, things that tend to be divisive and angry. I spend a lot of time on these things. I have been informed, a few times, by several different people, in many different venues, that what I say and/or how I say it makes people feel guilty and attacked.

I feel I have been remiss in setting a base-line here.

I'm just gonna be blunt, cause its what I'm good at.

I have no problem coming right out and saying that someone has done something. I don't sneakily imply things, or at least I try not to. I don't always succeed but I am human. I make a serious effort to say exactly what I mean in the moment, no more and no less. If I'm attacking you, you'll probably know.

Otherwise, if it isn't about you, then don't make it about you. If you aren't sure, please ask me before jumping to conclusions, especially if you are upset at something I said, but don't just assume I'm calling you out unless I am actually calling you out.

Thank you, and I love you all!

Oh! And before anyone wonders, this was not inspired by any one specific situation, but a discussion my mother and I had about things we have in common :D My mom has all the tact of a brick, lemmee tell ya...
( Mar. 8th, 2009 03:10 pm)
My work schedule this week:

Monday: 7am to 2pm
Tuesday: 7am to 10pm
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 7am to 10pm
Friday: 7am to 2pm
Saturday: 7am to 2pm
Sunday: 7am to 10pm

All of this time is spent alone at my cart, answering the same stupid insipid questions from total morons who don't listen to the answers anyway, and barely have the brains of a dogfart but of course think that they know everything evar, with constant background noise, fluorescent lights and general chaos. I'm not supposed to leave the cart for more than 15 minutes, so the only break I get is the occasional trip to pee.


I can't do this. I can't. I'm already on the verge of collapsing. This is too fucking much. There is apparently no one to work these shifts except me. Fuck this, fuck it fuck it fuck it.
( Mar. 7th, 2009 12:36 pm)

This is one of my favorite cartoons evah!

kittehs and doggies and CYOOOT!
( Mar. 6th, 2009 07:21 am)
Why is it, when I say I would rather live without credit, that I get mocked?

I understand the costs and limitations. I'm not naively thinking that I can do all the same things that people with credit do, like buy a house. I realize that it means things cost more up front. That doesn't change the fact that I see credit as a losing game, designed to make you feel like you have more money than you do, and costing you more money than you would have normally spent in the process. Its like putting your life on payment plans. There is no way to win, there is no way to get out alive, so why bother? If you choose to play that game, and that works for you, go ahead, but I would rather waste my money in a way of my choosing. That and the fact that an economy built on the concept of credit is unsustainable.

So why, oh why, am I treated like an idiot when all I state is that I know the rules of the game and I'm not interested in playing?
( Mar. 5th, 2009 01:40 pm)
The hearing for Prop 8 has started today in CA.

The state Supreme Court will be hearing arguments that can be summed up thusly:

Anti-8: Taking away the rights of a protected class of people by majority vote constitutes a revision of the CA constitution and therefore would have to be passed by legislature.

Pro-8: Those 18,000 marriages that were performed before the passing of Prop 8 are illegal after the fact and must be declared invalid.

After arguments are done, the court has 90 days to render a decision.

I feel like I'm on a roller coaster that wont stop.
-Obama administration is working to repeal DHHS regulation that prevents health care organizations that receive federal funds from firing or refusing to hire health care workers who refuse to dispense medical care for "moral" reasons. Still wishy-washy on actual "conscience" clauses which allow health care workers to refuse medical care in the first place. Important distinction: what is being repealed is the idea that a clinic that provides family planning services could fire someone who refuses to dispense birth control for their refusal. What is not being repealed is their supposed right to refuse care. This concept of conscience clauses and right to refuse care can and does apply to much more than reproductive health. Doctors could refuse to see or touch gay or trans patients, pharmacists could refuse to dispense medications to people who are transitioning, EMTs could withhold lifesaving measures from someone they found "repulsive" and claim conscience.

What I want to know is: what kind of conscience can rationalize refusing medical care, which in some cases is life saving and in almost all cases is necessary to some degree, on the basis of personally not wanting to encourage "immoral" behavior? What kind of conscience thinks that another person's health and LIFE is worth less than their ability to say they are "moral"? When did your right to a "clean" conscience trump the right of someone else to live? You have to think that this person in front of you has less of a right to live than you have to sleep at night. Its fucking psychotic. How dare you call yourself moral when you are willing to let people die for your conscience?

(rest of the rant is here
Welcome denizens of the Den of Various Iniquities!

Welcome to The Most Pointless Day of Employment EVAH!

You will see empty concourses, and vacant gates. The speakers are silent, the bar is abandoned, every person you see will have a badge! The day drags on, the snow keeps falling, and the terminal remains empty and practically lifeless.

Welcome to pointlessness in action.

Would you argue the point?


Not on a bet.

It never entered my mind.
I complain about "Legend of the Seeker" and how it just destroyed perfectly good and fairly feminist source material to turn a wonderful story into the same old shit with added sexist and racist tropes.

An explanation why I get so upset when I'm told to "pick my battles."

Lastly, StumbleUpon is wonderful, unexpected casual misogyny is not.
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Since I'm not big on coincidence, I figured I'd go ahead and actually do one of these fucking things.

I think that honesty is the most important quality. I don't just mean honesty in the "If you ever lie to me I'll feed your nubbly bits to my cat" way, although that way is important. I also mean honesty with oneself. If I expect to be a good partner, I have to be honest with myself about what I need, what I can do, how I feel, and what ,my limits are before I can clearly communicate those things to my spouse. If I can't tell her the truth about any of those things because I don't know what the truth is (or won't acknowledge it) then we hit a permanent impasse.

In connection with this, forethought is really important. Learning to engage one's brain before opening one's mouth *mentally kicks self*
( Feb. 14th, 2009 06:41 pm)

Apparently, Nadya Suleman has received death threats. Yes, folks, someone threatened to kill her based supposedly on their virulent opposition to the thought of paying for public assistance for her and her kids. I'm just gonna quote Julie, cause I have no response for shit like this except foaming at the mouth.

"...this actually has very little to do with who has to pay what and how many kids an unemployed single mother should or shouldn’t have. You don’t get this type of widespread, hyper-violent reaction from a question of economics - not even, I would argue, from people disgusted with the Wall Street bailouts. No, this is about “the worship of motherhood and the hatred of mothers.” And I don’t think you can have one without the other."




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