What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Linkee-poo nods to Jay Lake (mostly)

The Fantasy Novelist's Exam. Bwahahaha! (or what's known in SF circles as "cliche lists"). (grokked from Jay Lake).

Here's another article on just how weird our world is. With bacterial colonization and the revelation that our gut is home to over 40,000 species of bacteria. (grokked from Jay Lake).

An actual historian talking about the historical context of our founding documents and their supposed Biblical origins. Just checked again, nope, bicameral legislatures, executive and judicial branches still not supported by Bible (they were more of a monarchy model in biblical times). The Myths We Tell Ourselves™ takes another hit. (grokked from Jay Lake).

Some labor history in a letter from Wm. Frazier resigning form the Labor Relations Board (in the late 70s). Food for thought. (grokked from Jay Lake).

Slacktivist with an interesting take on the Tea Party's origins (started by an article on HuffPo, which, BTW, I don't read). The more I see and dig deeper, the more I see those social conservatives driving the Tea Party (from the back or the driver's seat is yet to be seen). Also part of why the TP explicitly avoids talking about social issues, but help nominate all very deeply social conservatives for office. (grokked from Jay Lake).

Hey, remember all those dire warning about voter fraud and "stealing" elections so popular in the weeks leading up to the election. Yeah, not so much with the reality. Of course, the "it only didn't happen because they knew we were watching" excuse making has already started. Here's an NPR story on it (hopefully they'll post the transcript so you can read about how one of the "watch" groups is asking for the list of voters in minority districts to "verify" their citizenship - sounds innocuous, but then so did making people pay a tax or take a test before voting, until, you know, most people realized it was just ingrained harassment).

I've talked a lot about the Myths We Tell Ourselves™, mostly on the political front (see above). Here's a blogpost about the social/sexual front (that article is about transgendered individuals and sexual identity and has some concepts that some people may find unsettling, the post is about exactly that). There's plenty of those myths about sexuality especially. Besides the effect of Trans Erasure (the societal process of sticking your fingers in your ears going "lalalala" when someone's physical sexuality doesn't match up to their sexual identity). Here's an NPR story on transgendered children and the pressure to identify with the dangly (or not) parts we have. There's a whole slew of articles I can point to showing how people who are trans are forced into our Myths because our society can't accept that there's more than 2 options. And that's without adding in the bisexuals in our society. But I wanted to point out some examples of how those MWTO are destructive to individuals and society. It's really a pernicious problem.

And it just doesn't pertain to sexuality. Growing up in the 70s with divorced parents wasn't fun (it wasn't the "norm" like it is now). So many questions about the morality of the parents (mostly my Mom), and the dire predictions of how my brother and I would be when we grew up. The only reason do don't hear (much of) that anymore is that many kids have parents who are divorced. Saying those things is no longer safe. And it's something you can't "force" people back to "normality" with the comments, because divorce is now the "normality."


Anonymous said...

I've never asked: do you think of yourself as a liberal now? Democrat? or just a deeply unhappy moderate Republican?

Anonymous Cassie

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear Lord, you linked something with Frank Schaeffer in it.


Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Cassie, after so long, I consider myself a Democrat. the party has a big enough tent to hold all my philosophies. And after experiencing too much, I feel their policies do the best for the most people.

On the converse, the policies of the Republican party, once you get beyond "NO!" have the effect of helping only a small percentage. Plus, their arguments don't remain consistent or logical (good economy = tax breaks, bad economy = tax breaks, floundering economy = tax breaks, etc).

As for Frank Schaeffer, given Slacktivist's background and provenance, I felt we were good. Plus, his quote about the "Left Behind" series is pretty spot on (and part of the reasoning behind the novel I want to get back to). His commentary also seems to go to a lot of the conservative movement philosophies (not unsurprisingly). In other blogs you may have seen the comments of either "America, Fuck Yeah" or "Got mine, screw you." It's a by product of that "revenge wish" he talks about.

Steve Buchheit said...

Also, considering I have heard people express the same sentiment in the final line of that quote, "Jesus will kill all those smart-ass Democrat-voting, overeducated fags who have been mocking us!", I'm inclined to believe him.

(past two employers were/are heavily Republican, to the point of maybe firing me because I wasn't a true believer - and yes, that was told to my face)

Anonymous said...

If Frank Schaeffer said the moon was in the sky, I'd go out and check. Twice.


Steve Buchheit said...

Cassie, that's fine. But as a debater, I'll point out you aren't engaging the argument, instead you're questioning the source without refuting the statement.