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Last updated May 6th, 2017

We Need Illegal Immigrants
November 17th, 2016

Stop Banning the Burka
August 1, 2016

Body Shaming
July 17th, 2016

Please don't protest vote
July 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

Intersectionality
July 9, 2016 at 1:57pm

Immigration
May 6, 2016 at 3:50pm

Molehills and Mountains
April 6, 2016

IQ Shaming
January 9, 2016

The Year of Critical Mass
January 3, 2016

Critical Thinking
Jan 3, 2016

The Millennial Brain
December 1, 2015

We Need Illegal Immigrants
November 17th, 2016

I just commented on something I realized more people need to understand than will see it there. So here it is again, for those people who so look down on getting into America the hard way - illegally.

You see, without illegal immigrants the US farm economy would crash and the price of food would skyrocket. The simple fact is hard working immigrants come here and earn a lot less than minimum wage taking jobs that literally no one else wants. Did I vote to give them healthcare? You fucking bet I did. It's saddens me that they work so hard, for so little, in appalling conditions - just so the cost of vegetables and fruit is still within reason.

I don't think Trump knows America relies on illegal immigrants, they are part of our economy.

I've been through the immigration process. Fortunately the college my father was working at paid for an immigration lawyer. We were doing it at the same time as the Roisemans, an Israeli family that worked at the same college and lived across the street.

We encountered problems because the FBI (As it was handled by them back then when things were "less strict") thought it was unreasonable that my law abiding father hadn't had so much as a speeding ticket in the few years he had been here. Mum was also a member of a lot of groups the government didn't like. Such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, And Doctors without Borders. How shocking.

Still compared to our friends across the street we had it easy. We came from Britain not Israel. Our friends had a tough time in fucking Maine where we were literally the only two families working to get greencards at the time.
That was when it was easier, and we still needed a lawyer. It's much more strict now. And most people desperate for what passes as a better life must rely on heavily burdened charities if they want to try to get an immigration lawyer.

It's hard to get into this country. And unless you want to subsidize farms so you can eat your strawberries, maybe show a little respect to the people who struggled to get here, and must live in fear of being kicked out.

 

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Stop Banning the Burka
August 1, 2016

I was on the phone last night, explaining to my mother that I can see why some people think the burka is oppressive and have trouble believing women choose to wear it. People even have problems with a hijab. I admitted to at one point leaning towards thinking at least the Burka was a bit much. But then the conversation meandered.
I commented that with the way some men look at me, sometimes a Burka would be nice. Then I thought about the mystery, of the burka. Mystery is an important word to me from my days studying Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Mystery is sacred. And I can imagine wearing something that makes your entire appearance a mystery could make you feel like you are with your god in every moment.
I wear religious jewelry at all times, just most don’t see it as such because the symbols aren’t known. And when I used to go to church I used to cover my head, it would help me enter that scared space in my mind. How easy I can see a reason why a woman would want to wear a scarf all the time, almost as armor against a less than spiritual world.
It was my political stance that I couldn’t pass judgement on the Burka or the Hijab, it wasn’t my religion and women openly said they chose this. And if we are not to judge a woman for being naked, then why must we judge a woman for choosing the opposite? Why must we pick at everything women wear and no matter what, label it oppression and not choice.
We have the power to choose lots of clothes or very little, and we have no right to judge another for choosing a different path. We must walk side by side in our choices as women.
Women are trained to spend time tearing down other women, I’m tired of it. Let’s build each other up. I can barely see your eyes? Okay, that’s your choice. And if it makes you feel closer to your God, I can understand that, and see why you would want that.
It’s not really my business to understand or not, it’s not my choice. But I must say I feel better coming from a place where I can see the why and respect it.

 

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Body Shaming
July 17th, 2016

A recent discussion about the way we talk about women lead me to a comment I think should be public.

So I was athletic and curvy when I was young and girls with less underlying muscle and smaller breasts started to call me fat. No guy ever said it, and no woman my shape or larger. But being young I did not understand there was jealousy there because I represented a different ideal. (I have an hourglass)

So I developed a complex about my weight. And so many people who would try to comfort me would say "Real women have curves". And then when I went into treatment and eventually gained 90 lbs, I heard it even more.
I didn't really think about the message much. It would kind of go in one ear and out the other as it always failed to comfort me.

Then one night I met someone who was naturally skinny and was desperately trying to gain weight. She confided in me. Being skinny sucked. Men treated her like she was made of glass. A majority of society kept saying she wasn't real because she wasn't curvy, and all she wanted was an extra ten pounds but she couldn't f'ng gain it, and other women actually hated her for that - like it was a blessing.

To her being skinny was a great a curse as being curvy was to me. We need to stop.

Body shaming is body shaming, big, slim, or in between.

 

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Please don't protest vote
July 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

The conservative platform is directly attacking things I care about most like LGBTQIA rights and forests.

Please if you are thinking of protest voting, just protest by not.

Normally I'm adamant about the importance of voting, but a protest vote is too fucking dangerous, and doesn't actually get the fact that you are protesting across.

You think those counting machines will know you did it just because you hate Hilary? All it will do is inflate Trumps ego. Even if we succeed at defeating him he will take every vote as a sign to just continue being a loud vocal ass. He will take it as a sign you love him. Do you really want Trump to think he's that loved? Do you?

As for writing Bernie in, please remember Bernie endorsed Hilary for the sake of unifying the party. He's doing the right thing, please, if you love him, listen to him. If you've been there on the ground with him because you believe he knows what's really right, believe him now that stopping Trump is what matters.

As for voting a third party? We got Bush when the majority of this country voted against him. But the left wing was split by that bastard Nader. Don't do that. America doesn't have a voting system to support more than two parties. Change your freaking voting system then get more parties. It must be ranked voting, or the vote of 2000 will happen all over again. Some of you may be too young to have voted in that election, but I was in college, and the fighting between green party voters and democrat voters was terrible. Let's not repeat it.

Seriously, I feel the Bern. I feel it so much I'm listening to him, and following him to the polls to vote for Clinton. Because I support Bernie.

 

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Intersectionality
July 9, 2016 at 1:57pm

#‎yesallwomen‬ started because there isn't a single woman who hasn't been harassed in some way.

‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ started because there isn’t a single black person in this country who hasn’t experienced racism let alone fear for their very fucking lives.

‪#‎ijustwanttopee‬ is just 1 of the trans rights hashtags because all trans people face bullshit (and increased risk of being raped, or killed)

I could continue. But the fact is bullshit is being pressed onto ALL minorities. Hell I’m lucky I can usually hide my mental illness.

Bi and Pan Erasure means most people don’t even believe my sexuality exists.

Let’s fucking make it one big movement. Glue those intersections together. Because just imagine what it’s like to be all three

 

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Immigration
May 6, 2016 at 3:50pm

Undocumented aliens seems to be such a contentious issue. Please allow me to peel back the veil.

Unless things have changed drastically, to emigrate legally you need first for one of you to have a student or work visa. Then you need a greencard, it really takes employer sponsorship at that point as doing it without a lawyer is foolish.

Then you and any family with you is investigated. When I went through the FBI did the investigations. The issues that came up for us were Mum was a part of green-peace and Amnesty international - and, I shit you not, the fact that dad didn't have so much as a speeding ticket flagged as suspicious, was he trying to hide something? Good thing we were in Maine where they don't deal with many, so we weren't denied just because the person didn't have time.

Then there were the medical tests and I'm pretty sure Colby College covered various fees as part of sponsoring us.

Then yay, after a long invasive process we were legally permitted to stay and work. Then we had to wait Ten years.

Then more fees, fingerprints, investigations, and a citizenship test that required us to know more about the country than the average citizen, then a long wait, then redoing the fingerprints (they are never right the first time) that can only be done in the SF location if you are in the bay area, so lots of time off school or work. Most of this requires transportation and money. And then the swearing in ceremony which is done as a group. And that was on easy mode because we are white, frankly. Our Israeli friends had a tougher time. Plus this was before 2001.

To be legally part of this country requires money and privilege, unless you win the lottery and get here as a refugee. It might not be your money, it might be your employers, but it takes money nonetheless.

Not to mention, California is dependent upon its farm industry. The farm industry all over this country is dependent on undocumented immigrants, who will work for less than minimum wage in squalid conditions - or the price of food would be astronomical. They are an essential part of our economy so the next time you are looking at any food that's been grown, remember you owe being able to eat that to an undocumented immigrant who can't afford the price of a visa, let alone the rest.

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Molehills and Mountains
April 6, 2016

Part time social justice warrior wanders onto a thread that discusses two insults she has never heard of, but people are really mad about; asks full time Social Justice Teacher for definitions, and decides she has nothing constructive to add to the thread, and moves on.

Part time social justice warrior isn't willing to die on something that is a molehill to her, but is clearly a mountain to others. Because part time social justice warrior realizes she's in the privileged position of never having to deal with either one as a bad thing.

It's actually pretty easy not to pee on others' walls about issues that don't personally affect you.

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IQ Shaming
January 9, 2016

Okay I've seen it again and I'm not picking a fight with a stranger on a friends wall over this. No I want something bigger. I saw a post asking if you could remove one thing from the world what would it be? Two people managed to swing hatred before someone went and said "Stupid People". It took every ounce of willpower not to snap back with: "please see above".

Look guys, I know the post is not currently active as I'm rebooting my blog, but apparently word didn't get around enough last time. I know it sounds like a paradise to have no more stupid people, if only you could find them! Because we are oh so good at calling each other idiots when really it's because we don't know where their genius is. Or even if someone is dumb, so what? They don't deserve to be treated as human? You know what that sound like? Ignorance. Blind ignorance.

Thank god for Ben Carson. A perfect example of someone who is very good at something academic but, like many academics, has publicly shown the social abilities of a gnat. And maybe that's okay, but maybe he shouldn't be president.

Look I value intelligence. I do. I just value all types of intelligence. Not just what pays the bills or looks good, but what works.

I value the road smarts of my trucker friend who is building a mental map in his head of the entire united states with his wonderful poems. I value the engineering of my friend who is a mechanical engineer, and my friend who fixes HVAC stuff.

And sorry but I do not want people from MIT building my houses. With some exceptions, they would be fucking bored. Not because it's beneath them, it certainly isn't beneath anyone. But because that's not where their genius lies. Do you see the bigger picture yet?

For the record I wanted to take out fear without legitimate (I mean like tiger chasing you) threat. But I would be okay with lazy thinking so long as it didn't become a label applied to people with learning disabilities - like most of us with ADHD have been told in our childhoods.

I don't know my IQ. I know how smart I am, but this isn't a fucking competition. I have no mental penis to grow by whipping it out. I have learning disabilities and a mental illness. Many "stupid people" manage life a lot better than I can some days. Stop degenerating them and start respecting each other. Sheesh.

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The Year of Critical Mass
January 3, 2016

Guys, here's a not so secret, secret. 2015 was not the year of outrage. People are not outraged more than they were. They might see, thanks to the internet, more things that would have already made them mad. But they would have always been mad about it.

2015 was the year of critical mass. More people, whom would have have already been made mad, had a voice. conflicting voices, arguing voices, attempts to silence both sides. Fuck that. We need this dialogue. Let the outrage continue. Because it is not forever.

Guy's we've been here before. You think we have finished seeing how the internet changes the world? No. And none of us will in our lifetime. This is what happened when we got the printing press. Social upheaval on a scale never before seen. No communication advancement had made such a big impact before or after... until the internet. We are going through a change that will take hundreds of years to sort out. People finding their voices are a part of that.

Maybe instead of being offended by people being offended (really, seriously, that's your problem?) sit back and watch global societal progress at work. Because we are in the baby stage of a new age and none of us know where this is going and some of the theories are good, some frightening, and some absurd and all wrong in some way.

No the outrage isn't new, the ability to communicate that so well is. And I for one look forward to seeing how that changes us in our lifetimes, and I hope to my God I live on in spirit to see how the world adjusts long after my death.

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Critical Thinking
Jan 3, 2016

As a writer, if I fuck up and marginalize people please criticize me. Also, art MUST be put under the lens of criticism or you are essentially saying it has no meaning. If it is not worth looking at critically or even satirizing, it's garbage. Even Star Wars is satirized - by fans. That a comic exists against a certain type art is a complement to the style of art that it has gotten so ubiquitous that it has backlash. My writing will be criticized. Warranted or not, whether I can read it or not, if it is not? I have failed as an artist

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The Millennial Brain
December 1, 2015

Holy fucking crap. I know why, in general, I prefer millennials over other generations. It's the brain. Millennials are the tipping point. I saw a post that reminded me of a book on neuroscience. It stated that our brains are finally changing. A part of the brain (I think it's the prefrontal cortex, I could look it up) is developing stronger abilities for empathy, agape and just darn right agreeableness. What if that generation IS more sensitive and it's a fucking wonderful thing? What if they represent the time the changing brain reached critical mass and are literally an evolutionary jump forward? I'm fucking serious.

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