D. Glenn Arthur Jr.'s Journal

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5:48AM - QotD

"Let us take the media, for example. As progressive Muslims, ours is a narrative that does not fit the dominant story line. We were interviewed by a public television station, akin to the BBC, for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the executive producer said, 'your voice is irrelevant.' That is one example. Another is coverage of LGBT issues. They will interview the LGBT Muslim who has been discriminated against, and they will interview the homophobic Imam. But, even after interviewing me, they will not include us in the story. That adds to the Islamophobia. Because then the narrative is 'all Muslims are intolerant so why should we tolerate them?' [...] the progressive voices that are countering all that are not being promoted. The question we always hear from non-Muslims is 'how come Muslims are not speaking out?' It is simply not true." -- Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values, interviewed by Karima Bennoune 2014-12-08

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12:42PM - Everything Shirt

OT1H trying to get away from T-shirts, OTOH this looks like something I need: http://www.khaoskomix.com/shop/en/107-all-the-things-shirt.html Posted here because I suspect a bunch of my friends need these.

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5:24AM - QotD

"The equations of creation have an elegance inside them,
 And I hope the mathematician knows the way they will resolve,
 For the world is full of miracles with common things to hide them,
 And when man is faced with mysteries, he sees more things to solve."

  -- from "The Moon Alone", by Seanan McGuire (posted 2008-12-20)

[Yow, this has been sitting in my quotes file for a few days short of six years? Huh. (I quoted a different section of it in 2008. Coincidentally at the start of Hanukkah that time, too (as I've just noticed).) I wonder what else I lost track of in here.]

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui (boredom) is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787

[Jefferson had played Cards Against Humanity? Anyhow, unrelated to the quotation ... to all my friends who are lighting that first candle tonight, happy Chanukkah! (I know I'm about twelve hours early, depending oon your time zone, as usual.)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I learned enough to name my rage about injustice when I was about 12 years old. Over the next ten years, thanks in part to the writers I read, I began to see rage as undirected power. And in the decade since then, I've practiced directing my power toward living well despite the status quo. My church's statements this week don't convert me to passive optimism. They drive me to keep working with the willing, whatever the institution chooses at this late stage.

"I keep living, despite a culture telling me lives like mine don't matter. I keep worshiping, despite church workers who teach that my kind of human being is ineligible for its membership, clergy, and kingdom. I keep working and creating, despite an economy stacked in hiring and in business development against people with my profile. I keep on keeping on because there's no other viable option: I will not yield to genocide or suicide; I will live and live well."

-- Keisha E. McKenzie (@mackenzian), 2014-12-12

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-12-06:

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." -- Kurt Vonnegut

(submitted to the mailing lit by Mike Krawchuk)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I'd argue that nothing is less punk than a punk rock trivia app." -- Parker Marie Molloy, 2014-11-15

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Friday, December 12, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Want to know a secret, Melba toast? You think I'm crazy 'cause I don't know I'm not an Egyptian queen reincarnated on the planet Lovetron. But I do know.

"I'm crazy 'cause I don't care."

-- Dr. Berenice "Tigerlilly" Jones, in Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity & Jeffrey C. Wells, 2014-12-09

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." -- Article 5 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ( adopted by the General Assembly 1948-12-10)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"[Bil] Browning [of The Bilerico Project], for his part, told ThinkProgress that he believes the Salvation Army is 'definitely moving in the right direction,' but suggests that 'they're trying to do it in an ultimately self-defeating manner' -- without offending the conservative Christian groups they've long been allied with. He noted that a big part of their effort this year involves responding individually to people on Twitter to reiterate that they do not discriminate. Browning calls this being 'a backdoor friend' to the LGBT community. 'They claim to be our friend, but they want us to enter through the back door so their other friends don't see us hanging out together,' he explained. 'That’s not good enough and it will ultimately doom their efforts at erasing the stigma of their past.'

[...] "As long as the group refuses to apologize and refuses to inform the public that it's made a big change to its doctrine and policies, 'they're just whistling in the wind and hoping that their outreach on social media helps to quiet down the outrage one confused person at a time.'"

-- from "Why You Should Still Be Skeptical Of The Salvation Army", 2014-12-08

[I have no idea whether the SA monitors FB references or not, but for an ironic example of their current approach on Twitter, see here or here. Note that the history that the SA is being called upon to atone for really does seem to require discussion of how each policy that's changed hasa been chang3d, and not their current "nothng to see here" approach.]

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Monday, December 8, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream." -- John Lennon (b. 1940-10-09, d. 1980-12-08)

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"In their Atlantic article, Kelling and Wilson recognized the racial implications of order policing. 'How do we ensure, in short, that the police do not become the agents of neighborhood bigotry?' they asked, before essentially shrugging and moving on. 'We can offer no wholly satisfactory answer to this important question.' Oh, well -- hopefully everything will work itself out.

"More than 30 years later, the answer seems clear to me: [the 'broken windows' policing strategy] will always become an agent of neighborhood bigotry, because broken windows encourages cops to define lower-class men as basically another species and to make ad hoc cultural judgments the linchpin of crime prevention strategies. This is how looking different transforms into looking dangerous. This is how Eric Garner dies, mumbling 'I can't breathe,' held in a chokehold by a white police officer who works for a department led by a man who believes that if 'you take care of the little things, then you can prevent a lot of the big things.' This is how you get thousands of marchers in the streets of New York City. Loose cigarettes today. Civil unrest tomorrow."

-- Justin Peters, 2014-12-05

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Friday, November 21, 2014

5:57PM - Some Days ...

Some days I just want to tell Perrine, "You be the human for a little while; it's my turn to be the cat for an hour or two." But I'm sure that if she understood me she'd say, "No way, you're too big, you'll smoosh me if you try to sleep on top of me!"

This is a big part of the appeal of tigers, isn't it? Or is that just me?

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5:24AM - QotD

"In ancient times, when someone lost an eye or a limb, it was common to take both of the guilty party's eyes or limbs in retribution. Leviticus teaches only an eye for an eye -- a radical limitation in its day on how people thought about justice and its limits that insists on basic human equality, even in the face of unequal behavior. It teaches us that justice is about more than vengeance.

"Leviticus is often contrasted to the New Testament teaching about turning the other cheek, which is widely assumed to be a lesson in passivity. Not true. Jesus lived in Palestine when it was ruled by the Romans, for whom it was a sign of weakness to strike another person with the back of the hand. Yet that's precisely what happens if I turn my cheek when you and I are facing each other and you go to hit me, and you, like most people, are right handed. You have to go past my left cheek and backhand me to get a good blow. In Roman times, that meant you were confronting your own weakness even as you exercised power over me. Jesus teaches us not to ignore the wrong done to us; he wants us to force those who would punish us to experience how they are diminished by their lack of mercy."

-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (2007, Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing / Random House), New York. LC: BL624.H53 ; Dewey: 201'.5-dc22 ; ISBN: 978-0-307-38298-6)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

5:34AM - QotD

[Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day on which we honour transgender people killed by anti-trans violence (mostly trans women of colour). Around two hundred murdered in the past year, IIRC; eleven in the US.]

"Let us continue to work for and pray for a time in which trans human rights will be an unchallenged reality and a time in which the Transgender Day of Remembrance events are no longer necessary. But until that day comes, let us remember our sisters who were killed because someone hated them enough to do so. " -- Monica Roberts, 2014-11-13

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"I just realized: 'Life Hack' is Newspeak for 'Hints from Heloise.'" -- Rich Potter, 2014-11-14


Happy birthday to [info] aliza250!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

1:33PM - N.C.

[I can't remember off the top of my head which site I can ceate polls on, so I'm sending the poll code everwhere, and it it comes out broken, go to Dreamwidth for the main copy.]

Just wondering, 'cause of what my brain did ...

When you see the abbreviation "N.C.", what are you most likely to think of first? Not Connected North Carolina Noam Chomsky Naomi Campbell Something Not Listed Here No Comment

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5:24AM - QotD

"[...] Most cis people rarely question their gender identity because the gender binary system validates them, enabling them to operate without conflict or correction [gender-wise]. This makes it difficult for the majority of people -- including parents of trans youth and those close to trans people -- to grasp the varied identities, needs, and determinations of trans people." -- Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (2014, Atria Books, New York; ISBN: 978-1-4767-0913-3 ; LC: HQ77.8.M63A3 2014 ; Dewey: 306.76'8-dc23), p. 23

"I've heard parents say all they want is 'the best' for their children, but the best is subjective and anchored by how they know and learned the world. The expectations my father had of me had nothing to do with me and all to do with how he understood masculinity, what it meant to be a man, a strong black man. My father welcomed two sons into the world, and one was feminine and needed fixing. [...] My adult understanding of my childhood with my father doesn't erase the effects of his policing. I felt his gaze always following me, making me feel isolated as I quietly grappled with my identity." -- ibid., p. 39

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Monday, November 17, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Real patriotism entails exactly this: publicly challenging the status quo in a country you believe to be capable of better things." -- Jessica Goldstein, 2014-11-12

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